Best VPN Extension Review: Surfshark VPN
If you're like me, prefer to use a VPN extension on your browser rather than having an additional software installed on your system, Surfshark is definitely one to try. It's easy to start, has an easy interface, and it can be used in as many devices as you like. Surfshark offers unlimited bandwidth for as low as $3.95 per month (if paid 12 months in advance).
Surfshark VPN - Supported Browsers/Devices
Surfshark extension is currently available on Chrome, Firefox and Android. It will also be available on other browsers in the future, but meanwhile iPhone, Mac (Safari) and Windows Edge users can set it up manually by installing a certificate. Full tutorial for each device is available such as;
- OpenVPN connection for macOS
- IKEv2 connection for macOS
- OpenVPN manual connection on Android device
- IKEv2 manual connection on Android device
- IKEv2 connection on iPhone and iPad
- Windows OpenVPN manual connection
Surfshark VPN can be installed on a router, and the tutorials are also available on the website.
Surfshark currently has 100+ servers across 14 (nicely selected) countries in Europe, Far East, Australia and 3 locations in the USA.
I hope you agree that 100 servers are more than enough; while some other VPN serves offer hundreds of locations all across the world, you often find a lot of the servers extremely slow or unusable, then it's a waste of your time finding the next available connection. Surfshark offers a reliable speed on whichever server you choose. The available locations are;
- Hong Kong
- USA (Dallas, Los Angeles and New York)
Installing a browser extension doesn't take literally 2 seconds. Download it via Surfshark website, and the extension icon will appear on the top-right corner of your Chrome or Firefox browser.
Once you've set up your account with Surfshark, click on the extension icon to open a small popup screen. You're ready to connect. Changing the location is also simple. Choose an alternative location from the list and it will automatically disconnect from the current location and reconnect to the new one.
Security and Privacy
Surfshark VPN is located under the jurisdiction of British Virgin Islands where there's no obligatory data retention law. With its "No Logs Policy", it DOES NOT collect any data such as your;
- incoming & outgoing IP addresses
- any browsing or downloading history
- VPN servers that you use
- bandwidth used, session information, connection timestamps or
- network traffic.
The only information that Surfshark has no option but to store is your;
- Email address for your VPN connection purpose, marketing and troubleshooting and,
- Billing information only in case if a refund is requested.
Pricing Plan: 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Unfortunately Surfshark does not offer a free trial, but it offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
Which means really, there's no point going for the 1 month plan. The 12 months' plan for $3.95 is very competitive, so if you're looking for a handy VPN extension with easy connection service, I would recommend you to go for this plan and pay $47.40 in advance.
You can cancel your account any time, but the money will not be refunded for the unused part of the ongoing service period. So if you change your mind, make sure to contact them to ask for a refund within 30 days.
Help & Support
Surfshark VPN offers 24/7 Customer Support including Live Chat. The representative will answer your questions within minutes, and also full email support is available using a webform. You can attach a file such as a screenshot, which is always a plus.