SurfShark VPN Review - 2019

SurfShark offers all the desirable perks, including military grade encryption, impressive high speeds, the ability to unblock content (websites and regional), 24/ 7 customer support, affordable subscription rates and a whole lot more. 

If SurfShark’s claims are anything to go by, then they truly deliver. I was impressed with the fast speeds, reliability, strict no-logs policy, and advanced encryption. The VPN also offers unlimited concurrent connections, a perk rarely seen amongst top ranking VPNs. What’s more, its 2-year plan is relatively cheap, and if you feel like terminating your subscription, you can take advantage of their 30-day money back guarantee – which doesn’t have any strings attached.


Pricing and Plans

SurfShark offers three subscription plans. There’s a month-to-month subscription, which comes in at $11.95, and is a pretty expensive option if you’re on a budget.  There’s also an annual plan that retails at $5.99/month, which will save you up to 50% annually. And there’s a 2-year plan, which is $3.49/month. This is obviously the best value of the bunch, but you’re also committing to something for 24-months, with no guarantee that service will be as solid in the future as it is today.  

As far as payment options are concerned, they’ve partnered with Stripe and Norton to accept a number of major credit and debit cards. PayPal is also an option.

SurfShark is amongst a handful of VPN’s that accepts Bitcoin payments and other major cryptocurrency options. This is an excellent payment channel if you’re looking to conceal your online identity, even during the payment process. SurfShark doesn’t have a free trial, but instead offers 30-days money back guarantee.


What SurfShark Provides

SurfShark comes standard with features including a kill switch, multi-hop connections, whitelister, CleanWeb and a DNS leak protection functionality. Its Whitelister feature helps you during split tunneling to single out apps and sites to bypass the VPN. The kill switch feature comes in handy when you leave your connected device unattended since it’ll disconnect you from the Internet whenever your VPN connection drops.

SurfShark uses CleanWeb to block ads and other annoying adverts whenever you’re surfing online. This feature plays a significant role to torrent lovers, especially considering it also blocks out suspicious download links that could compromise your privacy. Additionally, to protect yourself from cyber-attackers, the prying eyes of government and local ISPs, SurfShark has a multi-hop feature so can create multiple VPN connections, what makes it hard to trace your identity.

Surfshark also allows for unlimited simultaneous connections at unregulated speeds, bandwidth and high server switching. It’s also optimized for effective streaming of media content in HD, and the company has a strict zero-logs policy, allowing for anonymous torrenting and secure P2P file sharing.

One of the most impressive features of SurfShark is that it works well in China. So, if you’re looking to travel to China, remember to download SurfShark before you leave.

The website itself is self-explanatory, and easy to navigate. It’ll take you less than five minutes to register an account, and less than ten minutes to purchase a subscription plan.

All SurfShark client apps are pretty straightforward and easy to download. Most client apps sport a similar design and have the same settings features.

SurfShark has an impressive 500+ server distribution across 50+ countries globally. While its server coverage is not that convincing, I predict that they will keep expanding at an unprecedented rate.

SurfShark has a noteworthy customer support system, including 24/ 7 live chat support that I was really impressed with. I chatted with a support Agent who was fast, polite, and very responsive to all my inquiries.


Speed and Security Tests

SurfShark boasts about its fast speeds, so I used a speed test tool to test everything out.

Here’s a snapshot of the results I recorded without a VPN connection.

In my second speed test, I connected to a server closer to my actual location. Check out how my results are similar results to my results above.

The results I recorded when I connected to a server far away from my physical location were not much different either.

Surfshark recorded zero DNS leaks.


Security and Privacy Features

SurfShark uses military grade infrastructure that is reliable, private and secure. The VPN redirects all your traffic to a tunnel and uses AES-256 encryption advanced techniques, ensuring that your online privacy is observed. It also supports both OpenVPN and IKEv2 connection protocols, which allows for anonymous torrenting and secure P2P data sharing.

SurfShark has all the perks to top the charts when it comes to privacy. The company is based in the British Virginia Islands, which positions them beyond the reach of legal jurisdiction of any government or union. Unlike other VPN services based in the US and parts of Europe, SurfShark is not bound to share your user data to any government entity, if requested.


4.5

Pros:

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    30-day money-back guarantee 
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    500+ servers
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    Ultra-fast
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    24/7 live chat
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    Optimized for streaming
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    Advanced encryption
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    No logs
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    DNS leak protection
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    Ad block feature
  • Works with Netflix, YouTube Red, and BBC iPlayer
  • Accepts Crypto currency payments

Cons:

  • Lacks a free trial
  • Monthly plans are expensive
Alex Grant