CyberGhost stands out as a modern Virtual Private Network provider that has a real dedication to user privacy.
As the use of Virtual Private Networks becomes more common to protect privacy and anonymity – even for casual Internet users – a seemingly endless number of service providers have entered the scene. CyberGhost stands out as a modern Virtual Private Network provider that has a real dedication to user privacy. I also appreciated its blazing speed and top of the line encryption. Most importantly, I found CyberGhost to be one of the most user-friendly VPNs, and one that doesn’t skimp out on extra features in the name of “simplicity.”
Pricing and Plans
CyberGhost offers users two different options - a Premium plan, and Premium Plus. The main difference between the two is the number of simultaneous devices you can connect - Premium Plus allows up to five, while the Premium limits users to just one. Premium and Premium Plus run $5.83/month and $9.16/month, respectively.
If you are only planning on using one device, the cost of the Premium plan is in line with offerings from other companies. If you think you may use multiple devices simultaneously, the steep jump in price is a necessary concession.
Also of note, CyberGhost has a reasonably effective free version that still has decent bandwidth and speed. Free users are limited to three hours of use per day, however.
From the polished website to the attractive client, CyberGhost delivers an intuitive VPN experience. A lot of the VPNs out there suffer from cluttered interfaces and confusing menus; others go too far the other way and hide a lot of features to present a minimalistic client. With CyberGhost, someone finally found the sweet spot between these two extremes.
There is also a lot of material on the site to help you navigate through all of the features and options so that you get the most out of your VPN - the guides and troubleshooting FAQs are very thorough and useful. While there isn’t a live chat feature right now, almost any question I could think of was covered somewhere on their site, in a well-organized and well-explained fashion.
Once you are up and running, CyberGhost offers an impressive set of features. My favorite was he 1-click streaming option worked for me on Netflix. Streaming sites often block VPN users based on a proxy IP being detected, or regional restrictions, so this scored huge bonus points in my book. Other VPNs can be configured to get around this, but CyberGhost actually does the legwork for you. Another bonus was a set of features focused on torrenting - CyberGhost can be easily configured to start whenever you begin torrenting to prevent accidental lapses in security, download speed and details are tracked for you, and torrenting-friendly servers automatically selected.
An important part of choosing the right VPN is how well it preserves your data transfer speed. There will always be some loss of speed when connecting to a VPN, which is based on a combination of many factors. Fortunately, this is easily tested on www.speedtest.net, where I did a before and after test.
Speed tests before and after connecting to CyberGhost:
These results are among the best I’ve seen. The ping was quite high, which is probably due to the distance from the server (CyberGhost does not have as many North American based-servers as some of its competitors).
CyberGhost also has one of the best privacy policies around. They claim to keep absolutely zero logs - not even connection times, user IPs, or traffic data. While privacy can always be compromised by certain government agencies, this is as good as it really gets right now.
Cyberghost uses the current industry standard 256-bit AES encryption, which provides a high level of Internet security. In addition, the service comes standard with some useful bells and whistles like an ad blocker, malware-blocker, and DNS and IPV6 leak protection. There are alerts built into the interface that let you know when these end up being used, along with all of the relevant details.
- Excellent performance on speed test
- Great UI and overall experience
- One of the best no-log privacy policies
- Comes standard with ad blocker and malware blocker
- 1-click streaming and torrent-optimized settings
- Shortest plan is one year
- No simultaneous devices on Premium plan
- Limited servers overseas mean Cyberghost works best in North America and Europe
- No live chat customer support