Surfshark VPN – Review

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SurfsharkVPN 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

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Speed

8.0/10

Price

9.8/10

Ease of use

9.0/10

Support

9.5/10

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Whitelister - App bypass of VPN
  • Easy to use
  • Customer support

Cons

  • Speed
  • Auto connect feature

Surfshark is the new kid on the block. This can be seen as an advantage as Surfshark has had an opportunity to see what others do and improve upon.

 

"In an increasingly competitive market, Surfshark stands out on price, service and offering unlimited connections"

 

 

Speed & Reliability

“Reliability is great”

Starting with speed, I found that my speeds dropped when connected.  The inherent nature of having a VPN, whilst protecting you and providing added security has an overhead, which can eventually translate into speed degradation.  This being said, the drop in speed was noticeable so I will update this review once I have spoken with Surfsharks support.

 

Reliability is great. Surfshark connected each time without fail, and once connected stayed connected. This was repeated across platforms, using Windows (via Chrome browser), an Android TV Box and my iPad. Surfshark has 1000’s of servers spread throughout the globe so this must be one of the reasons why the reliability was good.

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Security

Surfshark boasts tight security”

Surfshark has a no log policy which basically means that they do not keep a history of your internet connectivity. Like all its competitors, Surfshark boasts tight security.

 

Surfshark protects your personal data by using industry-leading AES-256-GCM encryption.

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Support

Well done Surfshark”

Surfshark’s installation and setup is straight forward and intuitive. Once complete your connection options are readily available and changeable with one or two clicks. 

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I did find that the auto connects feature defaulting to ‘ON mildly annoying but this can easily be changed via settings.   

Surfshark offers support via live chat, 24/7, which I tested out whilst having trouble connecting whilst in my local library. Almost immediately someone knowledgeable was there to help, and they got me going shortly after. Well done Surfshark.

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Plans available

Surfsharks 24 month plan is currently discounted 87% and offers extremely good value at $1.99 per month.”

 

Surfshark has 3 plans, you can choose from 1, 12 or 24 months.   Surfsharks 24 month plan is currently discounted 87% and offers extremely good value at $1.99 per month.  What separates Surfshark from many of its competitors is that plans allow you to multiple simultaneous connections, in-fact as many as you like, so if you are streaming on one machine you can continue to browse on another with the option to connect securely on yet another and another……  

 

 

 

 

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Sites

Surfshark holds a good reputation for effectively unblocking those blocked sites. I personally could not connect to BBC iPlayer, I have tried over a few days now. My next step will be to seek help from Surfsharks support, so I reserve judgment for now. I will update this review.

Devices covered, whichever device you use to connect, Surfshark has it covered, with the usual suspects all listed.

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Server location

Surfshark has invested big with some 5000 servers across 50+ countries & 4 continents. This is reassuring as it gives comfort that they plan to be around for some time, especially true when signing up to a longer-term plan.

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Surfshark VPN review conducted during April 2019, Sydney Australia.

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