Opera’s next desktop release would bring a very important security feature. Similar to Firefox and Chrome, Opera will detect changes in search provider settings and reset it back to the default if required. This will prevent malicious applications from changing the default search settings in Opera.
Although Opera is already very secured and provides limited access to third-party programs, the above feature will boost up security features in the browser.
Opera Desktop team recently released a snapshot build of Opera 12.13 with many upcoming features. Interested users can download and test this snapshot build from here.
Another important feature coming with Opera 12.13 is a new auto-update mechanism which will ensure that no obstacle blocks users from upgrading. Opera has also improved performance with this snapshot build, specially for the sites and extensions having lots of storage data.
On the other hand, Opera may release its next major update, Opera 12.5 ‘Marlin’, for desktop platforms in March. The company also demonstrated Opera Ice browser for smartphones which uses WebKit rendering engine.