Hi there - CEO of SurfEasy here. Just want to clarify a couple things:
1) there is no data limit for the VPN embedded in the Opera Browser. The 500mb data limit you're referring to is for the SurfEasy VPN for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.
2) SurfEasy is powering the VPN in the Opera browser, this is a no-log service the same as SurfEasy VPN.
We think that Privacy is important and we want more people to use our browser - thats why we're offering this service!
Hope this is helpful.
Hi all - I'm not the founder of a company that provides VPN services, so I can add an additional point:
4) If you have some basic knowledge of the *nix command-line interface, and are willing to read tutorials and experiment, you can simply make your own VPN on a virtual private server (VPS) and probably pay less than it costs to go through a VPN company, plus you don't have to worry about whether you trust them.
Absolutely correct. Im the founder and CEO of SurfEasy VPN - we were acquired by opera last year and are powering the new iOS VPN. I wrote a blog post about this and the trade off of free vs paid VPN solutions. Free isnt for everyone - neither is paid.
Happy to answer any questions.
Just remember that now Opera sees all your traffic.
I'd bet that there's section in TOS that makes them able to sell it...
EDIT: "Opera will currently continue to run the SurfEasy VPN service as is (a free service is available with 500MB per month data limit, with premium services at the lower end of the VPN price spectrum)"
Not really unlimited it seems.
EDIT2: So it looks like after Opera bought SurfEasy they kept it running as it was, with the 500MB data limit for its users, and included an option for those using Opera dev version to have it unlimited.
"SurfEasy does not store users originating IP address when connected to our service and therefore cannot identify users when provided IP addresses of our servers."
This is either a lie or you can easily circumvent the 500MB limit by, for example, using a new virtual machine after you burn through your limit. Does someone want to try?
I had the same concern so I looked into it myself and found out that even though Opera is now Chinese they use VPN services from a company called SurfEasy which is Canadian.
For what it's worth I think Opera is doing a lot of great things to get some market share back and providing a VPN with malicious intent would do them no favours.
>"full fledged" VPN
Not really. It is a VPN, but it by no means can be considered full-fledged nor should you use it if you are concerned about privacy. Opera bought SurfEasy, a VPN provider, in 2015. Opera itself was bought in 2016 for $500 million by Golden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund, a group of Chinese investors.
The company is not what is used to be. Keep in mind they need to make money somehow and the browser and VPN is free. The VPN provider also keeps logs and you retain your original IP address.
So, it is not a full-fledged VPN, it is more like VPN-lite.
Hi all - Im the founder of SurfEasy, part of Opera Software - we built and are managing the VPN solutions that power the iOS application.
There's lots of important questions here about our Free VPN and the trade offs associated with using a Free or Paid solution. I wrote a blog post about this that might be helpful:
Happy to answer questions.
Wow - that's not good - I can understand why that would look deceptive.
We recently launched an updated version of our Windows and Mac VPN that we call SurfEasy Ultra. It includes support for Torrents (our previous offerings did not). Because Torrent uses significantly more bandwidth we had to increase our pricing (the image on the right.)
The other pricing is for our other plans Total VPN (5 devices) and Mobile (1 mobile device). Neither plan supports torrenting.
I've sent this to our web team and we're going to get this cleaned up so it makes more sense.
Hi there - Im the CEO of SurfEasy (the company that makes the Private Browser). Thought I'd jump in to answer your question.
The Private Browser also runs all the browsers data through our VPN network - meaning that all your IT department would see is an encrypted data stream to our network. We do some things to make it challenging for IT departments to block our network.
TL/DR - yes this will get you around your company firewall.
>Pour quiconque se sent concerné par le respect de sa vie privée en ligne, le VPN est désormais devenu l’arme ultime.
>ce service VPN est fourni par SurfEasy, qui précise se réserver le droit de « partager, vendre et/ou distribuer des données anonymisées agrégées à des tiers »
>So, what did I delete? I erased four VPN apps, but kept a fifth, SurfEasy VPN. I axed at least six email clients, collected in my never-ending search for something better than the ones made by Apple and Google. But I kept a few more I’m still on the fence about. Same with calendar apps. I dumped a whole bunch of media apps from the various broadcast networks, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Yes, you don't really need five VPN apps and multiple mail and calendar apps.
