Opera beefs up password security

Opera beefs up password security

Summary: Secure password synchronization, Speed Dial extensions, and an easier way to get Opera's developer's builds graduated from alpha to beta.

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Secure password synchronization, Speed Dial extensions, and an easier way to get Opera's developer's builds graduated from alpha to beta today, as the Norwegian browser maker upgraded its latest alpha to beta status. Opera 11.50 beta 1 (download for Windows, Mac, and Linux) adds the long-missing password syncing to Opera's syncing component, Opera Link, along another long-missing feature: the ability to customize the new tab landing page layout known as Speed Dial with extensions.

Opera revealed in a blog post at the beginning of May a simplified take on how the password security works. Basically, Opera generates a long, random encryption key the first time you send your passwords to Opera Link. On the user side, this key then gets used to encrypt all the data sent to the Opera Link servers. The key is also sent to the servers, with a twist: it's encrypted with your Opera Account password. So, by tying the Account password to the encryption key, Opera is essentially setting up a two-step verification process.

The Opera 11.50 beta itself represents a stabilization of the improvements that debuted in Opera 11.50 alpha about a month ago. Another debut at the same time as the alpha gave users the ability to stay on top of cutting-edge Opera changes with Opera's version of a developer's build, called Opera Next. These three changes will place Opera on a similar feature level as Firefox 4 and slightly ahead of Chrome 11, assuming that the password synchronization makes it to Opera's mobile versions.

For more on this story, read New Opera beta tightens password security on CNET News.

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  • RE: Opera beefs up password security

    Too bad their reputation is still tarnished preventing me from ever using their browser.
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Opera beefs up password security

      @LoverockDavidson What does their reputation have to do with actually using the browser? What's so bad about their reputation? I thought people didn't like them because they lacked extensions which they have now. I've been using it for about 5-6 years now, it's a brilliant browser.
      srkelley5
      • RE: Opera beefs up password security

        @srkelley9 I've been using it rather more than that - since back when the whole thing fit on and could run from a single floppy.

        Do you have any idea what Lovey is banging on about this time?
        fairportfan
      • RE: Opera beefs up password security

        @srkelley9
        People don't like them because they went whining to the EU about Microsoft. Ever since then they have lost me as a customer.
        LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Opera beefs up password security

      @LoverockDavidson

      What tarnishes their rep? Is it that they're not Microsoft and Opera isn't IE?
      fairportfan
      • RE: Opera beefs up password security

        @fairportfan
        That they went whining to the EU about Microsoft including IE in their own OS. Opera doesn't know how to compete on merits and so ever since they got the EU involved I and many others have stopped using their software and stopped recommending it. That whole ordeal has hurt Opera pretty badly, just like the Streisand effect.
        LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Opera beefs up password security

      @LoverockDavidson

      > That they went whining to the EU about Microsoft including IE in their own OS.

      Right, and do you refuse to use Windows/IE/etc since Microsoft has been complaining about Google?

      How about Netscape (Firefox), Java, and others because they complained about Microsoft in the US?

      If you are refusing to use software simply because someone complains to a politician, you really won't have much you can actually run.
      zoredache
      • RE: How about Netscape (Firefox), Java, and others ...

        @zoredache

        You have a point there!!!

        I have seen where LD has posted that he is a Firefox user. How, could one of ZDNet's biggest MS trolls <b>use Firefox</b>??!!

        He should be forced to use IE 5.01!!!
        fatman65535
  • Eggs in one basket

    With the Sony server attack still fresh, I am worried that by sending my passwords to Opera Link will just increase my risk of having them stolen
    ace_ofgabriel
    • RE: Opera beefs up password security

      @ace_ofgabriel

      I'm a long-time Opera user, but i think i won't be doing so.
      fairportfan
    • RE: Opera beefs up password security

      @ace_ofgabriel i'm a long-time Opera fan, but i plan to look that one over carefully before i decide whether to use it ... and if it's not optional, well ...
      fairportfan
  • Opera and Chrome

    I have used Opera for longer than I can remember. It is fast, reliable, and I love its e-mail client to death. I am also a Chrome user, and I like it a lot, but nothing comes close to Opera.

    Why anyone would want to use IE or Firefox is a mystery to me.
    Bart B. Van Bockstaele
  • RE: Opera beefs up password security

    Plenty agree with you. I have been using Opera since 6 months ago and I am really satisfied with it.
    omni@...