Are you sharing your computer with colleagues, family, or co-habitants? Do you surf with Opera on publically accessible computers? This page holds some tips for maintaining privacy within the same computer and user account.

Shared Computer

First of all, when installing Opera on a multi-user Windows computer, make sure to opt for separate user directories during install. This will ensure that your settings, e-mail, Wand passwords, history, and so forth, are stored in your own user directory only. Remember that this may be of little use if other users have administrator privileges on the same machine, unless you protect your files by other means.

Shared Account

If the same user account is being used by several people, for example on a library, there are other precautions to take that will help guard your privacy.

When using Opera on a shared user account, the following features may raise privacy concerns, and you should consider whether you want to disable them, avoid them, or use them with caution:

  • E-mail, Usenet news, newsfeeds, and chat (Tools > Mail and chat accounts and Feeds > Manage feeds to disable)
  • The Wand (Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Security to disable or set master password, and Tools > Preferences > Wand to manage stored passwords)
  • Auto-completion of forms (Tools > Preferences > Wand should be kept empty or used for generic, non-sensitive information only)
  • Saved sessions and "Continue from last time" (use Tools > Preferences > General to set Opera to start with your home page and disable the start-up dialog)
  • User JavaScript (use Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Content > JavaScript options to clear the "My JavaScript files" field). Note that User JavaScript is not loaded on secure pages.


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The network settings that may affect your security and privacy mainly have to do with proxy servers. A proxy server collects information from the Internet and stores it locally, making the information available for viewing by anyone using proxy server. If your Internet service provider (ISP) has a proxy server available, configuring Opera to go through this proxy could speed up your surfing.

Proxy Server Settings


Do not use a proxy server for HTTP or HTTPS unless you have particular reasons to do so. Opera is more than suited to handle these protocols. HTTPS is the secure version of the hypertext transfer protocol, and Opera can handle the highest levels of Internet security available. If you use a proxy server to handle HTTPS content, you are reducing your computer's level of security to that of the weakest application, which could be your proxy server.

Most HTTPS proxies simply pass on data and do not save or interpret the information that passes through them. This is because the information is encrypted. In special cases, it is possible for a proxy server to decrypt the information and act as a man in the middle. In such cases, Opera will display a warning unless you have already accepted and installed a certificate for the proxy in question.

Other settings

Advanced users may want to use a proxy server for most sites, but exclude some. This option is available and is activated by selecting "Do not use proxy on the addresses below". If you want to access certain sites directly, Opera will not use a proxy server for the Internet addresses you specify. 

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