Opera VPN is a pretty popular, free VPN service on Android and iOS. But the company announced this week that it will be shutting down the service on April 30, 2018. On the company's website, it explains what its plan is for those that paid for the Gold version of Opera VPN, and also for those that were just using the free version. The company says that it is still dedicated to protecting users' privacy, and is pushing everyone over to SurfEasy, which is another VPN service. Those with Opera VPN Gold will get a free year of SurfEasy, while everyone else will get a 80-percent discount on a year subscription to the service.
Opera hasn't given a real reason why the app and service is being shut down, but it is likely to focus its resources elsewhere. Now the VPN that is built into the Opera browser is likely going to remain, at least for now. Opera VPN was an app that ran separately on your smartphone. Think of it like ExpressVPN or VPNUnlimited, but for free. Because it was a free VPN service, it was very popular, seeing as many other VPN services did cost around $10 per month or more.
VPN's are a pretty popular tool for those that do a lot of traveling or use a lot of "free" WiFi hotspots. This is because it protects your data when on free or open WiFi networks. It also allows you to get around geographical limitations. For example, if you are in China, you'll be able to access apps like Twitter and Facebook by using a VPN. A VPN is also known as a Virtual Private Network, which is a somewhat unknown tool for anyone that works online, but definitely worth using. Those that were using Opera VPN can switch over to SurfEasy, or check out any of the many other VPNs out there. Many of which do not limit the bandwidth you can use each month.