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Opera 8 puts security centre-stage

Opera Software has released the final version of its Opera 8 browser, to compete against Mozilla’s open-source Firefox browser...

Opera Software has released the final version of its Opera 8 browser, to compete against Mozilla’s open-source Firefox browser and the market-leading Internet Explorer.

Opera 8 works with Windows and Linux operating systems, and Opera has also launched a beta of version 8 for the Mac.

A new security feature in the browser rates visited websites according to their trustworthiness, and displays the certificate owner of the site. 

The measure is in response to the increased number of phishing attacks, which can lead to internet users being directed to malicious websites.

Opera also claims that version 8 is faster than previous versions. An Extensible Rendering Architecture automatically resizes web pages to fit the width of the user’s screen or browser window. 

The free version of Opera 8 comes with ads. The ad-free version costs £22.

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