CyberGhost | Review and cost (Update Jul 2018)
CyberGhost VPN is run by a Romanian company, which launched the service in 2011. They carry out a genuine commitment to privacy. And their location allows users to avoid any EU data retention laws or government spying. While it might not be the fastest VPN around, it compensates with the low cost of the packages it offers. So, check it out if you're looking for an affordable VPN. Let’s review CyberGhost in details now.
CyberGhost, privacy first
The company is based in Romania and Germany, where it's quite famous. Indeed, Cyber Ghost started offering cash payments directly from the stores there. Because they really support and promote civil rights, a free society and an uncensored internet culture.
And a headquarter in Romania helps. Indeed, it is one of the few European countries to strike down national data retention laws based on the 2006 European Data Retention Directive. Therefore, your privacy is secured.
In addition, they organize events related to privacy. A few years back, they ran a campaign to fight Turkish censorship and gave free licences to Turkish citizen. And in 2016, they launched the CyberFreedom Program. The goal is to offer free premium protection for journalists and NGOs that support civil liberties and freedom of speech.
You could say that's a nice marketing strategy. However, you can also enjoy their freebies!
Cyber Ghost VPN: Plans and pricing
As it's usually the case with VPN providers, there's only one package, with up to 5 simultaneous connections – to connect all your devices (PC, phone and tablet). And you can choose between 1 month, 6 months or 1 year subscriptions. But the 1 year subscription is a special deal for TheBestVPN.UK readers! And it's including 6 months for free! So it's a very good deal, making it one of the cheapest VPN on the market.
As usual, you can try this provider risk free, thanks to their money-back guarantee for 30 days. Despite a multi-lingual website, some users said they found it difficult to cancel the subscription. As a result, I would recommend you to you read the policies of the company on their website before subscribing.
Summary sheet for CyberGhost
|Encryption||Military 256 bit|
|Protocols||OpenVPN (TCP, UDP), L2TP/IPSEC, PPTP|
|Supported devices||Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux|
|OpenVPN support||Supported by SSL-based OpenVPN protocol with 256-bit data encryption.|
|Support type||Forum, ticket|
|Money back guarantee?||30 days|
The VPN CyberGhost in details
The user interface of CyberGhost is really simple. Indeed, you'll find their five profiles and the server selection on the welcome page. Just select the activity you want and the client will guide you. Probably even launch your browser or torrent client for you!
When you click on Choose my VPN server, you reach a new screen with a list of all the servers. The filtering is very efficient. And you can add favorite servers for quicker access. Furthermore, you get the details of each servers: The load, the ping and whether it accepts torrenting. That's really the kind of server list that I like.
Surf anonymously with CyberGhost
If you want to protect your privacy online, use the anonymous surfing profile. Just choose the country where you want to connect and enable the features. And Cyber Ghost will connect you to the best server and even launch you browser in incognito mode!
Another user-friendly feature is they provide profiles to bypass geo-restrictions. With CyberGhost VPN you can get access to over 40 streaming services from all around the world. Therefore, you can easily watch BBC iPlayer or Hulu.
Most noteworthy is their 100% functionality guarantee. Because streaming services are doing their best to block the IP addresses of the VPN servers, to control the access to their content. During this war between streaming sites and VPNs, users may lose access to geo-restricted content. But Cyber Ghost is constantly making sure their servers really unblock the websites you want.
During my previous CyberGhost review, I tried to watch American Netflix. And I couldn't find a server to unblock US Netflix. But they've been working on it. And I can now confirm that you can use this provider to get US Netflix. But it still doesn't work with UK though. Hope they can add it soon. Will keep you posted, as usual.
Protect your network
This profile is very similar to anonymous surfing. But the neat feature is the fact that CyberGhost will automatically detect private and public WiFi and protect your connection accordingly.
P2P and torrent only on selected servers
Cheers! Cyber Ghost's P2P policy is torrent friendly. So, P2P activities such as torrenting are allowed. But only on selected servers. But there's a lot of choice, even in the UK.
Hence, they created special profiles on the client and optimized servers for anonymous torrenting. And you can easily access these specific servers that will keep you protected while using torrents.
Unblock basic websites
Need to access a restricted website, like Facebook in China? No problem. CyberGhost got you covered. Just pick the site from the list and it will connect to the best server to achieve that. With this profile, you can really enjoy a censored-free internet!
By default, CyberGhost automatically enables the Kill Switch on Windows and Mac. This feature protects your privacy if your VPN connection drops. Indeed, the client will block all the traffic of your device until the VPN reconnects. And you real IP address will never be in the clear.
It's almost mandatory to have a Kill Switch when you're torrenting!
When you're online, your ISP provides you with its DNS servers. Therefore, it has access to all your requests… Not that good for privacy. You can easily solve this problem and reduce censorship by changing these DNS. And Cyber Ghost have their own DNS you can use.
First, in the General tab you can find the basic settings. They include language selection, auto-run at system start-up and default profile (if you mainly stream videos, it can help you saves seconds!)
Also, CyberGhost offers a kind of split tunneling feature in the Exception tab. If you need to access websites from your local connection, even when connected to a VPN server, it's possible. Indeed, you can add these sites on the exception list.
Be careful with this feature! Indeed, you’re creating exceptions for which the traffic won't go through the VPN tunnel. Remember that all your sensitive data or downloads should use your VPN connection, at all times!
If you need to use a proxy, you can set it up in the Proxy tab. Cyber Ghost supports SOCKS5 and HTTP proxies.
In addition, in the Connection tab, it's possible to randomize the connection port. And you can change the protocol, between UDP and TCP. I remind you that UDP is faster than TCP.
In order to get the best protection against the public Wi-Fi risks, you can enable the WiFi protection. Basically, it will automatically launch a VPN connection on every new WiFi. If you're always on the go, it's a must.
Last but not least is the App Protection tab, where you can decide which apps to protect with Cyber Ghost. For example, you can make sure you torrent client will always use the VPN. And you can even choose what profile to use.
No logs policy & a commitment to transparency
CyberGhost VPN provides a strict no logging policy. Therefore they don't keep any log of your activity (traffic) or your connection (Timestamps, IP address).
Every year, Cyberghost publishes a transparency report. It aims to highlight insights of various requests to disclose the identity of CyberGhost’s users. Even though the company does not keep logs.
CyberGhost for Mac
Cyber Ghost For Android
CyberGhost for iOS
CyberGhost is a reliable VPN solution, focused on your privacy. It is suitable for all those who need an easy-to-use VPN to surf and torrent anonymously and watch streaming TV without limits. Multi login package is a bit expensive.
- High speed
- Native apps for iPhone and Android
- P2P and BitTorrent allowed, with no logs
- User friendly
- No IPv6 leak protection
- No built-in firewall (NAT firewall)
- No IP binding