What Is It?
Did you know that Netflix’s library is different in every country? For example, if you’re in the U.K., you may not have access to major network shows like 30 Rock, but you can stream film comedy classics like Airplane! And some countries don’t have Netflix at all. That’s when it’s great to have Opera, a free VPN (virtual private network) app for desktop and mobile that enables you to access ALL nations’ Netflix libraries—as well as allowing uninterrupted internet services while abroad.
And, while Keeping Up with the Kardashians is critical, it’s even more important to keep your sensitive data—passwords, account numbers, etc.—private. Connected traveling generally involves using public internet; even if the connection is password protected, you’re sharing wi-fi with hundreds or thousands of other users. But if you use a VPN like Opera, all of your web traffic will be encrypted, meaning con artists can’t rain on your vacation.
How Does It Work?
Chick-flick night aside, being able to virtually change your location has very practical applications. What makes the world go ‘round? Money. Where is your money? In the bank. But what happens if you get locked out of your bank? While most financial institutions will only freeze or lock your account with your best interests in mind, it can be a real nightmare—especially if you’re on foreign soil.
Of course, you should always make sure to call your bank or update your online profile before heading on a trip. But even with this precaution, there is a laundry list of activities that will provoke your accounts to go into lockdown. A VPN will help you avoid the additional insult of paying international rates for your frantic calls to customer service.
For security purposes, many online portals can only be accessed in your home country. Rather than book a return ticket, simply download Opera and surf the web from Cincinnati, Denver, Portland…you name it. A secure U.S. connection is often required for online banking, as well as corporate networks. So if you’re planning on doing any work while away, make sure to download Opera.
And did you know that you can’t access Google and Facebook in China? That means zero likes and hundreds of unanswered questions if you happen to be traveling there for business or pleasure. Unless you have Opera to bypass restrictions—and keep the work or play flowing.
Our Favorite Part!
Opera’s VPN also helps you to hide from Big Brother. The VPN blocks ads, changes your virtual location and prevents pesky targeted ads from stalking you around the net. So even if you’re not out of the country, Opera will dramatically improve your web surfing experience.
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Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.