Is Opera GX safe? Let's compare it with Chrome and find out

Eray Eliaçik
Aug 20, 2023
Updated • Aug 18, 2023

When it comes to secure web browsing, Opera GX emerges as a formidable contender, boasting a range of features aimed at providing users with a safe online environment. In this comparison, we'll dive into the safety aspects of Opera GX and how it stacks up against the well-established Google Chrome.

Google Chrome has long been the go-to choice for many users due to its reputation as a secure and reliable browser. However, a newcomer has entered the scene, claiming to offer superior security features and catering specifically to gamers - Opera GX.

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Is Opera GX safe? Chrome vs Opera GX on safety

Opera GX, designed with gamers in mind, takes security seriously. It proudly asserts that Chrome falls short in the realm of secure browsing. Let's examine some of the reasons why Opera GX is considered a secure haven for internet users.

  • Fake My History: Opera GX browser can fake your browsing history when you die. The browser replaces the user's entire browsing history with "an entirely fictional" one. Unlike the former, it is guaranteed to be "surprisingly pleasant" so that a user's "nosy partner, parent or roommate" find searches that the "internet's most virtuous" user has made. If you want to learn more about it, visit the related article that explains Opera Fake My History feature.
  • Robust phishing and malware protection: Opera GX and Chrome both come armed with built-in defenses against phishing attacks and malware threats. Both browsers promptly notify users of potentially unsafe sites, demonstrating their commitment to online safety.
  • Autofill and data security: Opera GX, much like Chrome, allows users to save and autofill sensitive information securely. This feature is backed by managing and deleting autofilled data, ensuring your personal details remain protected.
  • Safety check and password security: Opera GX and Chrome share the Safety Check feature, offering users insights into their browser's status. Both browsers diligently monitor extension safety and password breaches, contributing to a safer online experience.
  • VPN for enhanced privacy: Opera GX surges ahead by incorporating a built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN). This powerful tool encrypts internet traffic, shielding users' identities from prying eyes. Chrome, unfortunately, lacks this native VPN capability, potentially leaving users more exposed.
  • Ad blocking and tracking protection: Opera GX takes an extra step in safeguarding users by providing comprehensive ad and tracking protection. This includes an ad blocker and a tracker blocker, granting users control over their online footprint. Chrome offers ad blocking but lacks Opera GX's anti-tracking prowess.
  • Cryptomining protection: Opera GX champions security by blocking cryptocurrency mining scripts, a feature absent in Chrome. This safeguard prevents unwanted strain on your device and defends against potential security breaches.
  • Resource management: Opera GX shines in the resource management department, using less memory than Chrome and offering built-in tools for efficient CPU, RAM, and network usage. While Chrome has made strides in memory management, Opera GX retains an advantage in this area.
  • Smart address bars and dark mode: Both browsers possess smart address bars that provide information and perform calculations as you type. Opera GX adds a built-in dark mode, simplifying the transition to a more eye-friendly browsing experience.

Now, let's turn our attention to Google Chrome, the established titan in the browser landscape. While Opera GX showcases impressive safety features, Chrome also brings a robust security arsenal to the table.

  • Phishing and malware protection: Chrome, like Opera GX, ensures user safety by blocking malware and warning against phishing sites. The browser's commitment to security is reflected in its comprehensive protection mechanisms.
  • Safety check and password security: Chrome's Safety Check keeps users informed about their browser's health and ensures password security. While Opera GX offers similar features, Chrome remains a stalwart in this aspect.
  • Extensions and app stores: Chrome gains the upper hand with its extensive Web Store, housing a vast array of extensions. Although Opera GX supports both the Opera and Chrome stores, Chrome's sheer volume of available extensions is hard to match.
  • Resource management: While Opera GX excels in resource management, Chrome has made significant strides to address its memory usage, featuring a memory-saving tool to optimize performance.

The verdict

Is Opera GX safe? The answer is yes. Is Opera GX safer than Chrome? In the realm of secure browsing, Opera GX emerges as a powerful contender, challenging the status quo set by Chrome. Opera GX's emphasis on features like ad and tracking protection, a built-in VPN, and cryptomining defense showcases its commitment to user safety.

While Chrome remains a trustworthy browser with its own set of robust security measures, Opera GX carves a distinct niche by catering to gamers while enhancing overall online safety. As you explore the digital realm, remember that both browsers offer a solid foundation of security, but Opera GX takes an extra step to provide a tailored, secure experience.

