Surfshark VPN Test (2024)

Surfshark VPN

1,99 e
9.6

Speed

9.5/10

Privacy

9.9/10

Features

9.4/10

Support

9.4/10

Price

9.9/10

Positiv

  • Many features that support streaming and security & usable on almost all devices.
  • Surfshark can be used on many VPN routers
  • No limits on the use of multiple units
  • Dank unseres persönlichen Besuches bei Surfshark konnten wir alle Angaben des Anbieters auch verifizieren.

Surfshark VPN Test 2024 – No log files, unlimited devices and perfect streaming at a glance.

Surfshark VPN is a comparatively young VPN service that was founded in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2018 and is committed to the anonymity of its users by masking their IP addresses. We have continuously tested the service since it was founded and share our experiences with you in this review. Surfshark is particularly characterised by its ability to enable TV streaming despite geographical blocks abroad.

However, the extensive range of functions offered by this service makes our test report somewhat more comprehensive than usual. As a special highlight, we were even able to visit the VPN service in person in Vilnius, Lithuania, and get an idea of its operation on-site. This enabled us to verify the information provided by Surfshark itself and strengthen our trust in this provider.

Our experience with SurfsharkVPN

Surfshark attaches great importance to security and has developed special functions such as “Multihop VPN” and “Ram-Disk Server” in order not to store any data about users and to guarantee their security. Nevertheless, user-friendliness takes centre stage and all applications are available in German. Surfshark offers the possibility to use the service directly on Smart TVs and supports a variety of VPN routers. In addition, you can use Surfshark on as many devices as you like at the same time. The low price of this VPN service is deceptive, because Surfshark offers extensive functions and high speeds at an extremely attractive price.

Product nameSurfshark VPN
Recommended areas of applicationBypass locksNetflix (EN)Amazon Video (EN)VPN routerUse in ChinaAvoid warningsHigh anonymityStreaming (Copyright)File sharing/TorrentsSecure data transmissionAnonymous communicationFirewall & Protection

Surfshark Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Very affordable VPN service with no device restrictions:** Surfshark offers affordable VPN service with no device usage limits.
  • German user interface and customer support:** The service offers a German user interface and customer service support in German.
  • Overcomes even challenging VPN blocks in countries such as China, Turkey and Dubai:** Surfshark can also be used effectively in countries with restrictive VPN blocks.
  • Compatible with all devices, including Smart TVs:** The service allows use on a wide range of devices, including Smart TVs.
  • Excellent for use with VPN routers:** Surfshark is an excellent choice for use with VPN routers.
  • Extended compatibility with German streaming services:** Surfshark offers extended compatibility with popular German streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video, DAZN and ServusTV.
  • Maximum security against requests for information and warnings:** The service offers maximum security and protects against requests for information and warnings.
  • Support for Wireguard Native:** Surfshark supports Wireguard Native, which enables fast and easy access via Wireguard clients, even with different routers.
  • Hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee:** Surfshark offers a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee for risk-free testing.

Cons

  • Currently no port forwarding available (but this only affects some users)
Surfshark connected with Riga
Surfshark connected with Riga

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100% vertrauenswürdig
100% trustworthy

Surfshark VPN is classified as “especially trustworthy”. Trust level: “100 per cent”

The provider Surfshark VPN answered all our questions about the background of the service. Only a transparent approach to details about the company, the technology and the service earns the trust of users. Our visit to the company contributed a lot to making the Surfshark test even more comprehensive and detailed.

  • All answers from Surfshark to our questions: Trust level.
  • We visited the provider in person in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 28 and 29 September 2021, and were able to communicate freely with all acting persons and departments and verify the answers ourselves.
Trust-Level
100%

69 of 69 questions asked about the background of the company and the technology used were answered.

How much does Surfshark cost?

The Surfshark costs are TOP. As one of the few VPN providers, SurfsharkVPN has no restrictions on use, so really none. Every user can use the service with his access data on as many devices as he likes at the same time without any restrictions. This makes it an ideal VPN for smaller but also larger families, who only need to purchase one access. With other VPN companies, there is usually a limit after 5 or 6 devices, which puts the already low price of Surfshark into perspective even further.

