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TunnelBear for Mac

Editors' Review


TunnelBear for Mac enables you to access the Internet privately through a virtual private network even if you don't know much about setting up networks. The app connects quickly, can monitor data coming over the network, and comes with an accessible yet unique interface, making it one of the better apps of its kind currently available.

To start using TunnelBear for Mac you need to register an account that provides 500MB of free data, monthly. Setting up an account takes less than a minute and you'll be able to log in soon after. The first thing that we noticed about this app is the rather unique minimalistic interface with two buttons that look like the controls of a classic TV. One button lets you choose between the U.S. and U.K. VPN servers, and the other one lets you switch the service On and Off. It's that easy. Data coming across the network is constantly monitored in the main app window, where you'll also find information about the status of the connection and the remaining monthly data available. When we established connections via both servers and ran our speed tests, the overall results were satisfactory. We got around 80 percent of our regular bandwidth, but this is to be expected when using any VPN server.

TunnelBear for Mac performs well and is easy to set up and use. To fully enjoy it, however, you will likely have to upgrade your free account to a paid one that offers unlimited data for one computer plus two mobile devices. It's a small price worth paying, though.

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5 stars

"cute bears, ferocious encryption, awesome support"

October 13, 2015  |  By calvin_harris

 |  Version: TunnelBear 2.4.2


TunnelBear is really easy to use, has a simple on/off switch, adorable bear animations, and a wood panel interface. You can get 500 MB free data every month, tweet for an extra GB, and upgrade to a premium plan for a very reasonable rate in comparison with other VPN providers. They offer tons of countries that you can stream from - useful while travelling and wanting to catch up on your favourite TV shows on Netflix. I don't notice any decline in speed when browsing with TunnelBear ON, and their network is super reliable. Would highly recommend. They also offer mobile apps and a Chrome extension.


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Dream product - best money i've spent on software over the past two years! Use it on my iMac, macbook, and iPhone - all for the price of one subscription. Never slows you down, lets you stream BBC iPlayer and Netflix, encrypts your connection on public wifi. Beary happy customer.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.4.2
  • Fixed a number of connection issues
  • Fixed custom DNS settings not being restored after TunnelBear disconnects
  • Increased connection reliability on very slow / lossy networks
  • Other bug fixes and tiny improvements
Publisher TunnelBear
Publisher web site
Release Date May 06, 2014
Date Added July 02, 2014
Version 2.4.2
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 23.68MB
File Name
Total Downloads 6,863
Downloads Last Week 42
License Model Free
Limitations 500MBs of free data each and every month. You can also take advantage of the twitter and Facebook promotions for an additional 1GB of data each.
Price Free

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