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Review TunnelBear VPN
Cute and cuddly VPN
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 27 May 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy S III Neo
Simple interface, neat design
Is it secure?
TunnelBear VPN for Android caught my eye because I love all Bears; panda bears, polar bears, koala bears, panda bears, brown bears, teddy bears, panda bears …do you see the pattern forming? (Hint – I love panda bears most of all.) Anyway, for that reason alone, I was drawn to this app. The good news is it also seems to function quite well.
Honestly, I don’t completely understand the need for TunnelBear. The FAQ says it’s, in part, good for avoiding censorship and experiencing the internet as the rest of the world does. This is very interesting to me, and perhaps, I am just naive to how the internet works around the globe. But if that’s true, then I’m all for it. TunnelBear achieves this by assigning your computer an IP address from any of the available countries on the list. I thought that was mirroring, not tunneling. But I’m sure I’m missing something.
In any case, the app works quite smoothly. You have to setup an account, but it’s very easy. The interface is just the cutest. I love seeing the little bear in his tunnel. He even falls asleep if he gets tire of you waiting for him. Aaaaaawwwwww…. Who doesn't love a sleepy bear?
My account was activated within minutes and I successfully connected to TunnelBear and jumped between a few countries just to see how the connections were. Speeds were good and really, they app didn't seem to use many resources or lag anything on my tab. Naturally, my biggest concern is security. I don’t think I’d feel comfortable transferring any sensitive data through this connection, only because I don’t completely understand it, and the app itself gives warnings about the ability for your connection to be compromised. So that’s all a little worrisome. But I believe once you turn the service off, all is fine.
I guess mirroring your IP to another country would be useful for viewing certain content that’s only available in certain countries. Like TV shows, certain music, news sites, etc. There is a lot of detailed help information that should get anyone up and running in no time.
TunnelBear VPN worked well for me, and aside from my own paranoia in using it, all seems fine. You know yourself what your reasons are for looking at this app, so judging it on performance and ease of use, I’d say this is worth a try.