There's always gonna be plenty of people that think they can get something for free, plenty of people who would rather build their own, and plenty of people that would rather pay someone else to avoid the hassle. Your comment helps one set and probably isn't hurting the set that would have already paid for SurfEasy. Thanks!
> pay a fee and get a reputable vpn that doesnt log traffic.
While I agree, free is always too good to be true when it comes to VPNs, TF does not.
>The VPN connection is provided by the Canadian VPN service SurfEasy, which like many other VPNs keeps no logs. SurfEasy was acquired by Opera last year and VP of Marketing Steve Kelly tells TorrentFreak that privacy and censorship were the main reasons to add the free VPN to Opera.
Their website claims they do not log:
>No one should be watching what you do online—not even us
>That’s why SurfEasy is a no-log network, meaning we don’t keep a record of any information about you, your online activity or your download history on our servers.
Im the CEO of SurfEasy VPN, we were acquired by Opera last year and are powering the VPN inside the Browser.
Your answer is pretty much right (although I would say that you "get" to use Opera!). The "catch" is we want more people to use Opera Browsers and we think offering features people like is a good way to do that.
Hope that helps
Opera ~~VPN~~ proxy by SurfEasy (which Opera Software acquired).
Opera Software may have been a reputable company (at least before the Chinese ownership), but remember the "if it is free, you're the product" rule.
Look like it's not unlimited.
>Opera will currently continue to run the SurfEasy VPN service as is (a free service is available with 500MB per month data limit, with premium services at the lower end of the VPN price spectrum)
> When you become a user of the Service, SurfEasy collects, as consideration for your right to use the Service, your personal information for the following purposes:
> * to compile anonymized and/or aggregated statistics on user behavior and location for study by SurfEasy and its customer and/or distribution partners;
> * for limited marketing purposes.
SurfEasy is the service that Opera VPN uses.
> The SurfEasy network is a No Log network. SurfEasy does not store users originating IP address when connected to our service and therefore cannot identify users when provided IP addresses of our servers. Additionally, SurfEasy cannot disclose information about the applications, services or websites our users consume while connected to our services; as SurfEasy does not store this information.
For those looking for a VPN, do not use Opera.
> SurfEasy is required to comply with law enforcement where subpoenas, warrants or other legal documents have been provided. We may collect and disclose personal information, including your usage data, to governmental authorities or agencies, including law enforcement agencies, at their request or pursuant to a court order, subpoena or other legal process, if there is a good faith belief that such collection or disclosure is required by law.
Has everyone forgotten already that the NSA/GCHQ can and do strong arm companies into monitoring, along with a gag order to prevent them saying anything about it.
Myself, I'm paying for SurfEasy, largely because it gets me Singapore (and therefore the YouTube Formula E world feed), and I bought a year of Eurosport Player.
Eurosport Player was cheaper than the WEC package, and it also gets me some other motorsports I'm interested in. And, I really didn't feel like buying the WEC app after that stunt.
Opera myytiin vuonna 2016 kiinalaisille. Ennen myyntiä Operan VPN käytti SurfEasyn palvelimia, en tiedä mikä nykytilanne liene. SurfEasy taas itsessään on yhdysvaltalainen firma ja Yhdysvallat taas on yksi UKUSA-sopimuksen maista joten oikein kunnon foliohattuilija tuskin käyttäisi sitäkään.
I'm not sure why you're being downvoted, honestly. Yes, Opera the browser was bought by a Chinese company. The VPN they use is SurfEasy. If you're curious about what's going on with your traffic while the VPN is on, read up on SurfEasy.
The VPN is operated by SurfEasy, Inc according to the fine print--an Opera company based in Canada.
I'd assume they get a little bit of income at least from Google searches from within the browser just like Firefox. They can probably pay for it with that?
I read that about SurfEasy too. Thing is, those details are about SurfEasy's paid VPN services. We don't know what sort of TOS they're using for a free VPN.. I'd be surprised if they're even allowing torrents on this free Opera version, let alone keeping logs, DMCA notice procedures, etc.
I'm curious if anyone has a link to their TOS, etc. for the free version that Opera is bundling with their browser.
Extract from the website, emphasis mine.
>We’re discontinuing the Opera VPN app for iOS and Android on April 30, 2018. But don’t worry. We’re helping to make sure your privacy is still looked after.
