If you need a VPN just for anonymously browsing the web, you can “get away” with a browser that comes with a built-in VPN. Chances are you won’t get the same performance nor the level of anonymity as you would with a full-blown VPN service but for accessing geo-blocked websites, these apps will “get the job done.”
Web browsers that come with integrated VPN include:
- Opera Browser
- UR Browser
- Tor Browser
- Epic Privacy Browser
And now let’s get into more details, shall we?
As the most popular alternative web browser, Opera is used by 350 million people all around the world. It is available across devices and platforms, meaning that it can work both on your computer(s) and mobile devices.
With its ability to import bookmarks and passwords, Opera will make for an easy switch from other web browsers. It is also a RAM-friendly app that, consequently, makes it faster than competing products.
Moreover, as part of the deal, you get an integrated VPN and an ad blocker that will make for an even better browsing experience. The cool part is that you get to enable/disable VPN based on the website you’re visiting; plus there is an option to use a VPN only in Incognito mode.
The “new kid in the block,” UR Browser packs some serious privacy features to keep you safe online, VPN — combined with unbreakable 2048-bit RSA encryption — being one of them. Another cool feature is a built-in ad blocker that delivers that much cleaner experience with no pesky ads to deal with.
Perhaps the most important thing users notice is the speed of UR Browser. Because the app is light on memory usage, it feels much smoother than Chrome. Even with a dozen tabs open, the browser is snappy and responsive.
Tor (The Onion Router) is all about privacy but unfortunately, it can be slow. The reason for this is the way the Tor Network is structured — instead of using the infrastructure of a single or a few companies, Tor is relying on volunteers donating their (limited) resources to the network.
Nevertheless, with Tor Browser you are virtually impossible to trace. If that’s what you’re trying to achieve – you can at least want to give it a try.
Tor itself acts in a similar way to the VPN, changing your IP address in the process. And this in turn lets you access some content that could otherwise be outside of your reach.
Tor is a multi-platform app with a client available for virtually all devices.
Also read: Tor Explained, Compared to the VPN
It is kinda obvious that an app called Epic Privacy Browser is focused on protecting its users’ privacy. The built-in VPN capability is part of that commitment, letting you connect to servers in 8 countries.
As for the rest of “unorthodox capabilities,” we would highlight the fancy Download Manager which lets you grab audio and video files from various websites without any tech mumbo-jumbo to deal with.
Like Google Chrome, Epic Privacy Browser is also based on the Chromium project, meaning that the majority of Chrome extensions should work with Epic as well.
Firefox also has a VPN of its own, but it is delivered as an extension, not as a built-in capability. Also, Mozilla VPN is not free and still not available all around the world.
It is great to see that some web browsers have started integrating VPN capabilities into their apps. What is currently on the market is still not on par with what professional-grade VPNs are offering, and chances are — they won’t be at that level any time soon.
In that sense, we suggest you try one or a few of the browsers mentioned above but only as a temporary solution. At the end of the day, the browser with a built-in VPN will only protect your web browsing and… that’s about it. Remember that many apps installed on your devices are also connecting to the Internet and they too could/should benefit from a more secure connection.
With a full-blown VPN app, you get to protect the entire connection between your device(s) and the Internet. Also, the best VPNs include extensions for all popular browsers, providing a few extra bells and whistles along the way. So sooner or later, you will (or at least, you should) get a “regular” VPN. For that, we suggest checking out our page with Best of the Best VPNs and take it from there. You’ll thank us later. 😉