Mar. 5, 2014
Some of the most common feedback we get at TunnelBear headquarters is that you’d like to be able to “tunnel” some websites but not others. So we’re excited to introduce a new feature we call “Intellibear”, that’s going to mean you can hit that “on/off” knob a little less often.
Only Tunnel This or Don’t Tunnel That
IntelliBear is setup by adding a list of sites in the app in one of two modes:
Tunnel ONLY the sites on your list
This mode is helpful if you have a handful of sites that you use TunnelBear for but otherwise you want to surf the web just like normal. For example, maybe you live in a country where Youtube is blocked. You primarily use TunnelBear to watch videos, but otherwise you want to browse the internet normally. Previously, using TunnelBear like this could mean turning TunnelBear on and off as you browse, and we know that can be “un-bear-able”. Now, adding sites to this IntelliBear list means that only these sites are tunneled and all your other browsing is normal.
Tunnel everything EXCEPT for the sites on your list
The second mode is good if you are concerned about online privacy, but have a handful of sites (banking, dating, corporate, academic, etc) that just don’t play nice with your Bear. Sites added to this list will be treated just like TunnelBear is turned off; meanwhile your TunnelBear will keep protecting your privacy with all your other browsing. Note: Sites on this list won’t be encrypted and private.
Ready for the Smarter Bear?
You can turn IntelliBear on by opening the TunnelBear app, clicking on the gear icon in the bottom right and then clicking on “Preferences” (Mac) or “Settings” (Windows). Then select the IntelliBear tab in the settings window.
Add sites to the IntelliBear list and choose your desired mode. If you need some example URLs to test, click over to Makeuseof.com for a few suggestions.
Once you reconnect TunnelBear, you’ll know IntelliBear’s selective tunneling is working because the app display will turn gold instead of the regular blue.
Sweet sweet honey display means IntelliBear is working!
When Can I Use It?
IntelliBear is live for PC and OSX, just make sure you’re running the latest version. Right now, IntelliBear is only available for desktop. It’s also only paw-sible to use IntelliBear if you have upgraded to Giant or Grizzly TunnelBear.
- • IntelliBear let’s you choose what sites should be tunneled
- • IntelliBear can be used to “only tunnel some sites” or to “tunnel everything but some sites”
- • IntelliBear is only available for Giant or Grizzly users
- • Testing IntelliBear? Try out the suggested URLs from Makeuseof.com
Thanks for checking out IntelliBear. If you like this post, be sure to tweet us or post on Facebook so the Bear-engineers can feel the love. This is an experimental feature, if you’re having problems, please send a rawr to firstname.lastname@example.org, we appreciate all feedback.
Enjoy the smarter tunneling!