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Surfshark VPN Free Trial February 2020

The Surfshark VPN Free Trial offers you a 30 day money back guarantee, with over 500 servers located in 61 different locations. The trial allows you to avoid Netflix blocks and stream any Netflix Library anywhere.

Surfshark VPN current deals

Surfshark currently has a 50% off and an 84% off deal.

  • 24 months for £35.76 (84% discount)
  • 12 months for £57.48 (50% discount)

It is worth noting almost all services have discounts most of the year of similar value for your first year or 2. The services are so good that they are confident you will roll over after your first couple of years.

Surfshark VPN pricing options

Standard prices are as follows...

  • 1 month rolling contract £9.49 per month
  • 1 year rolling contract £113.88 per year
  • 2 year rolling contract £ £227.76 per 2 years

Does Surfshark VPN have a free trial

The free trial on offer is a 30 day money back guarantee.

How to cancel Surfshark Free Trial

Cancelling or getting your money back guarantee will be a matter of reaching out. Unfortunately there is not a simple cancel/request money back button.

There are 3 ways to cancel...

Surfshark VPN Payment methods

The payment options for your Surfshark account is as follows…

  • Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ripple & Ethereum)
  • Major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover)
  • PayPal
  • Amazon Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Alipay

Surfshark VPN Refund options

The refund is available for your first 30 days, after this they will not budge. To get a refund you will need to contact them through one of the following…

Surfshark VPN Server locations

The current countries available are listed below. Some large locations such as the USA will have multiple/many locations available. However, for most users this is usually to help avoid VPN blocks, ensuring there is always one working. It also helps with speed having a choice of servers to help spread the load geographically.

THE AMERICAS

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Costa Rica

Paraguay

United States

 

ASIA PACIFIC

Australia

Azerbaijan

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Japan

Kazakhstan

Malaysia

New Zealand

Singapore

South Korea

Taiwan

Thailand

Vietnam

EUROPE

Albania

Austria

Belgium

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Luxembourg

Moldova

 

Netherlands

North Macedonia

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Ukraine

United Kingdom

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Israel

Libya

Nigeria

South Africa

Turkey

Is Surfshark VPN Free?

No, there is no free option for Surfshark.

Is Surfshark VPN Legal?

Yes, most VPNs you come across are completely legal. The reason for this is they serve many legitimate purposes. As for Netflix and accessing other content that may not be copyrighted, it is not A VPNs responsibility to block themselves. It is like saying a company making kitchen knives is responsible for everyone who cuts themselves, it is  a tool for you to use correctly.

How does Surfshark work?

Surfshark works by routing your Internet connection through a Virtual Private Network in a number of chosen locations (as listed above). The gag-order and the fact they are in the British Virgin Islands means your information is private.

What devices is Surfshark VPN app available

SurfShark has a specific app for the following…

  • Windows
  • Android
  • iOS
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Android TV

It also has plugin apps for the following browsers…

  • Chrome
  • Firefox

How to Watch Netflix on Surfshark VPN?

To access different Netflix libraries is easy.

  • Mobile devices – download and install the app and make sure you login to your account. You change the location on the app and then anything you use on your phone will come from that location.
  • Desktop Browsers – When using desktop, you will have to access Netflix by either Firefox or Chrome and have the plugin added to the browser. You will see the SurfShark icon in the top banner of your browser. Simply click and select your location.
  • Windows, mac or Linux – download and install the full software to your PC/Mac and run the install process. Your computers locations should be located in your chosen VPN for all activities.
  • Android TV – download from the Android/Play Store from your device. From here all your browsing/internet access should be via the VPN for that device.

How to set-up a router with Surfshark VPN

All the Apps and plugins are made for user simplicity. If you are a little more tech savy and needing to connect a device to your VPN which is not supported by a SurfShark App then you can connect your Internet router directly.

