Since joining the market in 2018, Surfshark’s quickly risen to popularity and become one of favorite VPN providers. It’s been described as “Eating other VPNs alive.”
Thanks to its no logs policy and robust, secure servers, it keeps users’ online privacy totally secure. Couple this with unbeatable pricing starting at $1.99 per month, and a super user-friendly web UI and apps, and you see how this newcomer manages to create competition for the established old-timers like IPvanish, for example.
Now, in stride with times, Surfshark started to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple to provide additional anonymity to users (if used right). They process transactions via CoinGate and CoinPayments, popular payment processors that allow merchants to accept hundreds of cryptocurrencies through easy-to-use plugins, APIs, and PoS. Some review sites claim that Surfshark also accepts Bitcoin Cash, Dash, and ZCash, but we couldn’t verify that and the VPN provider’s check out page offers only the four currencies mentioned above.
In the more recent news, CoinGate selected Surfshark to be the first merchant to test the Litecoin Lightning Network (LN) trial. The pilot launched on January 17 and made Surfshark the first company in the world to accept Litecoin payments via the Lightning Network.
“The core premise of Surfshark is the privacy of our users. Most privacy enthusiasts, and especially crypto owners, will always likely choose cryptocurrencies to subscribe to our service. Therefore, it is essential that such transactions would happen in a timely manner, and CoinGate’s Lightning Network will us help us achieve that”, says Magnus Steinberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Surfshark.
Top security and privacy
Surfshark is located in the British Virgin Islands so it’s not required by any government or law enforcement agencies to log and store information.
DNS leak protection, a kill switch, and diamond-strong encryption with industry leading AES-256-GCM encryption protects users’ IP address and keeps them safe online.
Using the industry-standard OpenVPN protocol for Windows users and IKEv2 for its mobile and macOS apps, they provide decent speeds whilst not compromising your privacy or security.
Its Camouflage Mode ensures your ISP isn’t able to detect that you are even using a VPN. And the CleanWeb feature blocks malware, trackers, phishing and annoying ads, including on YouTube, provides for a much better online experience.
The coolest part is that Surfshark doesn’t impose any device limits, letting users protect all of their computers, phones, and other devices at home.
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