Opera Software released a new version of the company's desktop web browser Opera to the public on August 20, 2019. Opera 63.0 improves the browser's private mode among other things.
Opera users may run a check for updates with a click on Menu > Update & Recovery. The browser should download and install version 63.0 automatically at that point or list the update so that it can be installed. The new Opera 63.0 can also be downloaded from the Opera website.
The new version of Opera improves private mode; Opera users who open a new private mode window get information about private mode on that page.
In particular, Opera informs them that certain parties may still see the browsing activity, and that some data is deleted and some is kept when leaving private mode.
Tech savvy users known that private browsing modes are only good for reducing local traces; visited sites, Internet providers, or the organizations that operate a network the computer is connected to, may still see activity.
Users could improve privacy by using a VPN.
Opera 63.0 informs users that it will delete the browsing history, cookies and site data, and form data when private mode is exited. Data purposely created by the user, e.g. bookmarks or downloaded files, remains available.
The second change that Opera Software highlights on the official company blog moves the default location from the Other Bookmarks folder to the Bookmarks Bar. Newly saved bookmarks, e.g. by pressing Ctrl-D or clicking on the bookmarks icon in the Opera toolbar, are saved to the Bookmarks Bar by default unless a different folder is selected by the user.
The log of changes reveals other improvements and fixes. Here is a selection of noteworthy ones:
- Chromium was updated to 76.0.3809.100.
- Download page load speed improved.
Opera 63.0 is not a massive update feature-wise. Opera Software did fix several crashes and lots of issues in the new Opera browser version though which should be reason enough to update to the new version.