Last year Opera surprised the world with its announcement of a free Virtual Private Network that will come integrated within the Opera Browser for Windows PC. Virtual Private Networks are now the need of the hour, whether you are a student trying to access a regionally blocked website through your college provided free internet connection or an office person who wants to work from home. VPNs have been hailed by various groups as a gateway to information that has been restricted by your government.
Google Chrome, the favourite browser of everyone also allows its users to install numerous VPNs to bypass geo-blocked URLs. Chrome Web Store, the official app store of Chrome Browser hosts a number of VPNs in the form of Extensions, most of which are free and can be installed in no time.
Here is a list of top 5 VPNs you can get for free on Chrome Web Store:
DotVPN has over 750,000 users according to the numbers of download on the Chrome Web Store. The extension comes highly recommended, it has been rated 4 out of 5 stars on the Chrome Store.
DotVPN offers unlimited bandwidth along with access to 10 different virtual geo-locations (Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom). Developers of DotVPN also claiming to use a 4096-bit key encryption, which is two times stronger than the encryption used in the banking industry. DotVPN also offers geological bypassing of highly protected websites like Netflix and BBC.
“ZenMate offers the best cyber security solution to encrypt your connection, access our secure proxy servers & unblock websites easily”, as the official description on Chrome Web Store states. Zenmate is among the most used VPN on Google Chrome, it has over 34 million users worldwide. Zenmate VPN offers internet privacy, Wi-Fi security, and an unrestricted access to every website. Zenmate also offers an adblocking client which is also available free of charge.
As of now, the free version offers only four virtual locations to its users. There is another premium version of Zenmate VPN with improved speed, 24/7 free support and also adds extra locations. The premium service is available for $7.99 a month.
3. Hotspot Shield
A relatively new VPN on the Chrome Web Store with already over 1 million downloads. Hotspot Shield is owned by Anchor Free, a renowned name in the industry. Hotspot Shield claims to have over 350 million subscribers. Hotspot Shield also claims to protect users from identity theft and data tracking and monitoring by government-sponsored agencies, the official description assures that “We don’t sell your data to anyone like Hola VPN!”
Hotspot Shield is a free VPN host allowing five different virtual locations (US, Canada, France, Netherlands and Denmark) to bypass firewall and secure your IP address. The best thing about Hotspot Shield is that it does not transmit any unnecessary ads to your PC. This unlimited VPN is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone OS and Windows.
Hotspot Shield also has a premium version with plans starting from $2.08 per month.
4. Browsec VPN
The official description of Browsec VPN on the Chrome Web Store reads, “It is an advanced analogue of ZenMate, Stealthy, Hola and friGate.” That is sufficient to prove how serious Browsec is about protecting their users. Browsec got popular by allowing users to open up contents from different countries like Netflix in India could be accessed through Browsec before even it started its operations in the subcontinent. Browsec openly advertises that one can access Facebook, Reddit and YouTube through its extension from their office, school or anyplace even if the network administration actively blocks accessing such websites.
5. TunnelBear VPN
TunnelBear enjoys a rare 5 out of 5 stars on Chrome based on ratings from over 15,000 satisfied users. TunnelBear is actually an encrypted proxy that adds to its security and it also has a policy of not sharing user traffic and data to the government. TunnelBear allows users an unrestricted access to blocked URLs through its proxy servers in 20 countries. The service is available for free and it requires no logging in.
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