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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    v137
  • Total Downloads:
    17,674
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
  • File Size:
    13.15MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    213
  • Platform:
    Android
  • Product ranking:
    #12 in Other

Editors' Review

TunnelBear VPN has a welcoming take on networking security and privacy, guarding your data with a bear-themed virtual private network.

Pros

A friendly face on privacy: TunnelBear employs a cartoon bear -- and bear puns -- throughout its app and website to give encryption a welcoming appearance. The company goes so far as to let you pay with jars of honey, along with credit cards and Bitcoin.

Generous free data: The TunnelBear team offers 500MB of free VPN data each month, which is more than enough to see if you like the service. And TunnelBear says it doesn't throttle throughput on its free offering. (And if you are feeling the squeeze, you can tweet @theTunnelBear to get 1GB of free data for a month.)

Affordable subscription rates: A 30-day subscription is $9.99, and the annual subscription is $59.88. A subscription covers five devices.

Private and security: TunnelBear uses the open-source OpenVPN to implement its VPN and AES-256 encryption to keep a secure connection.

No logging: TunnelBear says it has a no-logging policy and goes into detail on its privacy page about how it handles personal information. (Note: TunnelBear was acquired by the security company McAfee in March 2018, and the TunnelBear team immediately addressed concerns that its logging practices may change with the acquisition: "We'll also continue to collect the minimum amount of data possible to operate our service," the company said.

Servers across the globe:TunnelBear offers exit servers in 20 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, and the United Kingdom. If your goal is to skirt content filtering or government censorship, you can use the company's GhostBear VPN option to scramble your communications and make VPN data packets harder to detect.

Cons

Maybe too much fun: If you're more businesslike, TunnelBear might not be button-down enough for you, with its playful animations and growling bears.

Limited subscription plans: Unlike plans from other VPN services, which range from a day and a week to a year, TunnelBear gives you the choice of signing up between one month and 12.

Bottom Line

With a generous free plan and a cartoonish presentation, the TunnelBear VPN is an excellent choice for staying secure online and keeping your networking private.

 
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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.
General
Publisher TunnelBear, Inc.
Publisher web site http://www.tunnelbear.com
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version v137
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 13.15MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 17,674
Downloads Last Week 213
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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