TunnelBear is a VPN software which gives US and UK based IPs to allow direct access to popular location restricted websites, like Hulu, Pandora, Spotify and others. It can bypass the most rigid detectors and provide you with smooth streaming without any lags. It has both a free and paid version. It’s main features include the following:
- Free Version:
500 MB-1 GB Bandwidth free (per month). The free version provides 500MB free bandwidth per month but you can get an additional 1GB bandwidth by tweeting a request (see instructions in this article below). You also get 128-bit encryption for your network for maximum security and anonymous browsing.
- Paid Version:
Unlimited Bandwidth for $4.99 per month, with 256-bit encrypted network which ensures privacy and network security.
- Free And Premiun Version Available For:
Windows and Mac OS X
- Premium Version Only
iPhone and iPad
To use this software, you will require logging in with a TunnelBear account. In case you do not have one, click on “I don’t have a TunnedBear account” option and sign up.
Once done, login with your account to allow your network to go through the TunnelBear VPN.
Once you are logged in, turn TunnelBear VPN service ON by moving the Knob upwards. Other options include both US and UK based network credentials to allow users to access those websites which are only for US, UK or European users. You can move the knob to US or UK to acquire an IP from these countries. To get 1Gb additional bandwidth for the month, click on 1GB option at the bottom and tweet requesting more bandwidth. The tweet message will auto appear when you click on this option, just tweet it using your account.
Your Network credentials will now change and will be disguised to make you appear as a US or UK user (as selected). This is because TunnelBear will route your network traffic via a US or UK based network, which will allow you to access location restricted websites and content.
Once you have turned On the connection, you can start accessing location restricted websites.
During Testing I successfully accessed Hulu, Pandora and Spotify from my home country i.e. Pakistan.
TunnelBear did not display any lags or functionality issues during the testing process.
TunnelBear is a cross-platform software and currently works on the following operating system platforms and devices:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X