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  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
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    Free; Requires Android phone
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Editors' Review

TunnelBear VPN puts a friendly face on security, helping you protect your privacy via a bear-themed private network.


Free 500MB per month: A free TunnelBear VPN account gives you 500MB of data each month. (To get an additional 1GB per month for free, tap the hamburger menu, then Free Data, and tweet to TunnelBear.) Pay $6.99 per month or $49.99 per year to get unlimited data. Whether you have a free or paid account, you can connect as many as five devices (via Android, iOS, Windows, OS X, and browsers) through one account. TunnelBear says it doesn't throttle throughput on free accounts.

Join here; emerge elsewhere: To get around georestrictions, TunnelBear offers 20 regions to tunnel to: Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, and United Kingdom. All are available to both free and paid users; Australia and India are part of a subscription. If you find you are still being blocked using the regular app, the company's GhostBear VPN option can scramble your communications, making VPN data packets harder to detect.

Small hit on speed: In informal tests on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, TunnelBear's VPN had a slight hit on throughput, but we didn't notice an impact when we streamed media.

Security: TunnelBear uses OpenVPN -- an open-source, widely used VPN application -- and AES-256 encryption to keep a secure connection.

Personal information: TunnelBear says it does not log user activity, and its privacy policy offers a long discussion of what information it does collect and how it's used. (The company has an amusing Terms of Service page, if you have a few minutes.)

A welcoming face on a cryptic technology: Veering away for the trend toward stodgy security apps, TunnelBear embraces a friendly bear motif -- its app and website are filled with cartoon bears and bear puns.


A bit twee: If you like your apps to be businesslike, TunnelBear might not be button-down enough for you, with its playful animations and growling bears. If you don't mind a bad bear pun, the app measures up.

Bottom Line

If you can bear its cartoonish nature, TunnelBear VPN is an excellent choice for securing your Internet travels and skirting filtering and georestrictions.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version v137
Our Develo-Bears have been working hard to bring you some new bear-rilliant features: Introducing "SplitBear". You can exclude an app's data from being sent through the tunnel. Great for SONOS or other apps that don't play well with tunnels. Want TunnelBear off at home and to turn on automatically on public WiFi? TunnelBear "Trusted Networks" has made it to Android. 22. 335% more Bearsv136: Bear-witness to the new Quick Settings tile for bears on Android Nougat- 21. 333% more Bears.
Publisher TunnelBear, Inc.
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Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version v137
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other
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Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 13.15MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 17,021
Downloads Last Week 40
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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