Surfshark VPN Review

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SUMMARY

Surfshark offer an excellent 1040+ servers (constantly increasing) and one of their main selling points is that their pricing starts at just €1.79/month.

The standard monthly rate of Surfshark is only 9.89 euros and they often run promotions and offers that reduce the price massively, so this VPN is one of the cheapest on the markets. 

It still promises a whole lot, claiming that it is excellent for Netflix, torrenting, anonymous browsing, and staying safe on public WiFi. VPNs sometimes promise a great amount and deliver very little, so we have evaluated whether Surfshark delivers on its promises so that you do not have to.

We went through a list of criteria that we believe a good VPN needs to have in order to be good value for the customer.

Surfshark Speeds

Throughout the various tests that Surshark was put through, it performed consistently and strongly. Connecting to it will not radically impact your internet speed and even when connecting to points the other side of the world, high traffic activities such as high definition streaming and some forms of online gaming are unaffected.

It does not magically improve performance however, but if you have a decent enough internet connection in the first place, then this VPN should allow you to protect yourself online and access location restricted content; within reason of course.

Streaming

If you are looking for a low cost VPN to unblock the best streaming sites in the world, then Surfshark does provide impress value for money. It unblocks Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO GO, and BBC iPlayer, as well as most other streaming sites you could possibly want.

On this point, Surfshark performs admirably.

Torrenting

Surfshark is a solid choice for torrenting. Its servers allow P2P sharing, and most have been optimized for fast torrenting. It also offers all the necessary security measures that you could need to protect yourself and keep you anonymous while you torrent.

Surfshark represents extremely good value for torrenting because of its 256-bit encryption and strict no logs policy.

DNS and IPv6 Leak Protection

DNS leak protection is essential because it prevents security flaws in your browser from routing your DNS requests through your ISP instead of your VPN. Similarly, IPv6 leak protection prevents IPv6-enabled websites requesting your real IP address, and finding out your actual location.

The good news in simple terms is that Surfshark is safe to use, and its IP masking gets the job done and will not leak your location.

Encryption

Surfshark shields your traffic with 256-bit encryption. It is the highest level of protection available, and means that third parties, such as your ISP, can’t see any of your activity or personal data, and once again Surfshark is delivering on its promises.

Other security features

Although we will not go into more detail now, Surfshark also has an automatic kill switch which prevents leaks, a two server mode that can be useful for people in restrictive and dangerous countries, Hack Lock, Camouflage Mode and a Blind Search.

Adblocker

There is a built-in ad blocker, tracker and malware blocker software called CleanWeb that comes with Surfshark. It is very efficient and even works with mid rolling YouTube adverts.

Value

Surfshark is relatively expensive when it comes to the monthly plan but considering its frequent promotions and offers, it is very good value for money. It delivers on everything it promises, and there are no obvious flaws: it is a well rounded VPN that performs consistently and impressively.

Refund and Trial

There is no free version of Surfshark but it does offer a seven day free trial. On top of that, there is a 30 day cash back guarantee if you are unhappy with Surfshark’s performance.