Surf the Web using a Different IP with TunnelBear – Simple, Free VPN
Want a fast, reliable, and super easy to use VPN solution? Look no further than “TunnelBear“.
I was checking my Twitter feed the other day and saw a Tweet about “TunnelBear” from one of my old friends Bill Mullins. Bill runs one of the best computer tech blogs in existence. (Check it out!)
TunnelBear was created to allow people from foreign countries to surf the web as if they were in the US or the UK. Supposedly it was meant to help people get the “Western” appearance of the web from countries that are locking down or restricting internet access.
It is one of the best, and easiest to use proxy type programs that I have ever seen.
After you download and install TunnelBear you will be asked to create an account. TunnelBear offers 500 MB of free bandwith a month and an additional 1GB/month if you Tweet an add for the service. You can also purchase an unlimited account for $4.99 a month or a year of unlimited service for $49.99.
Once you have an account, you are presented with the simple and easy to use TunnelBear interface:
An On/Off button and a US/UK selector. That’s it!
Simply select the country you want to have an IP address in and turn it on. Your computer will then be configured to use TunnelBear’s VPN service in the country that you specified.
So, for instance I set mine to the UK. When I did a search to find where my IP was located I got this:
With a flick of a switch, my computer was now using an internet address near Leeds, UK!
Switching to the US position and my internet address was immediately changed to an address located in the United States, just outside of San Francisco:
Once the country you want to use is selected, just open up your browser of choice and you will experience the web as if you are physically located in that country.
But how do you verify that it worked? Simple – before you turn it on, just surf to http://whatismyipaddress.com/
Your current IP address will be listed and your location will be displayed on a Google Map. Then turn TunnelBear on and refresh your browser. Your IP address and physical location will change on the map!
It is that easy!
You can track your monthly usage right from the control panel:
TunnelBear worked great in tests. It was fast, and responsive. The only problem I had was when I tried switching from the US to UK without turning TunnelBear off in between. I had an address in Leeds, UK and switched it to the US. I was then given an address in Ireland!
But turning it off in between worked flawlessly.
TunnelBear – What a great and simple to use product!