The Opera browser has long been recognized as one of the fastest around, consistently outperforming Internet Explorer and Firefox in speed tests. The release of Opera 11.62 provides several updates that improve security and reliability, while maintaining the speed that has been one of the browser’s hallmark strengths.
The “security and stability” updates included in Opera 11.62 address seven specific browser vulnerabilities found to affect version 11.61. Two of the more serious flaws, deemed “high severity,” allowed hackers to use certain security holes to trick users into downloading and executing potentially malicious code on their computers. To ensure the safest browsing experience, users should regularly check the Opera website to make sure they are running the most recent version.
The software engineers at Opera have been busy ensuring that Opera 11.62 has all of the features users expect in modern browsers. Enhancements such as private browsing, malware detection, fraud warnings, tabbed windows and HTML5 support are all part of the new release. A user-invoked option called Opera Turbo uses dynamic compression and caching to speed browsing on slow connections.
One of Opera’s most appealing characteristics is its support for extensions and widgets. Extensions are code modules designed to supplement the browser’s standard functionality or appearance. Installation involves launching executables that inject additional code into the browser’s original programming. Once installed, users can make tweaks such as changing the browser’s color scheme or enabling YouTube video downloads. Widgets are mini-applications that users can download to their desktops and run as separate programs. Although widgets don’t require Opera to be open in order to run, they do require the browser to be installed on the user’s machine. Opera 11.62 extensions and widgets are available the Opera website.
The developers at Norway-based Opera Software ASA are the brains behind the Opera browser. Since its founding in 1994, the company has relied upon a philosophy of advancing free information access to drive its development efforts. Opera 11.62 runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. The Opera Mini 7 mobile version currently dominates the portable browser market, beating Android by a slim margin.