Opera developers announced a new feature for protecting sensitive data when you surf the Internet. “Paste protection” will guard your sensitive data in the clipboard and prevent malware or malicious website from hijacking and modifying the text you have copied.
“Paste protection” will come in handy when you need to copy-paste a crypto wallet address, credit card number, or other sensitive data bad actors may want to sniff and replace. The browser can recognize data types and trigger paste protection to monitor what is inside the clipboard and prevent any unauthorized changes. Whenever you copy text with personal information, Opera will show a small banner in the upper-right corner of the window, notifying you about securing the content.
The new feature is already available in the latest version of Opera Developer for Windows, macOS, and Linux. To try it out, update Opera Developer to version 84.0.4274.0 or higher.
As of now, “Paste protection” is enabled for all users in the Developer channel, and there is no toggle to turn it off. Besides, Opera does not say whether it plans to let users disable the new feature. It would be nice to see customization options or a simple on/off toggle. Microsoft, for example, usually allows Edge users to select on which websites new security features should work and where they should not.
Whether Opera plans to provide customization options for “Past protection” or not, it is nice to see developers show up with small quality-of-life improvements that make browsing the Internet a little bit safer.
You can learn more about “Paste protection” in Opera Developer from this blog post on the official website.
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