TunnelBear, which allows users to browse privately and access content restricted by country, this week announced the availability of an extension called for Google Chrome.
“We are excited to announce TunnelBear for Chrome, a slimmer, trimmer bear just for your browser,” said Ryan Dochuk, CEO of TunnelBear. “We developed a lightweight extension that installs in seconds and seamlessly melts into your browsing experience.”
Through the addition of TunnelBear for Chrome, TunnelBear also now supports Linux and Chrome OS.
“We actually had customers go as far as creating petitions asking us to support Chrome OS,” said Dochuk. “We wanted to support Chrome OS and a browser extension was a great option for us to reach those users.”
TunnelBear for Chrome differs from TunnelBear’s other OS X and Windows apps, which encrypt and tunnel all of the data leaving the computer. While TunnelBear for Chrome has VPN-like capabilities, it only encrypts your web browser data.
“If you live in a highly censored country, or use frequently use apps outside your browser, you should stick with our OS X and Windows apps,” Dochuk says.
Free users receive a limited amount of data, while premium users receive unlimited data.
Founded in 2011 in Toronto, TunnelBear products are used by five million people in 179 countries.