VPN / Proxy Extensions better integrated in Brave

#22

Hi @DreamPhreak being a subscriber to them you will have access to their proprietary client which activates encryption but one thing you may not know is that their extension is a very simple proxy solution and that is it. Unlike its VPN client It doesn’t really provide and all round VPN like solution in that it doesn’t provide encryption.
It’s more so for ‘customers who do not care about encryption but simply wish to change there IP address and do not however recommend using HTTP Proxy if you wish to be anonymous on the internet.’

I understand I included Proxy in the title but I did so primarily to attract users that would enjoy the best of both fields juxtaposed together, not to mention such VPN solutions that also continuously provide updates hardening the overall security and making their solutions increasingly efficient.

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#23

You can add IPVANISH to the list.

#25

When you say rethink your whole setup, do you mean getting rid off your brash decision to purchase a lifetime subscription. Joke of course.

What on earth urged you to purchase a life time subscription?

I don’t know if you know this but particular VPNs that built their service from the ground up and regularly optimise their software and servers have a brilliant way of increasing speed because it somehow it defeats throttling. Also I’m bemused by the fact that you splashed out just to use their HTTP Proxy aspect.

Can I also ask why do you call it a standalone desktop client, usually proprietary clients/software provided by modern VPN solutions have features that connect you to the fastest servers available can’t you change the level of encryption to benefit you, essentially degrade it for the latency issue and wouldn’t you agree protecting your data from prying eyes is beneficial?

#27

That’s strange, the posts would have been informative to other users and visitors.

#28

I’m elated that my topic is the most viewed and replied to Extension Request in the community and I’d like to thank Brave for allowing this topic because not to sound too self-righteous but I’m glad well over 400 users and rising are now using or have switch to such services or at least contemplating it because of the community.
Also perhaps this can be an emphasis for the need to accelerate the functionality and collaboration for the further improvement of such services within Brave. Thanks.

Crap, I just realized I could have made a killing if I posted an affiliate link of all the VPNs, what a pity.

How do I change IP Country (like with dotvpn)?
#29

IPVanish doesn’t have an extension/addon browser based solution, however its desktop and mobile versions are apparently excellent, they’ve also got proprietary clients which are always improved.

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#30

Requesting to add purevpn chrome extension. It will surely help tons of people.

#31

Hi @firecube I imagine you’re currently using PureVPN’s proprietary client currently and not their browser based extension then.

I hope you don’t think I’m trying to pry but I’m just interested as to why such users prefer the extension version over a proprietary client.

#32

VPN or tor a must to provide anonymity

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#33

I don’t mean to bump this thread, but I feel these extension should be considered, that I think would add another layer of security to Brave that is unmatched by other browsers by default:

Calomel SSL validation add-on - Tells you how secure your login page is - could save you from a fake phishing site:
https://calomel.org/firefox_ssl_validation.html

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/calomel-ssl-validation/?src=search

Certificate Patrol - informs you when the certificate of any https site has been changed before its expiry date:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/certificate-patrol/

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#34

You should just paste exactly what you pasted here on the relevant topics, such as EVs Extended Validation Certificates not indicating in Green if so when a similar topic is about to be created it can all be allocated within one topic for the Brave team to peruse.
You’ll notice your opinions is shared by myself and others in the link provided and content such as your suggestion will indefinitely make a better proprietary Brave embedded tool rather than a fork/port. I addition the developers of those extension which you’ve linked could also help in this case.

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#35

As am I but I currently having difficulty with the proprietary client offered by the provider, so I’m having to use the Native OpenVPN client which I thought I was going to dislike very much but turns out to be functioning quite well, though it doesn’t have the behind the scene and unique features offered by the client, nevertheless an excellent tool and very lite on the system.

It’s not that I’m hoping to simply get it integrated but actually better secured within Brave in comparison to the other major browsers.
I’ve been in discussion with some of the providers years ago just to figure out why they push updates sooner in one browser over the other and which browser it is best to use a SPDY-HTTPS-HTTPS/2 based Proxy/VPN and it seems to me that it is Chrome which was advised to me by one of them.

Now there’s the whole question surrounding trust around google and given that Brave and Chrome are based off of Chromium, I thought what better way to have the providers collaborate with the Brave team to make it the best browser to use a browser based VPN in.

