The Best VPN for a Chromebook
Chromebooks have a lot going for them. They are cheap, well specified for their intended use, are usually light, fully-featured and have pretty good battery life. All things that make these laptops easy to live with. If you can live with the fact Google is able to watch everything you do. That’s why you need a VPN for your Chromebook.
Google is not evil but it is seemingly intent on making as much money as it can get away with from your data. A VPN won’t be able to stop the company harvesting data while you use the Chromebook but it can stop it seeing what you do online. A VPN on any device can stop anyone seeing what you do online.
As our browsing data is now viewed as fair game by ISPs, marketers and big business, it’s down to us to protect it. A VPN is one of the most effective ways of doing that.
Chromebook VPN support
Chrome OS supports the three main types of VPN connection, L2TP over IPSec with PSK, L2TP over IPSec with certificate-based authentication and OpenVPN. Of the three, it’s mainly OpenVPN that you would use on any connection on any device that supports it. It’s fast, secure and works well with a client and multiple server situation.
As we’re discussing Chromebook, your options to get a VPN up and running are to use a Chrome extension, an app or a VPN client. While all three will work but an app or VPN client is the best option as they will protect all traffic from your device, not just Chrome traffic. Most VPN services come with their own client that will work on Chrome OS among others.
You can configure Chrome OS manually to use an L2TP connection if you prefer. Otherwise it is very straightforward to install a VPN client or app to do the hard work for you.
VPNs for Chromebook
We know why we need to install a VPN, to securely encrypt all your internet traffic. Now let’s get to the VPN services you should consider to do it. Each of the following will offer 256-bit encryption, a client or app to install on your Chromebook and have a reputation for reliability. They will also all be no-log VPNs which is vital if you’re doing anything online you don’t want to be identified doing.
You won’t go wrong with any of these options:
ExpressVPN is one of my go-to VPNs. It is fast, reliable, has a range of VPN servers in 160 locations across 94 countries. It also works to allow Netflix and other geo-locked services which is an added bonus. ExpressVPN doesn’t have a Chrome OS client but offers a stable Android version and a Chrome extension that you can install from Google Play Store.
The service offers a free trial and a moneyback guarantee so even if you sign up and don’t like it, you can get your money back.
NordVPN is another regular in our VPN lists, for the same reasons ExpressVPN appears so often too. It’s reliable, secure with 256-bit encryption, fast and works on almost any device. It isn’t the cheapest option. Not by a long shot but it does have an enviable number of VPN servers and can use a double VPN connection for when you really need to be secure.
You can use an Android app or Chrome extension if you don’t want to manually configure L2TP.
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access is another VPN I highly recommend. It is fast, secure and uses 256-bit encryption. It has an Android app and a Chrome extension for easy installation and offers over 3,300 servers in 32 countries across the world. It is compatible with PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec and allows you to connect up to ten devices at once which none of these others do.
PIA is also more competitively priced than some of these other services making it a good option for the price conscious. There’s a free trial too.
IPVanish is another great VPN option for Chromebooks as it works as an Android app or Chrome extension. IPVanish differs from these other services in that it owns its own server farms rather than rents them. This offers a little more control over speeds and traffic but no added benefits for security. It is secure though, with 256-bit encryption and no logs.
IPVanish offers a free trial and moneyback guarantee but you shouldn’t need it. Like the others in this list, the service is fast and reliable and does everything you need it to do.
Securing your Chromebook is as important as securing any device. You would be amazed at just how much data you give away with a simple surfing session. A VPN can help secure that and keep your devices secure at the same time. Try one today and enjoy real peace of mind!