>All Opera Gold users have the option to redeem a free 1-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN.
>Opera users not currently on the Opera Gold plan will be able to redeem an 80% discount on SurfEasy Total VPN through the latest version of the Opera VPN iOS and Android apps.
Hi there - CEO of SurfEasy here. We're part of Opera software and powering the VPN inside the browser.
There is not data limit on the Opera Browser VPN. The 500MB limit is related to the SurfEasy VPN which is for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.
Actually, the VPN part was NOT included in the deal.
> In the Opera deal, the transaction would now exclude Opera’s Skyfire software, which reduces the size of videos to fit available bandwidth, as well as its SurfEasy business, which provides a virtual private network, or VPN, to protect users’ online identities and unlock websites.
Hi there - just want to clarify that the VPN in the Opera browser is unlimited.
The 500MB limit is related to our SurfEasy VPN service for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows - which offers 500MB a month trial.
Sorry for the confusion.
/Analog_Seekrets - I shared your comment with the team at the office, they're cracking up. Send me a DM with your address and t-shirt size - you've got a SurfEasy T coming your way!
Thanks again for the support.
>Anti-Virus Protection powered by McAfee Livesafe
>Network protection powered by Lenovo WiFi Security
>Safer Online Authentication with Intel Online Connect
>Protect your passwords with Dashlane Password Manager
>Safer Online Browsing powered by SurfEasy VPN
Not bloatware, it's bloatware & spyware
TunnelBear and SurfEasy WERE Canadian but both got bought by different American companies within the past year :(
Slack was Canadian...
For anyone that needs Analytics / Push Notifications / AB testing, Taplytics is proudly Canadian! (Shameless plug)
Ritual is one of the best apps I've ever used and its become part of my regular day to day life. Toronto based!
Nanoleaf is super cool and Canadian
Fiix, Joist, and Flipp are definitely worth mentioning.
Opera VPN це колишній SurfEasy, не знаю яка там в них архітектура (може вони просто кешовані сторінки віддають), але ж не було проблем з опера VPN раніше. Та й росіяни якщо навіть всі полізуть lyrkmore читати не співвіднносно з 10 мільйонами українців які почали дивитись відоси і слухати музичку
It's currently only available in the developer stream (so wait a few weeks for the stable release) and needs to be more accessible, but it seems to work well.
The VPN service was SurfEasy, which was bought by Opera and is based in Canada. I believe it will be free for up to 500Mb of traffic, but that's still unclear.
For the occasional get past Internet sehat that most people in Indonesia use VPNs for, it seems quite decent.
> Opera sells your usage and connection data to Google and Facebook as part of their model.
As far as the relationship with google goes, the page you linked to here only says they use Google Analytics. Everyone uses google analytics, and no one gets paid for using it. Reddit uses google analytics too. GA has nothing to do with "selling your usage and connection data".
> SurfEasy is a VPN company located in Canada (a five eyes country)
> They keep bandwidth and usage logs
regarding bandwidth, the page you linked says
>> SurfEasy may need to collect the following operational data in order to operate our Services:
>>Aggregate bandwidth usage for for billing, network operations and support.
That sounds entirely non-personally identifiable, and might not involve "logging" in the sense you implied.
Props for providing sources, but I'm not sure how much the sources actually say what you claim they say.
There are some great, and cheap VPN options out there if you still want to use one. Private Internet Access. They do no recording logs, so no tracking on their end.
Can't vouch for any other service, but just read some comments from /u/surfeasy and his service, SurfEasy, seems pretty legit and comparably priced. And they have a cool USB dongle that I'm really curious to try out.
Ah I actually misunderstood the "created by user/SurfEasy for r/privacy". It's your project so you're free to choose any sources you like. I would maybe suggest to adjust your design to mention that it comes from several sources or not mention /r/privacy at all.
>Effectively there's no difference. "Tunneled" traffic goes over an encrypted protocol. This is reusing https/tls traffic, rather than spinning up a dedicated tunnel to funnel secured data over, a la IPSec.
>There's minute differences, but from a service perspective they're largely and probably entirely irrelevant.
You get encrypted, 'VPN' access. It's just not a traditional VPN
It will protect you from ISP snooping, but there's no guarantee that Opera themselves or SurfEasy (the provider) aren't snooping on you themselves.