Costs / Tariffs
Free use
Tariff (1 Month )15.45 EUR
Tariff (15 Months )41.86 EUR (per month 2.79 EUR)
Tariff (24 Months )59.13 EUR (per month 2.46 EUR)
Number of simultaneous connections per accountunlimited
Test optionsMoney-back guarantee

The prices apply to all who order the services and do not state that they are in the EU. Those who state that they are in the EU will have to pay the local sales tax in addition, as this is then paid to this country.

The tariffs include:

  • Unlimited access (time and data transfer)
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections at the same time
  • Unlimited speeds over the network
  • Access to all available server locations from any application
  • Malware filtering of all network traffic
  • Advertising filtering of network traffic
  • Free software and apps for Windows, Mac OSX, Android, Apple iOS app and many guides for routers, game consoles, etc.
  • 30 days money-back guarantee

Try Surfshark for free!

One recommendation we can give is that you can also test the service for free, in that you can easily cancel the VPN service at any time within the first 30 days via the live chat and get back the full amount you paid in advance.

Is there a Surfshark trial version?

With the money-back guarantee, Surfshark also offers a risk-free trial version. This is guaranteed and not a big hassle. This means that you can use Surfshark free of charge for 30 days or test it extensively.


Save money with Surfshark

If you use Surfshark, you can save money on an online subscription to streaming services. We have tested many VPN services with SurfsharkVPN and found that the savings quickly make you forget the costs of the tariffs. If you have any additional questions about how you can save even more money with Surfshark, for example when booking flights, please feel free to contact us directly at any time.

Background on the company

Surfshark (The VPN Shark) was founded in 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania, by Vytautas Kaziukonis (Par Kaz). Since then, the company has experienced significant growth and currently already employs more than 200 people. We visited the Surfshark company’s office in person and were able to talk freely with all employees and departments for two days. The VPN provider, therefore, stands for full transparency in person and therefore also has our “trust”. The future of Surfshark lies in its developers, who are currently developing additional services such as anti-virus protection that is cheaper but more secure than most other popular VPN services or antivirus solutions on the market.

Like many other VPN companies, Surf shark has its legal domicile in the British Virgin Islands to avoid data retention laws. Billing takes place via a subsidiary in the Netherlands.

VPNTESTER visits Surfshark

Par-Kaz, the founder of Surfshark and Martin (VPNTESTER)
Par-Kaz, the founder of Surfshark and Martin (VPNTESTER)
Par-Kaz, the founder of Surfshark and Martin (VPNTESTER)
Operating siteBV.IcelandNetherlandsLithuania
Clearing locationNetherlands
Local legislation has an impact on customer protection
Operation and billing separately
Server locations100
No log files
Own DNS Server
Virtual server
Dedicated server
RAM-Disk Server
Hardware owner
IP addresses owner

Questions from our readers to the CEO of Surfshark

We asked the founder and CEO of Surfshark, Vytautas Kaziukonis, some questions from our readers personally. The video is in the original English language.

The CEO answers the questions that readers have sent us in advance. Therefore, this video also shows that Surfshark particularly cares about its customers and takes them seriously.

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Speed with Surfshark VPN?

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In our regularly conducted tests, we check the transmission speed of VPN services under defined and always identical conditions. Therefore, the Surfshark values we present here are also comparable with other providers. Thanks to the Wireguard protocol used, the service is now also one of the fastest VPN providers on the market and beats more expensive competitors such as ExpressVPN!

Fast VPN protocols – not yet for all devices

Wireguard or Shadowsocks as used VPN protocols is of course required to use the maximum Surfshark performance. These VPN protocols can be selected in Surfshark’s applications. For VPN routers, SurfsharkVPN is currently working on enabling this with the native standard Wireguard clients.

Stable high speed via the servers

The speed tests we recorded show that Surfshark VPN does a consistently good job and does provide very high data transfer rates. Surf shark is one of the fastest VPN providers on the market.

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Speed tests of other VPN providers

In a direct comparison with other VPN services tested, it quickly becomes apparent in our Surfshark VPN review, that Surfshark offers one of the fastest VPNs on the market despite the very low price. In addition, we have observed over time that SurfsharkVPN is constantly putting more servers into operation to reduce the load on the servers and to be able to continue to provide every user with the maximum bandwidth.

