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A few months ago, we covered five great VPN services 5 Great Free VPN Services Compared: Which Is Fastest? 5 Great Free VPN Services Compared: Which Is Fastest? Virtual private networks (VPNs) aren’t much of a mainstream service. The only ones who know about VPNs are those who are sufficiently tech-literate, and even among these folks, only few actually use VPNs. The name... Read More that you can use without having to pay a single cent. If you’re new to Virtual Private Networks, you should check out that article as it has a quick crash course on what they are and why people find VPNs useful. But for those of you who are acquainted with VPNs, did you know that they aren’t only for computers? There are VPNs for mobile devices as well, and they are just as important.

In the Google Play Store, you’ll find a whole lot of VPN clients for Android devices, but few of them are as up-to-date and robust as SurfEasy. The same goes for iOS. All that’s required of you is to download and install this single app, toggle it on, and you’ll be good to go. But SurfEasy isn’t only a mobile VPN – it’s also available for Windows and Mac computers – so, really, there’s no reason not to be interested.

SurfEasy offers a 3-tier account structure: Free, Mobile VPN, and Total VPN (more on that later). The Total VPN plan is available for USD $49.99 for a 1-year subscription covering 5 devices, but we’ve got an offer for you: we’re giving away 10 1-year subscriptions for SurfEasy’s Total VPN plan worth a total of $500 for FREE! Keep reading to find out how to take advantage of this offer.

Review of SurfEasy VPN

Note: Again, SurfEasy is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, but the majority of this review will be dealing with the Android VPN. For more information on the other clients, check out the SurfEasy website.

android-surfeasy-setup

SurfEasy VPN is a great client for Android, but what can you do with it? What good is it? How can you benefit from it? Well, a lot of the benefit in VPN technology is tied in with notions of privacy and security, but it can also be a feature of convenience depending on how you choose to use it. SurfEasy can do the following:

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  • Masks your IP address, location, and identity for anonymous browsing.
  • Encrypts all incoming and outgoing data on your device.
  • HotSpot Shield protection when using public WiFi hotspots.
  • Access region-locked content on the web.
  • Unblock sites like Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and more.
  • Unblock VoIP services like Skype and Viber.
  • SurfEasy does not log any data regarding your network usage.

To get started, all you have to do is create a SurfEasy account, log in to the app, and grant it permissions when it asks for them.

The SurfEasy interface is about as simple as they come. On one page, you get to choose which SurfEasy VPN location you want to use. The “Optimized” option will choose the network that SurfEasy thinks is best according to your current location, but if for whatever reason it’s not good enough for you, you can manually select one of the other options.

The other page shows you your connection status for SurfEasy with a quick toggle button for turning it on and off. This page will also tell you where in the world SurfEasy thinks you are (for determining the “Optimized” server above) and how much of your monthly bandwidth allotment you’ve used so far.

Honestly, the most frequent action you’ll be doing with SurfEasy is toggling it on and off. Everything else only requires a first-time setup and you’re good to go. There isn’t much to the interface; most of the goodness of SurfEasy is in what it does with your network connection (protection, privacy, proxy, etc).

android-surfeasy-dashboard

If you pop onto the Internet, you can go to the SurfEasy website and sign in to your account there. You’ll then be presented with a web dashboard which you can use to control and manage your SurfEasy account: managing the devices attached to your account, bandwidth usage overview, and billing information for non-Free users.

Speaking of which, let’s return to the 3-tier structure for SurfEasy accounts:

  • Free accounts receive 500 MB of bandwidth every month to share between up to 5 devices attached to the account. This is a good choice if all you do is check email and lightly surf the web. Sign up for a free account here.
  • Mobile VPN accounts cost USD $2.99 per month and are limited to a single device that is either a smartphone or a tablet. With it, you get unlimited bandwidth and unlimited data protection for that device only.
  • Total VPN accounts cost USD $4.99 per month and provide unlimited bandwidth and unlimited data protection for up to 5 devices attached to the account.