Opera’s VPN is powered SurfEasy, which the company acquired last year. The app itself is free, but you will find ads tucked away within it. Opera also wants to share anonymous data about your mobile usage and browsing habits with third parties. If you’re concerned, here’s what Opera has to say about the data it collects:
“This information is made available to third parties who are interested in better understanding the mobile ecosystem and how it’s evolving. It’s important to understand that this is not data about what you do with your phone, but rather this is data about how a large group of people use their phones.”
Until recently Opera's built-in VPN used SurfEasy as provider - but Symantec acquired SurfEasy so now it goes through their own data centers instead.
It's still free, but you can no longer select specific countries, only generic regions (Americas, Europe, Asia) which has practically made it useless for me - but I'm sure there are other people who can still benefit from using it.
In short - Opera from version 49 onwards have switched its "VPN" feature to use its own server infrastructure instead of using SurfEasy's.
Unfortunately, as a side effect the bandwidth has dropped much.
Well, what they use is basically proxy. Here is more information about it -
The short response from Opera staff:
>“In our case we are coming with a new term: a browser VPN – and our goal is that all the network activity from the browser is actually routed via our secure proxy – unlike the usual proxies that only route the web traffic. So it’s different than a system wide VPN but it’s also different than a proxy. Thus – a browser VPN. Currently WebRTC and plugins are still not routed that way – but we’re very open about this – we’ve just released this as a developer preview and planning to fix this in the coming updates.”
They were. The VPN they use is SurfEasy. They are located in Canada.
I don't have a source for this, but I think it was more of a partnership between Opera and SurfEasy. I don't think SurfEasy came into being by being split from Opera during the acquisition. Again, no source, so I could be wrong!
I bought my league pass recently. The price in the U.K. was £200, so I downloaded a VPN on my phone to do it. I used SurfEasy VPN (500mb free I believe) and set it to Canada. I don't know if I had to sign up, but I'm sure it'd be a quick process. Then I just went through the payment process on the LP website and it worked fine. I saved about £100 and it took 5-10minutes max.
Opera owns VPN company from Canada called SurfEasy . SurfEasy servers are used for the VPN built-in now in Opera developer. And SurfEasy is not a free service (apart from one week trial they offer).
> They keep bandwidth and usage logs
Following your link, it says:
"The SurfEasy network is a No Log network. SurfEasy does not store users originating IP address when connected to our service and therefore cannot identify users when provided IP addresses of our servers. Additionally, SurfEasy cannot disclose information about the applications, services or websites our users consume while connected to our services; as SurfEasy does not store this information."
Depends - for example, SurfEasy is specifically designed to not support BitTorrent. When you start up uTorrent or another peer-sharing app, SurfEasy will auto-disconnect, leaving your true ISP-assigned address unmasked and loggable the moment you open a connection to start your download/upload. While it's a very good anonymizer for browsing, and works well for region-fudging, it's essentially useless for masking BitTorrent related activities.
If having an always-on VPN, including over Mobile Data, is important, you should consider a multi-platform VPN like SurfEasy:
I use it and it’s fantastic. Have a look and see if it meets your needs.
I use VPN from a country that does not have Microsoft Rewards program. Download a separate browser and use SurfEasy VPN add-on, which is the only one that works for me. However, SurfEasy only allows a specific amount of data for free, so I don't suggest you use it for purposes other than Rewards.
So the policy is "no VPN allowed" and the connections are blocked during working hours (6AM to 6PM) but magically they stop blocking them at 6PM. Using a program called SurfEasy but apps like Hulu will block saying something like "it appears you are using a VPN program so please close VPN and restart Hulu". Are these apps like Hulu doing client side checks so it wouldn't matter if I forward my traffic through my home network?
Read what? That quote is unrelated to what I said so I am not sure what you mean (and from mid 2016 if from the same article).
I was talking about the Opera deal with SurfEasy LLC for hosting the service - but I am not sure what the details are now I have checked again.
According to an update in November Opera have already started to move the VPN in house to their own infrastructure, so maybe I am missing something.
> Previously, the VPN service was hosted and operated by SurfEasy LLC. This company has recently been acquired by Symantec, and we have investigated the best options for hosting the service and concluded the browser VPN service will be moved to our own data centers.
