In a blog post published on Tuesday 8 April Opera announced it had launched Opera 60, a new desktop browser. Codenamed Reborn 3, it aims to set a ‘new standard’ for browsers and provide users with features that should improve their online experience.
Currently, Reborn 3 is the only desktop browser to include a built-in VPN service. Opera has been offering this feature for some time but has made improvements so it’s now much quicker. There’s also no data cap and it’s a completely zero-logs service, so none of your online activity is logged on any of Opera’s servers.
Another useful tool that comes with this new release is the integrated ad-blocker. When you first download the browser this is turned off by default, but activating it is as simple as opening up the ‘Easy Setup’ panel and toggling the ‘Block Ads’ Switch.
Once switched on, this feature will start blocking ads on every website you visit, allowing you to browse faster without any additional clutter. If you decide you want to be able to see ads on a specific page, you can make an exception and switch the ad-blocker off for that page. This is as easy as clicking the icon in the address bar.
The launch of Reborn 3 also introduces the concept of Web 3, which Opera defines as “an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems”.
This prompted Opera to include a built-in crypto wallet with the new browser, allowing users to house their personal identification as well as their online currency. It’s a totally secure way of completing peer-to-peer transactions, while also bypassing the major corporations who used to monopolize these types of processes.
Not only does this wallet let you store cryptocurrency, it also syncs with the crypto callet in the Opera Android browser, meaning secure wallet keys will never leave your smartphone. This means that whenever you’re required to identify yourself to a Web 3 website or approve a transaction on the blockchain, you’ll have to confirm it through your smartphone using a passcode, facial recognition or fingerprint.
Opera has created this new browser in the hope that it will give users ‘complete control’ over their digital lives, while also giving them ‘a glimpse of the future of the web’.