The method of protecting Chrome browsing isn’t always the same for Chrome and for Chromebooks. Although Chromebooks are essentially machines designed to run Chrome, there are differences we’ll discuss.
The desktop Chrome browser for PCs and Macs is best protected by VPN applications designed for those operating systems. We’ve done a closer look at the best VPN for Macs and the best VPNs for Windows, which should help.
Essentially, you’re installing a VPN application that runs in the background and protects all network traffic. Chrome extensions are available for most of the popular VPN services that allow you to turn on and off features, and provide added protection against WebRTC leaks.
For iOS and Android, users will need to install a device-wide application. Mobile Chrome doesn’t support extensions, so your device-based app is your best defense.
If you want to protect a Chromebook, the Chrome browser extension isn’t enough. The way most VPN vendors recommend you protect your Chromebook is by installing the vendors’ Android app. Android apps now run on most modern Chromebooks, but older Chromebooks won’t always have that capability. Be sure to check each vendor’s compatibility list. Once you install the Android app on the Chromebook, you’re generally protected.
Finally, for Linux devices running Chrome, some vendors offer a Linux binary, but the most common method is to install VPN software on a router, and then run all traffic through that router. That doesn’t help for mobile Linux users, but it’s a start.
Let’s take a look at our favorite VPN services for Chrome and Chromebook.