What Is Browsec Extension?
Browsec is a proxy add-on/extension for browsers, which makes it easier to access geo-restricted content around the globe. With a customer base expanding to 3,000,000, the proxy/VPN tends to be quite popular. Operated by the Browsec LLC, the service even offers a dedicated VPN application for Android and iOS users. However, since it is Russian-based, there is a little uncertainty on the security and anonymity it delivers. For more information, read this detailed Browsec VPN review.
|1. Exceptional free plan|
2. Good refund offer
3. 30 server locations
4. Unlimited bandwidth usage
5. Inexpensive VPN service
|1. No “kill switch” feature|
2. Does not support Bitcoin
3. Ambiguous logging policy
Browsec Pricing Review
Our Browsec VPN review unveils that the service makes use of a freemium pricing model. This means, you can use its browser extension or VPN application for as long as you want on the free plan. However, if you want to leverage better proprietary features, you will have to go for the premium subscription. The service divides its premium plan into two options: Monthly and Annual.
If you opt for the monthly package, you will have to pay a low $4.99 per month. This is quite reasonable, considering most VPNs start their pricing at $9 minimum. For the annual plan, you get to leverage an amazing discount of 33%. This lowers the monthly pricing further to a minimum of $3.33, which means you pay only $39.99 per year.
Browsec Free Review
According to our Browsec VPN review, the free plan is quite basic in terms of features and capabilities. There is a bandwidth cap of 1mbps, which means users leverage average browsing and download speeds. At the same time, you may experience interruptions and inconsistencies with your proxy connection, resulting in poor page load speeds and lagging.
Users are also restricted to connecting to only four servers out of a total of thirty. However, considering that you have lifetime access to the Browsec add-on and VPN, these basic features are not bad at all for a free plan. In fact, if you simply want to unblock geo-restricted websites, Browsec proves to be quite a noteworthy option.
Browsec Premium Subscription Review
Browsec goes the extra mile in offering better reliability and convenience to users with the premium plan. Our Browsec VPN review unwinds that users no longer have to worry about a bandwidth cap, which means they can leverage unlimited browsing and downloading speeds. In fact, you get to enjoy dedicated traffic lanes, which give you remarkable acceleration when exploring the internet.
Users also gain the ability of connecting to all 30-server locations with the premium plan. This means, you have many options for unblocking geo-restricted websites in different countries. At the same time, users can feel relieved that they will not be experiencing any inconsistencies with their VPN or Proxy connections.
Browsec Signup Review
According to our Browsec VPN review, signing up with the service is no rocket science. All you have to do is click on the “Sign Up” tab, located on the top right corner of the page. The website will redirect you to the below page. Here you will be required to enter your email address and password. Once done, simply click on the “Sign Up” tab. You will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link to complete process.
Upon completion of the signup process, you will gain access to the account dashboard available on the website. Simply click on the “My Account” tab to see the expiration date, the plan you have purchased, and the amount paid.
Browsec Accepted Payment Methods
During our Browsec VPN review, we navigated through every page on the website to figure out the payment options available. When purchasing a plan, you can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Apart from this, the provider claims that it accepts more than 80 payment methods, but fails to name them. There is also no mention of accepting Bitcoin as a payment option.
Browsec Refund/Money Back Guarantee
Browsec comes under those very few services that offer both: a free plan and money back guarantee. This just goes to show the trust it has in its service. You can request a refund within seven days of purchasing the premium plan by sending an email to email@example.com. The service will refund the amount via the same payment method you used to pay initially.
Browsec Servers and Locations Review
Our Browsec VPN review unveils that the service has 30 servers in total available for connection. Each of these servers offer decent amount of speed and utilize good security protocols to offer users good security and privacy over the internet. Look below for information on the servers available on the Free and premium plan:
Browsec Free Servers Review
The free plan limits your connection capability to only four servers, which are present in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, and Netherlands. Although the selection is limited and you can only receive 1mbps of bandwidth speeds, there is no limit of how much data you use. This is quite handy for users, who are not looking to spend money on a VPN, but want to leverage unlimited browsing/downloading.
Browsec Premium Servers Review
With the premium plan, our Browsec VPN review unveils that you gain access to all 30 servers, which are located in the US, UK, Ukraine, Turkey, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Singapore, Russia, Romania, Norway, Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Japan, Italy, Ireland, India, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Bulgaria, Belgium, Austria, and Australia. There is no bandwidth cap, which means you take advantage of unlimited download/browsing speeds.
Browsec Speed Test Review
To gain a better understanding about the reliability and bandwidth of the Browsec extension, we performed a speed test on our 35Mbps connection:
The results below are from our local internet connection. This is just to give you a better understanding regarding the difference between the primary network speed and Browsec’s premium servers.
Connected to Browsec France Server
Our US to France server tests showed poor speed levels. From 31.43Mbps, the download speed reduced to 12.28Mbps and upload speeds to 13.17Mbps, with latency up to 142ms.