Maximum speed tested
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Perfect Privacy VPN

CyberGhost VPN

Download431444 kbps879900 kbps361300 kbps388990 kbps151230 kbps
Upload410980 kbps898222 kbps335444 kbps400080 kbps99087 kbps
Jitter1 ms0 ms2 ms2 ms5 ms
Ping14 ms25 ms13 ms19 ms39 ms
Tested with OpenVPN (UDP) on06.06.202424.03.202425.04.202407.03.202425.04.2024
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Frequently asked questions about Surfshark VPN

Many questions we receive about Surfshark can be summed up in a few points. The following questions will help some quickly find the expected answers about Surfshark.

Where does Surfshark have the VPN servers?

Surfshark has VPN servers in the following 65 countries:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macau Special Administrative Region, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Israel, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates.

Does Surfshark store log files?

No. The Surfshark servers do not store any logs or log files that can be traced back to the users. The provider does not store any IP addresses and browsing history either.

Is Surfshark trustworthy?

Surfshark is a VPN provider whose team is based in Vilnius, Lithuania, and whose company is officially registered in the British Virgin Islands.  The unusual location is the lack of legislation there, which means that the service does not have to keep any logs on its customers—a widespread practice among VPN providers. We have known the service for 3 years now, have also visited it personally and were able to speak freely with all departments and employees there for a few days and get an idea of the operator.

We, therefore, rate Surf shark as “very trustworthy and serious”!

How many devices can be connected to Surfshark?

Surfshark is one of the few providers that do not have any limitations, not even about the simultaneous use of a user’s devices. You can use unlimited simultaneous connections at the same time.

Is it safe to use Surfshark?

That depends on what you call “safe” yourself. But Surfshark reliably protects you from being spied on. Many other built-in features also prevent users from getting viruses or malware when they use Surfshark.

How can I cancel Surfshark?

To cancel the provider, you only need to click on your account in the customer area in the top right-hand corner and you can then view your current subscription and cancel it there.

Money back from Surfshark?

Within the first 30 days of a subscription, you can also contact the provider in the live chat and use the 30 days money back guarantee. The money is refunded within 3 working days.

How fast is Surfshark?

Since the provider switched to faster servers and Wireguard, Surfshark has achieved speeds between 380 and 500 MBit/s, making it one of the fastest providers on the market.

Privacy & Data Protection

Privacy and data security are of course main reasons for using Surfshark, which is why we always take a very close look at this category. Of course, various factors are decisive for this, which we also look at in more detail in the rest of the article. Static IP servers that have the same IP address each time you connect.

However, we can summarise briefly:

  • 100% Safe from Exploitation
  • No logfiles
  • No stored data on the servers
  • Secure transmission protocols
  • Legal location does not oblige the provider to cooperate with authorities
  • Technical security features abound
Anonymous on the Internet
Changed virtual location
Protection against requests for information
Prevent general monitoring
Prevent targeted surveillance
No log files
Obfusication (masking)

Additional technical Surfshark features that guarantee privacy:

  • Own DNS servers: Surfshark operates its own DNS servers that process DNS queries directly on the servers, which increases security and privacy.
  • Multi Hop VPN: By using multi-hop VPN cascades, data is transmitted via multiple VPN servers, further protecting user privacy.
  • New Dynamic MultiHop: Surfshark offers Dynamic MultiHop, which allows users to select server pairs according to their individual needs, increasing connectivity, security and speed.
  • Ram-Disk Server: Surfshark’s VPN servers are operated in a virtual environment that runs in the servers’ temporary memory. This means that all data is deleted when the server is restarted and protected against confiscation.
  • Warrant Canary: Surfshark offers a Warrant Canary website that is updated daily and provides information on whether official requests could jeopardise the security of user data.
  • An out-of-court settlement for torrenting in the USA (January 2022): Surfshark has reached an out-of-court settlement in which the VPN service will stop torrent usage on US servers. However, this has no impact on the identity or activities of users.
  • Deloitte confirms the no-logging policy: The auditing firm Deloitte has tested Surfshark’s no-logging policy and confirmed that Surfshark does not log the actions of its users and adheres to the highest data protection standards.
  • How the audit was conducted: Deloitte examined Surfshark’s server configuration, privacy policies and IT systems and confirmed the implementation of the no-logging policy.Surfshark promises to continue to conduct independent audits to verify its security and privacy measures.

An out-of-court settlement over torrent in the USA (January 2022)

In autumn 2021, VPN Surfshark and several other VPN providers were sued in a US court for allegedly encouraging torrent users to download protected content.

