Review: Surfshark VPN - A lot has happened here!

Surfshark VPN

1.99 USD
9.4

Geschwindigkeit

9.0/10

Privacy

9.3/10

Equipment

9.3/10

Customer Service

9.3/10

Price

9.9/10

Benefits

  • Innvovativster VPN of the year 2019, with many additional functions and very easy handling
  • German-language apps and customer service in live chat.
  • Shadowsocks protocol has been implemented and provides stable connections in restrictive networks (China, hotels, Arab states)
  • VPNCascades offer increased security against surveillance.
  • CleanWeb (advertising filter) and HackLock (security review) available.

Negative

  • Amazon Prime Video and DAZN are not available on German servers.

Surfshark VPN - Are you sure?

Two years surfing the Internet safely for less than 50 Euro? This deal is currently available at VPN-Providers Surfshark VPN offered. Not only that: since the founding of the company in 2017 a lot of innovation has been established. These concern all areas of available servers, speed, security and anonymity as well as operation and additional functions. Now, however, the question arises whether the work has paid off and actual improvements are recognizable. If Surfshark VPN a serious comrade on the VPNMarket is, the test shows.

ProductSurfshark VPN
Recommended applicationsAvoid warningsAmazon VideoAnonymous communicationFirewall & ProtectionHigh anonymityNetflixUse in ChinaSecure data transmissionBypass locksStreaming (copyright)Sharing / torrentVPNrouters

Our conclusion too Surfshark VPN

In the sum power Surfshark VPN a round impression: the apps are currently among the simplest, most comprehensive and best of all VPN-Market. And that these attributes sound contradictory, but Surfshark can nevertheless unite them in one service.

The people of Surfshark obviously have their finger on the pulse of customers and delight with an inexpensive but exciting service that seems ideal for many. We are enthusiastic so far and would be happy to recommend the service to others.

Surfshark VPN in the test: mass instead of class?

When server offer has become Surfshark VPN apparently focused on including as many countries in the portfolio: The 800 currently active servers are distributed to more than 50 countries (as of September 2019). If you would like to have your internet connection via the US, there are at least twelve different hosts available. By contrast, most states have only one server - other services have more to offer.

Also, the number of network protocols used nobody skin off the stool, in addition to the standard OpenVPN (TCP and UDP) is still the fast IPSec (IKEv2) to choose from. The test turns out Surfshark VPN as a very secure service out: Any loopholes (IP, WebRTC, DNS, Windows logon) are all closed. Filesharing via P2P or torrent allows the service explicitly, usage data is not collected in logfiles. It is also pleasing that there are no restrictions on the devices that can be used at the same time. That way you can Surfshark Easily share with family and friends.

operating locationBV.IslandsIsrael
billing locationCyprus
Local legislation affects customer protection
Operation and billing separately
Server locations63
No log files
Own DNS server
Virtual Server
Dedicated server
RAM disk server
Owner of the hardware
Owner of the IP addresses

Surfshark VPN Prices & Tariffs

Surfshark VPN offers three different tariffs: The monthly subscription costs 9,89 Euro, for the 12 months subscription one-time 59,68 Euro is due (converted 4,99 Euro / month). Significantly cheaper is the 24 monthly tariff: When using the promo code "sharkstart", the price is reduced to 41,96 Euro, which corresponds to about 1,75 Euro per month. The payment works by credit card, Sofortüberweisung, Amazon Pay, Crypto currencies like Bitcoin and other payment options.

Costs / tariffs
Free use
Tariff (1 month)11.95 USD
Tariff (12 months)71.88 USD (per month 5.99 USD)
Tariff (24 months)47.76 USD (per month 1.99 USD)
Number of concurrent connections per accountunlimited
test optionsRefund warranty
Unlimited devices and connections with one Surfshark Account
Unlimited devices and connections with one Surfshark Account

With Surfshark you can save a lot on online shopping!

By changing the IP address you also appear as if you were in another country. A strong example of this is the ABO of YouTube "YouTube Premium". This is sold in Europe for € 11,99 per month. The exactly identical ABO costs only € 2,74 in Russia. And of course one uses this ABO nevertheless with German language and has no restrictions. The difference is only given where you ordered this ABO. And that does Surfshark and helps you save by choosing a convenient location:

Example: Save with Surfshark VPN (Video):

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Surfshark VPN Applications

Images of the macOS application

Surfshark sometimes it takes longer with Windows

For Windows and MacOS corresponding software is available for download. The installation takes a few minutes, then it can start. Strange: If you go under Windows systems an IKEv2VPNConnection, the software will take a few minutes to connect to the Internet, depending on the PC and Ethernet settings. After that everything is stable. Under MacOS, this problem does not occur, but the protocol can not be changed and the whitelist function (see below) does not exist. Operation is easy with both systems, the menu structure is convincing with a good overview.

