I recently came across Surfshark VPN, they are relatively new player on the market, but very promising. Read my quick review to learn all the features Surfshark has to offer. What I was interested the most is how Surfshark works on Enigma2 boxes. Guess what.. it works! And it works great! Keep on reading to find out more.
Surfshark VPN Apps
As I mentioned earlier they are new to the market, thus number of available apps are limited comparing to other VPN services, so far they released extensions for Chrome and Firefox browsers and apps for Android and iPhone, Mac and Windows apps should be released soon. In fact, Windows app is nearly done and should be available for download early August. I have contacted Surfshark support and got beta release for testing, and will share my thoughts with you, so keep reading.
Surfshark VPN Features
Surfshark offers strict no logs policy, whatever you do online stays only between you and your device. They use AES 256-bit network encryption and IP masking, to make you feel more secured. Their apps aren’t complex and very easy to use, just press Connect button and you can surf anonymously, not to worry about leaving any traces of your online activity. Whether you stream music, play online games or watch online tv shows Surfshark VPN is the right choice, as they have never disappointed me.
It is worth noting that Surfshark is the only VPN that offers connection to unlimited devices. This is great news and I can’t understand why it is limited with other providers. I personally think this should come as standard. Luckly, we have Surfshark and the problem with limited number of devices solved for good. Unlimited bandwidth usage is another advantage.
Surfshark offers 100+ servers in 14 locations including UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and US. Let’s hope they will quickly expand and offer more locations to their users.
Surfshark Desktop App
Their desktop app for Windows is nearly done and currently in testing phase. I was lucky to get beta 0.38 pre-release version and here’s my thoughts. The app installs much quicker than desktop apps from other providers. The interface is simple and easy to navigate for non-techy person.
Once you open the app you will see Connect button and dropdown list with locations underneath. If you’re not sure what server to pick, you can choose Optimal Location, the app will connect you to the server closest to you or at least the fastest one based on your location.
In the top right corner you will find settings gear icon. From there you can customize your app, apart from standard settings like “Start with Windows”, “Crash reporting” etc, you can change your protocol from UDP to TCP or you can run a diagnostics if you’re having connection issues. Clearly they focused on simplicity here and this works well.
Premium 24/7 Support
If you encounter any issues or have a question their support works 24/7 over chat or you can submit a request through contact form. I can’t say anything bad about their support, they are knowledgable, very helpfull and responded quickly to all my queries. Keep up the good work!
Surfshark on Enigma2 with OpenVPN
If you’re here to learn how to set up Surfshark VPN on your Enigma2 powered set top box, read How To Setup NordVPN on Enigma2. The setup is exactly the same with one small difference. For NordVPN you use the same login and password as for your apps, whereas Surfshark provides you with separate login and password for OpenVPN connection. Just use them in your password.conf file and you should be good.
If you don’t know where to find your OpenVPN credentials, go to Manual connection guide on the Apps page, but in order to see them you need to be logged in. If you still have some questions regarding set up Surfshark on Enigma2 let me know in the comments section and I will do my best to answer all your queries. Read below about their pricing tiers to get the best deal for your needs.
Streaming with Surfshark
If you’re heavy KODI user or any other streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. you can rest assured Surfshark won’t disappoint you. The streaming speed and quality was good enough to watch these services without any interruption, at least on my end. There was slight buffering sometimes, but acceptable and only at the beginning. Bear in mind, they may be slight differences on your location. It varies depending on your ISP, download speed, router and of course distance to server location you’re connected to. Overall you shouldn’t see much difference, if any, between streaming with and without Surfshark VPN.
I performed a speed test to see if there is any difference with and without Surfshark VPN and you can see the results on the picture below.
As you can see from the screenshot there is not much difference in browsing with and without Surfshark. You shoudn’t notice any lags when browsing, listening music on Spotify or streaming your favourite TV show on Netflix.
Let me ask you a question, how much do you usually spend on night outs per month? Did you get your number? Great! Will you commit one pint a month, just one pint and instead spend that on your online privacy and security? With so many dangers awaiting you these days in the virtual world, do you think $3.95/m (£3/m or €3.75/m) is high price for a peace of mind? I think it’s not and hope you agree with me. Surfshark pricing is well balanced and if you’re not convinced to sign up for one year deal up front, you can start on one month trial with 30 days money back guarantee. You don’t risk anything there.
Surfshark VPN seems to be good value for money and if you’re looking for fast, reliable and secured VPN service Surfshark is what you need. I hope they will quickly become one the top VPN’s on the market, as they clearly has the potential. Once they add support for Mac and Windows and increase number of locations they surely become one of the best VPNs available.