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How to Set Up a VPN on Chrome Browser

How to Set Up a VPN on Chrome Browser

It’s no secret that Google Chrome is the most popular web browser globally, which makes it a significant target for cybersecurity issues. Not using a safe VPN for your Chrome browser, your online activities run the risk of getting tracked by hackers, spies, and even your local ISP and government.

To ensure that your internet activities aren’t being constantly monitored, we recommend subscribing to and installing a high-quality VPN. The best way to do this is to download the VPN application directly to your phone or PC. This will secure your entire internet traffic, even your non-browser activities.

However, some VPN services also offer a super helpful chrome extension. These can be directly installed from the Store of  Chrome Web. In this blog, we’ll walk you through installing, setting it up.

Here’s what you’ll need before you start

Before you begin setting everything up, here are all the things you’ll need to do:

-          Make sure that you have the latest version of the Chrome browser

-          Ensure that you’re subscribed to a high-quality VPN that comes with a dedicated Chrome extension. This is an essential step as not all VPN providers offer Chrome extensions to their VPN service, so it's best to run a check for this feature before you make your payment.

-          Get a certified VPN account by clicking on the verification link sent to you in the email. This will make sure that your account is activated. Without this, your VPN Chrome extension might not work, even if you manage to download it.

-          In some cases, you might also need the desktop application version of the same VPN service for the Chrome extension to work. This is a requirement for some providers, but it's still worth your time to check if this needs to be done before getting started.

How to set up the Chrome VPN extension

Once you’ve set up everything, you can now download and install the VPN Chrome extension. Here are the steps you’ll have to follow.

1.      Open up your VPN provider’s website and locate the download link for their Chrome extension. The link will redirect you to the Google Chrome webstore. This is a better way than directly looking up the company extension on the Google Chrome web store because this will save you from fake and dangerous copycat extensions.

2.      When you’re at the download link for the Google Chrome extension, click the “add to chrome” button, and your browser should start downloading the application.

3.      In some cases, you’ll see a drop-down message asking for permissions to access certain parts of your data to run smoothly. Make sure you read the message carefully, and if you don’t find anything alarming, click “add extension.”

4.      If your Chrome web browser starts showing “remove from Chrome” next to the VPN chrome extension, this means that your application has finished downloading. You don’t need to click this.

5.      Now, if you’ve installed it properly, you should see a small icon on the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser, next to the search engine bar. Generally, this will show the provider’s logo. When you see it, click it, and it should lead you to the extension interface in a drop-down which is usually a set-up and walk-through screen. Make sure to follow the guidelines as coordinated.

6.      When you’re done with the installation and setting up, enter your log-in details, and you should be all set to start using it! Most VPN interfaces feature a big button in the center that will let you easily switch it on and off.

7.      Before you connect to any of the available servers, please check out the security settings. Usually, you can access these by clicking the menu buttons. When you go to the settings panel, check if the WebRTC leak blocking is enabled or not. If it isn’t, go ahead and enable it.

8.      Beneath that, you should see a panel with a list of countries in the drop-down; this is the panel where you can select the server you want to connect to. To connect to a server, choose one of these countries. High-quality VPNs like Ivacy VPN come with an intelligent location feature that automatically connects you to the nearest remote server to make sure that your internet speed doesn’t suffer.

9.      When you’re done and want to get connected, hit the big round button in the middle, and you’re done!

Final words

Got your VPN installed, set up and running smoothly? Had issues following the guide? Let us know how your experience went to improve this guide to help users looking to install Google Chrome extensions better.
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