Surfshark Launches New Privacy App to Elevate Online Security of Linux Users

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The app will simplify the daunting manual virtual private network (VPN) configuration process. Surfshark plans to add more features, like MultiHop, malware and ad blocking, in future updates

Surfshark, the developer of online privacy protection software, has just launched an easy-to-use VPN application for Linux operating systems.

The app will allow Debian and Ubuntu users to seamlessly gain access to over 800 servers in 50 countries and shield their online activities by changing the device’s IP address, the company said.

The general principle of the VPN is straightforward – it encrypts any data sent or received online, as well as changes user’s virtual location. This allows the user to control its online privacy and protect it from non-consensual tracking.

“Our new Linux app is based on OpenVPN protocol which is widely acknowledged for its security and reliability. Currently, it works solely as a bullet-proof VPN app, but we will add our most beloved features in future updates, which will include malware and ad blocking, MultiHop, and many other,” asserted Lead Linux Developer at Surfshark Martin Priest.

The app works on all Ubuntu and Debian-based operating systems

Surfshark for Linux supports both OpenVPN/UDP and OpenVPN/TCP protocols which can be chosen by users in the settings. Also, with an inbuilt “Quick Connect” function, it allows to swiftly connect to the best possible location in terms of the highest speed and the lowest latency.

Currently, the application works on all Ubuntu releases starting from version 18, as well as Debian OS version 9 and above.

By publicly releasing the app to its whole user base, Surfshark has become one of the very few VPN providers to offer a dedicated VPN app for the Linux community.

Last year, German security company Cure53 carried out an independent security audit of Surfshark browser extensions. The security assessment concluded that the tested applications were not exposed to any issues, neither in the privacy nor in the more general security realms.

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