Surfshark Dashboard

The Surfshark dashboard is simple but hides a lot of additional features to make the service more robust and easy to tweak.

I have been a NordVPN user for many years and I think I still have two or three years’ extended subscription left which demonstrates my commitment to the service.

However, following the last update, there have been connection issues that have been partially resolved with the help of the support team, but it did mean turning off some features and this is not an ideal solution.

It also created some issues with Kaspersky Internet Security that I could not fathom out. It also cut out the static cable connection and I had to reconnect via wi-fi.

I was not actively looking for an alternative but through web browsing various online magazines, I stumbled upon Surfshark and I was intrigued not only by the glowing reviews but by the low price point.  Having little else to do one day I downloaded the software and subscribed for two years as part of a special offer and all I can say is wow!

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Like a lot of computer and Internet-related environments, VPNs suffer from a tech-speak jargon. To the uninitiated, these can be confusing and the shutters come down and the brain turns off (like a kill switch!) but they are really very simple to understand.

Below we explain some of the more common terms.

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It’s not difficult to see why NordVPN is one of the top VPN service providers. In the past I have tried out many VPN (virtual private network) services and had settled on a mix of Tunnelbear for sheer simplicity and PureVPN as it did not strangle bandwidth as much as the other offerings I experimented with.

However, with the increased need for securing privacy on the Internet – I was thinking of online banking rather than Vladimir Putin trying to hack my Evernote account – I took to looking for other VPNs. In the past, I did try NordVPN but for some reason, the connection was like wading through treacle.
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PureVPN

 

PureVPN is one of the old guard VPN providers, having started life in Hong Kong in 2006 as an experimental VPN before launching a commercial service 12 months later. Unsurprisingly, it has a substantial global reach with more than 2000 servers in forty countries.

As you would expect from its pedigree, PureVPN has a good, no great, listing on Trustpilot with 10,970 reviews of which 86 rate it as excellent and 11 per cent as great. There is a smattering of bad feedback, but it is so minuscule as to be irrelevant.
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ExpressVPNKey Features

ExpressVPN’s landing page states that is the VPN that “just works” and that sums it up in two words. It is one of the most reputable and long-standing Virtual Private Network providers and has a Trustpilot county of 4.7/5 which speaks for itself. The beauty of ExpressVPN is that it is, at it’s simplest, and install and launch service. Once it is nestling on your device of choice (and more of that later) you can just launch it and it does the rest for you, finding the fastest server, the best protocol, etc.
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Five Surprise Uses For A VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN), is becoming the first line in cybersecurity defence for anyone who goes online. Put simply, a VPN such as Surfshark consists of a tunnel that your encrypted data travels down, keeping you more secure and anonymous when online. It protects you from identity theft, phishing, malware and a host of […]

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