In January 2022, Surfshark reached a settlement with the plaintiffs, which stipulates that the VPN service will prevent torrent sites and torrent use on US servers in the future. However, according to Surfshark, this circumstance does not affect the identity or activities of the users. SurfsharkVPN itself still has no data about these activities of the users and therefore cannot and will not provide information about them. The fact that VPN Surfshark also provides transparent information, in this case, should also be seen as positive.

We continue to assume that torrent users are very safe with Surfshark.  Note: We have published more information about this in our torrent comparison article.

Deloitte confirms Surfshark’s no-logging claim

One of the largest auditing firms, Deloitte, has tested Surfshark’s no-logging policy and confirmed that Surfshark VPN does not log the actions of its users and adheres to the highest privacy standards.

Deloitte reports a positive result

“Working in an industry that highly relies on trust and transparency, we understand that it takes more than just words to validate our efforts. The positive result from Deloitte’s no-logs assurance report provides factual evidence to our users and future customers that Surfshark operates on the highest privacy and quality standards,” says Justas Pukys, VPN Product Owner at Surfshark.

How the audit went

Deloitte examined Surfshark’s server configuration and deployment process, reviewed the company’s privacy policy with the capabilities and actual use of configuration management system roles related to VPN infrastructure, VPN server configuration, API (VPN infrastructure-related Infra micro-service servers), SDN (software-defined network), and conducted interviews with responsible personnel.

The stated policy is in line with reality

“Based on the procedures performed and the evidence obtained, in our opinion, the configuration of IT systems and management of the supporting IT operations is properly prepared, in all material respects, by Surfshark’s description of its no-logs policy,” the report concludes.

Surfshark VPN promises not to stop there and will continue to conduct various audits to obtain independent verification of its security and privacy measures.

Streaming with Surfshark

Surfshark VPN with Netflix, Amazon Video, Sky, DAZN, Disney+, etc. in the test

Many users see an error message when they want to watch Netflix via a VPN connection. However, this does not currently happen with Surfshark. The service is also constantly working on supporting other streaming services and thus making the geographical blocks ineffective. Ideal conditions to be able to access popular content abroad.

SmartDNS – bypassing geographical blocks with the Smart TV

Surfshark’s Smart DNS function can bypass geographical blocks even on devices that would otherwise not allow VPN applications. These include, for example, Smart TV devices from LG or Samsung, but also Apple TV. All you need to do is enter the Smart DNS IP addresses in your device, no further installation is required.

Netflix, Prime Video, DAZN and other streaming services work well and there are no problems with most TV portals of ARD, ZDF, ORF, SRF and so on. However, it is ideal to use zattoo.com for this via Switzerland. The reason for this is the special Swiss rights to broadcast television from abroad. This means that more different live TV channels can be streamed worldwide with Surfshark.

Streaming of TV and video content
Use on home router
Use with KODI
SmartDNS
FireTV App
Avoid warnings
Supported international streaming platformsDisney+ (US)Hulu (US)Amazon Prime Video (US)Netflix (US)Apple TV (US)Watch ESPN (US)Channel 4 (US)NFL Gamepass (US)MLB.tv (US)abc (US)CBS (US)FOX (US)NBC (US)Showtime (US)FLIX (US)epix (US)HBO Now (US)ITV (UK)Eurosport (UK)Sky (UK)BBC iPlayer (UK)Sky News (UK)Bloomberg (UK)BT Sport (UK)Channel 4 (UK)Sky Go (IT)YouTubeSpotifystarz (US)hustlerTV (US)PenthouseTV (US)PlayboyTV (US)

Surfshark on FireTV or Google Chromecast Android TV devices

SurfsharkVPN can also be used on various streaming devices such as Amazon FireTV, Android TV devices or the Google Chromecast Android TV. There is a very simple installation option and you can use it not only to bypass country locks but also to specify which apps or applications should or should not use VPN. This means that the provider is ideally prepared for this purpose and supports, for example, watching all TV channels in Full HD with the free zattoo app via a Swiss IP address. Very elegant and solved.


Watch HBO Max outside the USA

WarnerMedia launched its video-on-demand platform, HBO Max, in the spring of 2o20 with Warner Media products and many new originals – but only in the USA. Via the VPN, however, this new content from HBO Max can be streamed on any device worldwide.

