Monday, May 12, 2014
Safe Internet Browsing with TunnelBear
As most of you probably know, I do a lot of traveling. Whether it's overnight trips on the weekend, or longer trips where I'm gone for 2-4 weeks, I am often on-the-go. As a blogger, I also need to be online quite a bit even while on vacation, so of course I bring my MacBook and iPod on all these trips, so I can get my business done. This means connecting through public places,, be it a Starbucks (often my first choice, so I can sip a Frappuccino at the same time), McDonald's, hotel room, or one of a million other public internet access points. Since upgrading to a MacBook a few years ago, I haven't had any real problems, but back when I used a PC, I ran into quite a few issues. And, of course, even though the MacBook does offer better protection, I still worry about possible viruses and malware.
So, when I heard about an app (yes, there's an app for everything!) that allows you to browse the web safely, even from a public connection, I was intrigued. Does it really work? How does it work? Does it work on the platforms I have? How much will this cost me? Let me share the answers to these questions with you, and you will see why I think TunnelBear is such a great app!
1. I installed TunnelBear on my MacBook and checked it out. While I haven't been on any trips in the past couple weeks to test it out "in the field", I have used it at home just to get a feel for it. I did check some reviews from tech sites, and found that they were quite pleased with the security that TunnelBear provides. TunnelBear uses a minimum of 128-bit AES encryption, to ensure that your information remains just that-your information.
2. TunnelBear is easy to use; after installation, you create (or sign in to) an account. You basically connect to the internet through TunnelBear, and browse on your regular browser-no need to use a special browser. The TunnelBear sits in your menu bar, and you can turn it on and off as desired. Using TunnelBear allows you to give your computer an IP address from the UK or US, and makes your browsing basically anonymous. No more worries about trackers!
3. Yes, TunnelBear works with MacBooks, as well as with Windows, iPhone/iPad, and Android devices.
4. TunnelBear is surprisingly very low-cost! You can use the free "Little TunnelBear", which offers 500MBs of data. Or, if you're looking for something with more data, you can opt to pay by month (the Giant, for $4.99 a month), or by year (the Grizzly, for only $49.99 per year). The Giant and Grizzly both offer unlimited use, and, if you purchase for your PC or Mac, also gives you free unlimited use on 2 mobile devices.
I'd say you can't beat the service or the pricing of TunnelBear!!
Posted by Hope at 12:45 PM