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Opera Browser Now Fully Ad-Free

Last month, Security Fix alerted readers that the makers of the Opera Web browser had decided to make their product ad-free for a day to mark their 10th anniversary. Starting this week, however, the company has decided to remove the banner ads from its browser altogether and make the program free to all comers.

Ever since that offer last month, I've been spending a good deal of time getting to know the browser and found it to be feature-rich (almost too rich) and overall very easy to use. Die-hard browser tweakers can learn all about Opera's many features using the Opera tutorials.

I applaud the folks at Opera for what appears to be a smart marketing move at a time when people are starting to reexamine whether Mozilla's Firefox browser actually is any more secure than Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Seems like just the perfect time for them to seize on some of the ambivalence out there right now in the browser market.

Incidentally, if you're already using Opera but haven't upgraded to the latest version recently, now might be a good time to take care of that. Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in the e-mail client of Opera versions 8.02 and earlier that could cause e-mail attachments to be opened without any interaction on the part of the user, which could have nasty results if an attacker used this vulnerability to trick the application into opening a virus-infected file.

By Brian Krebs  |  September 20, 2005; 1:45 PM ET
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