Surfshark Launches Enhanced VPN Security and Privacy Features

The new network boosts VPN security by letting users rotate through randomized IP addresses rather than sticking with one.
Adam Rowe

Surfshark has launched a new network that brings some impressive new privacy and security abilities to their VPN service.

The Nexus network connects users to a full network of different servers before routing them to their chosen IP location, giving users the ability to switch servers every five minutes with no disruptions.

Here are the features that Nexus offers, although — spoilers — you'll have to wait a while before you can access most of them.

What is Surfshark Nexus?

Most VPNs use a traditional direct tunnel, connecting the user's IP address to their own assigned IP address on another server. The goal is to hide the user's internet activity, since it can't be traced to their real address. But since the two addresses remain connected for the entire time the VPN is in use, all user activity is still tied to one IP address, even if it's not the user's own, and it could potentially be tracked.

The solution? Surfshark's Nexus network.

The network has already been rolled out to all Surfshark users, but there's a catch. It's only available in a limited form right now and users can access the network for only one feature. The feature, called IP Rotator, lets users activate an automatic IP change every 5 or 10 minutes with no interruptions in their connection.

More features will roll out across 2022 and 2023, Surfshark said in their announcement.

Features to Come

Surfshark also listed the features to expect, starting with the IP Randomizer, which hides browsing patterns by giving users a new IP address for every new website they visit.

There's also Dynamic MultiHop, which lets users pick specific VPN entry and exit locations.

You'll also get better speeds, Surfshark holds, as you'll only connect with the best performing entry servers (assuming Dynamic MultiHop isn't turned on).

Surfshark stays busy: Earlier this month they launched the Data Vulnerability Thermometer, an educational hub which they said “serves as a one-in-all stop for learning about cybercrime, assessing personal risk scores in data breaches, and evaluating possible criminal outcomes.”

Should You Get Surfshark?

Surfshark is one of our recommended VPNs, particularly for one big reason: It's among the cheapest VPN options around, while still maintaining a decent amount of useful features that you won't always get with over VPN services — like white-listing, Netflix access, and a kill switch.

Some VPNs are faster, and some VPNs have more features, but you won't get any of them at prices starting as low as $2.49 per month.

You can check out all our top recommended inexpensive VPN services here, just to ensure you know your options.

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Adam is a writer at Tech.co and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for more than a decade. He's also a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry, for which he was named a Digital Book World 2018 award finalist. His work has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect, and he has an art history book on 1970s sci-fi coming out from Abrams Books in 2022. In the meantime, he's hunting own the latest news on VPNs, POS systems, and the future of tech.

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