Available protocolsIKEv2L2TP / IPSecMulti-hopVPNOpenVPN (TCP)OpenVPN (UDP)Shadow SocksSOCKS5SSL / Proxy
Own applications / appsOther OS / IntegrationAndroidApple iOSASUSWRTChrome extensionDD-WRTFirefox extensionFireTVKODI AddOnLinuxMac OSXOpenVPN UDPOpenWRTTomatoWindows
KillSwitch function
Language of the applicationsGermanEnglishFrenchRussischSwedishSpanish
Surfshark-Windows wait time
Although the VPNConnection has been established for more than a minute, the PC can not connect to the Internet.

Surfshark Apps: Android better than iOS

Surfshark VPN can also be used via app with Android and iOS devices. At first glance, the programs hardly differ from each other, but you can see in Settings but quickly: The Android app has more features to offer, especially the Whitelister and the CleanWeb feature. Apart from that, both applications work flawlessly, including logical and comfortable menu navigation for mobile devices.

Surfshark-Difference Android iOS
While androids have almost all functions, iOS users have to be content with the kill switch.

Surfshark VPN in the test: decent pace

In the test offers Surfshark VPN in total good internet speeds: Especially with nearby VPNServer is the bandwidth slump in the Download irrelevant, since upload tempo suffers since rather. In the sample, the locations Germany (20 percent), Great Britain (43 percent) and France (55 percent) still delivered good speeds. The measured bandwidths are usually enough for surfing the Internet, Downloads and video streams in up to 4K UHD resolution. Class: As it is Surfshark VPN a relatively new one VPNService, the popular streaming provider Netflix does not (yet) block a large number of available servers.

Maximum speed tested
Download
0
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Jitter
0
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Ping
0
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Upload
0
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Germany | 22.04.2020

Secure connection via gang

Lately may itself SurfsharkUsers look forward to a helpful feature called MultiHop: these are so-called VPNCascades or VPNChains. The service filters the Internet connection via two servers at the same time, which makes surfing even safer. The disadvantage of cascades is the reduced bandwidth compared to the simple ones VPN.

Surfshark-MultiHop
Altogether eight were at the time of the test VPNChains selectable - a decent value.
Anonymous on the Internet
Altered virtual location
Protection against requests for information
Gen. Prevent monitoring
Prevent targeted monitoring
No log files
Obfusication (masking)

Streaming with Surfshark

Surfshark VPN for Netflix

Netflix watch Surfshark VPN
Netflix watch Surfshark VPN
Streaming TV and video content
Use on the home router
Use with KODI
SmartDNS
FireTV app
Avoid warnings
Supported streaming platformsNetflixzattoo (CH)ARD (EN)ZDF (DE)BR DE)N24 (EN)MDR (EN)rbbWDR (DE)Arte DE)3Sat (EN)Pro7 (EN)Sat1 (EN)Cable1 (EN)MagentaTV (DE)ORF (AT)SRF (CH)Servus TV (DE, AT, CH)
Supported international streaming platformsDisney + (US)Hulu (US)Amazon Prime Video (US)Netflix (US)Apple TVWatch ESPN (US)Channel 4 (US)NFL Gamepass (US)MLB.tv (US)abc (US)CBS (US)FOX (US)NBCShowtime (US)FLIX (US)epix (US)HBO Now (US)ITV (UK)Eurosport (UK)Sky (UK)BBC iPlayer (UK)Sky News (UK)Bloomberg (UK)BT Sports (UK)Channel 4 (UK)Sky Go (IT)YouTubeSpotifystarz (US)hustlerTV (US)PenthouseTV (US)PlayboyTV (US)

Video: DAZN with Surfshark use abroad

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Can be used directly on the television

Anyone who owns an Android TV (such as Sony) or the streaming console hybrid Nvidia Shield or a streaming device from Amazon (Fire TV 4K, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K) may have a dedicated app of Surfshark VPN looking forward. Both app variants have the same structure and additionally offer the CleanWeb feature. Unfortunately, the functionality is disappointing: it is not possible to enable Netflix streams with VPNConnection to start. On Windows, MacOS, and on mobile devices, this works with the same servers. So degenerate the apps for Android TV and Fire TVs to the functionless storage eater.

