The best Chrome VPN extensions in comparison

Discover them absolutely best VPN extensions for Chrome! We compare the best VPN (Virutal Private Network) Providers with each other and test their VPN Chrome extensions. A VPN protects your privacy and anonymity on the internet. In the following article we answer all questions about VPN Chrome Add-on: Is one plug-in for Chrome enough, do I need the PC client, which VPN provider is really the best, or is a free VPN enough?

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    No time? - The best Chrome VPN extensions

    nordvpn imageNordVPN

    The egg legend wool milk sow. Fast, secure and trustworthy.

     

    CyberGhost

    Solid and free browser VPN for Chrome

     

    ExpressVPN

    Browser plug-in and PC client work together

     

     

    Chrome VPN add-on or VPN application

    We have already put in a detailed report best browser extensions tested and compared to a full-fledged PC client. The same is true for Chrome. There is a big difference between installing VPN software on your PC and just using a browser extension.
    If you want complete security for your computer, including all applications, you need a VPN client. If you only want to protect yourself while surfing with Chrome and hide your IP address, a VPN extension is sufficient.

    Set up the VPN Chrome extension

    Don't worry, VPN extensions are very easy to install in Chrome within a few minutes. We'll also help you with one Step by step instructions. In fact, a browser add-on is a lot less complicated and easier to install than a full VPN client.

    Setting up a VPN Chrome extension - step by step guide

    Chrome makes it very easy to install browser add-ons. With just a few clicks and under a minute, you are ready to surf the Internet safely and anonymously! We'll explain the whole thing to you with the help of ours Test winner NordVPN.

    Find the VPN add-on

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    The first thing to do is to find the VPN extension in the Chrome browser that you want to download. Just go to the chrome web store and search for the VPN extension you want.

    Install the VPN extension

    As soon as you have found the NordVPN Proxy Extension for Chrome in the chrome web store, simply click “Add” and then confirm the installation by clicking “Add Extension” again.

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    Log into your VPN

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    Next you have to click the little NordVPN icon in the top right corner of your browser and log in with your login details. Now all you have to do is click on “Quick Connect” and you're done. You are now safe and anonymous on the Internet. As you can see it is easy to add a VPN extension to Chrome.

     

     

    Which Chrome VPN Extension is the Best?

    As we've already revealed, wins NordVPN our comparison. You can find out why NordVPN wins our test and what alternatives there are in the following article. We pay particular attention to how well the respective VPN providers have optimized their Chrome extensions and how secure they are.

    1st place - NordVPN Chrome browser extension

    NordVPN is by far the best browser extension for Chrome. It is easy to install and significantly more performance-optimized than other providers' applications. It doesn't slow down your computer and includes some great features such as an integrated ad blocker and the option to permanently disable WebRTC, which can lead to IP leaks in Chrome. As soon as you log into your NordVPN account, the browser extension automatically connects to the best available server. Important: If you use the Chrome extension without the PC client, it really only protects your surfing with Chrome, but not other applications. Which is why the name "Nord VPN Proxy Extension" makes more sense than a VPN extension. Because it is more like a proxy than a full-fledged VPN. We therefore recommend all-round protection and installation of the PC client.

    Further advantages of the NordVPN browser extension.

    • Over 60 locations to choose from
    • The best security standards
    • Stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime and many more
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Very high speeds
    • Bypass geoblocking

    You need an active NordVPN account to use the browser application.

    Conclusion: The NordVPN Chrome browser extension is the deserved test winner, everything is really right here.

    Prices: There are 4 pricing models, you can choose for 1 month, 1 year, 2 years or 3 years. NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. The following prices apply:

    • 1 month for € 10,63
    • 1 year for € 6,22 / month
    • 2 years for € 4,44 / month
    • 3 years for € 3,10 / month.

    2nd place: CyberGhost VPN Chrome browser extension

    CyberGhost VPN logoCyberGhost secures the deserved place 2 mainly because the Chrome extension 100% free of charge. 

