OperaTor 3.5 for Windows

by archetwist

Avg. Rating 3.4 (38 votes)

File Details

File Size 9.9 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 4,439
Publisher archetwist
Homepage OperaTor

Publisher's Description

OperaTor is a portable software bundle which allows you to browse the web anonymously. It combines the power of the Opera Browser, Tor and Privoxy. With OperaTor no data will be stored at the computer you plugged your portable memory into.

Latest Reviews

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v3.5 on Jan 6, 2010

This is excellent. Very convenient AND portable. Just unpack the zip, run OperaTor and you're off. None of the messy configuration that can accompany setting up Tor. It's a keeper.

Zer0 Voltage

Zer0 Voltage reviewed v3.1 on Jul 3, 2008

My favorite portable Tor-based solution. Heck, I even use this over other similar solutions when I don't care about the portability.

The new icon, though obviously not affecting anything beyond appearance, is actually a big improvement over the previous one (which quite frankly wasn't very good and didn't seem to relate at all to what the program is).

Of course, the major change in version 3.1 is the update to Opera 9.51 build 10081 - and that includes all the changes referenced here:

http://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/windows/951/

Still a 4 instead of a 5 for the same reasons as in my previous review though. ;-)

Zer0 Voltage

Zer0 Voltage reviewed v3.0 on Jun 19, 2008

Version 3.0 of OperaTor is an integrated software bundle using Opera 9.50 build 10063 (as the browser component) with Tor 0.1.2.19 (as the anonymizing component). It also now uses Polipo (as the proxy component) - not Privoxy as past versions did (and as this site and even the OperaTor site still claim).

Launching OperaTor starts Opera, Tor, and Polipo - so you just click and go. It's also fully portable (so there's no installer and it leaves no tracks on a host system if used from a USB drive) and you can disable the Tor stuff via a button on the browser interface (like TorButton for FireFox).

By default the Opera configuration is secured, with things like Java and JavaScript disabled, but any such secure settings can be changed if you want. There are also some Opera interface changes done via a custom skin. I don't mind most, but the button selection change isn't that great (check marks look better than just partly filling in boxes with a faded color). The only problem here is that the normal default Opera skin isn't included (why?), so you'll have to go get it if you want it (I did).

I'm surprised by the 2.4 rating present as I type this review. At this same time Opera is rated 4.3 and Tor is rated 4.2 and this is really just a combination of those. Certainly if you like Opera you should like this. Sure browsing with Tor is slow, but that's something you must accept with any Tor-based solution (or any other free anonymous browsing solution I know of). Supposedly switching from Privoxy to Polipo helps with performance though (but I'm not sure if that's true in real-world use or not).

Maybe past low ratings came from people who used pre-3.0 releases which [based on the developer's site and forum] had problems. If so, you should really check out 3.0 now. It works great.

My only wish would be for the developer to also maintain a beta build using the Tor 0.2.x "unstable" code and latest version of Polipo. Perhaps you can just upgrade the executables for those components manually though. I haven't tried, but it's just the associated program executables in their own directories so it might work.

The reason I rate this a 4 instead of a 5 is that there isn't 100% integration. There is an operator.ini file which needs to be edited manually to make certain changes - and settings in that INI file will override contradictory settings in Opera. For example, if you enable Cookies in Opera it will not work - you would also then have to edit operator.ini and change DeleteCookies=1 to DeleteCookies=0. This also applies to history, cache, certs, and mail settings. If this could be simplified (preferably integrated) in some way, this package would be a 5.

So if you want a [reasonably] secure and anonymous browsing solution, give this a look. No install is needed since it's also fully portable, so it's easy enough to try and then delete if you don't like it. ;-)

Avg. Rating 3.4 (38 votes)
Your Rating
uberfly

uberfly reviewed v3.5 on Jan 6, 2010

This is excellent. Very convenient AND portable. Just unpack the zip, run OperaTor and you're off. None of the messy configuration that can accompany setting up Tor. It's a keeper.

Zer0 Voltage

Zer0 Voltage reviewed v3.1 on Jul 3, 2008

My favorite portable Tor-based solution. Heck, I even use this over other similar solutions when I don't care about the portability.

The new icon, though obviously not affecting anything beyond appearance, is actually a big improvement over the previous one (which quite frankly wasn't very good and didn't seem to relate at all to what the program is).

Of course, the major change in version 3.1 is the update to Opera 9.51 build 10081 - and that includes all the changes referenced here:

http://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/windows/951/

Still a 4 instead of a 5 for the same reasons as in my previous review though. ;-)

Zer0 Voltage

Zer0 Voltage reviewed v3.0 on Jun 19, 2008

Version 3.0 of OperaTor is an integrated software bundle using Opera 9.50 build 10063 (as the browser component) with Tor 0.1.2.19 (as the anonymizing component). It also now uses Polipo (as the proxy component) - not Privoxy as past versions did (and as this site and even the OperaTor site still claim).

Launching OperaTor starts Opera, Tor, and Polipo - so you just click and go. It's also fully portable (so there's no installer and it leaves no tracks on a host system if used from a USB drive) and you can disable the Tor stuff via a button on the browser interface (like TorButton for FireFox).

By default the Opera configuration is secured, with things like Java and JavaScript disabled, but any such secure settings can be changed if you want. There are also some Opera interface changes done via a custom skin. I don't mind most, but the button selection change isn't that great (check marks look better than just partly filling in boxes with a faded color). The only problem here is that the normal default Opera skin isn't included (why?), so you'll have to go get it if you want it (I did).

I'm surprised by the 2.4 rating present as I type this review. At this same time Opera is rated 4.3 and Tor is rated 4.2 and this is really just a combination of those. Certainly if you like Opera you should like this. Sure browsing with Tor is slow, but that's something you must accept with any Tor-based solution (or any other free anonymous browsing solution I know of). Supposedly switching from Privoxy to Polipo helps with performance though (but I'm not sure if that's true in real-world use or not).

Maybe past low ratings came from people who used pre-3.0 releases which [based on the developer's site and forum] had problems. If so, you should really check out 3.0 now. It works great.

My only wish would be for the developer to also maintain a beta build using the Tor 0.2.x "unstable" code and latest version of Polipo. Perhaps you can just upgrade the executables for those components manually though. I haven't tried, but it's just the associated program executables in their own directories so it might work.

The reason I rate this a 4 instead of a 5 is that there isn't 100% integration. There is an operator.ini file which needs to be edited manually to make certain changes - and settings in that INI file will override contradictory settings in Opera. For example, if you enable Cookies in Opera it will not work - you would also then have to edit operator.ini and change DeleteCookies=1 to DeleteCookies=0. This also applies to history, cache, certs, and mail settings. If this could be simplified (preferably integrated) in some way, this package would be a 5.

So if you want a [reasonably] secure and anonymous browsing solution, give this a look. No install is needed since it's also fully portable, so it's easy enough to try and then delete if you don't like it. ;-)

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