Use this VPN extension and stay safe online

sh.We think ZenMate might just be the best the VPN extension in the Chrome Web Store. The interface is simple and straightforward, just like you would expect from an extension with the word ZEN in it. Even with the free version you can change the location you appear to come from. 

Features

  • Installation is easy and fast.
  • Change the location you appear to surf from with one click.
  • Design is beautiful.
  • Based in the European Union.
  • Speed is capped in the free version.
  • No logs.

Benefits ZenMate

 There are many VPN providers out there, and not all of them inspire trust the way ZenMate does. It’s clear from their website that this isn’t a one-man operation. It’s also clear that their mission is to make it easy and safe for everyone (and their Mother) to surf online. This is commendable, even though it might just be a matter of marketing. Since they also offer clear pricing plans, and an affiliate program (which we didn’t apply for) it looks like they’ve got their act together. This wouldn’t be sustainable without offering a great product that millions of people around the world rely upon. 

Drawbacks ZenMate

 As always: once you decide to use a VPN, you hand over your data from your provider to a third party. They better protect your data with their life! How can you be sure that they do just that? This is a matter of faith, unfortunately. 

Other drawbacks are the gentle reminders to upgrade to their paid plan, while on Free. It’s usually not more than a single click, but it gets annoying.

Pricing

  • Basic: free to use. Four locations, no logs, speed cap of 2MB/s
  • Unlimited: starting from $2,05 per month (2 year contract).

 You can find more information on their pricing page.

 Alternatives to ZenMate

 If you’re looking for an alternative to ZenMate, there are many options. None of them are as versatile and powerful, but they’re still worth your attention. This is the list we’ve tried ourselves:

  •  TouchVPN (this appears to be the most widely used VPN extension, but the reference site doesn’t lead to an active site. It doesn’t inspire trust at all).
  • Hotspot Shield VPN (this is the free version of their VPN. It offers much the same functionality of ZenMate, but more cluttered).
  • ExpressVPN  (more expensive than ZenMate, but marketed aggressively, based in the BVI).

 You’ll find more options with reviews on this site: TechRadar.

 Final verdict

 When looking for an extension to shield your traffic destinations, you can’t go wrong with ZenMate. We consider the user experience, the business model transparency, and the team behind the product trustworthy. And even when you’re not interested in all the perks of the Ultimate subscription, this VPN will do the trick when download the odd torrent file now and then. Power Users better for fork over some money, but even this amount doesn’t seem unreasonable.

 

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Use the Honey extension to get great deals

Honey is an extension from the Chrome Web Store, that offers easy access to discount coupons, price history, and more. You can use it to save money online. Who wouldn’t want this? 

 

Features

  • Easy installation. Works with an account, but also without.
  • After installation, you can press a button to see coupon codes on many reseller websites, like Amazon, Macy’s, Target, Walmart, and more.
  • Save money when shopping online.
  • Apply the coupon during the checkout process.
  • Offers the most coupons to users from the USA and on Amazon.

Benefits Honey extension

Who doesn’t shop online nowadays? There’s no denying that this method of buying goods has become a real gamechanger. It’s convenient, fast, and usually less costly than buying products in a regular store. With this extension, you can spot discounts easily, so you can save even more money. And if you don’t see a discount coupon, you can still save money. This is when you earn Honey Gold: credits you can cash in later, or use to buy new products.

Drawbacks Honey extension

Since this extension works in a regular Chrome or Chromium browser, you can’t use it to shop with your smartphone or tablet. Honey does support other browsers, like Safari, Firefox, and Opera. And recently, you could install an app on your iPhone to profit from Honey. An app for Android is being developed too. 

 

The biggest limitation to Honey is the fact that you can only really profit from it in the US, Canada, Australia or Great Britain. With the current success rate (over 10 million users), we expect it to roll out to other countries soon.

Pricing

Honey is a free product, and they promise it will remain free. They make their money through affiliate marketing.

Alternatives to Honey

There are several other bargain extensions available for installation that promise many of the same advantages:

Read more about possible alternatives in this article in Lifewire.

Final verdict

If you’re not afraid to make another company rich with you purchases, in return for a modest discount, Honey is the extension for you.