How to Download a VPN on a Chromebook

A Chromebook is a laptop designed specifically for the purpose of using the Chrome OS (Google’s own operating system). You might be familiar with the Chromebook if you use websites such as Facebook or Twitter on your tablet or smartphone; these websites often require you to log in with your Google account, which is tied to your Chromebook (this is where the ‘Chrome Web Store’ comes in).

While many people use Chromebooks as a replacement for a regular computer, it’s more than capable of handling most of what you might need. It has its own app store that offers a wide range of free and paid apps. Since Chromebooks are built for simplicity, many apps are available for free and have a light footprint. This makes them great for people who want to use them to access the internet and their personal email.

If you’re looking to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your Chromebook, here’s how to do it.

Why Do You Need A VPN On Your Chromebook?

Since your Chromebook is connected to the internet whenever you use it (and often even when you don’t), it’s essential that you protect your personal data. As we mentioned above, many apps on the Chrome Web Store are free, and a lot of them offer very limited features. If you decide to download one, you’re likely to run into issues down the line. For example, you might find that your app doesn’t work as advertised or has unexpected side effects (it eats up your data more than expected, or slows down your device).

With a VPN, you have the advantage of controlling your own privacy and security. You can decide what location to connect to (there are over 100,000 VPNs to choose from), and which protocol to use. In most cases, you can also choose which kind of encryption to use (there are over 50 different levels of encryption, ranging from ‘no encryption’ to’military level’).

Using a VPN will also benefit your device in the event that it gets stolen or lost, since it allows you to access your own personal data when you need it. If you do lose it, you can always cancel your login and generate a new one. In the worst case scenario, you could contact the support team and ask for assistance.

How To Download A VPN On Your Chromebook

With all of that in mind, let’s get to the good stuff—how to download a VPN on your Chromebook.

It depends on your Chrome OS version what you’ll need to do (older versions require you to install a third-party app, while the newer ones offer a native VPN app). In any case, you’ll first need to enable the developer mode on your device (you can do this by holding down the Shift key while booting up your computer).

Once you’re in developer mode, you’ll be able to see a tab labelled ‘Enable developer tools’—click this to continue (you’ll be asked to confirm the enablement of the developer tools).

The next step is to visit the Chrome Web Store and search for VPNs. You’ll see results for various VPN services, along with their prices (some of them are free, while others require you to pay). Choose one that you like and begin the installation process (you can always come back here and cancel the installation if you decide that it’s not for you).

Once installed, you’ll need to visit the Chrome Web Store again and log in with your Google account. You’ll see a small menu at the top of the screen with your account’s information (it’ll have your email address, a one-time password that you can set up, and a profile picture—if you’ve previously set up a Google account on this device, it’ll have all of the above plus your name).

To connect to a VPN, all you need to do is click the ‘gear’ icon near the top right of the screen to show the menu—then click ‘More tools’ and select ‘VPN’ (this brings up a pane that has all of the VPNs you’ve previously connected to).

Once you’re connected, you can access your email, browse the web, and even stream content from services like Netflix or Hulu (they’ve all been optimized for use on Google’s own operating system).

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