Surfshark VPN no doubt sits among the well-known VPN services and offers a cheap long-term plan. But, their monthly plan is a bit higher than popular ones like Nord VPN. The best saving plan from Surfshark is of 2 years with a monthly cost of $2.49. In this review article, our main focus is, does the Surfshark VPN service offers true value for your money? Does it protect your privacy?
What is a VPN and why you need this?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an encrypted service that helps you browse the internet securely. It hides your IP address, personal information, and more that ensures safe browsing.
In the world of hacking, the use of VPN has been increasing at a very fast rate. VPN also unblocks content that are restricted in your country and a lot more. We’ll get to know everything in detail.
How secure is Surfshark VPN?
Security is the top-most factor for any of the VPN services. And, I must say that Surfshark has done a great job in this department. It packs with AES 256 encryption and secure protocols such as OpenVPN, WireGuard, IKEv2 protocols, and Shadowsocks protocol (for Windows).
Apart from these, there are tons of other security features that Surfshark adopts.
MultiHop Mode: This feature adds an additional layer of security by routing traffic through two servers. Normally, the VPN services serve you with a single server. It also slows down your internet speed.
For general use, MultiHop mode is not recommended. This feature is useful for users belonging to highly restrictive countries like China.
Whitelister: Surfshark allows users to whitelist websites/apps. By doing this, whitelisted websites/apps will continue to run normally, without VPN servers and without encryption.
This is useful because it does not slow your internet speed. Some banking applications do not allow the use of VPN, so useful in that case too.
CleanWeb: Modern VPN services offer you more than before. Surfshark’s CleanWeb feature that blocks ads, malware, and malicious content. Using this tool, allows web pages to load fast with a fewer number of requests.
Camouflage Mode: This feature (or so-called obfuscation) eliminates VPN traces on your network and makes your connection seem like normal traffic. This is helpful for users belonging to the country where VPN access is restricted.
Automatic Kill Switch: Whenever the VPN connection fails, Surfshark’s Automatic Kill Switch feature comes into action that temporarily disconnects the internet connection. Doing this protects IP leaks and increases security.
NoBorders: This feature allows the use of service in highly restricted regions. Surfsark automatically detects restrictions on your networks and turns NoBorders mode.
Surfshark Speed and Performance
A fast VPN connection always gets a higher impression but does Surfshark maintains a good internet speed? well, the answer is not good but also not bad. Let’s see, what it means.
When tested with a US-based server, Surfshark gave a download speed ranging 60-80Mbps. Changing the server location to the UK decreased the speed to 40-60Mbps. Thanks to the Wireguard protocol used by Surfshark which increases the speed up to 1.5x in several regions.
These speed results obviously do not sit at the top. But, we didn’t face any connection issues and slow speed issues in normal usage. VPN companies like VPN and Express VPN offer speeds in the range 200-250Mbps.
Streaming with Surfshark VPN
If you are more of a streaming kind of person, then there is good news for you. Our tests show that it is actually one of the best VPNs to unblock Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and more. We faced no issues while accessing these streaming services from different locations.
Torrenting with Surfshark
Surfshark servers allow P2P sharing and are optimized for accessing torrents. It is compatible with services like BitTorrent and uTorrent and many more. The 256-bit encryption, no-logs policy, and other security features ensure secure access to torrents.
Aside from the features or protection used by the VPN service. It is important to check if the VPN provider is storing browsing history, IP logs, network traffic, and other sensitive data.
Data stored by Surfshark includes email addresses, account information, billing information, and some anonymous statistical data for analytics purposes. You can avoid storing payment details by paying with Bitcoin or other supported cryptocurrencies.
Ease to Use
Surfshark VPN has a user-friendly interface. You will hardly face any issue using the service, even if you are new to Surfshark. The homepage shows a list of available servers to choose from. On the right, we see a connect button that automatically connects to the fastest server.
Surfshark VPN is available for a wide range of devices ranging from Smartphones, windows, to smart TVs including Fire TV and Apple TV. It is compatible with different kinds of OS like Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux.
Surfshark also allows using its service by installing a plugin/extension available for Chome and Firefox.
Surfshark Alert: This feature immediately alerts users whenever their email address appears in leaked databases.
Surfshark Search: Surfshark has created its private search engine similar to Google search. Unlike Google search, it does not show ads and stores logs.
To get these two Surfshark addons, you will need to pay an extra $0.99 monthly.
Surfshark was started in 2018 with 500+ servers in 50+ countries. A recent tweet by Surfshark reveals that now it has more than 3200 servers in 65 countries. The more the number of servers, the more options to choose from. Also, you are more likely to find a server near your home town.
Surfshark has done an excellent job by implementing 24/7 live chat. The chatbox tells you the queue position after entering the problem. In most cases, a support representative joins within a minute. So, in the customer support department, Surfshark gets 10/10.
Surfshark offers a range of plans ranging from 1 month to 2 years. The 1-month plan costs $12.95, which is expensive than normal. Moving to a 6-month plan cuts your cost by 50%.
The most affordable plan Surfshark offers is the 2-year plan that costs $2.49 monthly, A great deal.
All plans have the same benefit and come with 30 days money-back guarantee. So, you need not worry, if you don’t like it. Check out all the plans here