Proton VPN Browser Extension Unveiled

It allows you to easily protect your browser traffic with the VPN without affecting speeds or the IP address of the other apps on your system

Proton VPN browser extension

For one reason or another, unlike many other VPNs – Proton VPN didn’t have a browser extension. That has been changed, and now the company is providing a convenient and secure way to protect your privacy online.

Benefits of using the Proton VPN browser extension

Now available in beta, Proton’s extension allows you to:

  • Easily protect your browser traffic with the VPN without affecting speeds or the IP address of the other apps on your system. For example, you can browse privately without affecting the ping rates for online games. Or you can stream from another country in one browser while shopping for the best local deals in a different browser.
  • Connect to different VPN servers in different browsers
  • Browse privately on your work device while connected to your company VPN
  • Browse privately on devices where you don’t have the admin rights to install a full VPN app
  • Protect your privacy on low-end devices that have problems running a full VPN app

The Proton VPN browser extension is available for Chromium- and Firefox-based browsers — including Google Chrome, Brave, Microsoft Edge, Chromium, Opera, and Vivaldi; as well as Firefox, LibreWolf, and Waterfox.

The extension is available to everyone with a paid Proton VPN plan, such as Proton VPN Plus, Proton Unlimited, Proton Visionary, and Proton for Business.

Browser extension vs desktop/device VPN

Proton VPN’s browser extension provides similar protection to the full VPN app, but it only encrypts the browser’s internet connection (using HTTPS). If you want to encrypt all the connections made by your device, you still need to download the app.

You can, however, connect to one VPN server in your web browser and another one for the rest of your apps. Also, you can run the extension in as many different browsers as you like, and you can connect each browser to a different VPN server. You should only know that each browser running an active VPN connection counts towards the limit of ten simultaneous VPN connections.

For instance, you could run Edge with the Proton VPN browser extension connected to a nearby VPN server to secure your browsing session using the fastest available server. At the same time, you could run Firefox with the Proton VPN browser extension connected to a server in a different country so that you can easily access geo-restricted online services.

What can the Proton VPN browser extension do for you?

With this VPN extension, you can:

  • Quickly and easily hide your browsing history from your internet service provider (ISP) and public WiFi hosts
  • Bypass censorship
  • Prevent tracking from websites you visit by hiding your IP address
  • Stream your favorite shows, movies, and live TV when traveling away from home

And the best part is that it happens within your browser, with the rest of your system perhaps being connected to a different VPN server — or not connected at all.

The Proton VPN browser extension is available to download from the Chrome Web Store or Firefox Browser Add-ons. You will have to sign in using your Proton VPN Account details, connect to a VPN server — and you’re good to go.

Again, to use the Proton VPN browser extension – you must have a paid Proton VPN plan.

Both extensions for Chrome- and Firefox-based browsers are stand-alone products and do not require the full Proton VPN app to use them.

As it does with its other apps, Proton VPN will make browser extensions open source so that everyone can verify their code. The company will also be adding advanced features, such as Secure Core and split tunneling, to the extensions in the (near) future.

So, if you ever needed an additional push to use Proton VPN – now you’ve got it. It is one of the best VPNs in the world, and we wholeheartedly recommend it. Hit the link below to sign up for Proton VPN.

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  • Easy to use apps for popular platforms
  • Works with Netflix and Hulu
  • Dedicated servers for Tor and torrenting
  • There's a free version of the service
  • No live chat support
  • Doesn't work well with BBC iPlayer