There are several VPN products on the market. Everyone has their fav. SurfEasy is a Canadian product.
The main purpose is to encrypt your wifi activities on public shared networks. Yes, the encryption does slow you down a bit.
Without encryption, public wifi is not much different than trying to have an intimate conversation with a friend at a restaurant, but every saucy thing you say can be heard by the table next to you with the right software.
There are TONS and TONS of options. Google around for it. I currently use SurfEasy VPN but I am also evaluating other options. Honestly, I do not use it all the time. Just when I have poor signal and must connect to an untrusted wifi. Though if this throttling becomes burdensome, I may use it more.
If you're having trouble with a VPN you can try using the Opera browser. Opera uses SurfEasy in its built in browser, although you cant select your region if you use the browser rather than the VPN itself.
If you're unsure of your location in the US you can just search for your IP location on Google. If your location isn't in an Eastern state, restart the browser and try again.
Actually, it still works. I've never done it before but I was just able to buy them via VPN after linking my account to my (dummy) facebook account, then uninstalling (+ clear data), connect to vpn (Japan server, I used SurfEasy but I assume any service works fine), then download and install again, logged in via facebook and could see the FGO stickers in the sticker menu.
One thing to note was that the stickers didn't appear when I did a search for "Fate". However, they did appear in the "similar stickers" region at the bottom of some anime stickers, and they also appeared on the start page of settings (in the app, right button with the three dots, they appeared when I scrolled down a bit to "popular official stickers").
I'm no expert, but I guess it's just semantics.
The term they use is "browser VPN", because it only covers internet traffic from the browser which is precisely what a proxy does.
The distinction is that a regular VPN would cover all internet traffic from the operating system.
It's worth noting that the actual service is provided by SurfEasy from Canada - which is a 5 eyes country.
The VPN crowd generally avoids certain countries, Canada included, because services based there could be already compromised (legally) by the NSA or other intelligence agencies.
You should consider using the US version of the WWE network. You just need to use a VPN to sign up (like SurfEasy, which is free) and you can continue watching without it once you've signed in. I've been doing it for a year now. Use a fake US address during the registration and you're golden. I don't have it in me to pay Rogers/Bell to watch the network.
> from the Opera browser would actually work to download torrent anonymously.
From what I can tell the Opera free VPN is not "anonymous" in the sense that you could use it for P2P/torrents. They do indeed log connection data.
> Principle 2 – Identifying Purposes
> When you become a user of the Service, SurfEasy collects, as consideration for your right to use the Service, your personal information for the following purposes:
> to comply with legal requirements;
> Principle 4 – Limiting Collection
> SurfEasy will only collect personal information needed for it to properly conduct its business and only collect it by fair and lawful means. Information collected about you via the Service may include:
> usage data, like web addresses (but not content of the web pages) and IP address locations;
> IP address with date and time;
Opera's VPN is not a true VPN. It's merely a HTTPS proxy. It's same as when using SurfEasy browser extension with a browser other than Opera.
Your ISP can't see which site you're connecting to. They can only see that you're connecting to the "VPN" server, which is SurfEasy's HTTPS proxy server. All data are encrypted using HTTPS, so your ISP only sees encryped data.
The only possible leak is when using the WebRTC functionality, as described below.
>Like Opera's previous VPN integrations, the app uses the US-based SurfEasy VPN service acquired by Opera last March. SurfEasy offers its own standalone apps for Android and iOS, as well as desktop software, but charges a subscription fee after a trial period
So this is not the SurfEasy app, it's the opera browser which has SurfEasy's technology built in. The Opera browser app page calls itself free and unlimited as well.
the parent commenter said no, and explained why:
SurfEasy is a VPN company located in Canada (a five eyes country)
They keep bandwidth and usage logs.
View his comment for links and more info.
Honestly after reading how professionally you conduct yourself. I am going to try it the one under SurfEasy Inc right? Also follow up, as long as key is present at above tool bar VPN is active correct? And what the diff between 2.49$ and 2.99$ deal?
This is one of the few reasons I like the Internet. I can't believe how kind people can be. Thank you so much for your response.
I never go on public Wifi, so that is safe. Just a question, though -- is it "safer" to go on public Wifi with your iPhone/iPad? I know tons of people who do to save data and I am just curious if they are taking a big risk.
