Opera Doubles Down on Privacy With New Built-In Tracker Blocker

Posted on October 8, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Web browsers with 4 Comments

Tracker blockers on web browsers are a pretty new concept that’s slowly making its way to all the major browsers to help protect users’ privacy. Microsoft’s new Edge browser has a built-in tracking protection feature, and Firefox also had the feature for a little while. And now, Opera is introducing a built-in tracker blocker.

With the release of Opera 64, the browser now includes a built-in tracker blocker that uses the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List to block any trackers on the web. The browser lets you easily turn off the blocker on individual sites from the address bar, as tracker blockers can sometimes break the functionality of certain websites.

Opera says the new feature will lead to significant increases in performance. The company says the tracker blocker alone can speed up page load speeds by around 20%, and combining it with the existing ad blocker can result in performance increases of up to 76%.

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