Test report 2020: Surfshark VPN - again new innovative features

Surfshark VPN

2.49 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 60 Euro? This deal is currently available at VPN-Providers Surfshark VPN required. And not only that: a lot of innovations have been launched since the company was founded in 2019. These concern all areas from available servers to speed, security and anonymity to operation and additional functions. But now the question arises whether the work was worth it and whether actual improvements can be seen. 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 still combine these in one service.

The people of Surfshark obviously have their finger on the pulse of customers and delight with an inexpensive but promising service that seems ideal for many. We are still thrilled and recommend the Surfshark happy to continue.

Surfshark VPN in the test: mass instead of class?

When server offer has become Surfshark VPN Apparently focused on including as many countries as possible in the portfolio: The more than 1.700 currently active servers are spread over 63 countries (as of September 2020). If you want to run your Internet connection via the USA, there are more than 500 servers at over 20 different hosts available.

Has to network protocols Surfshark initially next to the standard openVPN (TCP and UDP) only the fast IPSec (IKEv2) is offered. Here, however, has been properly expanded, for example with Shadowsocks, SOCKS5 etc. In the test, it turns out Surfshark VPN also as an extremely secure service: Any loopholes (IP, WebRTC, DNS, Windows logon) are all closed. The service expressly allows file sharing via P2P or torrent, usage data is not collected in log files. It is also gratifying 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 12,95 USD, the 12-month subscription costs 59,76 euros once (the equivalent of 4,99 euros / month) - with the additional 12 months available for free at the moment! 6 months cost a total of $ 38,94, that's $ 6,49. Payment works by credit card, instant transfer, Amazon Pay, crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and other payment options.

Costs / tariffs
Free use
Tariff (1 month)12.95 USD
Tariff (6 months)38.94 USD (per month 6.49 USD)
Tariff (24 months)59.76 USD (per month 2.49 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 when shopping online!

Changing the IP address makes it seem like you are in a different country. A very good example of this is the subscription to YouTube “YouTube Premium”. This is sold in Europe for € 11,99 per month. The exactly identical subscription costs only € 2,40 in Russia. And of course you still use this subscription with German and have no restrictions whatsoever. The only difference is where you order this subscription. This helps Surfshark while saving by being able to choose a convenient location:

Example: Save with Surfshark VPN (Video):

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Surfshark VPN Applications

Surfshark had the appropriate apps and software for most of the devices shortly after it was launched. In the meantime these have also outgrown their “infancy” and the apps are easy to use, highly usable and have excellent security functions. External devices can also easily be connected to the VPN There are no apps of their own, but understandable manuals.

Images of the macOS application

Surfshark with Windows sometimes takes longer

Corresponding software is also available for download for Windows and MacOS. The installation takes a few minutes, then you can start. Strange: If you run an IKEv2 on Windows systemsVPNConnection, 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.

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 for iOS and Android convince

Surfshark VPN can also be used via the app with Android and iOS devices and is also highly recommended. Both applications can be operated perfectly, including logical and convenient menu navigation for mobile devices. Innovative Surfshark Functions such as CleanWeb or Whitelist are - in their entirety as with the desktop versions - also available here (although this was not the case at first).

Particularly noteworthy for the apps are the two following features:

  • Location manipulation: We haven't actually seen this feature anywhere else. This makes it possible to change your own location via GPS manipulation.
  • Shadowsocks Protocol: This protocol is ideal for smartphones & Co. because it convinces with higher speed and stability as well as hardly any impairment of the battery performance.
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

GPS spoofing function - new at Surfshark Android

With this new integrated function, Android users can protect their online activities from tracking. Because with GPS spoofing you can not only change the IP address, the GPS location of the device can also be manipulated. The function can be activated in the app settings and does not require any other provider, as is often the case with others VPNProvider is the case. As soon as you have activated GPS spoofing, apps that want to access your location data will only receive the coordinates of your chosen one VPN-Server. A great thing that ensures your privacy again and prevents your locations from being saved and misused for advertising purposes and even worse.

Surfshark VPN in the speed 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 and other platforms do not (yet) block many of the available servers.

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Germany | 07.09.2020

Privacy with Surfshark

Surfshark also rented virtual servers. Although this is cheaper for the provider, it certainly does not guarantee absolute anonymity for the user. Also, there are no DNS servers, cascades or other features for extra protection, whatever Surfshark does not necessarily make it the ideal partner for users who value high data security and top protection of their own identity. However has Surfshark introduced a new security upgrade - the RAM-only infrastructure:

More security through a diskless server network

Surfshark is one of the first providers on the market to run its server network without any hard drives. Without the usual hard drives, infrastructure security is significantly increased. What is not stored on hard drives cannot be stolen in the event of an attack or passed on when information is requested. "A diskless server network effectively minimizes the security risks of the drive-based server infrastructure and guarantees our users the highest level of privacy," said the provider. And further: "... the focus on the privacy and security of the users has always been our top priority."

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

One of the main requirements for streaming met Surfshark VPN ever: It protects against warnings and persecution. But of course it is just as important with streaming that the various German portals do not block the service abroad. How does it look here? Mixed. Some services like Netflix work - which is a huge plus - but there have been problems with DAZN and Amazon Prime Video lately. But we hope that the provider keeps its promise and takes care of it.

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 platformsNetflixDAZN (EN)Eurosportmaxdomezattoo (CH)ARD (EN)ZDF (DE)BR DE)N24 (EN)MDR (EN)rbbWDR (DE)Arte DE)3Sat (EN)Pro7 (EN)Sat1 (EN)Cable1 (EN)Disney + (DE)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: German TV with Surfshark see 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 also available to prevent monitoring. In addition to the very good speeds for BitTorrent, we hardly have any defects with others Downloads can determine. The service is ideal for 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 load balancing and can therefore be used without failures. Thanks to the good instructions, also in German, all users can 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 participate in online games. In many cases this also helps to prevent known problems with double-nat of Internet providers such as 1und1 or Unitmedia. The gaming 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-Block downright. This ensures safe usage behavior in foreign 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 your money

The functionality of Surfshark VPN is presentable:

  • 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.

Top feature: MultiHop

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.

FAQ about Surfshark VPN

Can you with Surfshark Stream Netflix abroad?

Yes, it works. Unfortunately, there are currently problems with DAZN and Amazon Prime Video.

Speichert Surfshark my activities on the internet?

No, Surfshark VPN does not save any log files.


Created on:03/03/2019

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