I always double check the URL and most of my sites keep me logged in until I ditch my cookies.
I read a lot about SurfEasy recently because Best Buy had the USB key on sale in their flyer. I thought you had to pay for it? Would I need a VPN at home, though?
Good question. We've designed it to work without requiring installation rights. You'll need to be able to use the USB port on your computer though. Also works on both Mac and PC so you can go between.
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I've been concerned with privacy issues for many years and frustrated at the inability of the law to keep pace. Technology self-help solutions don't provide a complete answer - we need effective regulators and regulation - but they can be enormously helpful. I was impressed with what SurfEasy is doing and was happy to help out.
As for the NSA scandal, the sheer scope of the surveillance activities, which stretch across the U.S. to the UK and even to Canada are alarming. I conducted a Q&A with Maclean's Magazine that addresses more of my thoughts on this at
Have you seen this list of VPN providers? Any comments on them?
SurfEasy promotes itself as a no-log service, but it does retain the ability to enable logging and disclose it "to governmental authorities or agencies, including law enforcement agencies, at their request or pursuant to a court order, subpoena or other legal process, if there is a good faith belief that such collection or disclosure is required by law". Given that SurfEasy is based in Canada and vulnerable to the on-going spying scandal, this seems like a false sense of security. How does it compare to the aforementioned list of providers?
I currently use SurfEasy VPN. What would your service offer that I am not currently getting with them?
So far, it is the cheapest service I can find, and seems to be pretty reputable. Only $4.99 per month, or $50 for a year. I also like that they have Micheal Geist on their legal advisory board.
It seems your service is way more expensive. However, I am sort of a noob when it comes to this sort of stuff, so I was wondering what would make your service better (hence, why it is so much more expensive)?
I use SurfEasy's mobile VPN for €2.31 a month. It's a bit of a hit and miss, and sometimes you need to reconnect a few times until you get a server that supports Netflix, but it works. (Also one thing that seems to work is to look up the show on one country that has it, and if it throws an error leave Netflix on the same screen, but connect to another country that has it.)
That's a point "for now". Opera VPN is not really a VPN though, it's basically just a proxy pool of SurfEasy, which was acquired by symantec. It's just a matter of time until those IPs get listed as well and then again, it's not a VPN it just uses that term.
One alternative there is would be NordVPN for $3/mnthl which is a full-equipped VPN service.
I'm pretty sure that either Proton VPN or Nord VPN offering option for being able to watch Netflix. I'm even able to use SurfEasy with US/UK IP without trouble and was able to watch it through Netherlands after about 2-3 tries.
It was really strange discovery because I forgot about VPN connection and started to watch Family Guy (apparently they licensed 3 seasons for Netherlands). I laughed when I actually disabled VPN and had support to explain me that I was watching it from Netherlands.
Same thing happens from settings directly. Trying to switch the vpn off just doesn’t work. I believe it depends on the vpn that you are using.
Currently using SurfEasy and having problems with this.
Switching off from the app itself works though.
You should use a VPN. Whenever I go to China, I always have VPNs I've prepared ready. The one I've found most effective is SurfEasy, though I'm running out of bandwith. If you are using the Internet for casual purposes, you should be fine with some free VPNs.
>Moving to Opera data centers
>In the past, the VPN service was hosted and operated by SurfEasy LLC, a company recently acquired by Symantec. We have looked into the best options for hosting the service and came to the conclusion that the browser VPN service should be moved to our own data centers.
I get this issue when I'm off wifi. My solution is to use a free VPN (such as SurfEasy), and it works. Not sure why it happens, but I've been having this issue since I started the game a few months ago.
If i recall correctly, it indeed uses a ssl proxy that encrypts the traffic with HTTPS, but the deal is that they route the traffic to SurfEasy's VPN servers.
Botton page: VPN in Opera browser is provided by SurfEasy Inc., an Opera company based in Canada. By using the service you accept the Terms of Service.
SurfEasy VPN (on iOS). Use it only when you want to play dokkan, because it gives limited traffic, but is enough for the game since it only spends a few MB per session (but creating a new surfeasy account should give you the same free traffic again).
Using a VPN is in now way "IT heavy", nor does it violate any law.
Personally I use SurfEasy. Even my elderly mother could use it.
