If Google Chrome is your main browser, then most likely you have established a convenient and fast work in it. Chrome has a huge number of useful features and additional extensions that not every user knows about. If you can’t access some site or want to hide your IP address, then try a VPN. It will allow you to ensure security when working on the Internet and gain access to every site.
Why you may need a VPN for Google Chrome
A virtual private network is a special program or an extension for changing your IP address (spoofing, if you will). So, what can this software do and what’s it good for:
- security when working with fake or dubious sites;
- hiding browsing history;
- inability to intercept your data, which is especially important when connecting to unsecured public networks;
- thanks to the substitution and encryption of traffic, you become completely anonymous;
- changing your location.
Sometimes a VPN becomes useful at work when you use the Internet during work hours and do not want the system administrator to recognize your computer and browsing history.
Thus, Virtual Private Network extensions can be useful to everyone. And this is not necessarily about some kind of fraudulent transactions, for example, you wanted to watch a new movie, but it is not available for your region. In manual or automatic mode, another country is set, and you get access to the site or media files.
How to enable VPN
It’s easy to download and install such software. Google Chrome users are free to choose between browser extensions and special programs that need to be downloaded separately.
They can be found in the Chrome web store. How to get them step by step:
- Launch Chrome.
- In the upper right corner, click on a three dots button.
- Proceed to “Settings” – “Extensions” (or “More tools” – “Extensions”).
- Click the hamburger button in the upper left corner.
- Click “Open Chrome Web Store” in the lower left corner.
- Type VPN in the store’s search bar and hit Enter.
Now browse through the most popular plugins. Click “More extensions” to get more options. And when you’ve finally found something, click on that extension, then press “Add to Chrome” and “Add extension”.
The most popular VPN apps for Google Chrome browser are:
- Hola VPN
- Touch VPN
- Browsec VPN
- Hotspot Shield
You can download and install any of these extensions absolutely free of charge.
With dedicated software
You can download a separate program with VPN functionality to your computer or smartphone, turn it on, and then go to the browser to work. The convenience of this method lies in the fact that the action of the hidden IP address will apply to all browsers on your device, no matter what you access the Internet from.
Among the most downloaded and effectively working programs are the following:
- Tunnel Bear
- Private Tunnel
- Cyber Ghost VPN.
You can use most of these programs for free. But in some cases their free versions either have limited choice of locations or low bandwidth. Some programs, like HotSpot, for instance, allow multiple devices to be connected simultaneously.
Setting up a VPN
VPN programs and extensions usually don’t require any manual tuning, and are easy to navigate: Start, Stop, Choose location, and that’s pretty much it.
In rare cases you need to register, and sometimes there is a paid access to premium locations.
A VPN program is turned off in the reverse order, just as it was turned on. You just need to enter the program again and press the same button that you turned on. After that, you return to the previous settings and work on the Internet in the usual way.
It should be noted right away that when you connect the VPN extension, the Internet speed decreases. And if the Internet disappears altogether, the program automatically turns off. When you resume connections, you will need to restart it and enable it.