VPNs are essential in keeping your sensitive information from being sent to or intercepted by people or companies who might use it for ill. Surfshark is a relatively new-comer to the market, so what does it offer and do they live up to their claims?
Surfshark’s monthly prices are near the higher end of the scale. However, subscribing for extended periods can increase the value offered quickly. Six-month subscriptions nearly half the price, and 24-month agreements bring prices down to some of the lowest monthly-average prices you’ll find anywhere. Better still, Surfshark offers a seven-day free trial, so you can make sure it works for you risk-free. Then you can sign up for the longest package that fits your budget for optimal savings.
Surfshark offers an app for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and MacOS. There is even support for more niche devices, such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick. There are also plug-ins available for Firefox and Chrome, but they won’t hide your location. They’re just easy ways to encrypt your connection. DNS resolvers also allow you to set things up for your whole network using your router! There are very few things Surfshark won’t cover.
Ease of Use
Reviewers stated that the Surfshark app is one of the easiest they’ve used. It keeps things simple, allowing basic choices like choosing a country or a server type. You can also favorite a connection for later use and you can opt to see more or less information in the app.
You can connect as many devices as you want with Surfshark. Reviewers said that it was a nice change from the usual five device cut off found with many VPNs.
Surfshark offers several different added protections including:
- Private DNS servers
- CleanWeb: a full system ad-blocking solution
- HackLock: an identity theft and login security solution
- BlindSearch: a private search platform
- An Internet Kill Switch
- P2P support
- Split tunnelling
- Support for popular media streaming platforms, including Hulu and Netflix.
However, Hacklock and BlindSearch require additional fees -- something reviewers weren’t big fans of.
Privacy and Logging
There is a ‘No-Logs’ policy at Surfshark. They also require very little information to get you started. However, you will need to provide an email address and payment information. Support for cryptocurrency payments, such as bitcoin or litecoin, helps to offset this though.
Surfshark recently switched to a RAM-only server network, which means that any information about your activity is never permanently stored. Reviewers were happy to find that Surfshark is one of the few VPN’s that offer two-factor authentication as well.
Reviewers found quick and steady speeds throughout use as long as servers were located in common regions, such as the US, UK, and CA. Servers in more remote areas might be a little slower, but that’s to be expected.
Reviewers had nothing but good things to say about the support they received. When was the last time you heard something like that? Someone was available to assist reviewers in a matter of minutes using the on-site chat feature and there weren’t any issues getting stuck in automated message loops. They were able to speak with a real human employee shortly after contacting support.
Surfshark may be a late entry in the world of VPNs but they have shown themselves to be a solid service. If not for the extra fees for a couple of features, their reviews would’ve been mostly spotless. Even then the added fees are purely optional for features you won’t find included with most other providers either. Their support was near-instant and friendly. The biggest downfall is the monthly pricing. To truly justify the service, we recommend signing up for at least 6 months at a time.
VPN Overview states, “Surfshark is a VPN provider that started back in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite of ours. Surfshark is a VPN with strong encryption and very user-friendly software. The low prices and user-friendliness make Surfshark a fantastic VPN. Without a doubt, this starter is already on par with long-term champions such as ExpressVPN and NordVPN.”
Tech Radar says, “Budget VPNs don't have to be feature-free, and Surfshark is the proof - it's absolutely stuffed with advanced functionality, yet you can sign up for half the price of some competitors.”