Opera and BrightCloud Bring Security and Web Filtering to Mobile Web

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Opera Software and BrightCloud, Inc. announced today a new technology venture that will provide industry leading security, parental control and Web filtering to operators who ship and distribute the Opera Mini browser.

Over the past year, we have received special requests from operators that have asked for the ability to control and filter content through our Opera Mini browser, mainly due to the laws and regulations of the countries where the operators do business

Opera Software and BrightCloud, Inc. have announced today a new technology venture that will provide added security, parental control and Web filtering to operators who ship and distribute the Opera Mini browser. With this technology, operators across the globe will be able to implement parental control mechanisms, block access to adult content or other sites, block services that are deemed inappropriate, and add in an extra level of security, especially for enterprise networks.

"Over the past year, we have received special requests from operators that have asked for the ability to control and filter content through our Opera Mini browser, mainly due to the laws and regulations of the countries where the operators do business," explained Rolf Assev, Chief Strategy Officer for Opera Software. "Based on these requests, we sought out to partner with the company that had the best solution on the market. We found that solution with BrightCloud and look forward to working with them to make our Opera Mini solutions even better for the worlds' operators."

The BrightCloud Service provides access to the largest and most accurate set of categorized Web sites in the industry, with coverage almost ten times greater than that of other Web-filtering providers. This enhanced coverage significantly reduces end user exposure to security and other internet threats by reducing the number of uncategorized or unknown Web sites visited. The combination of Opera Mini and the BrightCloud Service provides the most comprehensive Web-filtering protection for mobile users available in the industry today.

"BrightCloud is pleased to partner with an industry leader such as Opera," commented Quinn Curtis, BrightCloud CEO. "The number of mobile devices with Opera Mini is growing rapidly worldwide, especially in emerging mobile markets like Asia and Eastern Europe. As a result, consumers and enterprises are demanding a safe, controlled and secure Web browsing experience. The BrightCloud Service integrated with Opera Mini can be deployed quickly and is a perfect solution for operators."
Opera Mini is the most downloaded mobile browser in the world with nearly 20 million active users. It includes popular features such as Speed Dial, Opera Link, and the ability to save pages, notes, and bookmarks. In December 2008, Opera Mini users viewed more than 6.4 billion pages with each user viewing approximately 360 pages on average.

About BrightCloud:
BrightCloud, Inc. has built the next-generation Web-filtering database. BrightCloud provides security vendors with hosted security services that extend the value propositions of Web filtering across the Internet's "long tail" - the nearly one billion Web sites and IP addresses visited by enterprise customers which includes both the most popular sites as well as those sites less frequently visited, but visited nonetheless. Target customers include enterprise security vendors in the security appliance, enterprise security application, end point security, enterprise security application, wireless, e-mail, and xSP spaces. BrightCloud uses the latest in machine learning algorithms, as well as human classification, to build the largest and most accurate URL database available. By integrating the BrightCloud services, OEMs provide their end customers with a richer, multi-layered security solution. For more information, visit http://www.brightcloud.com.

About Opera:
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.

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