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How to Use Opera Turbo to Bypass Website Blocks

Originally released in 1995, Opera may not be a common choice for most users, but this web browser enjoys popularity among those who need advanced tech solutions. The majority of Opera users rely on this web browser to surf internet on their mobile devices, thanks to convenient features that make it ideal for this platform. One of them is the Turbo Mode, an option that increases the speed of a slow connection. In order to achieve this, web pages are compressed on Opera’s servers, which reduces their size before they reach the user.

The Turbo Mode acts like a sort of proxy that enables you to access websites that have been blocked due to government filters, or restrictions imposed in your school or work network. This means that using the Turbo Mode, you will be able not only to speed up your connection, but also get access to websites that are blocked by your ISP, or the network administrators in your office or college.

In the case of corporate or academic networks, it is possible that websites like Facebook are not available as they may be considered as a distraction that affects your productivity/focus on your studies. In many countries, ISPs block websites such as The Pirate Bay due to court orders or local laws about copyright infringement. However, if you enable Turbo Mode in Opera, you will be able to bypass these blocks to get access to these websites.

Turbo Mode is available in all the versions of Opera desktop, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile version 10 and above. In order to enable this feature, you just need to follow the below steps.

  1. In Opera, look for the Opera Turbo icon on the lower left side of the screen, on the left of the Status bar.
  2. Hover over this icon. You will see “Opera Turbo Off”.
  3. Click on this to enable Opera Turbo. The icon will turn blue and you will see details about the network savings, whenever a page is loaded. Keep in mind that this is convenient option is you don’t have a proxy or VPN available.