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This article was published on May 9, 2016

Opera’s getting serious about adblocking with its new VPN for iPhone and iPad

Opera’s getting serious about adblocking with its new VPN for iPhone and iPad
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Opera has announced the launch of a new standalone VPN app for iPhone and iPad that promises to unlock geo-location restrictions and block ads.

The launch follows the introduction of the VPN service baked into its desktop browser last month, but brings it to a far larger potential audience; Opera only holds around two percent of the total desktop browser market.

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The company says that more virtual locations will be added soon (it currently offers just five) and that it contains a built-in adblocker to stop ads and improve privacy when using Safari, Chrome and other apps.

Of course, while Opera says it will open up a world of non-georestricted content, the services that provide that content are cracking down on the workaround, so how long it will work for – if it does for you at all – is up for debate.

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