If Tunnelbear is geared towards those who are first getting into VPN services, or who want something a little simpler to get to grips with on a day to day basis, then Surfshark is for those who are really concerned about their privacy settings on the internet.
For example, Surshark comes with a killswitch built into its software that you can enable and disable, so that if your connection to the VPN server times out, you stop browsing and your data remains secure – good stuff if you want to eliminate even accidental unprotected browsing.
It also comes with a whitelisting option, so that you can allow apps like banking and skype to get through the VPN for uninterrupted use – which is pretty handy if you are familiar with how a VPN can affect these type of apps.
But, there are going to be those who are looking for a comprehensive VPN that can hide any and all activity once you are connected to the internet – and Surfshark is capable of just that. Not only are its plugins for Chrome and Firefox pretty good, but the actual program can run on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and other software as well, meaning that it can protect any of your devices – fiddle with your DNS settings enough and you can even encrypt your game consoles.
All of this is good too because Surfshark will protect an unlimited number of devices for you, meaning that if you have the commitment then literally any device you have that can connect to the internet – good stuff if that’s the kind of thing you are concerned about.
In terms of stacking up against some of the others in this list, you should be aware that Surfsharks pricing can come in a bit higher than say Tunnel Bear or Nord’s cost, but in return, you are getting a higher number of security features.
You can also expect some additional features in Surfshark that you might not find in other VPN services – like their ‘open internet’ feature that allows for unrestricted internet browsing even in areas that control their internet usage. If you lived in China for example, or are planning on taking a trip there in the future and are concerned about your data? Surfshark will let you continue to use the internet as you once did, whilst protecting your identity and usage completely as you do so. A great service for those who need it.
Basically, if you are needing a VPN that offers a great deal in terms of amendable and customizable security options, then Surfshark could well be the way to go.