Excellent proxy switcher add-on
There are several proxy extensions for both Chrome and Firefox but few work as well and as simply as ZenMate. ZenMate encrypts and routes your internet traffic through a proxy in a different country so that you can surf the internet more privately. It also enables you to circumvent Geo-restrictions which prevent you viewing content that is normally blocked in your region.
Free during launch with Pro version planned
ZenMate is a new proxy extension that's easy enough for anyone to setup, works immediately and is free to use. Although ZenMate is free to use, in the future a the developer plans to release a Pro version with a subscription fee but the basic version will remain free.
A pleasure to setup and use
Like most Chrome extensions, installing ZenMate is extremely easy. Once you've clicked install in Chrome, you simply have to enter your e-mail address to activate ZenMate. You don't need to enter any activation codes or click on any e-mail links although it is questionable why a service which claims to allow you to surf anonymously requires any e-mail address at all.
ZenMate sits in the top-right corner of Chrome and turns green when you are protected. To administer it, just click on the green shield. What we really liked about ZenMate is the ability to switch between a countries instantly. By default, your internet traffic is routed through Switzerland but you can change it to a UK, US or German proxy instantly. There's virtually no delay in connection time and ZenMate does an excellent job of ensuring your surfing speed stay more or less the same. However, we did experience some slow-downs when streaming video but not enough to be a pain.
A very promising proxy add-on
If you want to use services such as Hulu, Netflix and Pandora outside of the USA, then ZenMate does an excellent job. As regards how much it can genuinely protect your privacy, there can be no guarantees but ZenMate claim to take privacy issues very seriously. On the downside, the number of country proxies supported by ZenMate is very few although it's likely more will be added as ZenMate develops. In summary, along with Hola Unblocker, ZenMate is one of the better proxy add-ons out there.
- Very easy to setup and use
- Switch between proxies easily
- Allows you to view blocked sites in certain countries
- Surfing speed is generally fast
- Limited to just a few country proxies
- Questionable how secure it really is