Laziest and Cheapest Way to Bypass Your ISP
Congress decided that your ISP should be allowed to sell your personal browsing data, but the solutions to get around this are a little complicated, costly, or downright painful . What’s a lazy internet person to do? Use Opera.
Last year, Opera, the little browser everyone seems to forget, introduced a free VPN. Although it ran into a security issue right away due to IP leaks, it has now been fixed to be the easiest, cheapest and smarter way to access a VPN and bypass your ISP right now. However, there are many caveats here.
It’s also good to remember that unlike a traditional VPN, which encrypts all traffic on your device as a whole, only the web browsing you do in Opera will go through their VPN. So, it looks more like a proxy than a VPN, but it still works for our purposes. You can also install Opera VPN on Android and iOS to encrypt your traffic on mobile devices. Mobile apps work like a regular VPN.
None of this matters to the average Jane bypassing her ISP out of laziness in the hope of taunting Comcast / Spectrum / AT&T / whatever, but it’s still important information to keep in mind for privacy reasons. In the end, you get what you pay for.
Well, despite all this, Opera is still a way to keep your data safe from your ISP. Here’s how to use it:
- Download Opera for your operating system.
- Click Preferences (click Opera> Preferences on Mac).
- Click the Privacy & Security section.
- Click Turn on VPN. While on this screen, you can also select the Do Not Track and Block Ads check boxes to bypass other types of tracking.