This article will explain virtual servers in detail and their difference from physical servers.
Since Surfshark allows you to choose between a virtual server and a physical server for some specific countries, we will shortly explain:
- Why we use virtual locations
- Should you be concerned about your security while using them.
The reason Surfshark uses virtual servers is to get better connection speeds and cover even more locations. By using virtual locations, we deliver better speeds to our customers and many more options for connecting.
All our servers are physical, and they meet our strict no logs criteria. Every server gets a fresh Linux installation, our standard configuration, and goes through various tests before launching it to the public.
All these physical servers connect you to a virtual location, meaning that while, for example, while you connect to a German virtual location, the physical server might be in France.
The main drawback could be the response time because the virtual location is not the closest one to your location, but it appears to be.
The second one is its online database information. When a new virtual location appears, every database is informed about it. It takes some time to display the location online where we want it to be, so in the meantime, you could get some websites loading, for example, in a different language than that of your current location.
If you have any further questions, our customer success team will help you 24/7 over live chat or email.
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