Our grizzly friends are everywhere in TunnelBear, from the illustrations and animations used throughout the Windows, MacOS and mobile apps to the names of specific features and even what the subscription plans are called. This gives TunnelBear a charm that other VPNs can’t match.
Beneath its furry exterior, though, TunnelBear VPN does the same thing as other VPNs. It creates an encrypted virtual private network connection between your device or computer and a server elsewhere. This both protects your data on its way to and from the Internet and disguises your identity and location. What’s more, to any websites you visit and services you use, it looks like you’re based in the same city or country as the VPN server. This allows you to get past any censorship or content blocks that would normally stop you in your tracks.
First, let's see how TunnelBear compares to rival VPNs in our extensive testing.
In the table below, we pit TunnelBear against everything from totally free VPNs to the free versions of paid services. We also included our top paid VPNs (PureVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish VPN) at the beginning for comparison purposes and even threw in Hola at the end, although again, we wouldn't recommend the Hola app due to its concerning security standards.
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|PureVPN||NordVPN||IPVanish VPN||Hide Me VPN||Tunnelbear||Opera||Windscribe||Proton VPN||TorGuard||Hola VPN|
|Verdict||A safe, simple, outstanding VPN||Fast, effective, and one of the best||Powerful features and security, but pricey||The all-around best free VPN||Fun and easy to use||Simple, limited to browser||Limited to just 2GB of data||Tough to understand, slow to use||Good service at good speeds||Demonstrably unsecure. Nuff said.|
|Free?||No||30-day trial||7-day trial||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||7-day trial||Yes|
|No. of devices||5||5||5||5||5||Unlimited||10||10||5||Unlimited|
|No. of servers||750||3605||1000||5||22||5||11||112||3000||N/A|
|Free data limit||Not free||Unlimited||Unlimited||2 GB||500MB/ month||N/A||10GB/ month||Unlimited||Unlimited||N/A|
|Ease of use||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★☆|
|Help & Support||★★★★☆||★★★★☆||★★★★★||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆||★★☆☆☆||★★★☆☆||★★★★☆||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆|
|Where to get it||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers|
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