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Opera's new tracker blocker can increase performance by 20 percent

What you need to know

  • Opera now has a built-in tracker blocker.
  • The feature prevents items you look at from showing up in ads around the web.
  • The blocker also improves the performance of the browser by 20 percent, according to Opera.

Opera's new built-in tracker blocking feature improves the web browser's performance by 20 percent according to Opera (via PC World). It also stops items from "stalking" you around the web by showing up in ads after you've looked at an item or purchased an item online. Opera also gained support for an Enhanced Snapshot tool that makes it easy to create memes.

Opera is a browser that prioritizes privacy. It already includes a built-in ad blocker and a VPN. Now, users can opt to block tracking scripts as well. Tracking scripts are what allow ads to display items that you've looked at on online retailers. In addition to preventing items from "stalking" you around the web, Opera also claims that blocking trackers can improve the browser's performance by 20 percent.

In addition to the built-in tracker blocker, Opera gained an Enhanced Snapshot tool. With it, you can draw on an image of a webpage, blur parts of it, and add text. The browser supports adding Impact font, which is the font of choice for meme makers.

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  • I use Opera as my secondary browser, and it almost great. The biggest concerne I have is about Flash Player problems in portable version: even when I turn it on some websites still don't show me part of the content, and some buttons on these sites are blocked.
  • I've alawys found Opera to be bloated and clunky to use. Regarding flash... well it is deprecated anyways....