CyberGhost Review

Steve Ongaro BySteve OngaroSep. 23, 2019

In a Nutshell

CyberGhost is an excellent VPN choice for torrent lovers, thanks to its incredible balance of speed, efficiency, and top-notch security. CyberGhost also guarantees 100% unbeatable privacy parameters, thanks to its Romania base of operations. Add to that Netflix streaming capabilities and a strict no logging policy, and this industry-award-winning service has plenty to offer.

pros

  • Smart rules and automation supported
  • Dedicated IP available
  • Customizable, 1-click settings

cons

  • Ad-blocker doesn’t block HTTPS sites
  • Expensive for short-term use

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CyberGhost at a Glance

Money-back guarantee: 45 days

Allowed concurrent connections: 20 devices

Supported streaming services: Netflix, BBC iPlayer

No logs policy: Yes

P2P allowed: Yes

SmartDNS: Not available

Encryption: Military-grade 

Authentication: SHA-256

VPN Protocols: Lacks OpenVPN

Special features: Kill switch, IP leak protection, Auto-protection

Customer support: 24/7 service

Server locations: 60+ countries

Number of servers: 4,800+ servers

Supported devices: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Chrome

VPN legal jurisdiction: Romania

Best for: Users needing an easy-to-use product with high bandwidth

Price Range: $2.75-$12.99

Privacy

CyberGhost maintains the highest levels of security with all its connections, so your data is always protected. It uses industry-standard 256-bit encryption to mask online activity, so you can even use it on public WiFi networks. This incredible level of privacy can be attributed to the strict privacy policies observed by the Romanian authorities—considering they don’t have any obligatory data retention laws.

CyberGhost also does not gather or store any information while you’re using its VPN. This includes no IP address, connection timestamp, or session duration logs whatsoever and no DNS queries or searches. While all of this is good, CyberGhost goes above and beyond other VPN services by not even logging your original IP address (the one you’re connecting to the server with). That’s the ultimate in no logging policies.

Features

  • FireTV and Android TV VPN

  • Multiple platform apps

  • DNS leak protection

  • IP leak protection

  • No logs

  • OpenVPN, L2TP-IPsec, PPTP protocols

  • Unlimited bandwidth

  • Up to 7 devices

  • 45-day money-back guarantee

Looking through CyberGhost’s list of features, it almost feels like the design team checked out all the other services and said, "We can do that one better!" Where the competition offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, CyberGhost offers 45 days. When one service offers unlimited bandwidth, CyberGhost throws in unlimited traffic as well. When the best says up to 6 devices, CyberGhost says we’ll do 7! It seems like CyberGhost is one step ahead of the industry in every category, and we’re perfectly happy to keep it that way.

CyberGhost has several apps suitable for just about any device. Of course, that covers the usual suspects like OS, PC, iOS, and Android, but this also covers lesser-used devices like the ones that run on Linux’s Ubuntu and the like. What’s more, you can get a CyberGhost app tailored for your Amazon FireStick, FireTV, or Android TV. You can even install the CyberGhost plugin to run directly on Chrome or Firefox. This ensures your internet sessions are always secure, no matter what sites you’re visiting and what type of network you’re on.

CyberGhost offers both DNS and IP leak protection as well as an auto-kill switch. These features ensure that you are protected every minute of the day, no matter what else happens around the internet. You can protect up to 7 devices with a single account, and there are so many protocols to choose from. In short, CyberGhost covers all the bases.

The Speed Test

CyberGhost is among the few top-rated VPNs to run an extensive, and a highly impressive network of more than 4,800 servers that are spread across 60+ countries worldwide. Moreover, according to my speed tests, their server speeds were blazing fast. More than fast speeds, CyberGhost delivers reliable speeds. This service will never throttle your bandwidth or traffic. Thanks to this, you can successfully stream HD content without playback errors, a game without lags, and torrent at fast download speeds.

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With VPN off

Pricing and Deals

CyberGhost is expensive if you pay for it per month, but once you start signing up for long-term plans, the prices drop considerably. For example, the best value 1-year plan is a 79% savings. That’s a lot.


