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Opera 9.5 Browser Goes Live; Puts Security In Limelight

Opera might be a distant third in the web browser race but it still counts for hardcore computer geeks as the only one which can/could fit on a single floppy disk (remember that?); version 9.5 has been launched and the major improvement is an inbuilt anti-malware.

Opera 9.5 also brings in improved speed, stability as well as a slick, updated user interface as well as the popular "speed dial" default page and is currently the only mainstream browser that offers an integrated e-mail and bit-torrent clients.

The security feature was brought forward from Haute Secure, a Seattle-based company founded by four ex-Microsoft employees and which has been designed from ground up as being highly economical when it came to bandwidth.

Haute's list of dangerous websites is compiled from its own web spidering process as well additional help from the likes of Spamhaus and Phistank.com.

Opera 9.5, which can be downloaded here for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, solves nearly than 2400 bugs found in the previous versions and closes three critical security holes.

Opera has already started working on the next version of Opera, Peregrine, which has been named after the world's fastest animal, the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach up to 322 km/h.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.