VPN protocols help secure data between your device and a selected remote server so that no one can eavesdrop on your browsing activities.
Different protocols have different advantages. Some protocols guarantee a better speed, stable connection, others – a higher level of privacy.
Protocols used by Surfshark:
IKEv2 - this is one of the most popular protocols as of right now, it is quickly being adopted by many VPN platforms thanks to its ease-of-use features, strong security, and wireless performance.
At the moment IKEv2 protocol is available in our MacOS, Android, Windows, iOS and FireOS applications.
OpenVPN - is an open source tunneling protocol. As an open source project, its code is freely available on the internet and it consistently receives updates and maintenance from security and networking experts from across the globe.
OpenVPN is available in our Android, Windows, iOS, FireOS and Linux applications.
Shadowsocks - it is an encrypted proxy that was developed to be free, open source and mainly used by Chinese people to bypass the Great Firewall restrictions. While using it covers your browser traffic, it is almost impossible to be detected.
Shadowsocks is available in our Android and Windows applications.
Wireguard - it is one of the newest protocols that appeared in the cyber security market. Wireguard is an open-source coummination protocol which should provide better performance than other available protocols.
Surfshark is planning to implement Wireguard to it's servers in the first quarter of 2020.
L2TP - although L2TP is not as secure and fast as other protocols available in the market, Surfshark leaves an option for it's users to use this protocol in very specific cases.