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5 Best VPNs for Google Chrome (and Chromium)

When Google first unleashed its Chrome web browser back in December 2008 it almost immediately took the world by storm. Sporting a streamlined user interface, and proving to be incredibly fast (although these recent results put it behind Internet Explorer!), tech-savvy net users were quick to adopt it and, with an over 40 percent worldwide user share, it is now the world’s most popular browser.

Unfortunately, last year’s Edward Snowden revelations have made people much more aware of the privacy implications of using proprietary software, especially when made by Google, a company that may have cooperated with the NSA’s PRISM program (although this is still unclear), and which has definitely made its fortune by invading users privacy and then commoditising that information.
For this reason we prefer the free and open source Firefox browser from Mozilla, which also happens to support the most extensive range of privacy-enhancing extensions available, and allows users to dabble ‘under-the-hood’,

However…

Chromium

In September 2008 Google did release most of Chrome’s source code as an open source project called Chromium. Although it remains to be fully independently audited, Chromium’s open source nature gives us a great deal more confidence that it does not leak personal details about us to Google (or anyone else), making it an excellent choice for security minded users who are unwilling to give up the simple design ascetic or nippiness of Chrome.

To download the latest version Chromium, head over to the Chromium Builds page, choose your OS, and then scroll down to end of the page and pick the highest build number (in Windows you then download and run  ‘mini installer.exe’, but this varies by OS). Chromium is available for Windows, Linux, Chromium OS, OSX and Android.

VPN

VPN routes all your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel, and so works well with any browser. As you are using VPN however, it is likely that security is an issue for you, so if you like Chrome then it is a great idea to pair VPN up with Chromium, with some security and privacy extensions installed (which we will soon cover in another article).


Summary

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Winner

Buffered

4,9/5

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  • PROS
  • Built for streaming
  • Fast speeds
  • Excellent design and usability
  • No usage logs
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • 3 simultaneous connections
  • CONS
  • Slightly higher priced
  • Some connection logs
Buffered is a brand new VPN company who have been growing fast. They have servers in 15 different countries, all the major ones where you would want to connect to. We really like the look and feel of the company, they are a true startup with good customer service. Since they are based in Hungary security wise they are independent of big snooping governments like the US and UK, and they have shared IPs, which is really secure. They also allow 3 simultaneous connections so you can watch on plenty of devices. Their software is really easy to use. While their pricing is a bit higher than normal, it’s worth it for the extra service.
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2nd place

PIA

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • No logs
  • Fast
  • Up to 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption
  • Client features port forwarding
  • VPN kill switch and DNS leak protection
  • P2P: yes
  • 3 Simultaneous connections
  • CONS
  • No free trial
  • US based company

PIA is arguably the most polished and refined VPN service available, and it also takes great care over preserving ts users’ privacy. It uses shared IP’s, keeps no logs, and accepts Bitcoins, and it has an excellent Windows and OSX client that features DNS leak protection, IPv6 leak protection, port forwarding and an internet kill switch. The Android app is also excellent, up to 5 devices can connect at once, and PIA now supports some of the strongest encryption available, with up to 256-bit AES OpenVPN, SHA-256 hash authentication and 4096-bit RSA handshake. It is a shame then that, being a US based privacy company boasting around 1 million customers, we cannot believe its claim that it has not being comprimised by the NSA…

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3rd place

Mullvad

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • No logs
  • Good speeds
  • Cheap
  • Client features internet kill switch and DNS leak protection
  • P2P: Yes
  • Servers in Sweden and Netherlands
  • 3 Simultaneous connections
  • CONS
  • Avoid servers in Germany
  • Encryption could be better

For such a small company, Swedish-based Mullvad gets a lot of things right. Many of its servers are in Germany, which has terrible privacy laws and should therefore be avoided, but as long as you do this then it’s all rather good. Mullvad uses shared IPs, keeps no logs, and accepts not just Bitcoins, but cash sent by post! It’s Windows, OSX and Linux client features DNS leak protection, an internet kill switch, port forwarding, and server load information, and Mullvad allows users to have 3 simultaneous connections. The 128-bit OpenVPN encryption could be stronger, and there was some talk of some security lapses in the past, but overall Mullvad offers a great package.

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4th place

IronSocket

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • Mo usage logs
  • 256-Bit AES OpenVPN encryption
  • Fast
  • Servers in 36 countries
  • Shared IPs
  • Accepts Bitcoins, based in Hong Kong
  • 7 Day money back guarantee
  • Up to 3 simultaneous connections(more can be bought and proxy use is unlimited
  • P2P: Yes
  • CONS
  • Keeps a lot of session logs(typically not kept for more than 72 hours)

Based in Hong Kong, IronSocket is an excellent choice for Chrome/Chromium users based in Asia, Australia or New Zealand. It does keep too many connection logs (although no usage logs), but being under Hong Kong (Edward Snowden’s first choice of refuge) jurisdiction offsets this somewhat, as does the use of shared IP’s, accepting payment by Bitcoins, 256-bit AES encryption, and 3 simultaneous connections.

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5th place

CactusVPN

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • No usage logs
  • 256-Bit AES OpenVPN and SSTP encryption
  • Blazing fast
  • AutoProxy
  • Neat client with Application Killer
  • P2P: Yes
  • Based in Moldova
  • CONS
  • Does not accept Bitcoins
  • Restrictive policy on multiple connections (better than none though!)

CactusVPN has slipped a little in our rankings thanks to user reports of long-term reliability issues, but the fact that it keeps no usage logs (although some connection logs are kept for 3 days), uses strong 256-bit AES encryption, allows P2P downloading, is very quick, and is also very cheap, means that we are willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. The Windows and OSX software is very smart, and it is one of the few services we know of to feature a per-application kill switch, for in the event of disconnecting from a VPN server. Being based in in Moldova, the ‘wild west’ of the internet, is also a bonus in our eyes. Unfortunately CactusVPN does not accept payment via Bitcoins, and we will keep an eye on long-term user reports, but for the time being it still looks to be an excellent choice.

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Summary

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1

Buffered Logo $10/mo

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2

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3

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4

logo $6.99/mo

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5

logo $4.99/mo

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Douglas Crawford I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. Find me on Google+

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