Surfshark is a new VPN service, while AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield has been popular with users all over the world for years. Yet Surfshark doesn’t have the shortcomings we usually see in when we put new vendors to the test. For starters, it’s based in the British Virgin Islands, which doesn’t have any strict data retention laws. This advantageous location, along with a transparent zero-logs policy, makes it ideal for privacy-conscious users. In addition, by keeping a low profile, Surfshark keeps its 500+ servers uncrowded, so they’re fast and reliable for bypassing geoblocks or heavy censorship. Hotspot Shield, on the other hand, has a few drawbacks when it comes to privacy. Its stance on data logging is intentionally vague, and the US-based parent company can be easily reached by government agencies seeking user information. That company, AnchorFree, is also guilty of using tracking codes to gather (and sell) user data from its various services, even including the Hotspot Shield free version. Where performance is concerned, however, Hotspot Shield competes like the established provider that it is. With 2,500+ servers worldwide, great speeds, and plenty of unblocking power, this VPN is very capable where it counts. Another plus is an excellent user interface across all major platforms. There’s a lot more you need to know about Surfshark and Hotspot Shield. So let’s take a deeper look, category by category.