Windows/Mac: Tunnelbear, one of our favourite VPN services for accessing blocked content overseas, just updated to roll in new security tools that protect your privacy and stops everyone from tracking you. It also helps you get around location restrictions on streaming media.
The new Tunnelbear takes a page from our favourite privacy-protecting browser extension, Disconnect, and now gives you control over the tracking cookies, scripts and other elements on the sites you visit, and whether they're active or disabled. You can see what's on every site browse to, disable trackers and buttons or widgets for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and more. Even third-party applications are blocked — or allowed, whichever you prefer.
TunnelBear also now keeps an eye on your browser security. If your VPN connection drops, the app acts like a mini version of HTTPS Everywhere and shunts all of your traffic to HTTPS so anyone snooping on your network (especially useful if you're using open public Wi-Fi and TunnelBear is your VPN) can't get access to it. In addition to all of these new features, the TunnelBear team note their tool is faster to start up and connect, and blend in with your everyday activities — plus, even though there are lots of new features, there's still a simple "on/off" switch you can use to connect to or disconnect the VPN. Hit the link below to give the new version a try.