Cloak VPN vs TunnelBear VPN vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
Tunnel Bear and Cloak share a number of features and characteristics that make their services worthwhile. Both offer free trials, Open VPN, and incentivize social media spam. Cloak, however, does not advertise any limit on simultaneous server connections; while Tunnel Bear offers about five at once. One perk Tunnel Bear possesses in comparison to Cloak is that it gives back to privacy causes, making it an activist in the world of internet data protection. It is also much cheaper than Cloak. This may be for a very good reason, however, as Cloak incentivizes social media and rewards its customers when they post about the service on social media platforms. Cloak also logs the start and end of each outgoing connection, allowing no limit on the amount of server connections; while Tunnel Bear logs bandwidth usage and enables spam. Although both are listed in Five Eye countries, Tunnel Bear does not require ethical copy nor provides full disclosure. Neither VPN services meet the Privacy Tools IO Criteria, in fact, Tunnel Bear allows its users to connect using obsolete encryption standards. As far as the information shared between the web servers and the clients' web browser, Cloak scores slightly higher in its SSL rating, but not by much. It is safe to say that neither services are entirely safe, as the users' privacy is not guaranteed. Although clients have an advantage with Cloak in that it offers a thirty-day refund window, both Tunnel Bear and Cloak are similar in their little to no security protection.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.2
  • 4.5
Pricing
  • 3.0
  • 3.8
Ease of Use
  • 4.4
  • 4.2
Reliability & Support
  • 4.3
  • 4.5
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
Ex-Hacker, left the dark side and teaches young padawans to use the force
  • 4.0

Cloak is a VPN provider that was specially made for Apple devices. While we wish it offered as many devices as ExpressVPN or NordVPN, Cloak succeeds in protecting Apple devices connected to public unprotected networks. Once installed on the users' devices, the Cloak app automaticall

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Latest positive user review
Mel Snyder
  • 5.0
Simple for all my iOS/OSX devices I travel a lot, US and EU, and use airline club, airport and hotel connections - all of which make me nervous, especially because I check my IRAs 2-3 times a day. Cloak is the third VPN I've tried - I don't remember the names of others because I quickly abandoned them when I found them kludgy and hard to set up. Cloak is SO easy, and shows up as a simple iOS setting choice. I see no speed impact, although I suspect there may be one, and so when I'm connecting to a slow service, I may use it only when transmitting or receiving sensitive data. Like seatbelts and life jackets, the easier they are to use, the more likely they are to be used. Cloak is easy.
Review by our expert

Guy Fawkes
Various tips from anonymous experts
  • 4.3

We recently checked out TunnelBear VPN software and – despite a few minor glitches – it overall delivered a positive and streamlined user experience. This is a multiplatform VPN that works on Mac OS and Windows, as well as Android and iOS. With only 20 servers spread out across different locations around the world, we were surprised that lag-time while running the VPN wasn’t very noticeable, despi

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Latest positive user review
Sam
  • 5.0
I used it and worked the first time!!! I enjoyed using it, however while disconnected it seemed to crash often. If I had a subscription I would definitely use it more. 500 Gigs is a lot I only used about 30 Megabytes. The bear is very strong with this one.
Latest negative user review
Anonymously
  • 1.0
Now being blocked I have been using TunnelBear for three years just to watch BBC iplayer and all worked well so a month ago upgraded to a years subscription. On holiday in USA worked fine for three weeks, moved on to Australia and it will not work at all. Awaiting response from Bear Support.
Latest positive user review
Mel Snyder
  • 5.0
Simple for all my iOS/OSX devices I travel a lot, US and EU, and use airline club, airport and hotel connections - all of which make me nervous, especially because I check my IRAs 2-3 times a day. Cloak is the third VPN I've tried - I don't remember the names of others because I quickly abandoned them when I found them kludgy and hard to set up. Cloak is SO easy, and shows up as a simple iOS setting choice. I see no speed impact, although I suspect there may be one, and so when I'm connecting to a slow service, I may use it only when transmitting or receiving sensitive data. Like seatbelts and life jackets, the easier they are to use, the more likely they are to be used. Cloak is easy.
Sam
  • 5.0
I used it and worked the first time!!! I enjoyed using it, however while disconnected it seemed to crash often. If I had a subscription I would definitely use it more. 500 Gigs is a lot I only used about 30 Megabytes. The bear is very strong with this one.
Latest negative user review
Anonymously
  • 1.0
Now being blocked I have been using TunnelBear for three years just to watch BBC iplayer and all worked well so a month ago upgraded to a years subscription. On holiday in USA worked fine for three weeks, moved on to Australia and it will not work at all. Awaiting response from Bear Support.
 

Pricing

Starting price $2.99/ month $4.99/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 7
Devices per license Unlimited 5
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 The Bottom Line

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert

Whilst the quality of Cloak is there for all to see, its limitations are exposed by its focus on only serving Apple devices, coupled with the fact that it retains partial usage logs and therefore puts elements of each user's privacy at risk. TunnelBear is therefore our preferred option of the two, although those looking solely for a VPN that serves Apple will find that they're very closely matched. Simple to install, and with an outstanding customer service reputation, TunnelBear is a highly cost effective option, particularly when taking into account the additional discounts made available by purchasing an annual plan.

Interestingly, if you compare TunnelBear VPN with NordVPN, which is our top ranked vpn, you'll see that TunnelBear VPN can learn a lot from NordVPN. Compare TunnelBear VPN with NordVPN