Surfshark is still a relatively young VPN compared to the more established players, and has never rested on its laurels. New features and improvements to the service have been added regularly, and recently it added antivirus to its broader security package, Surfshark One.
We haven’t had a chance to try the antivirus protection yet, but there’s already another big announcement: Surfshark Nexus. This includes some new features in the core VPN service and they will be available to all subscribers when they start rolling out this year.
Nexus needs a bit of explaining, but that certainly sounds like a really good thing for existing Surfshark users, and another reason to choose it over other VPN services.
Simply put, instead of connecting to a specific VPN server which then directs you to the website you want to visit, with Nexus you connect to Surfshark’s entire network.
In the app, you will always choose a country or location so that you can always unblock specific websites and streaming services. But instead of the traditional VPN route from your device to a server and then to the final destination, your connection can be routed through different servers on the “Nexus network” before leaving it through a server at a location of your choosing.
There are a few different advantages to this approach, which is unique among mainstream VPN services. Surfshark says Nexus will mean faster connection speeds, a more stable connection, and increased privacy and security. The diagram below tries to show how Nexus works compared to a traditional VPN, but it’s not particularly easy to understand.
Essentially, instead of a single server between your device and “the internet”, connecting via Surfshark Nexus means the route can go through multiple servers, exiting the network via a server at the location you choose in the app . The company, however, did not specify how much faster the connections could be.
As part of Nexus, Surfshark is introducing a few new features including IP Rotator and IP Randomizer.
The former changes your IP address regularly (every 5-10 minutes), making it even harder for websites and companies to track you around the web. Unlike similar features offered by other VPN services – such as AtlasVPN’s SafeSwap Servers – IP Rotator does not disconnect the VPN connection each time the address changes because the switching takes place entirely within the network.
Plus, where others only offer this feature on a certain number of servers in a few locations, you’ll get this benefit for all locations covered by Surfshark.
IP Randomizer is similar but slightly different. It assigns you multiple IP addresses and assigns one each time you visit a different website or any other online service. Again, the benefit is the same: it’s much, much harder to track someone’s browsing habits when they have a different IP address on every website they visit.
The third feature is Dynamic MultiHop. Existing Surfshark users will already know MultiHop as a list of “double VPN” servers. Currently, there are just over a dozen options in the list that route your connection through two servers in different countries, such as Germany > UK and Canada > US in order to provide another layer of privacy and security.
While some VPNs, including Hide.me, allow you to customize the two servers you use, Surfshark does not. But with Nexus, all that will change and you will be able to choose any entry and exit location on Surfshark’s network, as well as another point in between.
The company says all three features should be available before the end of the year, but Dynamic MultiHop will be the last to appear and IP Rotator the first.
“Since the very early days of Surfshark, we’ve been on a mission to provide our users with the best and most humanized VPN option on the market,” said Donatas Budvytas, CTO of Surfshark. “Each traditional consumer VPN works more like a list of separate virtual private servers, not a network. Knowing this, we put our minds and resources into creating a solution that would put N (network) into a VPN. By introducing Surfshark Nexus, we will be able to dramatically improve users’ online privacy and revolutionize the consumer VPN industry.
You can read our full Surfshark review for more details on other aspects of the VPN service.