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CyberGhost VPN Review

If you’re a streamer and are willing to access everything that is geo-blocked, then give a high-five because this CyberGhost VPN review is going to be your life-savior, at least for your streaming leisure. 

Searching for the best VPN services, you will come across this streaming-only VPN, letting netizens access the world’s restricted content. 

This Romanian-based VPN established a decade ago, providing privacy software to more than 10 million users.

Does that long history mean a thing if the current status of the product isn’t up to scratch? That’s the reason why I am here with an unbiased review of CyberGhost VPN. 

I will share an in-depth analysis of CyberGhost’s current performance and a little bit of historical outlook so that you can decide if this is the VPN worth the shot or not; it will hardly take 2 minutes to read this VPN review.

Short of CyberGhost VPN… it had 7,100 servers a while ago, but now it boasts 6,638 servers located across 110 locations in 89 countries; being an all-OS friendly VPN, this VPN is also known to be the best torrent VPN. 

The other extras this VPN comes with include; website blocker, ad blocker,  automated HTTPS redirection, device compatibility (up to 7), and a few others.

Let’s begin with its Pros and Cons. 

Pros

  • User-friendly interface
  • Better leak protection (kill switch) than others
  • Competitive prices
  • 24/7 chat support
  • Boasts split tunneling and multihop features
  • Well-distributed server fleet
  • Offers seven simultaneous connection with one subscription
  • Strong privacy policy

Cons

  • Troubling history
  • Slow connections
  • The website does tracking.
  • Broken ad blocker, especially for HTTPS sites
  • Connection logs

How much does CyberGhost VPN cost?

To sign up for CyberGhost VPN, you need to pay $12.99 a month, following the industry-standard of $10-$13; it’s the two-year plan will cost $83.76 ($3.49/month), it’s the yearly plan will cost $47.88 ($3.99/month), while its best deal will cost you just $87.75 ($2.25/month) instead of $506.61. 

Whatever deal you choose, the payment options include Bitcoin, PayPal, and credit card.

FAQ: Is CyberGhost VPN free?

CyberGhost’s free trial, though useful, is quite more complicated and less than ideal than usual.

Download the VPN, create an account via Windows, get just 24 hours to try the service out, have limited access to the full service, and unavailability of some of the specialist streaming connections. The worst is whenever you connect, you will be warned that all the ‘free slots’ are used up, so wait a minute or two; and yes, CyberGhost’s free trial offers only a single device connection.

And, if you sign up via the iOS app, the 24 hrs trial will reach up to seven days, ensuring you’re initially creating the account on the app, not on the desktop. 

If you install the CyberGhost app on your Android device, you will be free from the annoyance of account creation, still getting a full 7-day trial, no matter what.

So if you’re confused with this VPN, try it on your Android PDA, signed up already, and find the service not working enough? Worry not; you still have a period of 45-days – to get your hard-earned money back.

Is CyberGhost stream-friendly?

Unblocking Netflix with a VPN and other geo-restricted sites is a challenge many VPN providers (some of the best ones) have failed; thank God, this is not the case with CyberGhost, providing specialist locations to access streaming platforms

I have tried US Netflix, UK Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime (though for short), and more, using CyberGhost VPN; it didn’t let me access BBC iPlayer.

Talking about its torrent-friendliness, CyberGhost doesn’t support P2P on all locations, but certain servers, either due to legal reasons (among them are USA, Singapore, Australia, Russia, and Hong Kong.) or strategic.

To remind you of all the torrent-only servers, CyberGhost’s apps include a ‘For Torrenting’ list, enlisting more than 60 P2P-friendly countries.

Caveat: Downloading torrents from dubious sites may leave you exposed to cyber-attacks; stress not, CyberGhost offers malicious URL filter – to avoid a lot of such trouble.

It would be great if all the servers would be offering P2P support, but still, CyberGhost is doing a great job despite its limitations.

How transparent CyberGhost’s Logging Policy is?

CyberGhost uses 256-bit AES encryption, insistent about its strict no-logs policy – it means the sites you visit, browsing history, traffic destination, data content, IP address, connection timestamps, the transmitting data, and your search preferences are not monitored or recorded by the company. 

However, CyberGhost has not undergone a comprehensive independent audit of their claims so far. Still, a Transparency Report, listing DMCA, police and other requests it receives, and the data it hands over.