There’s literally millions of users of the browser based VPN from Opera, Firefox to Chrome and if calculated together it’s most likely in the tens of millions and that’s just from one proivder, so I actually wish that something around the topic is taken seriously.

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#36

I think integrating a VPN provider into the browser may be more difficult than running a VPN on your local PC. It adds a whole different level of complexity that now needs to be maintained by the devs. installing a local VPN is easy and can protect all of your traffic from any browser/program/etc.

if a VPN provider is integrated into a browser, I’d hope it’s a paid option, otherwise it can cause a ton of prompts with websites using CloudFlare and such, which make you solve captchas all over the place. :slight_smile:

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#37

I’ve never used the Opera browser but I would assume they would charge considering the costs of maintain multiple servers around the globe.

They already had Opera VPN but a couple of years ago they purchased SurfEasy VPN from a Canadian company so I couldn’t tell you which part of their service has been engineered into their native browser.

Did you mean you didn’t know about the built-in version like in Opera or you didn’t know that VPNs also can function in a browser with the help of proprietary extension?

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#38

I would be happy with just the option of adding proxies

Maybe even the option to connect to the tor network

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#39

That’s probably what they’ll end up doing, I just figured I’d offer a suggestion which will make them different.

As for the tor network, do you know of any extension based VPN/Proxy that offers this kind of solution built-in along side their standard service. I know a couple of full force VPNs that offer such a service with ease but I just can’t remember which browser based service does. I’m sure there’s one or two that offer a proprietary tor extension but just can’t remember if a VPN/Proxy service does.

To be honest if you were to use such a service, your best of using the service downloaded as an app from the tor website or using the service if it is included within a VPN client, I say this because the ones that are included in mobile versions and in extension/addon stores, they look a little dodgy, if you know what I mean.

Without going too off topic, I know of a handful that I can think of that offer such solution built-in to their proprietary desktop client with simplicity and without the extra hassle some Linux users may face if they’re not use to command interface:

Technically if you’re using a desktop client which would essentially be a full force VPN as some call it considering it encrypts everything in and out of the system, whilst using Tor, technically this can be construed as a Double encryption or Multi-hop or Cascading or VPN Chain without the extra price but as stipulated before, the above solutions offer greater simplicity and ease of use within their proprietary client.

The website’s above should clearly indicated how this feature of theirs function for their users in their nice looking app, though I wouldn’t be able to speak for how perfect-privacy and zorro exactly work even though I listed it. Nevertheless, I’ll also list a couple of other information related to this feature if anyone is curious of other ways but they seem more complex for the average user so to be honest it’s best of using the feature from the above providers.

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#40

I noticed this topic created by @Bespoke and thought it was absolutely relevant to the particular topic as well and would be brilliant if the providers I listed above can also peruse over so we could engage in figuring who is responsible for counteracting this and if anything coherently is being done about it.

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#41

Hi Everyone,

+1 I too would very much like to see various VPN proxy addons like Hoxx and DotVPN, etc… available for this…

#42

No. 1.) Opera does not charge users for their built-in SurfEasy VPN. It’s free. 2.) It’s SurfEasy VPN, not their original VPN.

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#43

Hi @LuisAPI not to sound rude but obviously it’s not completely free otherwise how would they maintain the rest of the servers is what I meant so I imagine like many other free services they restrict certain countries where bandwidth is at a premium even though many VPN companies use their revenues allocated from users across the globe.

Regarding SurfEasy, considering it is better branded they should just use that as their proprietary version for their company and integrate the Opera servers under the SurfEasy name.

If they still maintain two separate teams it makes sense to keep both of them considering they’re both fantastic solutions. However, their support doesn’t seem to indicate this as both are under @surfeasy, perhaps they’ve worked so hard on coding the OperaVPN version that they just don’t want to mix it in case a discrepancy in the future arises which is wise but personally I think they should make congruent some of their web pages so users don’t think they’re purchase a piece of software from an individual company when it’s actually a subsidiary.

Furthermore, I don’t think it’s fair and competitive to other brilliant solutions out there even thought the VPN market is remarkably thrifty. It sort of reminds me of this East Asian company - they provide an excellent service, a brilliant cross-platform solution and they operate as two different companies that offer the exact form of solution, same policies, similar prices but just a different logo and name. I wonder how it will all play out when the gov attempts to ban such solutions, I suppose they’ll think having two exact solutions played out in their favor, rather ironic considering the discussion.

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