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How do I choose a VPN?: Why Surfshark Works for Me


Staying safe online is by no means an easy process. One of the key things I’ve learned in the last two years as a remote worker is the true importance of a VPN. Over the course of my life, I’ve toiled away with several VPNs, including ExpressVPN and NordVPN and come to one conclusion. No VPN is more reliable than Surfshark.


Well, to answer that, it’s best to take a step back and explain how I got into VPNs, why they’re needed, then end on what makes Surfshark the cream of the crop.

What is a VPN and why do I need one?

That’s the first question I had back in 2018 when I had begun my career in the crypto space and really begun to take my online security seriously.

I had used VPNs before, but only once in the fall of 2014. Because I was living in China at the time, a VPN was a necessity to stay connected with the outside world and retain my rights as a global citizen. After my semester spent teaching there, however, I returned to the USA and forgot about VPNs altogether.

Why I let my online security slip so easily, I can’t really say.

If I had to take a guess, it would be because I didn’t have a job at the time and I was relying on my parent’s internet.

Life was a lot different back then.

Fast forward to 2018 and I’m reading cryptocurrency and blockchain-tech focused articles for hours a day, many of which intersect with topics in online security. Leading up to the summer, I tried ExpressVPN, and NordVPN, concluding that both were too expensive for my tastes and just frankly weren’t reliable enough in terms of the connections they provided.

Then, one summer day, as I’m sitting at my local library, I receive an email about a new VPN service that’s looking to disrupt the VPN space and decide to look into it.

That VPN was Surfshark and because of its intuitive interface and overall status as a point-and-click solution that never fails to disappoint, I’ve never looked back. As a bonus, it has a wide group of servers available for the lowest price I’ve seen yet.

Wait a moment, you might find yourself saying at this point.

What is a VPN, exactly?

Think of it as having your own private commute to work that bypasses all other traffic, except instead of a road, it’s a tunnel from your computer to all of the sites you want to use while you’re online.

This tunnel keeps your true IP address and therefore your true location away from third-party advertisers and hackers. In effect, with a VPN, you’re located in a different place from where you actually are. This, in turn, makes sure that what you do online isn’t traceable. That includes, purchases, emails, and everything else you can think of.

It’s all protected.

Why Surfshark?

For me, it’s simple. Surfshark has never let me down.

Yes, like all VPNs, some of its servers go down for a bit here and there.

Unlike its competitors, with Surfshark, there’s always a wide group remaining to choose from, especially for Europe and the USA.

Add in the fact that you can buy a subscription for two years for $47.76 and it’s a no-brainer. For the same time period, NordVPN costs 74.55 Euros for the same period(about $85 dollars), while ExpressVPN costs $99.95 for a year and doesn’t seem to have a 2 year option.

For the savvy consumer, cost and reliability are everything.

If that’s not enough for you to start looking into Surfshark yourself, consider that once you buy-in, you get all of the VPN’s features for a flat-rate with no up-sells.

Included in this is the fact that you can connect as many devices as you want through all of their available servers(more than 50), all for the price above.

That, to me, is how it should be.

All of your devices secured, all in one place.

Even so, there’s a lot more to VPNs than I’ve mentioned here.

Consequently, down the road, I’m going to dig deeper on VPNs and Surfshark, including how they help you keep your cryptocurrencies secure.

For now, I hope this post was helpful to you as you try to make your own informed choice on whether a VPN is right for you. Until my next post, if you’d like to dig further into Surfshark, check their site here, which is full of helpful content as well.

Finally, remember that you can always reach out to me on Twitter @Expatcrypto3.

Disclaimer: I am a Surfshark affiliate, but to date, have not been directly compensated for being one.

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