The policy goes on to spell out the implications for customers who aren’t sure about these nitty-gritty details.

In the meantime, I ran some basic privacy checks, including IPLeak.net and DNS Leak Test, and other privacy leaks – none revealed any problems.

CyberGhost clients

CyberGhost offers clients for all the major platforms, including Desktop apps (Windows, macOS, and Linux), mobile apps (iOS and Android), browser extensions (Chrome and Firefox), Consoles (Xbox 360 & One and Playstation 3 & 4), TV apps (Amazon Fire, Android, Apple, and other smart TVs), and apps for routers.

Thank God CyberGhost knows how to make the setup process as easy as possible; all the clients are lightweight, neat, powerful, and easy to set up. 

Some Useful Extras

  • Smart Rules: CyberGhost’s Smart Rules panel, exclusive to Windows, gives you control over how the client functions.
  • Wi-Fi Protection panel: It allows you to decide what happens when you connect to new networks; it can also let the client automatically connect to the VPN if the network is insecure.
  • App Protection: It automatically connects you to a specific VPN location when opening an app; even the client performs the same job before joining a torrent client.
  • Exceptions feature: Here, you can build a list of websites that do not need to be protected; you can also enlist a streaming site that is only accessible in your country.
  • Kill Switch: This lets the VPN connection activate automatically when detecting connection issues.
  • Settings Box: It enables you to opt for protocols (OpenVPN or IKEv2, L2TP), using random ports, enabling or disabling IPV6 connections, a kill switch, and DNS leak protection.
  • WireGuard: This is the mobile-only feature of CyberGhost that lets you control what to do when accessing particular networks.
  • Dedicated IP System: CyberGhost also offers dedicated IPs… but for an extra $5 a month; it means you’ll get a unique IP address that would be only yours, reducing the chance that sites will block you, especially where a few users’ bad behaviors restrict everyone’s accessibility. Montreal, Frankfurt, Paris, Manchester, London, Chicago, and New York are the locations that offer the luxury of a dedicated IP system.
  • Secret Photo Vault – An optional add-on that CyberGhost offers to iOS users, allowing them to hide pictures and videos behind a password-protected vault. The app is free and easy to use.

How fast is CyberGhost performing?

CyberGhost is best when it comes to streaming media, expanding viewers’ options, but hold on! What about its speed? 

I tested CyberGhost’s servers in the UK and US, using a couple of testing thresholds. The results were; like, 

In the UK, the speeds were between 160-180Mbps. 

In the US, speeds were similar, at 180-240Mbps 

Farther-flung servers, like the one in New Zealand, the speed was inevitably slow (fell by 10Mbps).

I know they are not the absolute fastest, but impressive… isn’t it?

How supportive is CyberGhost?

For your basic understanding, CyberGhost offers a well organized, though not like the industry leaders, Guides section – simply browse your preferred platform, and find the desired advice.

Missing its Chat, it’s hidden – click a Help button, enter a keyword to reach the knowledgebase before the Chat appears; you will find it eventually.

One-click and in a couple of minutes, a support agent will respond to your question; upon asking a technical query about the OpenVPN configuration files, the agent immediately understands and responds clearly. 

My Verdict

CyberGhost is a clean, user-friendly VPN with torrenting and dedicated streaming profiles; the VPN boasts plenty of practical features and decent speeds. 

Other than specialized servers and HTTP protection, CyberGhost VPN is super-secure, bypassing geoblocks reliably.

However, some of its major downsides include unavailability in China and unbiased distribution of features across platforms.

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Rohail Ijaz is a writer by day and a streamer by night, striving to change perspectives with words of wisdom. He has studied journalism and advertising and loves to explore the newest trends in the technology domain. Rohail is currently sharing his knowledge and expertise as a Senior Content Writer at Techlectual. Writing aside, Rohail has a deep passion for photography; he captures moments that relate with his outlook.

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Rohail Ijaz: Rohail Ijaz is a writer by day and a streamer by night, striving to change perspectives with words of wisdom. He has studied journalism and advertising and loves to explore the newest trends in the technology domain. Rohail is currently sharing his knowledge and expertise as a Senior Content Writer at Techlectual. Writing aside, Rohail has a deep passion for photography; he captures moments that relate with his outlook.