I’m also betting it’s a development that isn’t far off at all…because Opera very recently acquired SurfEasy which provides an easy to use VPN for mobile devices and desktops. Why would Opera acquire such a company if it didn’t intend to integrate it with its browser somehow?
There were hopes that Mozilla would integrate Tor anonymity software into Firefox…but Mozilla declined. Well, it really wouldn’t have been a hard thing to do since Tor already uses a version (ESR) of Firefox as the browser.
Anyway, nowadays all this security mindedness makes sense. People are rightly concerned about cyber-crime, identity theft, spying and hacking. ‘In private’ browsing fools no one, and its name yields a false sense of security. People are also rightly concerned about tracking…when even OEMs like Lenovo put crapware like “Superfish” on their computers.
Also, VPNs would put an end to ‘geofencing’ content and might actually benefit users by forcing media streamers and media producers to actually bargain and bring down prices for licensing.
Even nicer? It would make NSA prying more difficult and, it could put a serious dent in repressive regimes’ ability to censor the internet.
So how about if Chrome, Opera, MS or Pale Moon integrated a VPN with its browser?
Would you be interested in such a browser? If in addition to a browser like that, they offered an “anonymizing” portal, would that be a good thing?
I’d bet any browser which did that would receive a huge boost in usage stats.
What are your thoughts? Isn’t it about time for such a feature?