Of course, the same also applies to many other contents from the USA, UK, Canada and many other countries.

Surfshark HBO Max
Surfshark HBO Max
Surfshark HBO Max

Download & Torrent with Surfshark

Anyone who downloads files from the internet, whether directly or via torrent, wants to keep their identity secret under all circumstances. Surfshark protects torrent users in this respect with a multi-stage Surfshark’s kill switch, i.e. a function that detects interruptions in the VPN and immediately stops the transfer of data that would be unprotected. In addition, Surfshark’s servers are of course also available in popular countries such as the Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland because they are free. That’s why many torrent users have already chosen SurfsharkVPN as their top torrent VPN, and we can understand why they are constantly giving us positive feedback.

Download and torrent
Torrent use allowed
Own Torrent Server
Avoid warnings
Port forwarding

Use a VPN router

Using Surfshark on the VPN home router

Surfshark is already very well suited for use on routers thanks to LoadBalancing on most sites. Whether you want to use ASUS routers, Gl-iNet or other VPN client routers at home, Surfshark offers very good solutions for all of them and is currently only not yet usable with Wireguard, but the provider has announced that it wants to make “Wireguard” available for native clients (i.e. also with routers) in the first quarter of 2022.

The setup with OpenVPN protocol is very simple.

Operation on VPN client router
Use on routers
Load Balancing
Failure-free operation
Own router application
Compatible withASUSGl-iNetDD-WRTTomatoVilfo Router

Applications and apps from Surfshark

In just a few months, the provider has created apps and software for all devices and also very good illustrated instructions for external devices such as routers. This is very remarkable because the quality and handling of the apps have also been significantly simplified in the meantime. The apps offer good to even excellent level of security-related functions. Install Surfshark VPN.

Different platforms and operating systems

Surfshark supports a large number of different operating systems. The applications are designed directly by Surfshark developers and this also guarantees that customer service is fully aware of them, which is why we haven’t noticed any bugs or errors in several years of use.

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Apple iOS
  • Android
  • FireTV
  • Android TV
  • Linux

Browser extensions with encrypted proxies

There are also extensions for Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera so that you do not have to install the full range of functions on the devices and can carry out quick server changes directly in the browser. Install surfshark VPN!

Handling the apps

The design of the Surfshark apps is very similar on most device types and therefore provides a very good experience when you use the service on different devices.  Additional help and tips available in the apps help to maintain the understanding of handling even for casual users.  The applications are thus really exemplary well designed and easy to use. New versions of the operating systems, such as the new macOS systems with the M1 chipset, are also quickly supported in a targeted manner.

Supported protocols & power consumption

Support for the various available encryption protocols is of course dependent on the platform used. However, since there is an automatic protocol selection, few users should notice this fact. Wireguard, however, has already become established in most applications and is also recommended, especially on mobile devices, as this means that the power consumption of the applications is hardly noticeable. This means that mobile apps are also really well suited for continuous use on smartphones.

Surfshark app my account

Surfshark app my account

Surfshark app settings

Surfshark app settings

Surfshark protocols

Surfshark protocols

Surfshark quick connect

Surfshark quick connect

Surfshark Settings 1

Surfshark Settings 1

Surfshark Settings 2

Surfshark Settings 2

Surfshark Customer Support

Surfshark Customer Support

Surfshark Android TV

Of course, there is also an app for Android TV or Amazon FireTV devices. You can also use Surfshark directly on many Smart TV devices! If there are no Surfshark apps for the TV, then the SmartDNS function helps, which in turn guarantees that the rest of the SmartTVs can be used with Surfshark.

No VPN provider supports more streaming devices than SurfsharkVPN. Geographical barriers to streaming are finally a thing of the past.

Surfshark Android TV
Surfshark Android TV

Surfshark FireTV

The implementation of Surfshark for Fire TV sticks has also been particularly successful. The application can be found in the Amazon Appstore and offers almost the same range of functions as the applications for Android. For example, you can also define there that only certain other apps should use the VPN connection and others not. This is ideal because you often use Fire TV with different streaming services and may not want to use Surfshark with each one.

Surfshark SmartTV (with Smart DNS)

Surfshark’s SmartDNS function is also very special, as it allows you to use devices on which you cannot install VPN applications. The function is intended to make content that is otherwise blocked by geographical barriers available on the SmartTV device.

