For those using the Opera Web browser, be advised that its long-term security may now be doubtful, to say the least. Engadget reports:
After a $1.2 billion deal fell through, Opera has sold most of itself to a Chinese consortium for $600 million. The buyers, led by search and security firm Qihoo 360, are purchasing Opera's browser business, its privacy and performance apps, its tech licensing and, most importantly, its name.
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Opera is the fifth most popular desktop browser with a meager 1.9 percent share, but it does hold a very respectable 10 percent of the mobile market. The company has been especially innovative in that arena, having introduced built-in ad-blocking, data and video compression and a built-in VPN.
There's more at the link.
Given the frequency of reports about Chinese hacking activities, I have little doubt that the 'Chinese consortium' that now owns Opera will come under irresistible state pressure to allow that country's agents to 'hack' the browser, ensuring that any and all 'interesting' data viewed using it will be leaked back to Chinese servers. I use Opera myself occasionally, but in the interests of personal security that's got to stop. I'm going to uninstall Opera and scrub its remnants from my system. I can only recommend to my readers that they do likewise.