TunnelBear is a superb free secure virtual private network (VPN) service that redirects your internet data via secure connections called ‘tunnels’. These link your PC to a remote server, giving the impression that you’re browsing from that location. TunnelBear has servers located throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Why you need it
TunnelBear makes it impossible for unscrupulous advertisers and would-be hackers to find your IP address and physical location, and lets you avoid regional censorship and other content blocking. It can also boost your connection speed by circumventing any throttling implemented by your ISP – ideal for faster streaming. Its connections use secure 256-bit encryption protects your personal information from prying eyes, and the service doesn’t log any of your online activity.
What sets TunnelBear apart from other free VPN services is its ease of use. There’s no need to tinker with proxy settings – simply install it, select a remove server location, flick the switch, wait for it to connect and you’re ready to start browsing the web securely and anonymously.
In addition to its Desktop app, which redirects all your internet traffic via your chosen tunnel, TunnelBear is available as an extension for Chrome that only tunnels data sent via your browser, as well as a mobile app for iOS and Android.
- Secure servers in 20 locations
- AES 256-bit encryption
- Supports up to five devices
- Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
- Mac OS X
- Free – 500MB data per month
- US$7.99 (about £6, AU$10) per month – unlimited data
- US$49.99 (about £38, AU$70) annually – unlimited data
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