Did you choose Surfshark as your VPN? Even if you’re still shopping for a VPN, you need to know what it’s like to connect to Surfshark for secure internet.
If you haven’t done so already, read our post where we took you step-by-step through the process of how to download and install Surfshark VPN.
Now, continue reading to learn how to connect to Surfshark.
Connect to Surfshark
A VPN can help you stay secure and anonymous when you use the internet.
You made a good decision when you chose to buy Surfshark.
Now, let’s take a quick look at how the software operates. I’ll be demonstrating how to do this on a Mac.
Step 1: Open the Surfshark VPN app
Use Launchpad to locate the Surfshark app.
Now, double-click on the icon to launch the app.
If this is the first time you’re launching the app, you may receive the following message: “Surfshark.app” is an app downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?“
Go ahead and click the “Open” button.
You will now see Surfshark’s initial screen:
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When you’re ready, click the “Log In” button.
Step 2: Log in to Surfshark
Enter your credentials into the Surfshark login screen.
Afterward, you’ll have a chance to connect.
Step 3: Connect to Surfshark
In the connection screen, you have two choices. First, on the left side, you can choose a country with an available server. On the right, you can choose the “Quick Connect” button.
As a new user, you’ll probably want to use the “Quick Connect” option. It will choose the fastest VPN server for your connection and location.
Agree to the Surfshark privacy notice on the next screen.
Next, provide your permission to connect to Surfshark’s VPN network.
When you see the below screen, click the “Continue” button.
Click “Allow” when you see the Mac OS message that says, “‘Surfshark’ would like to add VPN configurations. All network activity on this Mac may be filtered or monitored when using VPN.”
Next, you’ll see a MacOS dialog box that states the following:
neagent wants to use your confidential information stored in “Surfshark. VPN service credentials” in your keychain.
I admit, this seems scary, but it’s OK to enter your password and then click “Always Allow.”
Now, you should be back at the screen with the “Quick Connect” button on the right and list of Surfshark countries on the left.
In the future, you probably won’t have to repeat those MacOS system dialog boxes.
Go ahead and click the “Quick Connect” button to connect to Surfshark.
On the right, you’ll see the location of the Surfshark server to which you’ve connected. You’ll also see your new public IP address. This address is different from the one that your ISP gave you.
Step 4: Verify your Surfshark connection
Visit a site such as DoIleak.com or IPleak.net to verify that you have a different IP address than the one that you received from your ISP.
Also, check for DNS and RTC leaks. If you’re going to download files via BitTorrent, you’ll also need to run the torrent test.
Also, your geolocation should be somewhere that’s not where you actually are (unless you connected to a VPN server in your city).
The next two screenshots show you what I got when I ran the test at DoIleak.com.
Step 5: Enjoy!
As long as you stay connected to Surfshark, your VPN connection encrypts all information exchanged between your computer or device and online servers such as websites, email servers, and P2P networks.
Also, Surfshark is a certified logs-free VPN service, so no one can associate you with your online activity via your IP address.
You can use Surfshark to keep you safe while you connect to public wifi networks such as the ones provided by Starbucks.
Surfshark can also unblock content that’s blocked by your school wifi or employer’s network. For instance, if your school blocks Instagram from its wifi network, you can connect to Surfshark and then browse to Instagram. Your network administrator will know that you’ve made a connection, but won’t be able to control what sites you visit.