Surfshark has achieved something I would never have thought would happen – it has lured me away from NordVPN! I cannot remember how long I have been a NordVPN user and I still have an extended subscription for another couple of years, but once I tried Surfshark, there was no looking back. And it isn’t just about the pricing.
Over time I have used most of the top VPN services, ExpressVPN, Vyper, PureVPN and Tunnelbear for example, but the decision to commit to Surfshark was very easy to make. Let us get the question of pricing out of the way. Subscribe to Surfshark’s two-year deal and it is the cheapest out there at just £1.81 compared to the frankly ludicrous £9.42 if you pay monthly. Not only is this the best deal out there, it buys you a service that can be used on unlimited devices.
However, the main reason is that it is the most configurable VPN out there with a wide range of features. From a connectivity point of view, you have the choice of TCP, UDP, IKEv2 or the latest Wireguard protocols. It also has its proprietary Shadowsocks protocol for getting around VPN restrictions in places like China and Russia. This choi ce is not unique but it differs from rival VPNs tghat impose their own choice of protocol on you.
It has a Cleanweb module to block adverts, a whitelist facility to bypass the VPN for chosen sites, a standard kill switch and a multihop option for greater security. Surfshark boasts 3200+ servers in 65 countries at the time of writing and this list will grow as the service expands.
Just as important is that the service is based in the British Virgin Islands and has a no-log policy so state governments cannot demand access to your data.
Surfshark is also a rarity in that its services have been audited by Cure53 with the company deciding “Two members of the Cure53 team, who examined the scope in November 2018, can only conclude that the tested applications make a very robust impression and are not exposed to any issues, neither in the privacy nor in the more general security realms.”
I can also confirm that Surfshark’s online chat support is professional, fast and competent. I had one issue that needed resolving and it was fixed in under 10 minutes.
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