Again, we’re giving away 10 1-year subscriptions for the SurfEasy Total VPN plan to all of our loyal and beloved MakeUseOf fans and readers. Remember that SurfEasy works on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices and you can have up to 5 devices per plan. Download the SurfEasy Android client now.

How do I win a subscription for SurfEasy VPN?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Gary Callaghan
  • David Phok
  • Sobia Jabbar
  • Trillina Palemi
  • Kenson Martz
  • Donna Kolody
  • Markus Klyver
  • Mark Lynch
  • Eric Yacoub
  • Sean McKnight

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from jackson@makeuseof.com. If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Associate Editor Jackson Chung before August 11. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, August 2nd. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Submit your apps and software to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. Nikhil D
    August 3, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Is .. to just use SurfEasy VPN!

  2. Clayton C
    August 3, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Be smart on what you do, where you go and what you download!

  3. Tomasz J
    August 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is using VPN service.

  4. Harshit J
    August 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is... turning wifi and mobile data off, just joking, best way is to use a VPN.

  5. Darren S
    August 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    use surfeasy vpn.

  6. Sean M
    August 2, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Best way to stay protected is to use a VPN

  7. Vic Limbo
    August 2, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Stay protected by using antivirus, using vpn, and also browsing in incognito mode.

  8. Max
    August 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is Tor Browser.

  9. Bobby L
    August 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    it would be nice to have a vpn sinse 2 of us use the phone

  10. Jack
    August 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is... Use Google Chrome for Android and turn safe browsing on :) OR use SurfEasy VPN

  11. Boris B
    August 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Using SurfEasy

  12. Boris B
    August 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Using SurfEasy

  13. Jake
    August 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is...using SurfEasy Total VPN. Obviously.

  14. poiuyt580
    August 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Using a VPN

  15. Jim Smith
    August 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    enter me please :)

  16. Ascalion
    August 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    It's to use a VPN of course, although there are always alternatives too, this is definitely a simple and high performance one.

  17. craig bakers
    August 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I viewed your vpn's website and it looks like you offer a Great service. i'm hopeingi get to use it for a year :) ive never had a subscription to a premium vpn, Always been stuck using the free ones which aren't so great. Cheers for giving people a chance to win a 1 years premium subscription to your service.

  18. Sampath S
    August 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Bestway will be password and VPN

  19. Julio Poolio
    August 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is by being safe

  20. alro
    August 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    protected while browsing the Web

  21. vietnam rum
    July 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    SurfEasy VPN.

    Nice one thanks.

  22. vietnam rum
    July 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Nice one, thanks.
    SurfEasy VPN
    Vietnamrum

  23. Ryan D
    July 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Using a VPN, but i haven't used a Proper VPN Yet :S

  24. rod brain
    July 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    he best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is.to use VPM.

  25. Suyanto M
    July 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    SurfEasy Total VPN

  26. Arra O
    July 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is…to use VPN!

  27. Andrius G
    July 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is by using VPN services.

  28. endigolabs
    July 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device / phone is to use SurfEasy VPN.

  29. Me
    July 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    The best way to stay protected on Android is to use a good security app like Lookout or Avast and Adblock Plus, and a VPN service like SurfEasy or Hotshot Shield.

  30. Tim B
    July 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    SurfEasy VPN looks the best way.

  31. kenson
    July 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    By installing an vpn application or a android antivirus!

  32. Navneet P
    July 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    using Surf Easy Total VPN

  33. Frances L
    July 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is to use SurfEasy VPN. Waiting for delivery thanks.

  34. David Phok
    July 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Is to use the VPN.

  35. Catherine M
    July 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    using a VPN

  36. Chris K
    July 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is through a VPN

  37. Muhammad Hadi N
    July 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is using VPN.

  38. Ken Xia
    July 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Using SurfEasy Total VPN

  39. Sagar
    July 30, 2013 at 5:20 am

    It Will Help Me Protect my Identity Online

  40. Corina C
    July 30, 2013 at 3:44 am

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is...by using a VPN.

