VPN services make the connection secure and anonymous. Whether you want to stay unnoticed or access some content that is not allowed in your geographical location, it is the easiest and most convenient way.
In general, you need to establish a proxy connection to achieve those goals. In Windows 10, you can do it from the operating system settings. However, it will be both challenging and not that easy to use. First, you need to find the best proxy settings that may take a bit too long. Second, those settings are applied to all system connections that means they influence all active browsers and applications. Some app may stop working or misbehave. This is not the right way to use if you just need to open one page blocked in your geo. In this case, VPN extension works best. You can switch it on with a few clicks, browse the necessary sites and then go back to your common connection again.
Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? The most challenging thing is to find a trustworthy extension that will be stable, fast, secure and cheap. In the review below, we will try to check several most popular free and paid services that meet the requirements. And let’s start from the Google Chrome add-ons you need to pay for.
Top-3 paid VPN extensions for Chrome
With more than 3000 servers in 160 locations, ExpressVPN is the most powerful service you may find on the market. Speed is great, and you may be sure that you are totally protected from DNS leaks and stay anonymous on any site. However, there is a fly in the ointment, this extension is not an extension actually. To use its full powers and adjust comprehensive parameters, you will need to download desktop software.
The price is around $10.00 per month, it may be cheaper if you choose a one-year plan at once. A single subscription works for up to 3 different devices.
This service has more than 5000 servers in 62 locations. Speed varies depending on which country is chosen. If you do not need a particular location, we advise you to try a few ones to get the fastest connection. And by the way, a country selection is almost the only option NordVPN leaves to the customers. All other settings are pre-defined. It is a great choice for those who are not interested in how everything works and just seeks for one-click working solution.
One-month plan costs about $12.00, while you can reduce the price to $2.99 if you purchase a three-year subscription.
Although CyberGhost offers a free solution, its might is demonstrated in the paid version only. Easy-to-use, fast and secure extension with 59 locations to choose from and more than 3700 servers to achieve the highest speed. Using it, you are totally protected from webRTC leaks and stay safe while you are browsing some suspicious portals.
$12.99 for one-month subscription sounds a bit too much but $99 for a three-year plan looks much better. And you are welcome to try it without any charges first to see how you like the experience.
Which are the best free VPN extensions for Chrome?
TunnelBear offers lightning speed on the selected servers. There are only 20 available locations so you will be able to find the fastest one pretty quickly. The user experience is great, from the signup process to everyday usage. However, if you do not want to pay a few bucks for the advanced subscription, you will be limited to 500 MB of traffic per month.
Top-popular VPN extension for Chrome has only 4 locations in a free version but offers fantastic speed and pretty fast connection time. Moreover, it is truly secure, blocks Facebook pixels and analytics scripts that follow you on almost each website today. We would rate it 10 out of 10, but there is a small thing that annoys.
Once you finish your trial and go back to the freeware version, you will be getting annoying upgrade offers each and every day. Push notifications, new tabs in browser, promos and discounts are too intrusive in our opinion.
Actually, PureVPN is a software with various functions, options and settings. However, there is a free extension for Chrome that you may use without premium subscription or app installation. It is fast, light and great. But of course, do not expect too much from the non-paid service. You will be able to connect to Romania, Sweden or Australia only and so some geo-blocked contain will remain blocked. Still it is definitely worth trying.