Surfshark introduces Cookie pop-up blocker

When browsing websites, you are often forced to accept cookies before you can access their content. Inspired by the overarching frustrations of being bombarded with such pop-ups, we’re adding a new feature to our browser extensions called the Cookie pop-up blocker

This new feature aims to ensure that you don’t have to ever deal with annoying pop-ups.

In addition to CleanWeb, StaticIP,  and Multihop, the Cookie pop-up blocker is unique to Surfshark among other VPN providers.

What are cookie pop-ups?

Cookie pop-ups (otherwise known as cookie consent pop-ups or banners) are notifications you get when you enter websites that have to comply with transparency requirements defined by the General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) of the European Union. They usually ask you to provide consent for these websites to collect your browsing information.

What is the Cookie pop-up blocker?

The Cookie popup blocker is a feature that removes all cookie consent pop-ups from the websites you visit. It’s a feature added to our browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox (the latter will be a few months late as it is now being reviewed by Firefox).

What the Cookie pop-up blocker is not

The Cookie popup blocker is not a privacy feature. It’s meant to enhance Surfshark users’ web experience by helping to get rid of often annoying cookie consent pop-ups that websites have been enforced to use by the GDPR. It doesn’t prevent cookie consent pop-ups from happening (otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to access the web pages) but makes sure they don’t bother you.

How does the Cookie pop-up blocker work?

The Cookie pop-up blocker employs CSS rules and network request blocking to hide pop-up elements as well as block specific network requests. If these two methods fail, the feature automatically chooses “accept.” 

The turnout of these steps depends on how the website has implemented its consent cookies. For example, some websites apply cookies to their users by default until they click “reject.” Other websites, like Google, run this element until you click “accept.” 

The Cookie Pop-up Blocker simply ensures that you don’t see any pop-ups.

Sounds great. When can I start?

Right now. If you want to try our new Cookie Pop-up Blocker, you can find it via our Chrome extension (coming soon to Firefox).