Connected to Browsec Germany Server
We were highly disappointed to test the Germany server, along with other locations. The VPN could not do better than 1mpbs download and 5mbps on all premium servers, excluding France.
Browsec Privacy and Security Review
According to our Browsec VPN review, the service says that it protects your traffic everywhere and ensures you receive completely anonymous browsing. This is not accurate at all. As a browser add-on, there are lot of ways user identity is traceable to the real IP address. To prevent leaks, it is imperative that before using Browsec you block your WebRTC and Flash Player.
At the same time, we are quite unsure about the company. Although it is popular all over the world, the provider has no about page or any description regarding their services. The only thing we were able to figure out is that the service is Russian-based. If this is true, users must be aware that the country has serious anti-terrorism laws that force ISPs and software companies to track internet activity.
Browsec Protocols Review
Our Browsec VPN review unveils that the service supports a limited set of protocols. Those using the browser extension, technically establish a secure connection via the PPTP protocol. The iOS and Android applications use IPSec and L2TP concurrently. The service does not offer support for OpenVPN (TCP and UDP protocols).
Is Browsec Safe to Use or Legal?
You may also link additional information to your account, such as payment details. However, since most transactions are in control of third-party providers, you can feel assured your identity remains secret and safe. Since it is a browser add-on, there is uncertainty of your activity being traceable back to you. However, the site clearly reveals it will not disclose your personal data, unless they receive legal law enforcement requests.
Browsec Feedback/Support Review
Our Browsec VPN review unwinds that the service has an average support system. You do not have live chat, FAQs, Troubleshooting, or setup guides available, neither has the provider given any contact details to assist with your issues. The only option users have available is email-support, which offers a reasonable response time of two or three hours. Below you can see the service’s simple contact form.
Browsec Apps Compatibility Review
According to our Browsec VPN review, the service supports a good range of devices and platforms. You can use the browser extension on any personal computer that has Google Chrome, Opera Browser, or Mozilla Firefox installed. The service also offers a dedicated application for Android and iOS mobile devices. However, we would definitely like seeing a customized VPN client for Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, and other platforms.
Browsec Extension for Chrome Review
The Browsec VPN extension proves to be an incredibly popular option for Google Chrome users. From 17,962 reviews in total, the add-on receives a remarkable rating of 4.54 stars on the Google Web Store. The learning curve of the extension is simple, the interface is quite intuitive, and installation is a piece of cake. During our review, we also checked the add-on for glitches or major hick-ups, but could not find anything solid. This makes the extension quite a remarkable choice for unblocking geo-restricted websites.
Browsec Add-on for Firefox Review
Our Browsec VPN review discovers that the service successfully manages to configure the Chrome interface on the Mozilla Firefox browser. The outlook and theme of the add-on remains the same. The extension gets a 4-star rating from 201 user reviews. Installation is also simple. All you have to do is visit the above link and click on the “Only with Firefox – Get Firefox now!” tab to get started with using the proxy/VPN extension.
Browsec for Opera Review
The Browsec extension also proves to be a popular choice for users of Opera. From 240 reviews in total, the service manages to receive a high rating of four stars. This is because it makes it easier to unblock geo-restricted websites and protect your identity from being traceable. Best part of all: the add-on is only 5.0MB in size and utilizes the same design and inutility of its Mozilla and Chrome counterparts. Users leverage excellent reliability and the same intuitive interface.
Browsec for iOS Review
According to our Browsec VPN review, the iOS application features a beautiful interface and design. The outlook of the app is incredibly user-friendly. All you have to do is select a server and slide the bar to “on” for enabling a secure connection. All traffic passes through a IPSec protocol, which guarantees good anonymity and privacy.
Browsec for Android Review
Our Browsec VPN review unwinds that the Android application matches the same level of professionalism and user-friendliness as on other devices and browsers. The look and feel is very smooth and we did not encounter any hiccups or bugs. The connectivity also proves to be better than what the browser counterparts offer.
How to Use Browsec?
Using Browsec requires no expert knowledge or rocket science. You can connect to a secure location, without even signing up. All you have to do is install the extension on the relevant browser, select a server, and establish connection. The service generates a temporary account for everyone who connects. You have the option of attaching an email to this account or purchase the premium subscription to gain access to the complete 30 server locations.
Browsec Review on Reddit
According to our Browsec VPN review, the service has an active presence on Reddit. You can find various posts of customers asking questions/solutions for their mobile apps and browser add-ons. Many helpful community members guide users on different problems they may encounter. Here is a thread introducing Browsec on Reddit and another explaining the difference between a VPN and browser extension.
Browsec proves to be quite a user-friendly product in terms of a browser capably proxy add-on solution and VPN for Android/iOS smartphones. The pricing for the premium plan is very reasonable and you can easily unblock geo-restricted websites with the utmost level of ease.