How to Use the Opera Browser’s Built-In Free VPN on Your Mac

Posted in Apps, How To, Mac on 07/04/2017 by Chris Hauk


Following the March 28 U.S. Congress vote to repeal restrictions preventing Internet Service Providers from selling personal browsing data and information, interest in VPN’s greatly increased. Browser maker Opera claims interest in their Mac browser, which includes a built-in, free VPN, more than doubled in just a few days.

How to Use the Opera Browser's Built-In Free VPN on Your Mac

How to Use the Opera Browser’s Built-In Free VPN on Your Mac

Since the VPN is included in the Opera browser, it is quite easy to enable it, allowing users to protect their online privacy and data. Here’s how to use it.

1.) Download the Opera browser for Mac (DUH!)

2.) Run the browser

3.) Go to “Preferences”

4.) Click “Privacy & Security” and then toggle the free VPN on

5.) An icon labeled “VPN” will appear in the browser to the left of the address field, from which you can activate the VPN and choose your preferred location.

You can also choose to have the Opera browser automatically select the optimal server for your location, based on factors such as network speed, latency, location, and server capacity.

It should be noted that only your browsing through the Opera browser is protected by the VPN connection. Your other Internet usage, such as emails and other online tasks are still business as usual.

Opera says their VPN feature in the browser is a “no-log service,” meaning information on their users is not stored outside of the basic information needed to set up their account and make sure the VPN is working correctly. The VPN service is provided by SurfEasy Inc., which is a Canadian company operating under Canadian privacy laws.

For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.