Have you heard of the Google VPN? If not, you should check it out! It’s a virtual private network that you can set up within minutes that lets you access all of Google’s productivity apps — including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides — from anywhere. And the best part is that it’s completely free!
Google has made it easy for anyone to set up a Google VPN — whether you’re a business or an individual. All you need is a Google account and a VPN service that offers Google Apps support. From there, you can follow the steps in this guide to connect your Google account to the VPN and get all of your Google Apps up and running in no time!
What is a VPN, and why do I need one?
Put yourself in your employee’s shoes for a minute. Imagine that you’re working from home and trying to get some work done. You’ve got a corporate VPN connection, and all of a sudden, you try to use Google Docs but you can’t because you don’t have the necessary security certificates. What would you do?
This is why most people use VPNs. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, at a cafe, or at an airport — whether you’re mobile or wired — if someone tries to hack into your network, they’ll discover that your traffic is encrypted and therefore unreadable. With a VPN connection, all of your online activity is secure. And because it takes a little while for your VPN to establish a secure connection, your computer feels a bit slower while you’re using it. This is small price to pay for extra security.
How do I set up a Google VPN?
Setting up a Google VPN is easy. All you need is a VPN service that supports Google Apps as well as your operating system of choice (with Google Apps for Work, you can use either the OpenVPN protocol or the IPSec protocol), and a Google account. From there, you can follow these steps to create your personalized VPN:
- Select the VPN protocol that you want to use (most people choose the OpenVPN protocol because it’s the most popular one)
- Choose your operating system
- Enter your Google account information (you’ll use this to log in to your VPN account)
- Select a nice and easy to remember password
- Click ‘Create Virtual Private Network’
Once your VPN is set up, you can access all of Google’s productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets, and Slides, from anywhere. And since it’s a VPN service, you can use any of Google’s applications on a mobile device or computer.
You can download all of Google’s VPN-enabled applications here. And don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find a list of the best free VPNs that support Google Apps.
Which VPN services support Google Apps?
Since Google wants to make it easier for businesses to use its products, it has open-sourced a number of its VPN-related projects. These projects have been made available to the public, and anyone can use them to set up a VPN with Google Apps support. Here are the best free VPNs that can be used with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
- ProtonVPN (Free): One of the most popular free VPN services available, ProtonVPN allows you to choose from 29 different countries for location, so geo-restrictions are minimal. Plus, it offers dedicated IPs, multi-logins, and more. All of this is available for free. The ProtonVPN client is also available for all major operating systems including Windows, macOS, and Linux.
- Private Internet Access (Free): One of the biggest names in the VPN industry, Private Internet Access pioneered the free VPN market and continues to be one of the few providers that offer stellar security that’s also free. It was one of the first providers to offer an open-source VPN client, too.
- IPVanish (Free): With over a million downloads on Google Play, the IPVanish app is one of the most popular free VPN apps. Like Private Internet Access, it’s also open-source. Not only that, but the app is extremely easy to use. Just download it, open it, and you’re good to go. The app also offers military-grade encryption and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- VyprVPN (Free): Another popular choice among Android users, VyprVPN also offers a free version that you can use to remove ads and provide a more streamlined user experience. Like the other apps on this list, it offers a simple and easy to use interface that just takes a few minutes to get familiar with.
- PureVPN (Free): One of the newer names on this list (it was formed in 2016), PureVPN is the perfect choice for those who want an encrypted connection for browsing the web or sending and receiving emails. Like the other apps on this list, it’s super easy to use and features a minimalistic approach that keeps things sleek and clean. The best part is that you get to use all of these apps for free!
Do I need a fancy new computer to use a VPN?
No, you don’t need a fancy new computer to use a VPN. In fact, you could use an old computer that you’re upgrading or setting up from scratch. Some VPNs will even work with older computers. Just make sure that your computer has a secure digital card reader (such as those found on a credit card reader attachment or built into a laptop’s storage device) for logging in to your VPN account. If your computer doesn’t have one, you could always purchase a dedicated NFC key from the company that you’re trusting with your log-in information. This way, you’ll never have to worry about logging in to your VPN account on the go.
Is there a limit to how many devices I can use?
You can use as many devices as you want in order to use a VPN. With some services, you’ll even be able to use your smartphone as a hotspot for other devices. This way, you can use one device to access all of your VPN accounts and devices. If you do go over the limit, you’ll have to pay for additional devices or subscription plans.
How much does it cost to use a VPN?
The cost of using a VPN will vary by provider and plan. Many services offer a free trial or a limited-time offer, so you don’t always have to pay at first. Furthermore, some companies will let you try out their service for free, so you can see how it works and assess whether or not you want to continue paying for it. Lastly, you should research what types of plans are available — some services have cheap monthly plans that you can use without paying anything extra, while others have a free option that gives you limited data. It really depends on what you’re looking for.