Securing Your Connection using VPN–TunnelBear

During my last trip to Lombok, Indonesia, I was thinking of ways to secure my connection to the content that I accesses from the other side of the world. Therefore while searching for a reliable VPN provider, I pondered on a couple of them and ended up with TunnelBear.

Setup Process

Although most of the VPN providers provide very easy means to get started but what TunnelBear really buy me in is the aesthetic side of things. Let’s take a look on Android platform. You can easily obtain the TunnelBear VPN mobile application from PlayStore via here.

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This is the start. Usually in this era of mobile application design, on first load of an application will be the guide to make sure you get on how to use the application in general in a few swipe and short sentences.

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Once you are done or you maybe a professional in just swiping through, click on “Get Tunneling!”.

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On the first look, what I really like about TunnelBear mobile application is that, it serves the following:

  1. It tells me where is my location (although it is obvious that I should be knowing that!), but who knows shits may happen and the internet gateway that you may be connecting is already routing traffic from another provider or worst, another country. Can you imagine where you are in Singapore and your network routing always route to Hong Kong before it gets your request out? (I wouldn’t want that!)
  2. Just tell me whether my VPN is Connected or NOT.
  3. On just one-click, I am able to get a list of the endpoints that I want to connect to.

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Security prompt: It simply ask you for permission on whether you trust that this application is making changes to your mobile phone.

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What I am trying to explain here is that, I really appreciate how some small animation would buy me in that I have bought something that I prefer. The animation as shown when attempting to connect to an endpoint is that the Bear itself will dig down into the ground from your present location and dig underground all the way till the destination endpoint before coming up from the tunnel that was dug.

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Now I am connected to the Japan TunnelBear server and thus all my traffic will be routed through the connected VPN by TunnelBear.

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A little thing to read while connected via VPN. Although this are just some fun facts but it just tells how much a Service Provider is trying to provide to their customers.

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Here is a list of VPN endpoints that you can choose from and I really like the option where if you don’t know in term of geographically which country is nearer, you can always select the “Closest Tunnel”.

Pricing

I really hate providers who have many different plans which usually made people confused and don’t know which plan to select from. While TunnelBear only has 2 Plans (1 – Free, 1 – Paid) and further boil down to whether you want to pay Month-to-Month or on a yearly basis.

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There is promotion on-going right now! Go for it!

Any Other Device?

TunnelBear supports Android, iOS and Windows. So let’s take a look at the iOS version.

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It is almost the same as setting up for Android, just that it required installation of the VPN Profile in iOS as shown.

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I have no idea why the Profile isn’t signed. Kind of interested to know why too. I only did an installation on Windows 8.1 on my Toshiba Encore Mini 2 and it also get installed and connected easily without much effort.

Testing

I did a simple verifications after connected using my iPad running on iOS.

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Verifications completed to show that my IP address is from the US instead of Singapore.

I highly recommend the readers of my blog to give TunnelBear a try-out!

Cheers!
Milton Goh

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