TunnelBear is probably the simplest VPN I’ve ever used! I might be wrong but I think TunnelBear is partly using OpenVPN technology. I noticed TunnelBear had asked me once to allow a component of OpenVPN to access the Internet so TunnelBear could start correctly. Anyhow, using OpenVPN technology or not, TunnelBear is doing a very good job in simplifying the VPN experience. Users do not need to have any knowledge of how to use VPN or setting up one, and yet they can simply install TunnelBear to experience VPN right away.
TunnelBear requires users to download its software at its official website. TunnelBear supports Mac and Windows. After the download of TunnelBear software is finished, users can install it onto their appropriate system. After the installation of TunnelBear, users simply just have to start TunnelBear software, create an account as the software would instruct at first start, and then log in to TunnelBear through the software itself. After logging into TunnelBear, users can begin using VPN by switching the Off button on TunnelBear software to On.
Windows users might experience unpleasant installation of TunnelBear software if they have customized their default text size (DPI). With custom text size (DPI) in effect, Windows users might not be able to create a new TunnelBear account or log into TunnelBear through TunnelBear software, because the TunnelBear software will glitch and hide part of the software. Fixing this complication is easy enough, Windows users just have to go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display and pick the Smaller – 100% (Default) text size; click Apply button and then restart the computer to have default text size (DPI) to take effect. Windows users now can start TunnelBear software again and follow the now working onscreen features to begin using their TunnelBear software for the first time. As TunnelBear software is working, Windows users can now enjoy VPN effortlessly.
Mac users who install TunnelBear software might have to accept the option which requires Mac to install Java. Other than that, I think the installation of TunnelBear on Mac is pretty straight forward.
Users don’t have to pay monthly fee or yearly fee for using TunnelBear, but using TunnelBear for free does have limitation. One standout limitation of using TunnelBear for free is bandwidth cap. The last time I checked TunnelBear, free users could only use TunnelBear up to 500 MB of VPN bandwidth a month. TunnelBear has two other plans that will lift the bandwidth limitation away, but users have to pay either a monthly or a yearly fee. By the way, TunnelBear does not annoy users with advertising banners (free users or not).
I notice that TunnelBear for iPhone and iPad is still in beta. This means there might be some instabilities still for iPhone and iPad users who use TunnelBear. Surprisingly, I’ve found using TunnelBear for my iPhone is rather stable, therefore I definitely recommend iPhone and iPad users to try out TunnelBear. To use TunnelBear on iPhone and iPad, users can follow the instruction here to set up TunnelBear on their devices.
In conclusion, TunnelBear has made it super easy for people who have no VPN knowledge to start using VPN on their laptops and desktops right away. With TunnelBear, people can now have more privacy and be even more secure as their data will be encrypted. The privacy part is all too apparent, because TunnelBear users can just activate TunnelBear, go to Google and type in the search box “What’s my IP” — this allows users to click on appropriate top links within Google’s search result to show the VPN IP address. So, by using TunnelBear, not only the connection is encrypted, the real IP address is also masked by the VPN IP address, thus users’ privacy can be protected better. The best of all, TunnelBear is so simple and easy to use as users do not need to configure their firewall or router at all — TunnelBear just works!
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