- You know what they say: if something's free, then you are the product. This is particularly true when it comes to the Internet: all your browsing history is saved somewhere.
- One of the most popular solutions to protect your personal data while browsing the Internet is to install a reliable VPN software.
- If you're looking for a 2-in-1 solution, keep on reading this guide to learn what's the best browser with built-in VPN for PCs.
- Bookmark our content hubs dedicated to browsers and VPNs for more useful guides on how to protect your data while online.
The best way to protect your identity online is to use a virtual private network solution that conceals your identity. VPNs also help in bypassing the state put restrictions as well as allows you to access the region-restricted content on the internet.
To make it easier for Internet users, a lot of modern browsers now offer built-in VPN with their software.
Browsers with built-in VPN allow you to access region-restricted content and unblock any website without having to install a third-party VPN client.
However, with so many options around, it can be confusing to choose the best browser with the VPN feature. To make it a little bit easier for you, we have put together a list of best browsers with built-in VPN to help you keep your browsing session a private affair.
Being one of the oldest browsers on the market, Opera has also released a new version of the Opera browser for both PC and smartphone.
Coming to the VPN features of the browser, it is not the fastest of the lot when compared to the independent VPN clients. However, it serves the purpose and offers unlimited bandwidth over VPN.
Users can selectively enable or disable the VPN based on the site. Also, the VPN can be configured to only start when in the Incognito mode or to bypass it when using the default search engine.
You even have the option of choosing a location for the VPN server. However, we usually stick to the Optimal location setting. Unlike other services, this VPN isn’t free only for a limited time. You can use it for as long as you like and without any subscriptions of any kind.
For user security, Opera offers security badges to alert the user, fraud and malware protection, ad blocker to block unwanted ads and offers cryptocurrency mining protection.
In addition, it also offers extension support, Facebook Messenger integration with chat head support, VR player support, built-in snapshot tool, battery saver, and more.
Free and unlimited VPN, straight in the Opera Browser. Flick a switch and your anonymous and better protected.
UR Browser is one of the newest kids in the block but comes with some amazing features. Apart from the fact that it features a built-in VPN support, it also has some serious privacy features to keep you safe online.
Whether it is launching the web browser or the web page, UR Browser is fast. The built-in ad-blocker makes sure that the web page does not load any ads or scripts resulting in faster web page loading time.
Compared to Chrome, UR browser doesn’t seem to affect the system performance heavily. Even with multiple tabs open, the browser controls resource usage well.
UR Browser comes with features like a built-in virus scanner that scan all the downloaded files, alerts the user about the suspicious site before loading the web page, and uses the secure version of all the sites when available.
Also, there’s the 2048-bit RSA encryption which ensures safe browsing and information exchange.
UR Browser also allows you to customize the look of the browser with wallpapers from the browser catalog as well as custom wallpapers from the users.
UR Browser also offers a built-in VPN that creates an encrypted connection between you and the VPN servers for extra privacy.
Tor is a multi-platform web browser with excellent privacy tools to protect your data from the prying eyes as well as access region-restricted content and websites.
Even if Tor is blocked by your ISP or the state, you can configure Tor to connect to a bridge during the setup process.
Apart from unblocking the websites, Tor browser is the only browser that allows you to access the sites with the .onion suffix.
Tor is an excellent browser if you want to access those forbidden websites as well as have a browser with an effective anti-surveillance tool and unblock restricted websites.
Epic Privacy Browser
Epic Privacy Browser, as the name indicates is built around keeping the user privacy in mind.
Apart from a built-in ad-blocker and VPN, Epic Privacy Browser also comes with a built-in Download manager that allows you to download audio and video from the various site without having to juggle with the URL, etc.
The browser claims to offer an extreme level of privacy by blocking ads, tracker, fingerprinting, crypto mining, ultrasound signaling and more. The free VPN does not have any restrictions as such but only available in 8 countries.
Epic Privacy Browser is based on the Chromium project (used by Google Chrome) which makes it flexible with the Windows system, and the Chromium project is backed by both Microsoft and Google as well, so the reliability is not an issue.
The built-in proxy encrypts your data and hides your location but lets you access blocked sites on the internet. It also comes with a built-in price tracker that allows you to track prices for various online shopping sites.
What to do if you want to use browsers like Firefox and Chrome with VPN?
Chrome and Firefox don’t come with built-in VPN support. However, you can add a third-party VPN extension to perform the same task.
Most of the VPN extensions have some limitations but offer enough bandwidth to bypass region-restricted websites as well offer some anonymity.
FAQ: Learn more about browsers and VPNs
- Does VPN slow down browsing?
VPN tools act as the middleman between your computer and the Internet. Users running VPN software might sometimes experience slight Internet speed slowdowns but this is barely noticeable with top VPN solutions. However, the advantages brought by VPN solutions far outweigh these rare browsing slowdowns.
- Can VPN steal your data?
Highly-rated reliable VPN solutions will not steal or leak your data. However, according to a study carried out by security researcher Paolo Stagno, 20% of VPNs can leak your IP address, so choose wisely.
- Should I leave my VPN on all the time?
If you’re using a VPN tool to protect your data and online security is your main concern, then you can leave your VPN on all the time while you’re online. If you use a VPN only to access geo-restricted content, you can turn it off after you’ve accessed the information or content you wanted.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.