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What is Shadowsocks protocol?

This article will explain the Shadowsocks protocol and its use cases.


Shadowsocks is a tunneling proxy 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 only, and it is almost impossible to detect and block it. Since internet censorship is increasing every year, Shadowsocks is getting more and more viable. 


It's best to use the Shadowsocks protocol only if you fail to connect with IKEv2, OpenVPN, or Wireguard. The reason for using this protocol as the last resort is because it only covers your browser. However, Shadowsocks can cover all of the traffic on Android devices.


Shadowsocks can be useful when the following situations like these occur:

  • You wish to have the fastest connectivity and you only need to cover your browser;
  • You live in a restricted country such as China;
  • You have an Android device, like a mobile device or Android TV box, Firestick, and you only wish to use Surfshark for streaming applications.


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