Care about your privacy while browsing the web? Here are some of the best VPN Chrome Extensions available at Chrome Web Store.
A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.
It ensures your privacy by obstructing your ISP from being able to see what data is being transferred and in turn allowing you to access geofenced content.
With the growing number of cyber-attacks and internet censorship by various governing bodies across the globe, VPN services are becoming more and more streamlined.
With the gain in popularity of VPN services, developers of the Opera browser have built a VPN service in their browser. But like most people across the globe, if you prefer Google’s Chrome Web Browser, there is no native VPN service built into the browser.
But you always have the ability to use Chrome extensions to get your job done. There are plenty of VPN extensions available in the Chrome Web Store and we all know with the increase in the number of options, confusion and uncertainties increase as well.
If you are someone who is looking for some good and worthy VPN extensions for Chrome, your search ends here as this article will guide you to the best VPN extensions available in the Chrome Web Store.
The TunnelBear VPN is a public virtual private network (VPN) service based in Toronto, Canada. The company was founded by Daniel Kaldor and Ryan Dochuk in 2011.
In March 2018, TunnelBear was acquired by McAfee. When connected, the user’s actual IP address will not be visible to the websites visited. Instead, the websites and/or computers would be able to see the spoofed IP address provided by TunnelBear VPN.
It protects your privacy; lets you access blocked sites and secures your browser on public Wi-Fi. It is a freemium service. The trial version only provides 500MB (per month) of VPN data before they would have to either disconnect or purchase the monthly subscription for unlimited data which costs around INR 650 (USD 9.99) per month.
Zenmate is a VPN service which is completely free to use and offers unlimited access to data. It encrypts all of your browser’s traffic to ensure your anonymity and online security.
It prevents trackers from ads, analytics, and social media that follow you around on the web. The premium version of the service has a feature called Smart Locations that automatically changes the client’s location depending on the website you are visiting, based on your preferences.
It has servers in 30+ countries worldwide.
Hotspot Shield VPN
Hotspot Shield is a public virtual private network (VPN) service, operated by AnchorFree Inc. By establishing an encrypted connection with the Hotspot Shield servers, the service protects its users’ Internet traffic from eavesdropping.
The first Hotspot Shield client app was released in April 2008 for Windows and macOS operating systems. It was expanded to include support for iOS and Android in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
It is a freemium service i.e. the main features of the client app, as well as a number of public servers, are available free of charge, but users have to pay to get additional features, which include the elimination of advertisements, antivirus protection, connecting to more servers and choosing the geographic location of the service to which they connect.
The paid service costs around USD 5.99 per month.
Dot VPN is one of the most widely used VPN extensions on the globe. With a lot of positive reviews and critics, it has made its way to our list. It offers unlimited bandwidth and unlimited switches between locations. Its developers claim to be using 4096-bit key encryption.
It claims to compress traffic and reduce your data usage. It has integration with Tor browser to let you surf .onion sites from Chrome. Its premium version costs around INR 325 (USD 4.99) per month.
The list is not in any particular order. But if I had to pick anyone among these, I would have gone for the Dot VPN Extension. Personal preference, no other reason to justify the choice.