To watch the Americas Cup I opened the VPN app, clicked a country that allowed streaming, then opened the Americas Cup app. Easy. (and AirPlayed it to my TV in full HD etc.)
There's more to using a VPN than just that, by the way. I don't need to be "tracked" by anyone, for example.
Just saying what I'm thinking here.
SurfEasy on iOS isn't free. Why is it free on opera, but not on iOS.
Apparently SurfEasy uses VPSs, at least, that's what it seems like when their VPN servers are from .
This is the one I was thinking about: Opera offers iPhone users free VPN, with strings attached
> According to Chris Houston, the president of SurfEasy, Opera will insert advertisements into Opera VPN, although he couched the plan as "likely" rather than certain. "While there are not ads today, advertisements will likely be introduced in the application in the future," Houston said in a long post to his company's blog today.
> SurfEasy -- now a division of Opera Software -- will also sell anonymized collections of data acquired from users of Opera VPN, said Houston. "This information is made available to third parties who are interested in better understanding the mobile ecosystem and how it's evolving," he explained.
use a VPN (SurfEasy is a good free one) to make it look like you're in a different city/country. I set my VPN to Canada when I look for improved amex sign up bonuses and almost always get the highest possible bonus to show up quickly.
Opera has collaborated this VPN service with SurfEasy an American VPN company which means it will be under jurisdiction of mass surveillance and data retention laws by Five Eyes, second and most important thing SurfEasy president Chris Houston himself said that they keep users' cell phone data and share it with third parties who need it for the improvement of their products, he further explained that the data they collect is of users' cell phone activity and not their personal data and they believe users are comfortable with it if they provide this information to some companies in exchange for a free VPN service. But my point is NO I will never like any VPN to keep an eye on how I use my cell phone, it is a big turn off for me.
I go through the free data they give quick because I play the roulette on their site sometimes. There's a Chrome app called Widescribe that gives you free 10gb for their VPN. TunnelBear is only 1.5GB, and SurfEasy is around the same... But, you need to do certain things to get more data, and it renews each month.
SurfEasy is a premium very private service. It has some features that the Opera VPN does not:
-More regions to choose from
-Support for more platforms (desktop, mac, etc..)
-Never any advertising in the app.
-Auto wifi security
-support for Torrents (under our SurfEasy Ultra Plan )
The Opera VPN is free, but will have advertising in it at some point. Also we use data from the VPN to produce anonymised market intelligence.
In terms of picking the right one, I think the first question is if you're comfortable having some of your VPN data used for anonymised market intelligence. This is usually pretty dividing for people - many are fine with it but some want a very strict no-log policy. That's usually the key decision for customers.
Hope that helps!
> 1) there is no data limit for the VPN embedded in the Opera Browser. The 500mb data limit you're referring to is for the SurfEasy VPN for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.
There should be one. It sounds like an excellent opportunity for Opera to make some money from their free browser. How does opera make money anyway?
Sure, just under that:
>SurfEasy may need to collect the following operational data in order to operate our Services.
>Temporary usage data
They may have legitimate service-based reasons for logging, but that still means they log.
A quality VPN service for free, built right into your browser? Golly gee, that almost sounds too good to be true...
Oh wait, I guess it is.
It is also just a simple proxy with a nicer name on it, probably to attract media attention and entice some new users I guess.
EDIT: Opera bought SurfEasy last year which is the service they're routing traffic through for this. SurfEasy got hit just as bad by Netflix's blockers as the others, so it'll be very hit and miss for most.
Keep reading below that. They may be used for legitimate proposes, and they may be temporary, but they're still logs.
SurfEasy may need to collect the following operational data in order to operate our Services.
Aggregate bandwidth usage for for billing, network operations and support.
Temporary usage data to assist with debugging a problem with the service. This information is not retained once trouble shooting is resolved.
> What's your revenue model, how are you going to make money off me and/or my data?
Opera has always being pretty open about how it makes its money, you can see an overview of it on their FAQs page. I guess if people want the "full" VPN experience they will push them in the direction of SurfEasy.
Interestingly their successful Opera Turbo, so it isn't like this type of service is new to Opera. At a guess they plan do some clever stuff behind the scenes and merge the two technologies.
It seems to be working (I set my location to Canada):
It's ~$30 a year but download the SurfEasy app and test it out before you buy it because I can't make any guarantees. You get 500mbs or so as a free trial.
