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A web browser made by Opera Software, using the Blink engine. Has some interesting features like mouse gestures, a built-in ad blocker and VPN. It is the sixth most popular browser. But how does it look like in terms of privacy?

Version tested: 87.0.4390.36


Opera makes about 83 unsolicited requests on its first run:

By default, it spies on all your browsing. Works closely with advertisers and trackers. It is integrated with Facebook/Meta, one of the biggest privacy violators in the world. Has Google as the default search engine. Closed source.


Opera makes geolocation requests:

Malware / Phishing protection

Anytime you visit a website, Opera will make a request like this to check if it is malicious. So it is literally spying on your whole browsing history:

This can be turned off in the settings ("Privacy & Security" → "Privacy" → "Protect me from malicious sites").

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp integration

Opera has a Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram button on the sidebar, and Facebook/Meta (which owns WhatsApp and Instagram) and is one of the most anti-privacy organizations out there.

Opera's "Partners"

Opera has a list of "partners" — those are the websites that are in the Speed Dial by default.

If you click on one of them from there, they will know you visited from Opera's Speed Dial. Those requests also include unique user IDs.

Opera is closed source

And it will stay that way. From their FAQ (the message used to be there in 2017, they must have deleted it somewhere in 2018):

Opera has not officialy open sourced its browser. However, leaks of the old Presto web engine Opera used to use have appeared on the internet.

Even with that however, there could still other spyware might be hiding in there.