Ygritte is right, humble me knows basically nothing about VPN (virtual private network); however, the price of $47.76 for 24 months is low enough ‘n long enough for a poor slow learner like me to learn more about it. That breaks down to just $1.99 a month, with another payment not due until Jul 25, 2022. They all seemed to want an automatic subscription renewal, which I hate, but these VPN providers seem to make it easy to cancel at any time. I used PayPal, which sorta ‘hides’ you, and they are tough on any providers not providing easy cancellation of subscriptions. Bank of America seems to work hand-in-hand with these subscription renewals thieves ‘n pickpockets. All the VPN providers I checked offered easy subscription renewal cancellation whenever you choose.

As I mentioned in my Mozilla VPN – ‘Do I need a VPN?!?’ post, Mozilla VPN made cancellation easy, and offers your “money back within 30-days of purchasing the subscription” by filling out a short refund request form. Surfshark® also offers a 30-day test period ‘n money back if you don’t like it. After I tried Mozilla VPN briefly, immediately cancelling (after couple hours), I thought that would be the end of VPN for me. They only offered connections for 5 devices, Linux wasn’t supported yet, and the cost was $59.88 for a full year…just didn’t feel right; however, during that initial researching period I kept seeing Surfshark VPN showing up in reviews. I have 5 desktops ‘n a laptop that all have a hot swappable SSD with WIN10 on it *PLUS* a Asus 10” memo pad with yucky Android on it (never use the thing) *PLUS* 4 Linux Distros fully installed on 7 different USBs, i.e. basically a total of 13 OSes (haven’t tried Surfshark on the Android tablet) on 6 devices that need access to VPN, and also future testing of other Linux Distros. Unlimited devices can be connected on Surfshark VPN…another selling point for me.

Went back ‘n forth on the VPN decision (need it – don’t need it), but the $1.99 a month price ‘n unlimited connections were strong selling points, and all the reviews seemed positive. I wanted to learn more about VPN and here was an economical way of both testing ‘n using VPN for a couple of years. A lot of the stuff that VPN’s do I don’t use, e.g. streaming ‘n gaming…HughesNet satellite ISP has been slow since the politicizing of the China Corona virus, i.e. many people are forced by Governments to stay at home (when will some of these same Governments, using this new found power, start forcing Jews to wear Star of David armbands again?!), and I have never streamed anything anyway. Maybe in the future, when a faster ‘n more reliable ISP is offered in this area, and they also offer more data. Oh, another selling point was Surfshark is planning to implement WireGuard to its servers in the second half of 2020…not that I know the difference between WireGuard and what Surfshark uses now.

Am I completely anonymous with a VPN?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as being anonymous online. Nevertheless, a VPN does offer you privacy & security and makes it extremely hard for anyone to decipher your activities. However, the only way to be 100% anonymous digitally is not only to never use the internet but also to never use any services that may store information about you online. For most of us, that’s impossible.

A good VPN provider will only have minimal data about you (such as your email address), will not keep any activity or connection logs, will not log your IP addresses, used bandwidth, network traffic, and similar data.

Yep, once you own a computer your privacy ‘n security levels drop…with or without being connected to the internet. Heck, hackers can come thru the electrical outlets!?

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network is a service that allows you to connect to the Internet via an encrypted tunnel to ensure your online privacy and protect your sensitive data. A VPN is commonly used to secure connection to public Wi-FI hotspot, hide IP address and make your browsing private.

There are all kinds of stuff I don’t understand yet, e.g. “torrenting,” the Whitelister™ (for online banking ‘n stuff?!), Shadowsocks, Kill Switch … heck, there are things like CleanWeb, Reverse Whitelister, BlindSearch (additional money?), HackLock, Camouflage mode, NoBorders, MultiHop (double tunneling?!?) and other VPN ‘Stuff’ that will take me two years to learn.

OK…enough of stuff I don’t understand!!! My “Optimal location” seems to be in ‘Via Sguazza, 2, 50125 Florence Florence, Italy’ tho I might be connected in Denver first, I think. Fortunately, this was all automatically setup by Surfshark® in the beginning, and I have the full app in my WIN10 main computer – ‘Antec Jr.’ Also, have Surfshark VPN Extensions on Firefox, Chrome & Waterfox which allows me to apparently run Surfshark on just one browser when needed (?). Chromium apparently doesn’t have the browser extension, but it is covered when I use the full Surfshark app. Tor was a terribly slow browser with the HughesNet satellite ISP – requiring multiple reloads to reach a site…one of the reasons I wanted to try VPN was to delete Tor (it doesn’t just uninstall – it needed deleted instead). Anyway, I have liked Waterfox ‘n its similarity to Firefox, so did a new install of it as a replacement for Tor. I have 5 browsers that I use on the WIN10 main computer … Vivaldi for testing stuff like WordPress’ new Block Editor, Chromium ‘n Chrome for Linux Newbie blog + one of the Fantasy Football teams, Waterfox for the quickie VPN privacy browser, and Firefox as the main browser (plus the Swamp Hermit blog and another Fantasy Football team). I don’t like changing passwords so having another browser is easier for me to deal with. I don’t really like Chrome or Chromium, so may end up uninstalling one in the future.

