Your web browsing and internet activities can be recorded and sold to third parties, but Opera’s VPN can stop that.

In some parts of the world, it is perfectly legal for your ISP to monitor and record your internet activities and then sell the data on to others for whatever they can get for it.  Yes, your browsing history is being sold to marketers and advertisers!

It is an invasion of privacy, but you can fight back by switching to Opera as your web browser. Opera is actually built on the same engine as Chrome and although the menus make it look different, there are a lot of similarities underneath. This means Opera is both familiar, yet it also offers something different.

Get Opera for free at www.opera.com

Private browsing

Opera’s Private browsing mode is like the private browsing mode in Edge and Firefox, and Chrome incognito mode. It increases your privacy by opening a browser window in which you have no history.

Private browsing is like the first time you ever used a browser and before you have visited any websites. There is no history and no cookies, so when you browse the web, sites don’t know who you are.

Click the Opera menu button in the top left corner of the browser window.

Select New private window. Alternatively, right click the Opera icon in the taskbar and select New private window.

Private browsing is useful not only because websites do not know who you are, but also because when Opera is closed, your browsing history and cookies are erased. You leave no tracks on the computer.

You can take privacy even further with Opera’s free VPN. I’ll explain how that works tomorrow.