As awesome as the Web is, it too has a dark side. Companies you rely on every day are tracking your online movement, for example, vicious minds continue to eavesdrop on your data, and then we’ve some publishers that won’t stop catering horrendous ads. There are tools to circumvent all these, but it would require more investment and efforts from your end, and high resource usage from your computer’s. Meet TunnerBear, a virtual private network tool with over 5 million userbase. The company has just now released a Chrome extension that serves as the Swiss Army Knife for all your internet woes.


There are a number of things that separate TunnelBear from the rest. Its user interface, for instance, is straightforward, a thing that is apparently too much to expect from a tool of this league.

Interestingly, TunnelBear doesn’t fully work as a traditional VPN tool. Quite the contrary, it only encrypts the data streaming to your browser and out of it. The data, as the company says, is protected with Chrome’s built-in AES 128-bit encryption, which is more secure than the standard security features many of VPN offer.

And that’s not all. As the company notes, in addition to offering a choice of 14 different locations to pick your favored/required disguised place, you can also use it to strip down the level of annoyance bestowed to you in form of ads on Web, and prevent anyone from tracking your online browsing pattern.

TunnelBear, being one of the popular Free VPN services, offers only a limited data to its non-subscribers. At the time of sign up, you will be provided with 250MB of browsing data for free (refilled every month), which you can expand to 750MB once by confirming your email address with the company. But if that doesn’t meet all your needs, you can pay $4.99 per month or $44.99 per year and enjoy unlimited data.

Take it out for a whirl for a week, and see if it is for you. You can also check out its Mac, Android, and iOS applications.

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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.