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TunnelBear 3.0.37.12

The easy way to maintain your browsing privacy

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Android, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, iPhone
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 September 2017
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Downloads To Date: 10628
Developer: TunnelBear Inc.
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TunnelBear 3.0.37
The easy way to maintain your browsing privacy

TunnelBear is an easy-to-use cross-platform VPN program which can help you quickly create a secure, anonymous connection to the web, as well as blocking trackers and bypassing some web censorship.

Installation is hassle-free. You need to create a TunnelBear account before you can use the program, but this is simple enough - just enter your name, email address and password - and it's all handled within the installer.

Using the program is straightforward, too. Choose a preferred country for your VPN (the choice is currently United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France and Japan); click the "On" button, and wait. Within a few seconds TunnelBear connects to a VPN server and is ready to use, no further configuration required.

For all this simplicity, there is some real thought here. If the VPN connection is lost, for instance, this doesn't mean your privacy is exposed; rather, TunnelBear's "Vigilant Mode" automatically blocks unsecured traffic until the program can reconnect.

Performance was good, too, at least in our initial tests. It seems that TunnelBear doesn't limit free users to particular servers, or throttle their speeds; the only restriction is a monthly traffic allowance of 500MB. As we write you can add an extra 1GB a month by tweeting about the service. And if that's not enough, paying $4.99 a month/ $49.99 a year gets you unlimited tunnelling for your PC or Mac, and two further mobile devices.

What's new in 3.0.37.12 (see the PC version changelog for more)?

- Tunnels more accessibility friendly
- Taskbar bear taught the difference between connected and disconnected
- Tunnels made extra secure with OpenVpn 2.4.3
- Bears now deal with installation problems more efficiently
- Better handling of captive portals when you're out in the wild
- Better handling of captcha challenges when tunnelling
- App window can find it's 'bearings' more efficiently on multiple monitors
- Several usability and stability bugs squished
- 57.6% more bears

Verdict:

If other anonymous browsing apps have left you confused, then take a look at TunnelBear: it's technically clever, but also very well designed and exceptionally easy to use.

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