Opera Max for Android updated with improved privacy features, ad-blocker


Opera has just announced a new set of features for its Android app, which is meant to improve privacy and security more than “unprotected iPhone apps.” A new version of Opera Max, because this is the app in question, will be rolled out in stages to Android users in the next couple of days.

The main highlights of the update is the “privacy mode,” an interesting feature that allows users to enhance privacy on their Android phones across almost all of their apps.

Then, Opera takes a jab at Apple and its shady privacy policy and claims that the company “has been making a lot of noise about privacy and security on iPhone over the past year. However, they do nothing to reveal the sketchy behavior of apps that put your privacy at risk.”

The good news is Opera has found a way to prevent Android apps to misbehave and track users. Basically, the privacy mode included in Opera Max reveals which of the apps that you have installed on your phone are bad and which are good in term of sharing data with third parties.



Aside from the new privacy mode, the developers also added an ad-blocker. In fact, this acts like a filter that allows you to block trackers that are revealed by Opera Max's privacy mode. This will make you less of a target for various websites and apps that want to retarget you with ads.

Also, the privacy mode allows Android users to encrypt their app data and browsing traffic on Wi-Fi by simply tapping a button. More security and privacy over public Wi-Fi networks is more than welcome, especially if you're obsessed with these features.

If you don't have Opera Max installed on your Android phone, you can get it for free via Google Play store. The app should already include the new privacy mode announced by Opera earlier this week.

source: Opera

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5 Comments

1. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

And improves crawling the phone slow and buggy. Every updates I have done on my phones in the past 10 years caused crippling. Out off the box as it comes, is the best. Ignore this pos Bs updates.

2. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I wonder if this version of Opera Max will boot-loop my completely stock and unmodified LG G5 like the previous version does.

3. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Nope. Still boot-loops the AT&T LG G5. Go ahead, try it yourself. I told both Opera and AT&T about this issue months ago and they still haven't fixed it in last weeks OTA. That's what I call top-notch development.

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Weird. Mind you, it's for opera to fix, not LG or the carrier.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2215; Member since: May 04, 2015

An IP search shows my data being routed through servers in China before going to the destination server I chose. Since Opera was sold to a Chinese company I'm very cautious about using their ad blocker and data saving functions on their apps. A combination of another VPN and Blockthis does it for me.

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