Surfshark SmartDNS geht mit allen Geräten wie Samsung TV, LG TV, Apple TV und vielen anderen Streaming Geräten ohne Probleme! Man braucht nicht immer einen VPN Router um geografische Streaming Sperren umgehen zu können!

Online Games with SurfsharkVPN

Surfshark is also convincing when it comes to gaming – both the latency times and the DDoS protection are right and make the gaming experience perfect. A separate application is also available for PlayStation and Xbox.

“Hacking Wings”: All about e-game cheaters

Another exciting project for gamers is “Hacking Wings”, which Surfshark launched in 2020/2021: Here you can find exciting information on the topic of e-game cheaters – where they come from, how they cheat, in which games etc.

Online Gaming
Low latency
Use on game consolesPlayStationXBox
DDoS protection

Travel with Surfshark

Stable secure connections

Travelling with Surfshark VPN is recommendable for many reasons. Not only do the mobile apps for iOS and Android have an easy-to-use interface, but they also use the Wireguard protocol, which establishes stable VPN connections even in very restrictive networks. Even in China, Turkey or Dubai, Surf Shark functions almost without restrictions.

Low battery consumption

It is also important to note that the Surfshark apps with Wireguard have a very low power consumption and therefore save the battery life of the devices. You can therefore really use Surfshark continuously while travelling without being affected.

VPN for travel and abroad
Use in restrictive networks (China, hotels)
Obfusication (masking)
Protection in insecure wifi networks
Shadowsocks or SOCKS5

 

Surfshark functions and technology

Surfshark’s range of functions has grown unbelievably since we were able to test the provider for the first time. At present, from our point of view, this is already almost no longer entirely perceptible, the many advanced features have become too extensive and thus almost confusing. However, we will try to briefly present the most important functions in the following:

Android: Manipulate GPS location with Surfshark

Surfshark VPN also allows you to manipulate the detected GPS location on Android devices and thus also change the GPS location. This does not require any changes to the smartphone and is very easy to do. The advantage is that Google or other apps on the devices can no longer find out the actual location of the device, which means that many functions based on location recognition can be fooled and used safely.

TIP: In addition to security, this option can also be used, for example, on “Tinder” or similar dating platforms to receive suggestions or contacts from other regions without having to buy the expensive premium subscription!

Additional and unique Surfshark VPN extra features for your secure connection

Browser Extensions

For most browsers, some extensions can be installed locally without any effort so that the secure proxies of the service can also be used without a conventional installation.

CleanWeb

Surfshark’s new “CleanWeb” function filters out “trackers” on websites already at the VPN server. The advantage of this method is also a reduced amount of data on the websites which leads to faster page loading. This significantly reduces the risk of surveillance or tracking by advertising companies.

Surfshark launches a new and improved version of CleanWeb 2.0!

Features:

  • As well as blocking ads and banners in your browser, the updated ad blocker can also block video ads.
  • CleanWeb 2.0 has a built-in cookie popup blocker.
  • You can now use data leak warnings and malware alerts without renewing your Surfshark One subscription to find out which websites have been compromised or infected with any malware.
How can I get the CleanWeb 2.0 update?

This is easy! Here are the steps:

  • You have to have an active Surfshark subscription.
  • Upgrade to the Surfshark browser extension, or install it if you do not already have one. (There are now extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers, all of which have already been upgraded using CleanWeb 2.0.)
  • Simply log in with the account you created, and you will be automatically redirected to the toolbar of the Surfshark browser extension.
  • Here you will see four toggles for ad blocker, pop-up blocker, data leakage warning and malware warning with the option to enable and disable. Select your favourites and enable the protection.

So it’s very simple!

Note: you do not need to activate a VPN for CleanWeb 2.0 to work in your browser. The new CleanWeb works independently of the VPN connection and can be used with or without it.

What happens to my old CleanWeb?

The old CleanWeb will still be available to those using it in the Surfshark app, but it will not be updated with the new features.

KillSwitch

The safety net if the VPN connection is lost. If the VPN connection fails, the transfer of all data is blocked and therefore no information is released.

Bypasser

This function allows certain apps and websites to bypass VPNs and Best for Mobile Banking apps.

NoBorders mode

The Internet should be accessible to everyone. With this mode, Surfshark can be used successfully in restricted areas or restrictive countries.

