What's the difference between the browser extension and the desktop applications?

TunnelBear for browsers is a light-weight browser extension that secures your browser traffic and helps you browse privately as if you're in another location. The browser extension only encrypts your browser traffic unlike the TunnelBear computer and mobile apps which secures all traffic from the device including other apps and services outside of the web browser.​

For maximum privacy, we recommend using the TunnelBear desktop apps for Windows and macOS. If you spend all of your time in the browser and ease-of-use is your priority you might prefer the TunnelBear browser extension.