  41. T P
    July 30, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Encrypt me....

  42. Jeffery
    July 30, 2013 at 1:24 am

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is, don't surf the web

  43. Maxwell Benjamin
    July 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    VPN best web protector.

  44. Samrudh S
    July 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    That's an hard question. But there is an easy answer. Use SurfEasy VPN

  45. Ashraf M
    July 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Secure my data is important think to me.

  46. Diana Ward
    July 29, 2013 at 2:24 am

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is to use SurfEasy VPN!

  47. Tom H
    July 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I hope to win and keep NSA at bay

  48. Tobias K
    July 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is using a VPN service

  49. Konstantyn Z
    July 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    ...using secure VPN

  50. Sam K
    July 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is...

    VPN

  51. H D
    July 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    SurfEasy VPN of course.

  52. damu
    July 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

    ...use a vpn, https, an antivirus and a healthy dose of common sense.

  53. A
    July 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Get a VPN

  54. Thomas Jones
    July 28, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Best way to protect yourself while surfing the web? Use a VPN - especially one that's free!

  55. John P
    July 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is to use VPN. Surfeasy VPN to be exact.

  56. Elizay Pierre-Louis
    July 27, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Best way to stay protected while browsing on android is with use of a VPN client, of course; and all the better with SurfEasy's VPN client!

  57. iroshan
    July 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Using a good VPN and use only market apps.

  58. w sam
    July 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    by using a vpn especially surfeasy

  59. David L
    July 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    using common sense and good judgement... like so many other qualities nowadays they are both seem to be rare commodities.

  60. Nicholas Loudermilk
    July 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is to read MakeUseOf and learn about the best VPNs! (like SurfEasy) :)

  61. Mark
    July 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    sooner or later i'll need the protection...

  62. Elisabetta S
    July 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is to use an antivirus and vpn.

  63. Jayden Tang
    July 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Simple And Reliable VPN Service.

  64. Rene G
    July 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is by using a VPN client like SurfEasy VPN.

  65. Alan T
    July 27, 2013 at 5:28 am

    to SurfEasy

  66. Va D
    July 27, 2013 at 4:41 am

    to eat bacon the whole time you're online.

  67. Zoran
    July 27, 2013 at 4:24 am

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is a subscription for SurfEasy VPN

  68. Bob
    July 27, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Would you recommend this or TunnelBear, which one do you think is better for security and reliability.

  69. ZachM
    July 27, 2013 at 1:01 am

    VPN, encrypt everything

  70. Bren
    July 27, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I sooo need this

  71. Zach Morgan
    July 27, 2013 at 1:00 am

    VPN, ad blocking, encrypt everything.

  72. Alex
    July 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    SurfEasy Total VPN

  73. Scott M
    July 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Is to use a VPN.

  74. Andrea B
    July 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is... use vpn and adblocker

  75. sreenath
    July 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    if i get,that will be cool

  76. fulltext
    July 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Is this a new widget? Unable to use it even after disabling my adblocker.

  77. Thu J
    July 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    a vpn, password, total encryption of phone

  78. httdj
    July 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Use SurfEasy VPN to stay protected on an Android device

  79. httdj
    July 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Using SurfEasy Total VPN

  80. RogerC
    July 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Get SurfEasy or another VPN client

  81. Subbrilliant
    July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is...

    ...by connecting to the Internet via a VPN. As I'm not completely happy with my current VPN I'd love the opportunity to try the Total VPN version of SurfEasy VPN.

  82. Dany Bouffard
    July 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Using a VPN

  83. C Sims
    July 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I use Hideman right now, so I guess I'd say it's the best. Definitely willing to try out other options though. SurfEasy sounds like it will give me more protection time for free, so, downloading now!

  84. Jaypee C
    July 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    can't this giveaway start right away? >:)

  85. Mihir C
    July 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    The best way to stay protected while browsing the Web on an Android device is to use SurfEasy VPN.

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