From $ 3.99 a month
- Software for: Windows, iOS, MacOS, Android
- Protocols: IPSec, OpenVPN
- Pay with: Credit card, Paypal
- Max simultaneous connections: 5
- Country of residence: Canada
- Log policy: limited logs
Surfeasy is a VPN service that was taken over by Opera software in 2016. Opera is a company that has become known for the browser of the same name that they manage. They do things differently than other VPN services. For example, there is a USB stick for sale that only a secure browser runs from. In this review of Surfeasy we do not discuss this possibility, we only review the way the VPN service works on the different devices.
Surfeasy focuses on user-friendliness. The software on the different devices is made for people who do not want to set too much. This also ensures that the options that you find in the software are somewhat limited compared to other VPN providers such as, for example, NordVPN . Below you will find more information about the exact possibilities of the software.
The service is primarily intended for people who want to easily encrypt their internet connection or view content with location limitations.
The range of servers used to be limited but is constantly increasing. They currently have more than 1000 servers spread across 28 countries. It is noticeable that the servers are distributed all over the world, but that the supply in Southeast Asia is somewhat limited. Most who read this, however, will be happy, there are many servers throughout Europe. There are also servers in the UK so that you can use the fastest possible connection with a VPN server from Surfeasy.
It is true that the number of servers that you can use depends on the subscription you choose. This way you get VPN connections to servers in 16 countries with the free and the total subscription. With the Ultra plan you can connect to VPN servers in 28 countries.
In this review we tested the VPN software on Windows and Android. We can be brief and to the point about the software of this VPN service. The software is very easy to use. This also means that the option to adjust is limited.
In addition to the software that we have tested, there is also an app for iPhones, iPads and client software for Mac (MacOS operating system) computers. There are also browser plugins for Opera and Chrome. With the latter, only the internet traffic via your browser is encrypted. The browser extensions and add-ons can be used stand-alone, so you can set up a VPN connection with only the Chrome extensions installed, the same applies to the Opera add-on. When you add the extension or add-on to your browser you will have to create a free account. You can then use 500 Mb for free every month.
To give you an impression of the software, we have made some screenshots. Below you will find these images with a description.
Below you see 3 different screens of Surfeasy Windows client. You can access this screen from the system tray.
In the first screenshot you can see what it looks like when the service is switched off. The following screenshot was made while there is a connection with a server in the United Kingdom. The ad tracking blocker is also on. This blocks ad networks so that they cannot follow you.
You can choose your location on the flag at the top. At the settings button you can check some extra options such as turning off and on the ad tracker block.
All in all it is very clear and easy to use. We think it is a pity that it is no longer possible to set.
Surfeasy on Android
For our review we have installed the Surfeasy app on our Android phone. This looks like this.
Tastes differ but we think the app looks nice and clear. Here too we think it is a shame that the options for setting are limited.
Surfeasy has made an extension for Chrome and Opera for people who only want to surf anonymously or only want to use the VPN in the browser. With these extensions you can easily switch to a VPN connection for your browser. With this extension you can easily determine in which country you want to connect to a VPN server. Ideal if, for example, you missed a broadcast or want to watch RTL XL in your browser abroad .
We tested this browser extension for chrome for this Surfeasy review. This proved to be particularly easy to work with, and the stability of the connections could also be called good.
Privacy and security
There are a few uncertainties about the privacy and security of Surfeasy, something that appeals to us much less. It is stated on the Surfeasy site that no data is logged except for the data that must be logged as decided by government agencies. As mentioned, this gives some unwanted uncertainty.
In terms of encrypting your data, it’s okay, but no more than that. OpenVPN is used as standard on windows, Mac computers and Android devices. In our eyes (and in many others), OpenVPN is so far the most secure solution that you can choose for VPN connections. However, on iOS, iPhone and iPad, IPsec is used as standard. In our opinion, this is a disadvantage because it is much easier for network administrators to block this. Public networks may, for example, have this set.
No kill switch
Another important point is that the software of this server has no kill switch option. When the VPN connection is lost the internet traffic will go over your normal internet connection.
Surfeasy and bittorrent
Many people want to use a VPN connection to download torrents. Surfeasy allows downloading torrents across their network. This must be done via the regular client, they do not offer socks5 proxy for torrents but when you are just connected to Surfeasy you download your torrents anonymously .
In addition, it is also unfortunate that as indicated above, there is no kill switch option in the client software. If your VPN connection drops out for whatever reason, your torrent upload and download will simply go via your own ip.
Many people use a VPN service because they want to see the Netflix offer from America. In America, the Netflix range is larger and available faster. The problem with VPN and Netflix, however, is that Netflix wants to block VPN servers, instead they want to maintain that people from other countries cannot see certain content.
Some VPN services manage to bypass Netflix blockages . We have therefore tested whether Surfeasy’s servers can do this. The answer is that Netflix did not work in conjunction with Surfeasy at the time of testing.
Surfeasy has 3 different pricing sets, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. There is the free subscription that has the limitation that you can only use 500 Mb per year. A step higher you will find the “Total” package with which you can use an unlimited amount of data. The disadvantage of this subscription is that you have access to the same limited number of servers as with the free subscription. As the most expensive package you will find the “Ultra” package with which you can also use unlimited data and have full access to all Surfeasy servers. These are 12 locations more than you get with the total plan.
The prices of the Surfeasy subscriptions are actually too high for what it offers. For the same price you have for example the premium service from ExpressVPN . A service that offers a much better service, software and connections.
Free version Surfeasy
In addition, Surfeasy also offers the possibility to try out the service for free. As with all other free VPN services, there are also restrictions on this. With the free version you have access to fewer servers and you also have a data limit of 500 Mb per month.
Conclusion, our experience with Surfeasy
Surfeasy is a very good service for people who want to use public Wi-Fi networks without the risk of being hacked. The service is also very suitable for people who want to view geographically blocked content on the internet. The software is easy to use and therefore also suitable for the less technical people.
The price is on the high side. Certainly when you choose the package where you have all the servers at your disposal.
In our Surfeasy review it has also become clear that the VPN service is less suitable for people who expect more from such a service. For example, people who need a kill switch option or want to change protocol or port come home from a cold fair