Opera Software today boasted that the number of new U.S. users of its namesake browser more than doubled days after Congress voted to repeal restrictions on broadband providers eager to sell customers’ surfing history.Opera debuted a VPN — virtual private network — a year ago, and finalized the feature in September.

A VPN disguises the actual IP address of the user, effectively anonymizing the browsing, and encrypts the data transmitted to and from sites, creating a secure “tunnel” to the destination.[ Also on InfoWorld: Want privacy? Congress says you’ll have to pay for it. |  Read ’em and weep: 5 ways your ISP is screwing you. | 5 more ways your ISP is screwing you. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]
By using a VPN, U.S. users block their Internet service providers (ISPs) from recording their online activity.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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