Cyberghost VPN Review
What is CyberGhost VPN?
CyberGhost has been a stalwart in privacy for PC, Mac and mobile devices for quite some time, making them one of the most popular. What could help is the fact that CyberGhost is unusual among the main VPN providers in that it offers a free version alongside its paid-for subscriptions.
A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet.
Although the free version of CyberGhost does allow you to connect to some of their servers, you’re not able to connect to their fastest servers, or BitTorrent ports. You are also shown ads every couple of hours. The good point about the free version is that you can get a feel of the software to see how you get on with it.
"It is always important to make backups of your digital life. Photos, documents and work files". Besides offering the usual antivirus/antimalware features it also includes a firewall, anti-spam and anti-phishing filter, malicious website blocker, removable device scanning and other advanced online threat defences, including:
CyberGhost – Features
From the start there is a completely revamped UI (user interface), gone is the map of the world, and in its place are 6 tiles with a Windows 10 theme. The six tiles show the main features: Surf Anonymously, Unblock Streaming, Protect My Internet Connection, Torrent Anonymously, Unblock Basic Websites and Choose My VPN Server. There are a number of extra features, including an ad-blocker, protection against malicious websites and online tracking.
CyberGhost – The Tiles
Surf Anonymously does exactly what it says on the tin. This is the main feature of CyberGhost and all other VPN clients. With CyberGhost they promise not to retain any records of sites you visit when using its service.
Unblocking Streaming is a service that lets you connect to a certain country in which you would like to watch their specific country content. The aim is to unlock content from the BBC, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime and many more. This is not guaranteed though, as with Netflix at the moment they are finding ways to block users from accessing content from other countries, even when using a VPN.
Protecting My Internet Connection is basically the same as the Unblocking Streaming button but without the country IP masking. Instead you get a hidden IP, no logging and military grade encryption.
Torrent Anonymously is again, exactly as the words imply. It blocks any online tracking. Download torrents using untraceable, torrent-optimized servers, automatically selected for you. Schedule your favourite torrent programs to start together with the CyberGhost app. This way, you will make sure you are always protected and anonymous on the Internet.
Unblock Basic Websites works in a similar way as the Unblocking Streaming service. Want to unblock news websites? No problem. Browse the free web without restrictions, for instance, if your ever in a country where the likes of Google are banned, try this app.
Choose My VPN Server lets you choose the exact server you want to use from over 650 servers in more than 30 countries. With CyberGhost, you get instant feedback regarding your connection, including: new IP, server location, ads, online tracking and blocked malware.
CyberGhost has a fairly broad selection of countries, mostly in Europe, but also including the USA, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Ukraine, Israel and Hong Kong.
CyberGhost doesn't log or store identifying data such as your IP address. If you're need of an extra layer of anonymity, you can pay for your CyberGhost subscription in bitcoins or track down a boxed edition.
CyberGhost's new user interface is clean and easy to use. The free service is definitely useful, it has a clear no-logging policy which will appeal to many users and its paid-for tiers are capable. If you are a new VPN user, the free CyberGhost could be the place to start.
Manufacturer: CyberGhost S.R.L
Operating System Covered: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
Price: Free and Paid versions
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