1 Month
6 Months
1 Year
Price per month
$12.99
$7.99 per month
$2.75 per month
It’s nice that you get such a deep discount with the year plan. Some VPN services require you to sign up for 3-year plans to save that much. In addition to the year plan being an excellent value for money (probably the cheapest on the market), right now CyberGhost is running a sale that gives you an additional 6 months free with this plan. That’s 18 months for $2.75 a month. That’s outstanding. CyberGhost also offers a dedicated IP for an additional $5 a month.

Finally, CyberGhost offers a 45-day money-back guarantee. That’s a full 2 weeks longer than most services, so very generous on its part.

Torrents

CyberGhost makes P2P file sharing and BitTorrent easy. For one thing, it marks which servers on its list work best for torrenting, so it's a no-brainer choosing the right ones for the right task. For another thing, there are no bandwidth limits like we mentioned earlier. You can download or stream as much as you want without interruptions or stalls in the playback.

And in case you’re having a hard time figuring out the simple process, there’s even a tutorial on how to choose the best servers for P2P sharing and how to get the best results for your efforts.

Netflix

On top of easy torrenting potential, CyberGhost also has servers that work specifically well for streaming. It even has guided tutorials to help you easily download and stream from your favorite video streaming services like Netflix (there’s literally a how-to guide called How to Stream Netflix), HBO Now, YouTube Premium, and more. You can stream Sports TV, ESPN, and other top sports channels as well.

Client Setup

CyberGhost setup is as fast as it takes you to download an app. Once installed on your device, you can play around with your account settings (or not), choose a server (or not), and start using your internet securely in minutes.

Apps

CyberGhost has a ton of apps you can choose from including:

  • Windows VPN

  • Mac VPN

  • iOS VPN

  • Android VPN

  • Amazon Fire Stick VPN

  • Android TV

CyberGhost also works with gaming consoles such as Sony PlayStation and Windows ICS.

You can also get CyberGhost VPN apps for your routers and other devices, so check out the how-to guides on how to configure specific devices like your VU+ Solo 2, Raspberry Pi, or Synology NAS.

How Does CyberGhost VPN Compare?


CyberGhost
NordVPN
ExpressVPN
Price
From $2.75
From $2.99
$6.67
Number of Devices
7
6
Unlimited, 3 simultaneous
Number of Servers
3,547
5,338
3,000+
Best for
Ease of use
High security
Fastest speeds
P2P or BitTorrent
Yes
Yes
Yes

Customer Support

CyberGhost has full 24/7 live chat support, a godsend when you need help immediately. You can also send an email for less urgent requests, but with live chat available, most people won’t bother. If you’re a DIY type, there is a ton of troubleshooting information on the site too, so dig in before you reach out.

Ease of Use

Once you have downloaded the app of your choice, CyberGhost is so easy to use. In fact, this company has an effortless 1-click setup. It's just tapping a button to turn it on, and tapping a button to turn it off. You don’t even have to choose a server if you don’t want to. CyberGhost will do it for you. You can browse through the list of servers if you want something specific.

We were impressed with all of the help information that was available on the website. There are pages upon pages of step-by-step guides on how to do anything you could need from the service.

FAQs

Q: What native protocols does CyberGhost support?

A: CyberGhost supports PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and OpenVPN.

Q: Which devices can I use my CyberGhost VPN on?

A: CyberGhost works on smartphones (iOS and Android), PCs (Macs, Linux, and Windows), tablets (iOS, Android, Linux, ChromeOS), routers, Raspberries, VU+Solo2, Synology NAS, Virtuelle Maschines, and Chromebooks.

Bottom Line

CyberGhost is one of the top VPN services, and it shows. With up to seven licenses available for one account, you can protect pretty much all of your devices simultaneously. CyberGhost offers excellent VPN services including DNS/IP leak protection, auto-kill switch, and simple 1-click set up. Whether you’re into streaming services like Netflix, P2P file sharing, or watching your favorite sports team while away, CyberGhost has got you covered. And for just $2.75 a month, you can’t go wrong.

Steve Ongaro BySteve OngaroOct. 23, 2019
Steve is an informed cybersecurity , and VPN expert with more than 5 years of experience in the field. He is always amazed by the constant change in security trends and loves reviewing the breakthroughs. When he’s not writing, you can find him drooling over new gadgets.
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