Surfshark VPN Review

Surfshark VPN is not too known by the masses unlike pureVPN and NordVPN but it definitely packs a punch when it comes to speed as being the fastest VPN out there and has all the features you would expect from a quality VPN provider.

With Surfshark being the little brother of the big VPN providers out there it certainly is no slouch with over 1040+ servers located around the world and its 256-bit encryption to keep your data secure when passing through their VPN.

It also has many features such as a kill switch, Cleanweb, whitelister and multihop and pricing wise is as little as $1.99 per month. Yes, $1.99 per month for one of the fastest VPN’s around.

 

How We Rate VPN Providers

  1. Servers – How many servers and how good are they
  2. Speed – How fast is the VPN provider
  3. Streaming – How well does Surfshark work with streaming apps
  4. Security – How good is Surfsharks VPN security
  5. Jurisdiction – What country is Surfshark based in
  6. Leaks – Does Surfshark leak any data through IP, DNS, WebRTC
  7. Compatability – What devices and apps does Surfshark work on
  8. Pricing – What pricing plans do Surfshark offer
  9. Trustworthiness – What are the reviews for Surfshark VPN

 

Surfsharks VPN Servers

Surfshark offers over 1040+ servers located across 100+ different locations in 61 different countries giving you a big choice of servers to choose from whatever your need is.

Surshark also offers VPN connections in across every continent apart from Antarctica

What we noticed is the speed of surfshark VPN as being the leader in any VPN provider we have reviewed and tested making this great for anything to do with streaming and torrenting.

 

Torrenting and Surfshark

With the speed being a big plus surfshark works perfectly for torrenting and P2P while keeping a consistent speed on the download and upload which you want and keeping you very secure as well.

We used it to test on many different sized torrents and we never came across an issue when it came to downloading small files and large files it kept its speed consistent with no dropouts.

 

Can I Use Surfshark in China

The answer is YES you will find surfshark works as one of the best VPNs to browse any Chinese content you need without any geo-restrictions holding you back.

 

What is the speed of Surfshark VPN

We run this test using the same broadband connection we normally do to keep everything equal so it was on our 28Mbps download speed connection.

When we headed over to speedtest.net to run the test we were shocked to find that on our 28Mbps connection it gave us 27.2Mbps back which is the highest speed VPN we have tested that closely matches the speed of our broadband.

We tested both the UK and USA and both speeds were blazing fast and also European countries kept their speed very closely matched.

So when it comes to wanting speed this VPN creeps up head and shoulders above the rest.

 

How Good Is Surfshark For Streaming Netflix

Well, first off with this VPN delivering blazing speeds Netflix played perfectly fine no judders or freezes it ran very smooth. But also the biggest obstacle when testing VPNs out with Netflix is the famous proxy errors.

When using other VPNs sometimes they can cough up a proxy error due to Netflix detecting you are using a VPN which can stop you Geo location hopping to other countries Netflix to see what different movies and TV shows they provide.

Most of the time you don’t get too many issues with this across the VPN provider board but it certainly does happen but with Surfshark we found them to be up there with the likes of ExpressVPN when it comes to Netflix and not running into issues like proxy errors and other annoyances.

We tested some movies and right away they started and was in crystal clear HD quality. Not only this we tested different countries to access their Netflix libraries and we found we were able to unlock over 15 different countries Netflix libraries putting this next to ExpressVPN as the joint champ.

 

Other Streaming Apps Surfshark VPN Works With

We know people like to see no issues with BBC iPlayer so we put that through the paces and it ran perfectly fine and again the same with Netflix showed great HD without stutters.

We also tested out Hulu and again the same as all the streaming tests we run on all VPN tests. It worked flawlessly and smoothly as if using no VPN.

 

What Security Does Surfshark VPN Offer

Now when it comes to security it’s one of the most important aspects of a VPN as if it was to leak any of your internet usage it would be worthless using a VPN for what you need it for.

Now Surfshark is certainly one of the best providers that make sure their VPN is tight when it comes to security as it offers an AES 256-bit encryption, very secure protocols, kill switch, leak protection and more.

 

Sursharks VPN security

Surshark offers AES-256-CBC/AES-265-GCM cryptography which is one of the best most secure encryption around to make sure even the most advanced hackers won’t be able to break through it.

 

Surfshark VPN Protocols

If you are running the app on a desktop you get access to two great protocols which are OpenVPN and IKEv2 while allowing you to use both TCP and UDP.

If you use surfshark VPN on your iOS device you have access to both the protocols above with the new addition being the OpenVPN they have recently added.

Also, surfshark has recently introduced a shadowsocks protocol in both its Windows and Android app.

Be aware its always better to avoid using IkEv2 if possible due to it being not as safe as the likes of the industry-standard OpenVPN used by all other VPN providers. 