Ultimately, the choice between Opera GX and Chrome depends on your specific needs and preferences.

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  1. Joe said on August 21, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    You have an error.
    Opera doesn’t have a true vpn

    Their “VPN” is a proxy that is routed through Poland. It’s not really safe to use as your traffic isn’t secured, it’s just rerouted end point.

  2. Jackrum said on August 21, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Opera GX rules, smaller memory footprint, faster in many areas, muuuuch better looking and…it doesnt forcibly remove control and if it wants to it actually asks you first, unlike Chrome which treats you like an unruly child.

  3. Jaco said on August 21, 2023 at 4:47 am

    For a quite long time this has been a pretty reliable site for all “common Joe”. But it looks it is all gone now. Shame people, real shame…

  4. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:07 am

    Shocking, “vicious” article.
    Do not take anything in that article seriously
    – Google crome, whose mission is to advertise, collect personal information, and sell it to third parties, is secure and reliable!?
    The viewpoint of “secure” and “reliable” is wrong!
    – What’s more, a VPN is safe!? Most VPNs are unreliable and rather risky.

    Who is Eray Eliaçik? has become a double standard of Jekyll (Good faith) and Hyde (Bad faith).
    “Ghacks Technology News” is no longer trustworthy.

    1. bruh said on August 21, 2023 at 10:28 am

      ““Ghacks Technology News” is no longer trustworthy.”

      err, it is – just avoid articles that aren’t from Martin or Ashwin – all the other guys are softonic stooges

  5. Anonymous said on August 21, 2023 at 1:47 am

    I don’t trust Opera (or by extension Opera GX) ever since they were acquired by a Chinese investment group in 2016. Personally, I use Vivaldi, which was created by the original Opera developers.

    1. MisterDeee said on August 21, 2023 at 6:04 pm

      You shold know, that Opera is a Europe-based company, headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Although not a European Union member, Norway has adopted key EU legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As such, Opera users’ data is protected by the GDPR’s robust framework and strict regulations. And, because Opera is a European company, this means that this protection is extended to Opera users outside of the EU as well – we are essentially exporting GDPR protections to the world.

      Opera is also a publicly listed company, trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA). This is another guarantee for users, because public companies are obligated by law to be transparent and disclose information about all their activities. Opera shareholders and the public can access Opera’s quarterly reports just like with any other listed company.

      This also means that Opera is, in fact, the only browser company that anyone can own by purchasing shares in it.

    2. Hunter said on August 21, 2023 at 5:59 pm

      Opera is a European company, data protection is extended to users outside of the EU as well (GDPR)

      Meta was fined a record $1.3 billion and ordered to stop transferring data collected from Facebook users from the EU to US.

      CONCLUSION: They found out that Meta is transferring data to the US, but transfers to China are ‘invisible’??

  6. Anonymous said on August 20, 2023 at 11:37 pm

    proprietary garbage

  7. Anonymous said on August 20, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    The only reason why I always hated Opera and couldn’t ever switch to it was because weird decisions for obvious profit, like they don’t let you add a custom search engine and set it to default, you only can set default the search engines they have pre-defined based on your region’s partners.

    Also, there are many weird things like you can’t use Shift+Del to remove history items, quickly.

    Also, normal Opera with the new UI seems better since it supports Tab Groups, but since they don’t use native Chromium UI, you can’t use any extension to expand their capabilities like some extensions do it.

    Also, the whole sounds and splash screen is annoying. But it has nice features, I still wish they had one version, and you could just push a button and switch to ‘game’ and ‘normal’ and then, there wouldn’t be these weird differences like how GX has profiles but normal doesn’t, or didn’t last time I tried.

  8. Anonymous said on August 20, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    The most important feature of the browser to me is to fake my browsing history when i DIE.

  9. Anonymous said on August 20, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Ads don’t make you unsafe wtf. Disgusted by disinformation like this.

    1. Dizzy said on August 22, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yes, and Covid is fake news…
      Never heard of malware that is delivered through online ads? And let’s not even start about the tracking…

    2. KarlMax said on August 20, 2023 at 7:54 pm

      if you don’t know the information, please don’t post.

      It is not that ‘ads’ are unsafe per say, which are mostly for tracking users and sell people’s information, but many people use ads to push malware… so… at least research 5 minutes on the internet before saying anything.

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