ZenMate is located in Germany. You can install a browser-based version of their privacy software for free, or upgrade to a full-fledged VPN with its own client and a large network of servers.
Pricing and Plans
You can download the ZenMate browser tool from the Chrome store for free. It’s also available for Opera, Firefox and Android browsers.
ZenMate offers a premium service, in addition to the free extension, with the following pricing options.
- €8,99 for one month
- €7,99 per month for six months
- €6,49 per month for one year
You can pay with credit cards, PayPal and several other methods.
The paid service comes with faster servers andbetter server selection. We tested the paid service.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
You can use the browser-based product from this company for free, with best-effort levels of service.
Privacy & Anonymity
ZenMate says they do not log your personal information and that, even if they did, encryption would prevent them from gaining access to it. They also reference strict German privacy laws, but it’s important to note that Germany is not one of the nations usually recommended for P2P.
There doesn’t appear to be any restriction on using torrents over ZenMate. In order to do so with better privacy, however, you’ll want to connect to a server in a privacy-friendly nation and use the full desktop client rather than the browser extension.
ZenMate has an excellent support page, with a great deal of their information available in German and English. There’s also a chat window on their site.
ZenMate’s browser extension is very easy to use. Just install it, flip the switch to “on” and your browser surfing is encrypted.
The desktop client is also very easy to use; screenshots are provided below. The client isn’tterribly sophisticated, nor does it give a great deal of information. For most users, however, the desktop client should be adequate.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
The browser extensions include options for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and several others. Android and iOS devices are also supported. The desktop client comes in versions supported by Windows and Mac OSX.
ZenMate Baseline Speedtest
ZenMate had excellent speed in our testing, only dropping our transfer rate by less than 2Mbps, which is very impressive. The client connected very quickly.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
ZenMate hid both our IP address and DNS server addresses successfully.
- Free browser plugin
- No logging
- Mac and Windows
- Easy to use
The browser plugin is very simple and quite effective.
Areas for Improvement
They could put more information about encryption and other technical elements of their service up front. You have to dig a bit to find it.
ZenMate has one of the easiest VPN services to use of all, which is to their credit. Their browser extension is a perfect way to get someone who’s not particularly technically inclinedto use a VPN, as no real knowledge is required. Their desktop client is not bad, but it really doesn’t stand out from the pack. Their prices are not very competitive, however, especially compared to some of the most robust providers out there.