5 Best Google Chrome VPNs – (updated 2021)

Google Chrome currently owns the browser market and has done for the last 5 years.

According to Statista in March 2020, 67% of all browsers used Google Chrome. That is an enormous number, especially considering the next best performing browser is Firefox and doesn’t even claim 10% of users.  

Due to its large market share, there are a number of free VPNs and extensions available for you to choose from. But which is the best or do you really need one?  

Let’s find out.

Historically, Google Chrome has always been one of the most secure browsers but as recently as this week at the time of writing, their reputation has taken a hit as detailed by Davey Winder of Forbes and Reuters 

Thankfully, it seems to be restricted to add-ons from the Chrome Web Store and not the actual software itself so as long as you don’t download questionable extensions you should be fine.  

With a host of security features already built-in, you might ask yourself if you really need a VPN when using Google Chrome?  

In all honesty, the answer is no.  

You don’t need a VPN. You can browse, stream, download and do whatever else your current ISP allows without one. 

But at the end of the day if you value your privacy and security then a VPN is a must.  The additional layers of security they offer alone is worth either paying for or selecting one of the free options below.

Not all VPNs are created equal however, and that is certainly the case with VPN extensions. 

Here are the Top 5 Chrome VPN Extensions

1. ProtonVPN

Offering unlimited data and no speed caps on the free version, ProtonVPN is our top pick. 

Ad-free

Unlike most Free VPNs, ProtonVPN does not include ads in it’s service.

Security

Super-computer 256-bit AES encryption and a strict no logging policy ensures you are protected and secure. 

Locations / Geo-blocked content

Although limited to 3 countries (US, Netherlands and Japan) on the free version, the range available reduces the wait time and still allows access to US based streaming services. 

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Free for as long as you need.

2. Windscribe

A fantastic 10GB of data per month ensures Windscribe gets our second place pick of free options. 

Data

10GB might not seem like a huge amount but compared to TunnelBears 500MB, the numbers speak for themselves. 

Security

With the free version you still get the same excellent security and encryption levels afforded to the premium users which is something very few VPNs can say.

Speed Test

Take the guesswork out of your connection and ensure your speeds are as fast as they can be. 

Free for as long as you need.

3. Hotspot Shield

Data

Another great free limit of 500MB a day to play with.

Incredible speeds

One of the fastest free options available due to it’s Catapult Hydra VPN Protocol.

Locations

Limited to servers in the US only which sometimes leads to sluggish connections due to high-usage. 

Free for as long as you need.

4. hide.me

AD-free

Unlike most Free VPNs, hide.me does not include ads in it’s service just like ProtonVPN.

Data cap

At only 2Gb per month you’ll have to manage your usage pretty well to get through the month but it’s still a decent free option. 

Locations

There are 5 servers in 4 country locations available for free users (Canada, Singapore, The Netherlands and the US). 

Free for as long as you need.

5. TunnelBear

Server locations

With over 20 countries to choose from, TunnelBear has the most locations to offer out of the other 4 VPNs listed. 

Great Speeds

Really good speeds which almost match the premium version which is always a bonus. 

Data cap

With the lowest rating and equally lowest free monthly data allowance at 500MB per month, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do very much but it’s better than nothing. 

Free for as long as you need.

Should you upgrade to a paid service?

While all of the above options are free and will be until you don’t use your chosen service, they all come with their own limitations. 

Whether that be data caps, speeds or server locations, they all have one. 

All of the free versions listed above, have premium services as well which have their own benefits and advantages. 

However, the premium services of the above aren’t the best paid options you can choose. 

If you want to read a review on the current industry leader NordVPN, you can find that here