CyberGhost Review

CyberGhost Review

CyberGhost VPN was Founded in Bucharest Romania in 2011 and protects over 15 million worldwide. They have a huge 6,500+ Servers, a military grade 256-bit AES Encryption and the ability to unlock a vast amount of content on many platforms.

How Does a VPN Work?

First, we need to understand how the internet works. When you visit a website like Facebook or Twitter, you type in the domain name.

That domain is a “nickname” for the websites’ IP address. An IP address is just like your home address; only it consists of numbers, and not street names or post codes.

because it is much easier to remember names than a string of numbers, websites have a domain name such as Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, YouTube, Instagram and so on which the server translates.

Your phone, laptop, desktop, and smartwatch have IP addresses too, and any other device that can browse the internet. Whenever you are browsing the web and type a domain name into the search field in Chrome, Firefox or even Internet Explorer, your data gets forwarded to the internet until it reaches its destination server–the website or information you are looking for.

The destination server translates the data and sends you back to the site you requested. The problem with this is when you send that data to the server; you are also sending them your IP address and a lot more information about yourself. This is where hackers can intercept to get to your information. A VPN protects you from these threats, however a VPN cannot protect you from every threat and we recommend you use a standalone anti-virus program and a password manager if possible.  If you have access to 2FA please enable it.

Servers

The more servers a VPN provider has, the more choice of locations you can spoof and the faster the connection speed. This is because the greater the distance of an internet connection, the more the information deprecates traveling that distance! So, connecting to a closer location can increase speed, More servers = more locations closer to you= faster speeds.

CyberGhost has an enormous selection of over 6300+ servers in over 90 countries including Russia and Hong Kong, which are countries with strict VPN policies.

Virtual Servers

Some VPN providers use Virtual servers, which are servers that are software-defined. One physical server can be host to many virtual servers, and this may look like they are in different locations to the original server, but they are not. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can make it seem as if there are more physical locations than there actually are.

CyberGhost only have a little over 300 of these virtual servers from their catalogue of 6,300+ servers. CyberGhost have those servers configured to the same physical location at the actual server.

CyberGhost are second only to NordVPN when it comes to server numbers, and this vast selection means you do not have to deal with Crowding or the bad neighbour effect. CyberGhost are also running the servers on RAM which prevents outside interfering.

Encryption and Protocols

CyberGhost use a 256-bit AES Encryption with OpenVPN, L2TP-IPsec and PPTP protocols. This is equivalent to military grade encryption.

A VPN connection can be secured in numerous ways, for us here at VPN Trusted OpenVPN is the preferred protocol because its open-source and we can easily examine the code for vulnerabilities. CyberGhost supports OpenVPN and IKEv2 by default, they even still support L2TP however we do not recommend using L2TP which are near obsolete.

CyberGhost currently only supports Wireguard on Linux, which is ok considering it is still an experimental protocol with a lot of promise.

CyberGhost use “double encryption” meaning the authentication connection is encrypted in addition to the VPN connection. This adds even more security and is an impressive default feature of CyberGhost.

CyberGhost also gives instructions to configure your router to the CyberGhost service. By setting VPN security on your router, you secure all the traffic for every connected device on your home or office network. A bonus of this feature is smart devices receive this protection even though they were not configured separately.

Privacy

Privacy is hugely important for a VPN. We read the CyberGhost privacy policy carefully. It is an extensive document with much legal jargon; however, we were able to find what we needed to know. CyberGhost DOES NOT store or log user IP addresses browsing history, DNS queries, session length, bandwidth, connection timestamps or which servers you use. This is excellent from a privacy stance!

Additionally, CyberGhost does not log user activity and the identity of the user connected is unknown to them. CyberGhost logs the below data:

  1. Account information
  2. Logins of anonymous accounts per day
  3. Connections attempts
  4. Successful connections
  5. Country of origin

However, this is standard across the most popular VPNs, they all collect aggregated connection logs and CyberGhost does the same. CyberGhost only logs anonymous connection data for statistical purposes.