Stealth mode

Stealth mode ensures that even your internet provider cannot recognise that you are using a VPN. You always remain private.

Protected protocols

The standard protocol for all applications is WireGuard®. Alternatively, OpenVPN or IKEv2/IPsec can also be used.

Special functions
IPv4
IPv6 (new)
Static IP
Shared IP
Multi-hop VPN
NeuroRouting
Malware filter
Firewall
Tracking Blocker
Obfuscation (mask)
RAM disk (k.HDD)
AlwaysOn Server
Own DNS
Port forwarding
VPN-to-TOR
No log files
Autom. IP change
LoadBalancing
Virtual server
Dedicated server
Own hardware
Own IP addresses
SmartDNS
Own Torrent Server
KillSwitch

Private DNS: own DNS servers

Almost as important as logfile-free VPN servers are the DNS servers located directly on the servers. This means that DNS queries are requested and processed locally on the server itself and are subject to the same protocol-free conditions as the data transmission itself. We were able to technically verify this circumstance ourselves and can therefore also confirm this.

The new Dynamic MultiHop

The new Dynamic MultiHop will give you full connectivity, better security and improved speed. This is because you will be able to create server pairs with the servers that work best for you. The options for your unique server pairs are almost limitless.

Ram Disk Server

The servers are not operated via the conventional hard disks, but within a virtual environment that is operated in the temporary memory of the servers. The advantage of this is that if the server is restarted, or simply if there is a power failure, all data that has ever been used on it is deleted. An assumed legal “seizure” of a server, therefore, does not lead to access to data, for example.

Surfshark product suite

In addition to the popular VPN service, Surfshark has something else to offer you.

Surfshark Search™

Surfshark Search allows you to search the internet without a search engine being able to track your activities or assign them to a user.

Surfshark Alert™

This service, which has only recently become available, allows personal data to be searched for known publications on the Internet. New searches for data leaks that have an impact on personal data are also carried out on an ongoing basis and users are actively informed about them.

“Surfshark One”

Virus protection and malware scanner directly in one Surfshark application. The optional SurfsharkOne service protects all devices against viruses at a truly excellent price. The virus scanners used are from Avira, which are highly efficient and up-to-date. “Surfshark One” is an optional function that must be ordered separately!

Incogni

It requests data brokers on your behalf to delete the data stored about you, helping you to free yourself from the clutches of internet marketing while preserving your right to privacy.

Customer support Surfshark VPN

Customer service is of course very important even if everything is simple and done in different languages.

Surfshark devices
Surfshark devices

Customer service gives direct feedback to other departments

Among other things, this is so that problems are also communicated to the service department quite quickly via service requests. Customer service is therefore not only important for solving problems for individual users but is crucial for the service quality of the entire service.

100% own staff / 24 hours a day

Surfshark VPN has also understood this and therefore offers its customer service, the employees sit directly at Surfshark’s office and can therefore also communicate with all other departments quickly and over short distances. Therefore, solutions to problems are usually found faster than users notice.

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Alternatives to Surf shark VPN

Although there are many providers on the market, it is not so easy to find a comparable service. Alternatives should be on par with Surfshark in terms of price and features. However, we would describe the following VPN providers as viable alternatives to Surfshark, even though they offer a slightly different range of functions:

OVPN

OVPN Logo Trust-Level
OVPN Logo Trust-Level

The provider from Sweden also has a very good price and even offers somewhat faster connections. OVPN can also be used with Wireguard on VPN routers.

The disadvantages compared to Surfshark are:

  • No GPS Spoofing
  • A limited number of simultaneously connected devices

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NordVPN

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NordVPN Logo Trust-Level

The provider, which also has offices at the same location in Lithuania, is the best-known VPN service on the market. NordVPN also offers some extra features, but they are not included and cost extra.

The disadvantages compared to Surfshark are:

  • Higher price
  • A limited number of simultaneously connected devices
  • No GPS Spoofing

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hide.me VPN

Hide.me VPN Logo Trust-Level
Hide.me VPN Logo Trust-Level

The provider with “German founders” also offers quite good support for streaming abroad in addition to simple applications. There are no major advantages compared to Surfshark.

The disadvantages compared to Surfshark are:

  • Higher price
  • A limited number of simultaneously connected devices
  • No GPS Spoofing

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Erstellt am: 5. July 2022

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