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Surfshark Features and Settings

Let's go through all the features and settings that you might find at Surfshark. There are some features that you can find on Surfshark apps for certain devices only. For example, an option to change the encryption cipher is only available on Surfshark apps for Androids. That is because not all technology can equally operate on all systems.

This article will detail which Surfshark features are available on certain operating systems and what's their purpose.


Learn more about:

Auto-Connect. Available on Android, Windows, iOS, macOS;


Camouflage mode. Available on Android, Windows, iOS, Linux;

Change Data Encryption. Available on Android;

Change Protocol. Available on Android, Windows, iOS, Linux, macOS;

CleanWeb. Available on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows;

Invisible to devices. Available on Windows, Android;

KillSwitch. Available on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows;

Multi-Hop servers. Available on Android, Windows, iOS, macOS;

No Borders. Available on Android, Windows, macOS, iOS;

Override GPS location. Available on Android;

Reverse Whitelister (Route via VPN). Available on Windows, Android;

Small Packets. Available on Android;

Start with Windows. Available on Windows.

Static Servers. Available on Android, Windows;

Surfshark Alert. Available on browsers (Firefox, Chrome, etc.);

Surfshark Search. Available on browsers (Firefox, Chrome, etc.);

Whitelister (Bypass VPN). Available on Android, Windows.

 

CleanWeb

CleanWeb works as an adblocker - it will block ads and malicious links on your browser before they can harm you.

Whitelister (a.k.a. split-tunneling or Bypass VPN)

The Whitelister allows you to specify which websites are not accessed or which apps are not going through the VPN tunnel. That’s useful if your bank needs to see your real location to make sure it’s you!

 

Reverse Whitelister (route via VPN)

Reverse Whitelister allows you to select apps or websites that will go through the VPN tunnel. All other apps and websites will see your real IP address.

Surfshark Search

If you value your privacy, then Surfshark Search is the zero-ad, zero-tracker search tool that you want. Use it to browse without collecting data and search history. Feel free to read more about it here.

 

Surfshark Alert

Surfshark Alert is an identity protection tool that checks online databases if your data was ever stolen and sold by hackers. Plus, it will send you real-time alert messages if your data gets breached in the future. You can read more about it here.

KillSwitch

KillSwitch will ensure that no sensitive data gets out by cutting you off the internet connection until you reconnect to a Surfshark VPN server. Turn it on if you want to take extended security measures.

Camouflage mode

Camouflage mode makes your connection look like regular browsing traffic. It assures that even your internet provider can’t tell that you’re using a VPN. Stay private, always.

 

Override GPS location.

Almost all Android phones have a GPS function. VPN itself does not cover the GPS location tracking, but Surfshark's Override GPS location feature allows you to match your GPS signal to the Surfshark server's location that you connect to. We describe this feature with more details in this article.

 

NoBorders

Your Surfshark app might detect that you are connected to a network with certain restrictions. Usually, countries such as China, Russia, or UAE have such network restrictions. In such a case, NoBorders mode will activate - that will help you log in to your Surfshark app and see the list of servers that work the best under restrictions.

Invisible to devices.

If you turn on this feature, your device will not be visible to other devices on the same network. Therefore, you will be unable to communicate with other devices on the same network e.g., printers, portable speakers, smart TVs, Chromecasts, etc.

However, this feature will come in handy on public networks - where you do not want any other devices on the same network to connect to your device.

 

Auto-connect

This feature will save you some time because you won't need to open the Surfshark app and click any button to connect to Surfshark servers. 

If you turn on Auto-connect, your device will connect to the VPN as soon as it finds the Wi-Fi or ethernet connection. 

 

Start with Windows

This feature will make the Surfshark app start automatically as soon as you boot your computer, so you do not need to search for it and start manually.

 

Change Protocol

Your Surfshark app has an option to change the default protocol. A protocol is a set of rules that determines how your data will be sent and received. All protocols used at Surfshark are secure and reliable, but one protocol might perform better than others on your network. If you experience any kind of connectivity issues when connected to  Surfshark's server, you may want to try changing protocols at first. 

Launch your Surfhark app, then go to Settings -> Advanced -> Protocol to find this setting.

Change Data Encryption

An option to change the default encryption cipher is available on the Surfshark app for Androids.  Encryption cipher is an algorithm that encrypts the information that is sent and received by your device. Encryption ensures that your information is encoded, and no one else can read it.

 

Static Servers

Surfshark has many different servers in each location. Therefore, if you connect to the New York location, you might get a different IP address each time. Here comes the static server - if you connect to one of the static servers, you will get the same IP each time.

 

Multi-Hop servers

Connect via multiple countries at once to take ID protection & footprint masking to a whole other level. Your connection will hop from one server to another, bringing you an extra layer of protection.

 

Small Packets

This feature is available on Android devices only. Whatever you do online, your data is being divided into packets (chunks of information) to send it smoothly. Each packet contains a part of the information that you want to send or receive.  By turning on Small Packets, you will reduce the size of each transmitted packet. That may improve the connection speed and stability.

 

If you have any further questions, Surfshark customer success team is here to help you 24/7 over a live chat or email.

You may also be interested in:

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  3. How to set up a VPN-protected Wi-Fi hotspot using Windows?
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