Surfshark silently rolls out Wireguard protocol feature

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  • Surfshark had plans to include the Wireguard protocol in its VPN service in the second half of the year 2020.
  • Reportedly, Surfshark already rolled out Wireguard in their latest update without saying a word.
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Surfshark rolls out Wireguard

Surfshark teased the implementation of the Wireguard protocol in their VPN service for quite a while. Word around the block is that the new feature‘s ETA was sometime in the second half of 2020, and it seems we’re already there.

According to a Reddit user’s post, Surfshark already included Wireguard as one of their protocols without saying a word. Here’s what they said:

So I just noticed that Surfshark now has the Wireguard protocol. When was it rolled out?

What is Wireguard?

Wireguard is a promising open-source protocol that the Linux kernel already uses as a module but has been adapted to work on popular platforms, such as the abovementioned ones. It’s published under the GPLv2 license.

It aims to offer greater speed, more performance, and lower power consumption than its OpenVPN and IPsec analogs.

Wireguard comprises a lightweight code that can be audited quickly and easily. Furthermore, it can keep your data safe by encrypting it with modern, thoroughly-tested cryptographic primitives and protocols.

Surfshark now supports Wireguard on multiple platforms

It’s currently unclear which came first, or the exact time Wireguard rolled out on each platform, but one thing’s certain. It’s here for the long haul and shows a lot of promise in terms of speed, flexibility, and security.

What we do know is that Surfshark now offers Wireguard as a protocol of choice on multiple platforms. Namely:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Android
  • iOS

More so, it would appear that Android and iOS users who would leave their protocol settings on Automatic may be switched to Wireguard, by default.

Surfshark to release a Wireguard safety article

As far as Surfshark’s implementation of Wireguard goes, reportedly an official article regarding the safety of this new protocol is in the works.

On the downside, no ETA was announced, but we can expect it to be posted sooner, rather than later.