Complete anonymity in the network: a review of VPN-client TunnelBear for iPhone and iPad




At first glance, the Internet – a free virtual playground. Take full advantage of the World Wide Web anywhere, anytime and for their own purposes. But it so happens that access to certain resources is limited regionally or even for political reasons, which is especially important at the moment. How to be in this case? The answer is – VPN.


VPN – a generic name technologies to provide one or more network connections on top of another network. Simply put, using a VPN, you can connect to the network over its network. For example, using the connection with the Russian IP-address, we can go to the network with Hong Kong “IPs” or vice versa.

For what it may be necessary? For example, to visit foreign websites online store or use services that are not available in Russia. For example, Netflix – video service, has a huge number of films, TV shows and other content or streaming radio Rdio or Spotify.

But VPN is useful not only for this. Let’s say that you are not connecting to a free complimentary Wi-Fi, as worried for the safety of the data transmitted. This is normal, because over unsecured links, which often come to the post office during registration somewhere, you can get straight into your account profile.

Appendix TunnelBear know anyone who has ever tried to change the IP. The program came to us with “desktop” systems, and there is one of the most popular in its thematic groups. It is very easy and automated, with almost no configuration.


The main advantages of TunnelBear: to unblock any sites from anywhere in the world; hide your location a secret from Web sites and online trackers; demonstrates the “journey” bear from one country to another; improves safety when using public Wi-Fi network; has a friendly support; easy to use.

Among the shortcomings of the application: available free of charge only 500 MB of traffic (monthly), there are no additional features and settings.


Before using TunnelBear you have to register your name, e-mail and password. Then finish it by clicking on the link sent in an email. And only after that you can install the certificate and use the VPN.


TunnelBear looks very, very unusual. After opening the application, we find ourselves on the map, which shows the country. Moving on it and click on the country, IP which want to receive.

The place where we are situated now, there is a bear. Accordingly, after the virtual move to another country and he goes there. It is accompanied by good animation and roaring bear, which is unusual. As for technical applications – Complete all very creative.


Addresses which countries can use TunnelBear? Complete list of online tools not found, but the map in the application has the following States: Sweden, Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, USA and Canada.


Not as those of TunnelBear and settings. Of the possibilities available just off the bear growl that sounds when connecting to a particular hosting. Bear – a feature of this application, you can say logo.


In the panel that opens to the left (where exactly are located these pseudo), is an icon with Twitter – blue bird. So, this is a small bonus. If we sign in the social network, we get a bonus of 1 GB traffic per month (one-time). And that’s it, other functions and settings here.


For testing, we selected a few sites that you can visit while in the US or Europe. Went to Netflix, which is not available for customers from Russia. Have been registered. Looked at the official website of Spotify and Rdio. Similarly, no display problems. As a standard browser to use Safari.


The most interesting – the connection speed. To test this option to use the mobile app Speed ​​Test. Choosing a web host – at the discretion of the application. Results: Ping – 256 ms, getting – 2.51 Mbit / s transmission – 3.25 Mbit / s. Speed ​​decent enough, it is possible to watch video.



TunnelBear simple in its use. Select the desired country, press and use the “local address”. In addition, the list of countries is quite wide, none of the competitors do not have such a number. Yes, and the application interface is designed as a card – an unusual and creative.


Connection Speed ​​pleased, very stable signal. But the thing – the app is free, but for a month, we are given only 500MB. And advertising and other unwanted things is not here. How to solve this issue? Pay $ 2.99 per month or $ 29.99 a year, and you do not have any problems and limitations.

Mobile application TunnelBear friends with “desktop” software – a complete solution for all devices.

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