This limited data is about your connections and is anonymized and impossible to trace back to any specific users. Its purpose is to ensure each user only uses the amount of devices equivalent to the licence purchased. This data is then deleted every 24 hours and any residual data gets deleted at the end of every month.

CyberGhost does not keep your information and will not sell your information and only generating revenue from subscriptions.

Headquartered out of Bucharest, Romania, the CyberGhost parent company Kape Technologies operates under Romanian privacy laws. CyberGhost are very clear that the company keeps no personal user data, hence it has no way to comply with any legal requests for information.

The company also regularly publishes an incredibly detailed Transparency Report. This report clearly shows how CyberGhost deals with legal requests, copyright complaints, DDoS attack investigations and other annoyances. In addition, Romania has no mandatory data retention laws this ensures a strict No Logs policy works from a legal perspective.

What all of this means is your in safe hands with CyberGhost for privacy.

Speed

We tested CyberGhost against our usual speed and performance criteria, using Fast.com and Speedcheck.org.

We carried the tests out over 10 days and the results were impressive, with consistent 95 -115Mbps speeds on most servers.

For comparison, if you wanted to watch Netflix in Ultra HD, Netflix recommends a 25Mbps connection.

There was a marginal drop in speed for Australian and Asian servers. given the distances involved and predicted latency for those distances, this was to be expected.

CyberGhost has optimised labelled servers: servers optimized for streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, and all the top streaming services. There are also servers for torrenting and gaming, all of which are clearly labelled and easy to find. I recommend using these servers as a default.  Using any VPN will have a negative impact on your internet speeds, given the extra layers of security provided. Although the slight reduction in speed will not have much impact on the average user and would increase speed with Torrenting. This is because of how the VPN hides your activity from your internet service provider, so you do not get throttled.

Value for Money

CyberGhost is so confident in their product they offer a 45-day money-back guarantee. And you can get the 7-day free trial as well. The only thing of note here is that the 45-day refund policy does not apply to a 1-month subscription (obviously). if you have purchased a 1-month subscription than you have a 14-day money-back guarantee.

CyberGhost like most VPNs offer the same features on all their plans, and the only difference is the duration of the subscription. The longer the duration, the cheaper the price. A 1-month plan costs $12.99. which is higher than the industry average of $9.99 per month, but as the duration increases the prices come back in line with industry standards.

CyberGhost offer different pricing plans:

– $12.99/mo. for the monthly package

– $7.99/mo. for 6 months

– $2.75/mo. for 18 months

You can purchase CyberGhost in the usual ways using credit card, PayPal, and even Bitcoin. Why would someone want to pay in Bitcoin? Some people pay for CyberGhost VPN using bitcoin because the only details CyberGhost keeps are your billing details and login. Even though this information would never be shared with anybody, paying with bitcoin gives even more anonymity for the ultra-cautious user.

Licences

1 single subscription to CyberGhost allows seven devices to be protected and connected simultaneously. This is higher than the industry average of 5 devices per licence.

Torrenting

File-sharing platforms and the BitTorrent protocol are not illegal, although copyright infringement often reflects badly on torrenting. Piracy is a grey area in some countries, frowned upon in others and even has some legal repercussions in a handful of countries. This is the dawn of the ‘Splinternet’, where countries and big business strive to control what you can and cannot do online.

What is DNS leak protection?

A DNS leak is a security flaw that allows your DNS requests to be revealed to your Internet Service Providers DNS servers. even when using a VPN these DNS leaks can occur.

During testing, we used dnsleaktest  and dnsleak.com to test for DNS leaks in 20 separate instances. We found no DNS leaks on the CyberGhost servers we tested.

CyberGhost not only reroutes your P2P traffic through an encrypted tunnel but also stops your Internet Service Provider throttling your connection.

