TunnelBear – Review


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TunnelBear 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)






Ease of use





  • Free plan
  • Secure & anonymous
  • Ease of use


  • Speed
  • Some sites may be blocked

If you are new to VPNs or curious then TunnelBear may be your best choice.

TunnelBear offers a free plan, no credit card required, so no hassle. The catch is that the free has limited data usage (500MB) and one simultaneous connection. It is still a great way to explore your VPN requirements.

Connecting to the TunnelBear Free Plan can be done in a few clicks, we congratulate TunnelBear for making this so easy.


Speed & Reliability

If you are on the free plan then it’s a case
of “You get what you pay for" as you will soon find that you will go through your data allowance. I found the speed was average, this may be due to the number of servers they have (less than NordVPN and ExpressVPN)

Reliability appeared fine. I will continue to judge this and report back should I learn something new. Note that when I talk about data limits, this will not add to your internet provider plan data allowance.

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In plain English, it's very good. Tunnelbear uses the industry standard (strong) OpenVPN protocol, as well as 256-bit AES encryption. Like many if not most, it has a no logging policy, so it does not store a record of your surfing.



TunnelBear is responsive to any support issue that you raise with them. They respond promptly.



Unblocked availability to all sites seems to be patchy, with repeated reports that Netflix not working or BBC iPlayer. A possible explanation is that they have fewer resources (servers) than many of the larger VPN competitors.



TunnelBear currently offers 3 plans.

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Server location:

TunnelBear has servers in the following countries. Having servers in your country helps with speed and with the connection reliability. You may note that TunnelBear are in the major location but not others. 

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