Newly released Opera 9.5 bundles more protection

The latest version of Opera Software's browser, code-named Kestrel, includes Haute Secure antimalware security, as well as Netcraft antiphishing software.

Opera 9.5, code-named Kestrel, on Thursday became available for download for Windows and Mac.

The new version of the browser, whose release candidate was released earlier this week, is a security-enhanced version of Opera 9 . It includes antiphishing protection from Netcraft and malware protection from Haute Secure , as well as support for Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer (EV SSL).

The browser also has a new "eurotechno" look and feel, a QuickFind address bar feature, better synchronization with its mobile cousin, and a Speed Dial feature for visually bookmarking nine of your favorite sites.

Scandinavia-based Opera Software still finds its browser in fourth place, behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, and Apple's Safari, in terms of overall browser market share.

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