8 free VPN browser extensions

Network and Internet

The governments of Ukraine, Russia and other countries are increasingly blocking access to certain Internet resources. Suffice it to recall the register of prohibited sites of the Russian Federation and the blocking of Russian social networks and a number of other resources of the Runet by the Ukrainian authorities. Not surprisingly, users are increasingly looking for a vpn browser extension that allows you to bypass bans and increase privacy while surfing. A complete and high-quality VPN service is almost always paid, but there are some pleasant exceptions. We will consider them in this article.

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  • Free VPN browser extensions
    • Hotspot Shield
    • SkyZip Proxy
    • TouchVPN
    • TunnelBear VPN
    • Browsec VPN for Firefox and Yandex Browser
    • Hola VPN
    • ZenMate VPN
    • Free VPN in Opera browser

Free VPN browser extensions

Full functionality in most of the extensions listed below is only available in paid versions. However, the free versions of such extensions are also suitable for bypassing blocking sites and increasing the level of privacy when surfing. Let's take a closer look at the best free VPN browser extensions.

Hotspot Shield

VPN Hotspot Shield

Users are offered a paid and free version of Hotspot Shield

One of the most popular VPN extensions. There is a paid version and a free one, with some limited features.

Benefits:

  • effective bypass of blocking sites;
  • one-click activation;
  • there is no advertising;
  • no registration required;
  • no traffic restrictions;
  • a large selection of proxy servers in different countries (PRO version, the free choice is limited to several countries).

Disadvantages:

  • The free version has a limited list of servers: only the USA, France, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Browsers: Google Chrome, Chromium, Firefox 56.0 and higher.

SkyZip Proxy

VPN SkyZip Proxy

SkyZip Proxy is available on Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox

SkyZip uses a network of high-performance proxy servers NYNEX and is positioned as a utility for compressing content and speeding up page loading, as well as providing anonymity for surfing. For a number of objective reasons, a significant acceleration in loading web pages can be felt only at a connection speed of less than 1 Mbps, however, SkyZip Proxy copes well with bypassing bans.

A significant advantage of the utility is that there is no need for additional settings. After installation, the extension itself determines the optimal servers for traffic redirection and performs all the necessary manipulations. You can enable / disable SkyZip Proxy with a single click on the extension icon. Green icon – the utility is enabled. The gray icon is disabled.

Benefits:

  • effective one-click blocking bypass;
  • acceleration of page loading;
  • traffic compression up to 50% (including images – up to 80%, due to the use of the 'compact' WebP format);
  • no need for additional settings;
  • work 'on wheels', all SkyZip functionality is available immediately after installing the extension.

Disadvantages:

  • download acceleration is felt only at ultra-low network connection speeds (up to 1 Mbps);
  • not supported by many browsers.

Browsers: Google Chrome, Chromium. Initially, the extension for Firefox was supported, but, unfortunately, later the developer refused to support it.

TouchVPN

VPN TouchVPN

One of the disadvantages of TouchVPN is the limited number of countries where the server is hosted

Like the vast majority of other participants in our ranking, the TouchVPN extension is offered to users in the form of free and paid versions. Unfortunately, the list of countries where the servers are located is limited. There are four countries to choose from: USA and Canada, France and Denmark.

Benefits:

  • no traffic restrictions;
  • choice of different countries of the virtual location (although the choice is limited to four countries).

Disadvantages:

  • a limited number of countries where the servers are located (USA, France, Denmark, Canada);
  • although the developer does not impose restrictions on the amount of data transferred, these restrictions are imposed on their own: the speed is significantly affected by the total load on the system and the number of users simultaneously using it.

This is primarily about active users using the server of your choice. When you change the server, the speed of loading web pages can change, for the better or for the worse.

Browsers: Google Chrome, Chromium.

TunnelBear VPN

VPN TunnelBear VPN

Advanced feature set available in paid version of TunnelBear VPN

One of the most popular VPN services. The extension, written by TunnelBear programmers, offers a choice of a list of servers geographically located in 15 countries. To work, you just need to download and install the TunnelBear VPN extension and register on the developer's website.

Benefits:

  • a network of servers for redirecting traffic in 15 countries of the world;
  • the ability to select an IP address in different domain zones;
  • increasing the level of privacy, decreasing the ability of sites to track your network activity;
  • no registration required;
  • ensuring the safety of surfing through public WiFi networks.

Disadvantages:

  • restriction on monthly traffic (750 MB + a slight increase in the limit when publishing an advertising post about TunnelBear in Twitter);
  • the full set of functions is only available in the paid version.

Browsers: Google Chrome, Chromium.

Browsec VPN for Firefox and Yandex Browser

Browsec VPN

Browsec VPN is easy to use and requires no additional configuration

One of the simplest free solutions for the browser from Yandex and Firefox, however, the page load speed is poor. Works with Firefox (version 55.0 or higher), Chrome and Yandex Browser.

Benefits:

  • ease of use;
  • no need for additional settings;
  • encryption of traffic.

Disadvantages:

  • low page loading speed;
  • there is no possibility of choosing the country of the virtual location.

Browsers: Firefox, Chrome / Chromium, Yandex Browser.

Hola VPN

Hola VPN

Hola VPN servers are located in 15 countries

Hola VPN is radically different from other similar extensions, although the difference is not noticeable to the user. The service is free and has a number of significant advantages. Unlike competing extensions, it functions as a distributed peer-to-peer network, in which computers and gadgets of other system participants play the role of routers.

Benefits:

  • a choice of servers, physically located in 15 states;
  • the service is free;
  • there are no restrictions on the amount of transmitted data;
  • using computers of other system participants as routers.

Disadvantages:

  • using computers of other system participants as routers;
  • limited number of supported browsers.

One of the advantages is also the main disadvantage of the extension. In particular, the developers of the utility were accused of having vulnerabilities and selling traffic.

Browsers: Google Chrome, Chromium, Yandex.

ZenMate VPN

ZenMate VPN

ZenMate VPN requires registration

A good free service for bypassing blocking sites and increasing the level of security when surfing the global network.

Benefits:

  • there are no restrictions on the speed and volume of transmitted data;
  • automatic activation of a secure connection when entering the corresponding resources.

Disadvantages:

  • registration on the ZenMate VPN developer site is required;
  • small selection of countries of the virtual location.

The choice of countries is limited, but for most users, the 'gentlemen's set' offered by the developer is enough.

Browsers: Google Chrome, Chromium, Yandex.

Free VPN in Opera browser

Free VPN in Opera browser

VPN is available in browser settings

By and large, the VPN use case described in this paragraph is not an extension, since the function of creating a secure VPN connection is already built into the browser. Enabling / disabling the VPN option is done in the browser settings, 'Settings' – 'Security' – 'Enable VPN'. You can also enable and disable the service with a single click on the VPN icon in the Opera address bar.

Benefits:

  • work 'on wheels', immediately after installing the browser and without the need to download and install a separate extension;
  • free VPN service from the browser developer;
  • lack of subscription;
  • no need for additional settings.

Disadvantages:

  • the function is not sufficiently developed, so from time to time there may be small problems with bypassing the blocking of certain websites.

Browsers: Opera.

Please note that the free extensions listed on our list may not meet the needs of all users. Truly high-quality VPN services are never completely free. If you feel that none of the listed options suit you, try the paid versions of the extensions.

They are usually offered with a trial period and, in some cases, with a 30-day refund option. We've covered just a few of the popular free and shareware VPN extensions. If you wish, you can easily find other extensions on the network to bypass site blocking.

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