CyberGhost Apps

CyberGhost has dedicated apps for Android, macOS, iOS, and Windows, together with support for Linux and apps for Android TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. You can also use CyberGhost on your router, to secure all the traffic on that router, including smart devices.

In addition, there is a Chrome proxy extension, which conceals your IP address and location. This chrome proxy secures your browser traffic in a different way than the CyberGhost app.

Personally, I found the CyberGhost apps extremely user friendly and intuitive to use. You are never more than two clicks or taps away from complete privacy and security.

If like me, you like to torrent you will be happy to know CyberGhost encourages torrenting and has servers which are optimised for torrenting.

We tested CyberGhost using the biggest Torrenting platforms online, platforms like uTorrent, extra-torrent, Demonoid, isoHunt and iDope. CyberGhost handled all these torrenting sites with ease except for extra-torrent.

Netflix

Can CyberGhost unblock popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, HBO Go, BT Sport or ESPN?

You may not know the number of shows on these streaming services is limited depending on where you live. If you live in the U.K you would merely get access to 542 Tv Series and a modest 2,400 Movies, in Russia only 540 movies!

Whereas The U.S Netflix has over 800 more shows and double the movies of the UK Netflix. This is exasperating, if the series want to watch is not on Netflix, only later to find it is on the U.S Netflix and you already pay the same subscription!

CyberGhost performed very well in testing, easily unlocking all the top services with smooth transitions, no dropped connections, and speeds faster than most competitors.

Additional features

Static IP addresses

CyberGhost has static IP addresses and a built-in ad blocker across its VPN connections which also blocks malicious content.

Forced HTTPS

Another feature I particularly liked was the option for enforcing the use of HTTPS. You should never connect to a HTTP site as it transmits data in a manner that is vulnerable.

NoSpy servers

The CyberGhost NoSpy data center is specifically tasked with keeping you safe from mass surveillance and isolated from third-party intrusion.

these servers feature 256-bit AES encryption and are also located in Romania, out of the jurisdiction of the 5 Eyes (and even 14 Eyes).

Romanian legislation does not enforce data gathering or other mass surveillance tactics and guarantees a strict NO-LOGS policy.

Support

Even though CyberGhost is an easy-to-use VPN, they still offer live 24/7 support. With support available in English, German, French or Romanian besides a support team via email.

CyberGhost Pros & Cons

 Pros

  • Fast download speeds
  • Unblocks Netflix, BBC iPlayer Sports and more
  • Optimised torrenting & P2P traffic
  • Huge server network with 6,500+ servers
  • User-friendly apps for Windows, Mac, iOS & Android
  • 24/7 customer support

Cons

  • Limited features on mobile & macOS
  • Does not work on Chromebook
  • Ad blocker is weak by adblocker standards

Overview

A trustworthy VPN, with one of the largest amounts of actual servers in the industry. Fast and consistent speeds, data-transparency, and the unblocking of all major streaming services.

With multiple servers optimized exclusively for streaming, torrenting, and gaming purposes. You can enjoy the best viable experience with no drawbacks on speed or quality.

CyberGhost VPN was founded and is headquartered in Romania, outside the jurisdiction of the 5, 9, 14 “eyes” agreement. There is a strict no log policy which we scrutinized and are satisfied you are in safe hands.

With 7 devices protected using a single licence, a 7-day free trial and a 45-day money-back guarantee, you can try CyberGhost risk free now.

They encrypt your data using 256-AES protection (used by banks and the military). There is also an Integrated Firewall, making it impossible for other programs to bypass the secure VPN tunnel.

CyberGhost has automatic Wi-Fi protection, a built-in kill switch, and support OpenVPN–the safest protocol there is.

Features

Details

Number of countries with servers

90

Number of servers

6,500+

Does CyberGhost VPN keep logs?

No

Does CyberGhost VPN include a kill switch?

Yes

Number of devices per CyberGhost license

7

Unblocks Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney +, HBO Go, ESPN

Yes

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