 

What Is Multi-hop Feature

Surfshark has offered a multi-hop feature that can further mask the IP addresses you are using by hopping across many other VPN servers they have causing a chain as such but allowing you to appear in 2 different countries or locations at the same time.

 

What is Surfshark Cleanweb

We found this to be a great feature when turned on as this will actively block trackers, advertisements and malware making your browsing more secure and not only that stopping any irritating ads while your browsing to give you a nice ad-free experience.

 

Surfshark Whitelister

Whitelister works like some of the other VPN providers where its a split tunnels but the difference is you can also split tunnel while excluding apps and websites of your choice to be including in the split tunneling.

So you can use this feature to block any apps you don’t want to be active behind the VPN but also these features allow you to go reverse as well and only add in apps and websites you want to be used behind the VPN. “Clever, Yes Hmmmmm” In my Yoda voice.

 

Surfshark No Border Feature

We also liked this feature a lot and this allows you to bypass Geo-restricted content or geo-blocked websites with ease.

Some other VPN providers you need to faff around choosing the right location and server and see if it passes which most time it does but doing this can take precious time when all you want to do is re-watch season 1 of breaking bad or the last episode of Eastender on BBC iPlayer.

So this feature allows you to bypass easily so you can get to the Geo blocked content or website faster so its a very cool feature.

 

Surfsharks IP Masking

What the IP Masking allows you to do is mask your VPN IP and show another IP address which can allow you to appear in another location with a new IP identity.

 

The Jurisdiction and laws of Surfshark

Surfshark is located in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) making them legally noncompliant to keep logs and store your personal data.

Being in the BVI allows VPN providers to serve under the no data retention law. We checked to see if Surfshark has to keep logs and can see they operate with a strict no-log policy when we read their privacy policy.

The privacy policy says they do not log any of these below:

  • Connection Timestamps
  • Session Information
  • Browsing History
  • IP Address
  • Used Bandwidth
  • Network Traffic and Similar

So this means they only store email addresses, billing, order history, and encrypted passwords so all of these things are fine as they carry no risk to your privacy.

 

Surshark VPN Leaks, DNS, WebRTC

As with all VPN, it is vital they do not leak any information out while using them so we did the usual test of running them through a leak website.

 

DNS Leaks

We tested Surfshark to see whether it had any DNS leaks and it came back fine so passed this test

 

IP Leak

We also used the same website to check for IP leaks and this came back all fine.

 

WebRTC Leak

We ran off the same website and again all come back perfectly fine with no leaks

So regarding leaks and information spills via the network, we can proudly say Surfshark passes the leak test with flying colors.

 

What Devices and Apps Can Surfshark Run On

The good news is Surfshark can be run off a host of different devices and platforms from Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, Linux and more.

Surfshark even offers browser extensions you can use on your favorite web browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you have a DD-WRT, Tomato or AsusWRT based router you can even add the VPN in on a router level

Even better news is you can use on as many devices as you want simultaneously with their unlimited connections so this is a very big bonus as most other VPN providers offer a max of 3 to 5 devices to be used simultaneously on the same network.

 

What Is Sursharks User Interface and User Experience Like

When we installed and tested the VPN on many different devices we noticed that all apps are very well made and have a nice looking user interface.

The interface is easy to use and very minimalistic but does the job great and the apps also ran very smoothly. We never got any app crashes either when using the VPN.

 

Surshark VPN Pricing Plans

If you go with Surfshark you will surely get the best bang for your buck as a there top package the 24-month plan only works out at $1.99 per month which is saving you a gigantic 83% off.

Surfshark prcing plans are:

1 Month – $11.95 (No Discount)

12 Months – $5.99 (50% Discount)

24 Months – $1.99 (83% Discount)

So as you can see the best offer is the 24 months followed by a great offer for the 12 months but if you are looking at paying monthly it can be on the expensive side of VPN monthly prices.

 

Payments Methods Surfshark Offer

They offer all the main payment methods such as credit cards, Google pay, PayPal and even cryptocurrency.

 

Does Surfshark Offer A Free Trial

Yes, Surfshark offers a free 7-day trial so you can give them a test run but it’s the same as nordVPN where you can only use it on your smartphone whether that’s running on Android or iOS.

They also offer a 30-day trial which you can use on your Windows Pc, macOS, Android or iOS but it works slightly different as it is based on a 30 money-back guarantee so you must sign up with your credit card details and before the 30 days are up ask the support team to refund you.

 

Surshark Refund Policy

As mentioned above they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee so if you are unsatisfied with the service for any reason you have a no-quibble money-back guarantee. Be sure to check their T&C’s as some payment methods are not covered under the policy such as paying with a gift card or prepaid cards.

 

Why not check out our over VPN provider reviews below

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ExpressVPN Review

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