Understanding The Safety Check Feature In Opera Browser

The Safety Check feature in Opera browser is a useful tool to check for updates, unsafe extensions, and general privacy settings. This is similar to that in Google Chrome.

Here is how to use it:

Open Opera settings by clicking on the Menu and choosing Settings.

accessing Opera settings

Alternatively, in the address bar, type in:


On opening the Settings page, the first feature listed at the top is the Safety Check feature.

Safety check feature in Opera

Click the Check now button to get started with it.

Running safety check in Opera

A series of checks will be run, these include:

  • Updates
  • Safe Browsing
  • Extensions

After the check is complete, Opera will display the results.

Safety check completed in Opera

Let’s take a look at what each of these checks does.

Updates: The latest updates will be downloaded and installed if any.

Safe Browsing: This feature provides Standard Protection. You can click on the Safe Browsing section to review further details.

Safe browsing settings in Opera

These include auto-protection from malicious sites, always using HTTPS, and managing certificates. The auto-protect feature is enabled by default. By the way, if you are looking to tweak DNS settings in Opera for better security, that too is available. Here is how.

Extensions: All the installed extensions are checked and listed. Clicking on the Extensions section will open a detailed view of the installed extensions. You can also enable or disable the extensions from here.

Extensions list in Opera

It is a good idea to remove and disable extensions as they won’t be updated.

Overall, this is a quick way to keep the Opera browser updated and secure. Do use it.

Happy browsing.

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