Well if you're jailbroken you can pretty much accomplish almost anything. "LocalIAP" is the tweak. Can't remember off the top of my head which Cydia source it's from.
The streaming works fine. Obviously the FPS isn't as good as BallStreams, but it works pretty good. I even AirPlay to my Apple TV or use Chromecast and the stream is in HD quality and for the most part works fine.
Edit: For those of you that are concerned about blackouts, if you're using an iOS (doesn't have to be jailbroken) device you can just install SurfEasy VPN and turn it on to Australia. Launch the NBA app, start streaming your local game, go back to SurfEasy and turn the VPN off, and go right back to watching the game without using up your allowed MB's on the VPN.
>Hola is a "peer-to-peer" VPN. This may sound nice, but what it actually means is that other people browse the web through your internet connection. To a website, it seems like it's you browsing the site.
I'm honestly surprised by the number of people that use Hola and don't realize this. I installed it a couple of months ago knowing full well what I was signing up for, used it for a few videos and disabled it afterwards.
>If you simply want to get around geo-restrictions, there are many other services that offer similar functionality to Hola, but safely. We do not make any particular recommendations.
Personally I like SurfEasy and Tor Browser, though I still see some uses for Hola.
I already found one, it is called SurfEasy. It does not have a chinese VPN, but I connected with a VPN from Singapore and it worked!
EDIT: I think I found the best of all: Hola VPN. It is free, it is fast and it has chinese VPN. It worked perfectly!
EDIT 2: It was too good to be true... It stopped working. :(
SurfEasy VPN. Lets you use a VPN with your phone or PC. You can link your account to 5 devices. They only give you like 500MBs to start out, but you can get a bunch of free space by doing stuff like following on Twitter, changing the location of where your VPN is running from, linking devices to your account, and recommending friends. I got up to 3GBs within the first week. That's all I need for my phone.
You can also pay for more data.
Same problem here. I used the SurfEasy VPN during the whole process like I already did in former times. It seems to went fine all the way and in PP the process is completed but the status of the Order on nuuvem says "canceled". What can we do?
No problem, happy to help!
For public wifi, there isn't really much "safety" you can rely on. I don't know much about what hackers can do, but I think you should presume that there is limited security no matter what device you use. That said, maybe a cellphone is less worthy of being hacked than a computer (pure speculation)?
SurfEasy has a paid option if you want to use more than 2GB per month, I think. You can download the free version directly from their website, no need to get it from Best Buy (which I think is just trying to squeeze out extra money from customers), and then pay for the upgrade IF you want.
Thank you for the reply - and thanks for making your product!
Don't get me wrong though, I think SurfEasy is a great solution and is the best I've seen yet by far. Problem is, as a student I literally don't have the money for anything like this or else I'd definitely buy it.
Can I also make a suggestion? For people like me where we don't want it to be obvious what we are doing, have a option to have the USB stick black or white without anything on it. Make it look like any old USB drive. At school, I don't want any teachers to get suspicious when they see something like this.
Peko is international.
If you go to the App Store/Play Store and it says 'Not available' etc... follow guide below, if it shows up normally then just download.
iOS : Make a US iTunes account, download 'SurfEasyVPN' for phone and sign up for free account then enable US location.
Log into 'App Store' using US iTunes account with VPN enabled then download. When done turn off VPN and use normally you don't need it anymore.
Android : Go to APK Downloader, copy this link into the generator :
.bucks , then press the download APK button. When done install the .APK to phone using any file manager [ES File Explorer].
Invite code : ND4YD0gD** [Use invite code to get 5'000 points when you sign up]
I think Tor is an excellent solution for the right user. But for many the speed issues are a real barrier to use. The speed issues come not just from the infrastructure but also the architecture of multihop solutions.
I personally believe that privacy and security solutions are only as good as how often they are used. Our goal is to provide a service that is very easy to use and frictionless for the customer.
Its a good question about how this evolves. Today VPN is not regulated the same way ISP's are - could that change? Sure. Although it does start to get more complex. If VPN providers are required to provide data access does that mean corporate VPN's need to? Im sure we'll find out in the coming years.
Thanks for the great questions. Free SurfEasy Total VPN for you if you're interested. Code in PM.
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