Smart DNS & VPN solution for Ubuntu and Debian

With dedicated apps for Linux, many VPNs look rather weak. Apparently Surfshark thought so too and now presents a VPN solution for Ubuntu and Debian.

In addition, Smart DNS is now available for many other devices such as PlayStation 4 or Apple TV. The application is part of a larger update offensive with which the quite young VPN provider wants to distinguish itself on the market.

This topic has been covered by https://www.icharts.net/smart-dns-for-netflix-abroad/ and http://www.bitrebels.com/lifestyle/vpns-must-have-travelling-abroad/. You will find more details over there.

What was Smart DNS… again?

Smart DNS is a protocol that can be used to redirect the traffic needed to determine your geographic location. A VPN service creates a tunnel that changes or masks your IP so that it appears that you are accessing the site from a different location. However, unlike a VPN, Smart DNS does not provide encryption and does not hide your IP address.

PS4, Xbox or Apple TV do not have their own VPN apps. Smart DNS is intended for these if you want to access certain content libraries, such as from the BBC. Surfshark also promises better ping times if you use their service.

How the whole thing works and how it is set up is explained on the now German page. However, if you need a complete step-by-step guide, it will continue in English for you.

App for Linux

A real rarity is the Linux app that Surfshark has in its program. It works under Ubuntu and Debian. I haven’t tried it, so I can’t give you any feedback about the exact functionality and reliability.

You can install the app with these three commands from the Surfshark repository after getting the current release file:

sudo apt-get install {/path/to/}surfshark-release_
1.0.0-1.1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install surfshark-vpn

The website is now available in seven languages (German is also included), which was not the case some time ago during my Surfshark test.

The following country versions of Netflix can now be used with Smart DNS or a conventional VPN server: USA, UK, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Canada & Germany. Other services include Hotstar, RAI Play and the BBC iPlayer. Shadowsock for Windows is planned to be released in the future – a promising option for users in China.

More information

https://www.ubuntu.com
https://www.debian.org/