Opera for iPhone. Apple Says 17 or Older to Use

By Richard Menta 5/2/10

It caught me off guard when I saw the message. When I attempted to download the first update to the Opera for iPhone browser I was greeted with this warning:

IMPORTANT: This product may contain material that may be objectional to Children under 17. By proceeding you are confirming that you are 17 or older.

Cancel. OK.

I canceled. Opera is nothing more than a browser and there is no reason for it to contain objectional material. Yes, it can access objectional material on the Internet, but so can every browser including Safari. As someone who works in information security my radar went up. What's wrong with this picture?

Could this be malware? After thinking for a moment I doubted it. The update came from the App Store Updates section directly along with three other application updates. Of course, if someone did figure out how to breech Apple's App store to deliver malware that would be a huge story, but there is no evidence to support such a notion.

Warningto download Opera update

It seems to me that Apple has intentionally flagged the Opera browser for some reason. There was no such warning when I uploaded the launch version of the Opera browser. What does the update add that is so objectional?

I'm curious.

So far I have found nothing on the Web to explain why Opera may be a threat to children. Maybe we will hear something once the work week starts. Until then I will hold off on the update.

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