- Large number of servers
- Wide range of endpoint countries
- Clear no-logging policy
- Provides international access to Netflix and iPlayer
- US servers suffered poor connection stability in file transfer tests
- Expensive unless you buy a two or three year subscription
- Review Price: £53.88
- Clients for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
- Supports OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec
- Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
- £10.99 per month
- £81.36 per two years
- £90.00 per three years
What is Cyberghost?
Once known for its free VPN service, which is now only available to legacy customers for financial reasons, CyberGhost’s virtual private network service aims to serve both privacy-conscious users and those who want to watch streaming video services in other countries.
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Cyberghost – Features and usability
CyberGhost recently ended its unlimited free service, but a seven-day free trial is still available if you want to try out the service at no cost. If you buy a three year subscription, it works out to a relatively inexpensive £2.5 a month. However, its monthly and annual subscriptions are significantly less economical.
CyberGhost provides specialised options for those who want to watch overseas TV programmes. CyberGhost’s Netflix and BBC profiles are designed to evade the streaming services’ VPN detection and work well at this. When using them, the rest of your traffic is still behind an encrypted VPN, so you can browse the web in safety as you watch.
The CyberGhost client takes its design cues from Windows’ Modern UI, with built-in shortcuts to popular websites that are either region-locked – such as video streaming services – or frequently censored under authoritarian regimes, such as Wikipedia and Twitter.
You can also configure extra privacy settings, which by default block adverts and trackers, add exceptions that will automatically be connected to via your normal connection, rather than over the VPN – handy if you use a service that is locked to your IP address for authentication – and configure CyberGhost to automatically connect your VPN if you join an unknown Wi-Fi network.
Cyberghost – Performance
Its performance exceeded 7MB/s in our UK endpoint throughput tests, while its endpoints in the Netherlands gave us a typical performance of around 6MB/s – slower than most, but more than fast enough for even high definition video streaming or large downloads.
The company recently expanded its range of endpoint servers, but we were disappointed to find that its US endpoints were not configured support the FTP connection required by our large file throughput tests. This continues a trend we’ve observed over the last two years. However, its US connection stood up well to normal web browsing over HTTP.
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Why buy Cyberghost?
CyberGhost itself is based in Romania, where EU data retention laws have been declared unconstitutional, and does not log or store identifying data such as your IP address. If you need of an extra layer of anonymity, you can pay for your CyberGhost subscription in bitcoin or track down a boxed edition – these are can be found in the UK but most appear to be intended for sale in Germany.
If you buy a one-year or one-month subscription online, CyberGhost is conspicuously expensive. It’s easy to use, thanks to a friendly interface packed with shortcuts, and it’s especially good for streaming TV, but its performance isn’t quite good enough to justify its price when streaming-friendly rivals such as NordVPN exist.