Surfshark VPN review [2020]

Surfshark VPN is a VPN service based in the British Virgin Islands, and it is becoming more and more popular. But, is Surfshark VPN a good VPN service? Is it worth the price of the subscription, or should you look somewhere else instead?

I have been working regularly and testing SurfShark VPN for a while now. It all started with a speed test in the end of December 2018, and since then I have look more and more at their VPN client and all the features SurfShark VPN has to offer. If you are in a hurry, you can visit the SurfShark VPN website by clicking the button beneath.

The Surfshark VPN website

I know, we shouldn’t judge people by their looks, but we still do. And that is why it is important to have a nice looking website if you are a VPN provider. What’s up with the SurfShark VPN website?

The SurfShark VPN website
The SurfShark VPN website

The website is really clean, and it is without lots of technical expressions that make the normal guy in the street run away. Instead, it is easy to grasp, to understand, and they even show you your present location (which can be both cool and scary if you have no clue what an IP address is and how it works). But, to receive a greeting in your own language like the one at the picture above can be cool!

The SurfsharkVPN price plans

SurfsharkVPN is among the cheapest VPN providers on the market, and you can see more about that as you look at a picture showing their price plans as of 2020. You should also notice their 30-day refund policy, meaning that you can get a refund of your money if you do not like their service or have something to complain about.

The SurfShark VPN price plans
The SurfShark VPN price plans

What you can see at the image above is the following prices:

1 month12 months24 months
Price11,95 USD71,88 USD47,76 USD

As you look on the prices above, you can for sure say that one would be stupid to buy the one-year plan! But, I cannot promise you that these prices will remain the same as you look at the website, but no matter what, these are great prices, especially if you go for the two year subscription! That will give you a solid VPN subscription for two years at a very low cost!

Surfshark VPN features

This is one of the most interesting things when it comes to Surfshark VPN. They do support some very cool features, and some of them are actually quite stand-alone features that you cannot find among other VPN providers. But, first, let me mention some of the standard features that can be found in Surfshark VPN that you can find in most other VPN applications as well.

Kill Switch

The Kill Switch is a very basic feature, but still a very needed one. If you use a VPN to stay secure and safe online, it can be crucial to know if your VPN connection has suddenly dropped. Imagine believing that you are surfing safely and encrypted, only to find out after an hour of purchasing cryptocurrencies and fixing things in your Internet bank, that your VPN dropped out before you ever started. That is what the Kill Switch is about. It will automatically block all your Internet access in the moment the VPN connection drops, and thus you can know for sure that you are safe online and that your VPN is activated.

Unlimited devices

Most VPN providers will let you use your subscription at a couple of devices at the same time, but with SurfShark VPN they do not put a limit to this. They will let you use your VPN subscription at an unlimited amount of devices at the same time. That is awesome, but I guess there are some limits out there somewhere (meaning that you shouldn’t share your login name and password in a forum online for the entire world to use it). But still, this is a great feature.

No-logging policy

SurfShark VPN doesn’t have any activity logs or any logs of what you are doing online in any way. As a result, you should be safe and no ISP or anyone else can get hold of your activity logs later.

Multihop

This is one of the cooler functions with Surfshark VPN. It might slow your VPN connection down a bit, but if security is of the essence, who cares? This is a feature that might remind you of the Double VPN service provided by NordVPN, as you will run your connection through several VPN servers after one another, making sure your digital footprint is a complete mess and impossible to follow.

Whitelister

In the Surfshark VPN client, you can use the so-called Whitelister function. Here you can tell the application to NOT use the VPN as you visit certain websites or IP addresses. If you want to watch your local TV station online without the VPN, simply add that website to the whitelister list, and you will be able to visit it without the VPN, while you will use the VPN connection to all other websites. I just tried whitelisting www.whatismyipaddress.com, and as I visited the site, I could see my original IP address, while I could see the IP address of the VPN connection as I checked my IP address here in the IP Address Guide.

CleanWeb

This is a function that you have to activate manually in the application, but it is well worth the few mouse clicks. With the CleanWeb feature activated, your surfing experience will be smoother as ads will be removed (most of them), and you will also be protected from malware and trackers. That is very neat, and a feature that you should activate if you first have a SurfShark subscription.

SurfShark CleanWeb feature
The CleanWeb feature is a great bonus coming with your SurfShark VPN subscription

Surfshark applications

You can easily get hold of SurfShark VPN applications for all the important devices and operating systems out there. In addition to support for Windows, Mac and Linux, they also support Android and iOS systems, they have a FireTV application, and they also have browser extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Surfshark VPN download speeds

It doesn’t matter if a VPN provider has all the greatest functions in the world if it is slow. So, what are the SurfShark VPN speeds like? I have made quite some speed tests of Surfshark VPN, and at first, they weren’t good at all, and thus, I waited a couple of months with actually writing this Surfshark VPN review. But, since then I have given SurfShark VPN some more tries, and things have gotten way better.

During my last SurfShark VPN speed tests I got download speeds varying between 50-150 Mbps, and with such speeds you are capable of doing all your favorite activities online, while enjoying a military level encryption as SurfShark supports all the important VPN protocols.

Surfshark VPN to unblock and stream

If you are considering SurfShark as your VPN provider in order to unblock different streaming services and websites, you are for sure interested in learning more about Surfshark VPNs ability to unblock websites. I have done quite some tests before writing this review, and I can report that Surfshark VPN seems to be working good for this purpose. You can, for example, unblock BBC in the UK with Surfshark VPN (not with all their UK servers, but with some), you can get access to several Netflix regions (including US and UK Netflix), and you will also be able to unblock sites elsewhere on the Internet. If you connect to a server that doesn’t work with Netflix, you will automatically be given access to US Netflix instead (this is a technique quite similar to the one used by NordVPN).

Surfshark VPN review conclusion

If you are in need of a well working VPN provider, Surfshark VPN might be exactly what you are looking for. They have great prices, a nice 30-day full refund policy, and with all those extra features available, it is well worth the money.

We can warmly recommend their services based on our tests, but we would also love to hear what’s on your mind. Have you tested Surfshark VPN? Did you like the results you got? Did you like their clients? We would love to hear your thoughts, so pease write a comment and share what’s on your mind when it comes to SurfShark VPN.

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