What about privacy?
If you choose to use our free service, only a tiny amount of your internet traffic is routed through our network. Most of that data is securely encrypted. Even if we wanted to, we wouldn’t be able to decode it. We don’t save any personal information and we don’t mine any data. Since we don’t save any personal information, there’s nothing to be shared with or sold to third parties. If that’s not enough to convince you – don’t use our service, it’s as simple as that.
Why you shouldn’t set your DNS permanently to Tunlr
For speed, stability, privacy and security reasons we do not recommend to permanently set your computer’s or router’s DNS addresses to Tunlr. Setting the DNS permanently to Tunlr also puts a heavy strain on Tunlr’s network infrastructure. In order to render the permanent use of our DNS resolvers less attractive, we’re artificially delaying responses to DNS queries. What this means is that your Internet surfing experience will be a lot slower than if you’d just use your Internet service provider’s DNS resolver. However, your ability to download/stream audio or video content is not affected by this delay. To sum it up: do not use our DNS resolver for day to day web surfing.
Please see the following links for more ideas about how to temporarily use our DNS resolver.
- Sordum DNS Jumper and help files
- Video clip detailing how to use DNS Jumper for Tunlr (highly recommended)
- Tunlr DNS switcher by Niklas
- Powershell-based DNS switching for advanced users
- AppleScript based solution using built-in network location settings
- Native OS X TunlrSwitcher application
- Script to turn Tunlr DNS on/off
How does it work?
Tunlr does not provide a virtual private network (VPN). Tunlr is a DNS (domain name system) unblocking service. We’re using sophisticated technologies (a.k.a. the Tunlr Secret Sauce ©) to re-adress certain data envelopes, tricking the receiver into thinking the envelope originated from within the U.S. For these data envelopes, Tunlr is transparently creating a network tunnel from your location to our U.S.-based servers. Any data that’s not directly related to the video or music content providers which Tunlr supports is not only left untouched, it’s also not even routed through Tunlr. In order to use Tunlr, you will have to change the DNS address. See Get started for more information.
Where’s the catch?
So you’ve read all the fantastic stuff about Tunlr being free, allowing you to stream in the best quality available, easy to setup blah blah blah. This simply sounds too good to be true. Where’s the catch?
We’re not aiming to provide a professional 24/7 service. Tunlr is up when it’s up, and is down when it’s down. We only have limited support for non-PC players. Support is limited to the on-site forum where your questions may or may not get answered.
Some content providers (i.e. Netflix, HuluPlus) require a paid subscription in order to use them. Tunlr does not enable free access to paid content.
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