    The CyberGhost application runs independently and can be used without an account and independently of the PC application. The security standards of the free CyberGhost browser extension do not differ from the paid PC version. What differs, however, is the server selection. CyberGhost PC-Client offers a huge selection of servers, but severely limits it for its browser extension. Only access to servers in the Netherlands, Germany, Romania and the USA is available.

    On the positive side, streaming Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video using the browser extension works fine.

    Customer service is only available in English, but via the ticketing system or live chat.

    Conclusion: CyberGhost delivers a solid, free browser extension, which unfortunately cannot keep up with the NordVPN Chrome Extension.

    3rd place: Express VPN Chrome browser extension

    The ExpressVPN Chrome browser extension is very different from the NordVPN or CyberGhost variant. It is not just a browser plug-in, it can can only be used in connection with the VPN client.

    That has advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is obvious: The browser extension cannot be installed independently as a plug-in. You have to install the full PC client if you want to use the Express VPN Chrome Browser Add-on. This is tedious and exhausting for everyone who is only looking for a browser extension. But what are the advantages? The browser extension from ExpressVPN is not only a protection for your browser, i.e. a proxy, but it serves as a Remote control and extension of your VPN client. That means all of your applications, whether Outlook, Skype or Discord, are protected. ExpressVPN is one of the best premium providers and you get this protection for the browser extension too. An overview of what we particularly like about ExpressVPN:

    • Over 3000 VPN servers in over 94 countries
    • State of the art encryption protocols
    • Supports Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS and even Linux
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Excellent speeds
    • One account protects up to 5 devices
    • Killswitch & Multihop function
    • Strict no-logs policy

    Customer support is provided 24/7, via live chat or email

    Conclusion: ExpressVPN tries something new and innovative, we like that. Nevertheless, it bothers us a little that it is not offered as a stand-alone.

    Prices: ExpressVPN offers 3 pricing plans - prepayment for 1 month, 6 months or 1 year. ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

    • 1 month for € 12,95 / month
    • 6 months for € 9,99 / month
    • 1 year for € 8,32 / month

    Summary

    If you want to be secure and anonymous in Chrome, you should use a VPN browser extension. Premium providers such as NordVPN and ExpressVPN offer sophisticated and user-friendly applications. We advise against most free providers, only CyberGhost could convince us. Furthermore, you should not use a VPN add-on that does not require a log-in, as this can be exploited by hackers.

    Finally, we would like to emphasize once again: If your security is really important to you, you cannot avoid using a full-fledged VPN client. Our tip: NordVPN.

    Frequently asked questions about using VPN Chrome browser extensions

    Is a VPN Chrome extension enough?

    A browser extension for Chrome offers a kind of Lite VPN. This has similar functions as a desktop client, but not to the same extent.

    Are the VPN browser extensions for Chrome safe?

    Unfortunately, many VPN browser extensions are unsafe. Many free providers in particular finance their servers in a very questionable way. In the worst case, your private data will be resold if you use an untrustworthy browser extension.

    What are the best browser extensions for Chrome

    NordVPN, CyberGhost and ExpressVPN win our comparison of the best browser extensions for Chrome. Other trusted providers of VPNs are SufShark and IPvanish.

    Is a VPN legal?

    Yes. VPN use is basically legal in most countries such as Germany. Only a handful of countries prohibit the use of a VPN. Including North Korea, China, Iraq and Iran.

    Is incognito mode enough or do I need a VPN?

    No. Incognito mode in Chrome only clears your browsing history and cookies, it doesn't protect your IP address like a VPN does.

    Has Chrome integrated a VPN?

    The Chrome desktop version has unfortunately no integrated VPN.

    Can my VPN browser extensions be deactivated?

    Yes. It is very easy to turn the VPN browser extensions for Chrome on and off.

     

    About Kevin Benckendorf

    Kevin Benckendorf grew up in Germany, but at home all over the world. His passion is the latest technology. Whether hardware or software. He is always up to date and tests the best new releases for you.