ZenMate is a proxy switcher add-on for both Chrome and Firefox that requires no knowledge of proxy switching. ZenMate encrypts and routes your internet traffic through a proxy in a different country so that you can surf the internet with more privacy. It also enables you to circumvent Geo-restrictions, allowing you to view content that would normally be blocked in your region.
High emphasis on privacy and speed
ZenMate encrypts traffic and cloaks your IP by routing it via the country of your choice. This not only protects your surfing but also allows you to access content that wouldn't normally be available in your region. Your data is also compressed, this means that browsing speeds are surprisingly fast for a proxy switcher. Streaming video can be a bit slow but the inconvenience is offset by the fact that you can watch content that is blocked outside of your region.
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. However, it does require your email address in order to setup.
Very easy to setup and use
As with most Chrome add-ons, installing ZenMate is extremely easy. Once you've installed it, you simply have to enter your e-mail address to activate it. You don't need to sign-up or enter any activation codes, although it is questionable why a service which claims to allow you to surf anonymously requires any e-mail address.
The ZenMate status bar sits in the top-right corner of Chrome and turns green when you are protected. To manage it, just click on the green shield. What's really nice about ZenMate is the ability to switch between countries instantly. By default, your internet traffic is routed through Switzerland but you can change it to a UK, Hong Kong, US or German proxy instantly.
On the downside, there aren't many country proxies supported by ZenMate - although it's likely more will be added as it develops.
An easy and efficient proxy switcher
Along with Hola Unblocker, ZenMate is one of the better proxy add-ons out there.