Guide to Security in Opera

I fond of Opera Web Browser. It has many functions including virtual private network, Opera Turbo and so many other functions. Among top web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and so on, the most feature-rich web browser is Opera.

What is Opera Web Browser for Windows?

  • If you want to enable Opera Turbo and switch between Opera Turbo and VPN (virtual private network) go to this link to learn more from here.
  • If you want to know what is new in Opera 54 then you can learn this from here.

Why Install Chrome extensions in Opera?

  • I was downloading a movie with Opera Turbo on in’New Window’ of Opera Web Browser.
  • Before downloading that movie most probably the dual audio movie, I found that my Windows Defender stops some download links.
  • With that download, some ‘Trojan’ was downloading and Windows Defender on access scan detected and stopped that download.
  • According to it this program is dangerous and executes commands from an attacker. It stays in Opera cache to execute that command.
  • I am very much thankful to Windows Defender that javascript code does not install itself and it simply deleted by Windows Defender Antivirus program.

According to Microsoft Malware encyclopedia description:

This JavaScript code is a cryptocurrency miner that has been found on both malicious and compromised websites, including sites that offer streaming videos, adult content, and online shopping.

When this JavaScript is loaded—whenever one opens a webpage containing it—it automatically starts to mine for Monero or other cryptocurrencies. This mining activity, often initiated without user consent, consumes resources and can slow down affected PCs.

This JavaScript code does not install itself and is simply deleted by Windows Defender Antivirus upon detection. This code might be detected multiple times during a short period if the page containing it is kept open or revisited.

So how could I make Opera Web browser stronger against such attacks:

  • Activate BLOCK ADS in opera through OPERA WEB BROWSER> SETTINGS>BLOCK ADS
  • In this way, you activate native ad blocking of the Opera web browser. Ad blocker also stops cryptocurrency mining javascript.
  • So that your computer will not be taken control from outside attackers.

To block ads:

  • Go to Settings (Preferences on Mac).
  • Under Block ads, click Block ads and surf the web up to three times faster.

To stop cryptocurrency mining, or crypto jacking, from happening on your computer:

  • Go to Settings (Preferences on Mac).
  • Under Block ads, click Manage Lists.
  • Click the NoCoin (Cryptocurrency Mining Protection) checkbox.

How to install Windows Defender Browser Protection in Opera:

  • I used it in Google Chrome and it protects computer through this link and through main Windows Defender Antivirus.
  • It protects better from malware and phishing sites.

According to Windows Defender Browsing Protection of Google Chrome:

The Windows Defender Browser Protection extension helps protect you against online threats, such as links in phishing emails and websites designed to trick you into downloading and installing malicious software that can harm your computer.

If you click a malicious link in an email or navigate to a site designed to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information, or a website that hosts malware, Windows Defender Browser Protection will check it against a constantly updated list of malicious URLs known to Microsoft.

If the malicious link matches one on the list, Windows Defender Browser Protection will show a red warning screen letting you know that the web page you are about to visit is known to be harmful, giving you a clear path back to safety with one click.

How to install Chrome extensions in Opera:

  • Sadly, the opera extension version of Windows Defender Browser protection is not available.
  • There is way around with it.
  • Download” Install Chrome Extensions” from Opera.
  • In order to go to Opera Extention page, go to SETTINGS>MENU>EXTENSIONS>GET EXTENSIONS.
  • Download “Install Chrome Extensions”.
  • In this way it allows you to install Google Chrome extensions in Opera web browser.
  • Then Open “Chrome Web store” in Opera browser.
  • Log in to Chrome Web store with Gmail id.
  • The interface of Chrome web store in the Opera web browser is similar to that of Google Chrome.
  • Search for “Windows Defender Browser Protection” and now you can find install button out there.
  • In this way ‘Windows Defender Browser Protection’ is now installed on your Opera Web browser.
  • Now, Windows Defender Antivirus can now protect directly from its extension of Opera Browser.

Summary:

  • This article aims to provide the learning experience for users who are using actively Opera for internet browsing and downloading.
  • In today’s’ complex world of internet and attackers, we need to keep updated with the ways and means to protect the web browser which we are actively using so that computer also not get infected through these ports.
  • You will never know at any point of time attackers might send any invisible code injection to take complete control of your web browser, your browsing activities and lastly your computer.
  • It is always a good idea to protect your computer and make it fast and virus free.

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