Moving on … have added the Firefox Surfshark VPN Extension in all 7 of the Linux USB installations – Ubuntu LTS, CentOS, Fedora & BionicPup with no problems. Haven’t added Surfshark® VPN to the 5 other WIN10 machine’s SSDs yet, but whenever I use one it will be added then. Very easy to get it installed ‘n working, but there is a lot still left to learn about.

May never test it on that Android Asus memo pad…its about 7 years old and I restored it back to the original OEM settings earlier this year, and it needs new updating and new settings to work right again. I was going to try and give it away, but even that now seems like too much trouble – I really dislike Android as a so-called OS. There have been rumors of being able to add a Linux Distro to it, but all my attempts either failed or the DE setup was terrible. Yeah, I’m not going to waste any more time on that memo pad unless I’m absolutely sure Ubuntu LTS or Puppy Linux will work on it.

I tried to set up a WireGuard VPN server manually (whatever it would be called?!), but that mostly led to a real VPN server being offered by a provider for a price. Read where you could setup your own home VPN server, but my upload speeds would’ve been a waste of time. Looked like a lot of painful keyboard work anyway.

Some Surfshark® Reviews

Like I mentioned earlier, humble me knows basically nothing about VPN (virtual private network), but maybe others don’t either, so I want to share some of the Surfshark® reviews I went thru before finally deciding on going with a VPN:

I have found that some browsers already attempt to mask your IP address ‘n protect your privacy, so one of my concerns was if a VPN would be overkill. Anonymity on the internet has never been a big concern of mine…sure, I don’t use my birth name all over the internet, but America’s Progressives have been attempting to silence anyone who doesn’t follow the ‘Mind of the Crowd’ or their Totalitarian views. Recent ‘Twitter Mobs’ activity is just one example for remaining anonymous. The hateful violent filled Antifa ‘n Black Lives Matter mob actions in Democratic Party controlled America cities are other examples of what their Totalitarian views are about…these groups are modern day versions of Hitler’s Nazi Party ‘n the Ku Klux Klan. MSM gladly assists these violent haters by Doxing the private info on individual/s or organization/s that don’t follow the ‘Mind of the Crowd’ or their Totalitarian views. Anonymity is probably an even better idea in times like these where mobs seek to replace the rule of law.

  • The best VPN service for 2020As many people continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote VPN access is more important than ever. But in the ever-expanding market for commercial virtual private networks, finding the best VPN to suit your needs can be hard.
  • The best VPN service 2020The best VPN services are increasingly being used as a replacement for or in addition to traditional online security, but have plenty of other uses, too. Install the best VPN possible and you’ll have a tool that not only helps keep you secure online, but also get around blocked websites, access the freshest TV shows and much more.

Seems I am not too late to the ‘VPN show’ as its popularity ‘n usage options grows fairly rapidly. Some of these same VPNs kept showing up in review after review… Surfshark VPN never seemed to be the #1 reviewed choice but was often in the mix.

I’ve been a close follower ‘n reader of Tom’s Hardware and/or Tom’s Guide for over 20+ years now, and always check to see if they are listed in my review search.

  • The best VPN service in 2020The best VPN services – formally known as virtual private networks – are apps for your desktop, mobile and gaming devices that allow you to hide your location, identity and IP address from the rest of the internet. And, as more casual users realize that they’re not just for hackers and privacy nuts, VPNs are becoming mainstream and can be found on millions of devices worldwide.
  • Here’s Tom’s Guide Surfshark reviewAs long as you’re willing to take out a two-year contract, Surfshark is one of the best value VPNs on the market today. Not only does it offer unbeatable value for money, but it also comes with more or less every feature you could need and a generous unlimited device policy.

Here was one of the most in-depth ‘n well written Surfshark reviews I found:

Technology Researcher Katie Kasunic really digs deep into the workings of Surfshark, and offers a lot more information than most reviews (of anything) offer…definitely a *Must Read* if you are considering a VPN!

Heck, I do believe that covers everything I set out to do…maybe missed a minor point or two. I am sure there are bigger ‘n better VPNs out there, but I couldn’t find any with a better price – $47.76 for 2 years. Focus on the price ‘n not the 2-year subscription length (basic math should show why). Mozilla VPN was $59.88 for a 1-year subscription.