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Opera 45 goes social with sidebars for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram

The Opera browser is reborn thanks to the power of messaging. Opera (the company) recently announced that the latest version of its browser is adopting some messaging features from Neon, an experimental version of Opera. The new features include built-in support for Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and WhatsApp in Opera 45.

There’s nothing particularly special about Opera’s versions of the messaging programs. WhatsApp is just WhatsApp Web that everyone already uses, while clicking the Facebook Messenger takes you to Messenger.com.

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Opera Reborn “rethinks” the browser… with integrated WhatsApp and Facebook

Opera is Reborn! No, literally, the new version of Opera is called Reborn.

The Norwegian browser maker, which was acquired by a Chinese tech company in 2016, has decided that Opera Reborn should focus on an intriguing new feature: the ability to pin Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram messaging apps to the left side of the browser. So, instead of tabbing to another browser window to respond to a friend or colleague, the chat window is right there in front of you. There are keyboard shortcuts to switch between multiple chat apps, too.

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Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users beware: This isn’t the apple.com you want

Enlarge / This is how a Chrome 57 displays https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/. Note the https://www.apple.com in the address bar.

If you're using Chrome, Firefox, or Opera to view websites, you should be aware of a weakness that can trick even savvy people into trusting malicious impostor sites that want you to download software or enter your password or credit card data.

The weakness involves the way these browsers display certain characters in the address bar. Until Google released version 58 in the past 24 hours, for instance, Chrome displayed https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/ as https://www.apple.com. The latest versions of Firefox and Opera by default continue to present the same misleading address. As the screenshot above demonstrates, the corresponding website has nothing to do with Apple. Had a malicious attacker registered the underlying xn--80ak6aa92e.com domain, she could have used it to push backdoored software or to trick visitors into divulging passwords or other sensitive information.

Xudong Zheng, a Web application developer who developed the apple.com look-alike site to demonstrate the threat, explained here how the attack works.

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Opera Browser Sync Server Hacked, Potentially Compromising Data of 1.7 Million Users

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Opera has told their users that an unknown hacker has gained access to their sync system, potentially exposing the data of around 1.7 million users. The Norwegian browser developer warned that “some of our sync users’ passwords and account information, such as login names, may have been compromised,” and encouraged all users to reset their passwords for third-party sites.

Opera Browser Sync Server Hacked, Potentially Compromising Data of 1.7 Million Users

 

Although we only store encrypted (for synchronized passwords) or hashed and salted (for authentication) passwords in this system, we have reset all the Opera sync account passwords as a precaution.

We have also sent emails to all Opera sync users to inform them about the incident and ask them to change the password for their Opera sync accounts. In an abundance of caution, we have encouraged users to also reset any passwords to third party sites they may have synchronized with the service.

The Opera web sync feature allows users to synchronize browser data and settings across all of their devices. The web browser developer notes that the actual number of users making use of the feature is less than 0.5% of their user base of 350 million people, and that the suggested password reset is merely a precaution.

Security continues to be an issue for a number of online services in recent days. Most recently, Dropbox told its users that any user who hadn’t changed their password since 2012 would be required to change it when they next logged into the cloud storage service. The company initiated the precautionary action when it learned about an old set of user credentials stolen in a hacking incident four years ago.

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Developer version of Opera for Mac now has a free, integrated VPN for privacy and region-hopping [Video]

Virtual Private Networks are becoming increasingly handy things to have, offering greater security on public Wi-Fi networks, making it harder for websites to track you and accessing content only available in particular countries. Usually you have to pay for these, but the latest developer version of the Opera for Mac has one built right into the browser, and it’s completely free to use.

Until now, most VPN services and proxy servers have been limited and based on a paid subscription. With a free, unlimited, native VPN that just works out-of-the-box and doesn’t require any subscription, Opera wants to make VPNs available to everyone.

If accessing content from other regions is your primary interest, the browser currently allows you to virtually travel to the USA, Canada and Germany, but more regions will follow once the feature makes it into the stable version.

Opera’s developer browser is a free download. Once installed, follow the instructions below to activate the feature.

Mac users just need to click the Opera menu, select “Preferences” and toggle the feature VPN on. A button will appear in the browser address field, from which the user can see and change location (more locations will appear later), check whether their IP is exposed and review statistics for their data used.


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