Surfshark VPN Android TV Fire TV
VPNChains do not offer apps for Android TV and Fire TV.

Download & Torrent with Surfshark

For Torrent It is important to users that the providers also have KillSwitch and, above all, servers in the typical torrent countries. Offers both Surfshark VPN of course. In addition, cascades and other options are available to prevent surveillance. In addition to the very good speeds for BitTorrent, we also have few shortcomings in others Downloads can determine. The service is just around the corner Downloads to be able to use for days. We still lack port forwarding, however Surfshark has promised to deliver this soon.

Download and torrent
Torrent usage allowed
Own torrent server
Avoid warnings
Port forwarding

Surfshark VPN on the router

With shadowsocks and openVPN let yourself Surfshark on the common VPN-Client routers use directly. There are also some servers that are equipped with LoadBalancing and can therefore also be used without failure. Thanks to the good instructions, also in German, all users will find their way to VPN-Home router with Surfshark Sometime.

Instructions and configuration files for routers

Surfshark Configuration files for routers
Surfshark Configuration files for routers
Operation on VPNClient router
Use on routers
Load balancing
Fail-safe operation
Own router application
Compatible withASUSGl-iNetDD-WRTTomatoVilfo router

Online gaming with Surfshark

The ping values ​​are good to very good depending on the chosen location, so there is actually no reason not to Surfshark to participate in online games. In many cases, this also helps to prevent known problems with double nat from Internet providers such as 1und1 or Unitmedia. The game experience will be jerk-free.

Online Gaming
Low latency
Use on game consolesPlayStationXBox
DDoS protection

Surfshark VPN to travel

The apps for the mobile devices are actually flagship applications, because they are easy and intuitive to use and, in addition, Shadowsocks on Android offer a way around them VPN- Lock it down. This ensures safe usage behavior in external networks and also in hotels. It's a shame that DAZN or Amazon Prime Video cannot be used with it, but you can't have everything.

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

Customer service from Surfshark VPN

The customer service of Surfshark answers in German, even if many don't suspect it. Via the live chat, all customers can contact the customer service directly and usually 24 hours a day and get the answers in German. Yes, the translation tools are sometimes bumpy but always easy to understand.

Surfshark VPN Customer service in live chat in German
Surfshark VPN Customer service in live chat in German
Customer Service
Language of the applicationsGermanEnglishFrenchRussischSwedishSpanish
Customer ServiceEmailFAQ websiteLive chat
Language in customer serviceGermanEnglishFrenchSwedishSpanish

Features: More for the money

The functionality by Surfshark VPN can be seen: In addition to the MultiHop feature, there are the following additional features:

  • Kill switch: Interrupt the Internet connection as soon as the VPNConnection unexpectedly stops. The function can be found under:
    • Windows: Settings -> Connectivity -> Kill Switch
    • MacOS: Preferences -> General -> Kill Switch
    • iOS: gear icon -> kill switch
    • Android: gear icon -> connectivity -> VPN Kill Switch
  • CleanWeb: Filters unwanted ads, stops trackers and blocks malware and phishing attempts. The function can be found under:
    • Windows: CleanWeb -> CleanWeb
    • MacOS: Preferences -> General -> CleanWeb
    • Android TV and Fire TV: Settings -> Preferences -> CleanWeb
    • Android: gear icon -> Security -> CleanWeb
  • White Lister: Allowed selected websites and programs that VPNConnection, such as for banking apps. The function can be found under:
    • Windows: Whitelister -> Whitelister for apps / Whitelister for websites
    • Android: Gear icon -> Security -> Whitelister -> No apps selected / No sites selected
  • NoBorders: Rescues Internet restrictions such as the Great Firewall in China. The function can be found under:
    • Windows: Preferences -> Advanced -> NoBorders
    • MacOS: Preferences -> General -> NoBorders
  • Warrant Canary: Meanwhile offers Surfshark VPN a regularly updated Warrant Canary Statement. This ensures more transparency for the users.
special functions
AlwaysOn server
Automatic IP change
Dedicated Server
Own DNS
Own hardware
firewall
Shared IP
IPv4
IPv6 (new)
No log files
KillSwitch
Load balancing
Malware filter
Multi-Hop VPN
Neuro routing
Obfuscation (mask)
Own IP addresses
Own torrent server
Port forwarding
RAM disk (k.HDD)
SmartDNS
Static IP
Tracking Blocker
Virtual Server
VPN-to-TOR

Surfshark-Whitelister
The Whistler feature is particularly useful for banking apps and certain streaming providers.


Created on:03/03/2019

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