This is an article in itself so please see here for further information.

https://support.surfshark.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003103833-How-to-set-up-a-router-with-Surfshark-

Surfshark VPN Features

Features worth noting on Surfshark are…

  • Kill Switch – a basic feature that disconnects you automatically if the VPN is down. This means if you lose VPN connection you will still have your own internet connection as backup, this can be turned on or off.
  • Clean web – allowing you to surf the internet with no adverts, malware or cookies
  • Language – Choose the language of your VPN
  • Leak protection – meaning the DNS server details can not be revealed for extra security
  • 61 locations
  • Works with Netflix

Surfshark VPN Performance Review

After 2 weeks of testing this VPN I am very happy with my service

  • Browsing – Mostly ran smooth, however I noticed on my android phone when I do location on google map it still picks up my real GPS location on google maps
  • Netflix - running perfectly, I have not encountered any blocked VPNs as of yet. I would recommend the Japanese location for this as their Netflix has a large selection of popular Anime.
  • WordPress – I wanted to test it a bit more so I tried using WordPress and more specifically Cornerstone web block builder. At this point I have ran into some speed issues, however it still performs better than my 4G when using the same applications. Though I do not know why you would want to use a VPN for a WordPress site, it is pointless?

Internet Speed Test…

Control test with no VPN in London on up to 100 Mbps connection – 87.2 Mbps Download, 92.2 Mbps Upload

  • USA (New York) – 90 Mbps Download, 57.4 Mbps Upload
  • Malaysia – 0.89 Mbps Download, 29.6 Upload (terrible download)
  • Brazil – 82.6 Mbps Download, 16.5 Mbps Upload
  • Australia – 82.7 Mbps Download, 3.93 Mbps Upload
  • India (Mumbai) – 77 Mbps Download, 0 Mbps Upload (no upload possible)
  • France – 93.1 Mbps Download, 79.4 Mbps Upload

Surfshark VPN security details

A Primary feature for any VPN must be security. Surfshark employs the following security features...

  • Two-Factor Authentication Login – a user choice to make sure no one else can login to your VPN account.
  • DNS leak protection – No DNS leaking meaning no detection of IP address being visible.
  • Kill switch – if VPN goes down you have a choice of reverting to your own internet or cutting your internet connection to ensure you always remain hidden.
  • Double VPN – Surfshark runs your connection through 2 VPNs for added protection and privacy.
  • Clean Web feature – protecting you by blocking ads, malware and trackers
  • Blind Search - online search tool that never collects your history
  • Hack Lock - a data leak alert system that lets users know when their email appears online.
  • Secure Encryption – they encrypt all your data that goes through their VPN, so if the worst happens and information is leaked then it is encrypted so it cannot be effectively read.
  • Located in British Virgin Islands – meaning they are outside the jurisdiction of the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance. Basically they will not co-operate with authorities or law enforcement.

Surfshark VPN support

Like many supports they will do everything they can to direct you towards their FAQs. It is rare that I find a support that does not get annoyed when they feel as if my questions is already in the support pages under some obscure small text FAQ section. There is little difference here.

The support has the following formats...

Surfshark VPN TOR compatibility

To use TOR and SurfShark together for maximum security will have to be done via the PC/mac software or for absolute airtight security directly through your router.

Surfshark VPN History and saved log

SurfShark does not keep any history, cookies or log information. If it needs to store any information, it is not under Jurisdiction to share any information with any other company or authority

The following is not collected or stored…

  • IP addresses
  • Browsing history
  • Session information
  • Bandwidth used
  • Connection time stamps
  • Network trafficu

Information it will store…

  • Your account email address (used only for customer service purposes)
  • Your password (encrypted)
  • Basic billing information

This information is only needed to login and pay for the service. Please note they accept Bitcoin for payment.

Surfshark VPN Jurisdiction information

SurfShark is based in the Jurisdiction of the British Virgin Islands for maximum privacy, This means they are not part of the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance.

Surfshark VPN Overview

I can only conclude that Surfshark is a very effective service for both browsing security and accessing expanded libraries on services such as Netflix. Some services still detect the VPN, for example Amazon Prime seems to be aware of the VPN when tryng to watch something, and will block you.

Whilst some more obscure locations were slow for upload and download speeds the main locations that most people try to access were very fast, New York was faster than my own direct internet connection.

One drawback was that it does save advert cookies automatically unless you turn the Web Cleaner option on manually, this is a worry as most people will not realise you must turn it on to remain hidden to targeted ads.

If you are looking to expand your Netflix library then this is worth a shot. I personally use it for browsing and researching my competitors in SEO across different locations. It also allows me to access services and free trials that are not available where I am, so in terms of my business use is on point and more than adequate.