CyberGhost was launched in 2011 in Bucharest, Romania and is now based between there and Germany, which is where the development team is located. The parent Company, Crossrider PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange. They claim to have over 15 million users worldwide at this time and champion the cause of a ‘free society without censored internet’.
Feature Set and Price
CyberGhost aims to keep things as simple as possible for all users. Their range of applications is extensive and should cover most, if not all users requirements.
Logging in and setting up any of the applications is very straightforward and simple for users to do. The desktop version is fantastic to use and has a great user interface. (This is the Windows interface)
Just click on what it is you want to do and away you go. Once you’re connected you have options to change server locations (56 different countries) as well as a host of other options such as block malware, block online tracking, ad block etc.
The mobile app appears different at first but once you’re selecting it has almost the same feature set as the desktop version, just a different UI. Being installed onto a mobile application ‘protect wi-fi’ is a default option. It will always apply and so you have to manually change. It would have been better if this was an option rather than a default as often you may use a mobile device on a home network.
When it comes to pricing CyberGhost has again kept choices very simple. Pricing is also very competitive with other market leaders such as IPVanish and NordVPN. Depending on your country and when you check there are also regular offers. At the time of writing the package was very competitive as shown below, but this may have been due to a flash sale. This is not a guarantee of the price you may be offered though, as pricing does vary but should always be in the region of $2.50 – 3.50 per month for the 2-year subscription.
In addition, over recent months CyberGhost has reviewed its payment options and now offers a choice for everyone – including Bitcoin!
With over 1000 servers worldwide in 56 different countries, the performance is as you would expect – very good. The number of servers is behind the market leaders but not so as you would notice a marked difference in performance. Where comparing speeds and data from sites such as top10vpn.com CyberGhost is just slightly behind on many aspects and ahead in a few so overall it is not something that should concern the everyday user too much when cost and other features are factored in.
Obviously, the important part and CyberGhost does not fail in this area at all and is an excellent choice for privacy fans. They facilitate a zero logs policy and do not record payment or registration details – users are known through an anonymous ID.
CyberGhost also utilises 256-bit AES encryption on the OpenVPN protocol along with the SHA256 authentication algorithm – basically, this means its as good as it gets!
Another great feature as standard is the automatic ‘Killswitch’ which protects you if for any reason the VPN connection fails. Added to this you can specify apps to always run with CyberGhost, this they call App Protection.
The site is fully featured with support pages, guides and other interesting articles on their systems and approaches.
For any particular support issues, a request can be submitted online or emailed as well as live chat (in English, German, French or Romanian). At the moment though support is not 24/7 although this is in the pipeline from CyberGhost, and operates from 9am-6pm (GMT +2)
In summary, this is an excellent and economical choice for many users. To get the latest pricing and offers from CyberGhost go to their website by clicking the button below.