CyberGhost VPN Review 2019

CyberGhost was founded in 2011. The Romanian Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider claims to have over 30 million users around the globe.

The service provides fast, reliable and well-protected connections, offering top-notch protection for their users’ online security and privacy.

In this review, I’ll reveal the results of running the provider through a battery of tests, which will answer the following questions and more.

Does CyberGhost offer access to Netflix and other streaming services around the globe?

Are CyberGhost’s connections fast enough to stream HD and 4K content?

What type of security and privacy protections does CyberGhost offer?

In addition, I’ll also provide additional information, creating a rundown of the VPN service’s offerings and overall performance.

Is CyberGhost for You?

CyberGhost offers competitive connection speeds, as well as top-notch privacy and security protections.

While CyberGhost’s 1-month subscription price is a bit dear, you can get definite savings with their 1-, 2- and 3-year subscription options.

A risk-free 45-day money-back guarantee is available for all subscription plans.

My Verdict

CyberGhost is an excellent option for new VPN users looking for an easy-to-use, yet powerful way to protect and enhance their online activities.

OVERALL RANK:  4.5/5
Speed: 4.5/5
Tested Speed: 58.22 Mbps average download speed (independently tested)
Streaming Support: HD & 4K HDR
Streaming Score: 4.5/5
Unblocks Netflix?: Yes – reliably for numerous countries
U.S. Streaming Services Supported: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Spotify, many more
U.K. Streaming Services Supported: Netflix U.K., BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, others
Security Score: 5/5
Privacy Rating: 5/5
Supports Torrenting: Yes, but limited to certain servers around the globe
Value for the Money: 5/5
Money-Back Guarantee: 45 days
Website: www.CyberGhost.com

Pros:

  • Streaming- and gaming-capable connections
  • Unblocks Netflix in numerous locations
  • Excellent connection protection
  • Easy to use
  • Comprehensive global server network

Cons:

  • Missing customization features in many apps
  • P2P limited to certain servers

Features

CyberGhost provides protections for all of the most popular device platforms and then some.

In addition to the iOS, Android, macOS, Linux and Windows platforms, apps are also available for the Amazon Fire TV and Android TV platforms.

Extensions are available for the Chrome and Firefox browser platforms. CyberGhost is also compatible with numerous makes and models of routers.

CyberGhost’s apps offer kill switch protection, DNS leak and IP leak protection, as well as military-grade encryption. Options are available to block ads and malicious websites, block online tracking and force your browser to load the HTTPS version of any website that has one available. For more information, check out my VPN Security Features article.

When connecting to the CyberGhost VPN network, you’ll have options to connect to any favorite servers you’ve selected, all of the available servers, servers designated for downloading files and servers designated for streaming.

The provider’s apps are easy to use and don’t try to grab too much of your device’s precious resources.

Up to 7 devices can simultaneously connect to the CyberGhost network on one set of login credentials.

At the time of this writing, GyberGhost has a global server network made up of 4,800+ servers located in 61 countries.

The provider allows P2P file sharing on servers in 24 countries, including the U.K., Japan, Poland and Sweden.

24/7 live chat support, a support ticket tracking system and a searchable help center are available from the provider’s customer support folk.

Streaming

One of the most popular features of a VPN is its ability to open access to content from other parts of the world. This includes streaming content, such as that from Netflix, ESPN, Pandora, U.S. television networks, BBC iPlayer and others.

For many years, it was easy to unblock streaming services from other regions of the world by using a VPN.

However, as time passed, streaming services became more adept at detecting when a viewer was using a VPN to view content from outside of their home country. Once they were able to do this, they began blocking the IP addresses of VPNs from accessing their streaming services.

CyberGhost has a list of designated servers in various countries, all designed to open access to specific streaming services in those countries.

U.S. servers are available to unblock Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO Now and many others. Servers in the U.K. are available to unblock BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, Netflix and more. Other countries are available for content inside their borders.

The locations I tested offer reliable access to their designated streaming services. I recommend that you check with CyberGhost support as to whether they offer servers for your favorite streaming service.

During testing, CyberGhost delivered smooth streaming, with little to no buffering wait.

Security and Privacy

CyberGhost performs well in the privacy and security departments. The provider does a top-notch job of protecting your internet activities and keeping your online antics private.

The provider protects your internet connection via government-level encryption. Protocols used include IKEv2, OpenVPN L2TP/IPSec and PPTP.

Apps provide kill switch protection and features such as an ad blocker, tracking blocker, malware blocker, and the ability to force websites to serve up HTTPS versions of their pages when available. For more information, check out my VPN Security Features article.

You’ll have no worries about CyberGhost giving up any information about your online activities while connected to their servers. The provider keeps no logs of any kind, so there are no records available to expose your activity.

You can keep your subscription information completely anonymous by using a disposable email address and the available Bitcoin payment option.

Speed

Before we take a look at CyberGhost’s connection speeds, allow me to go over the testing method we here at Pixel Privacy use to determine a provider’s speed figures.

A team of 3 of us perform all VPN connection speed tests using a gigabit Ethernet connection located in the United States. All tests are performed via the provider’s Windows app, connecting via OpenVPN over UDP.

During testing, we connect to 3 different VPN server locations – the United Kingdom, the United States and Hong Kong. Tests are performed for 3 days, 3 times per day, with at least 4 hours in between each round of testing.

CyberGhost’s average protected connection speeds are speedy enough for any online activity you engage in. The provider’s 58.22 Mbps speeds can easily handle online gaming, file sharing, streaming HD and 4K video, and more.

Cost

As with many other VPN providers, CyberGhost’s one-month subscription option is rather expensive, but the price drops precipitously if you’re willing to make a long-term commitment.

A 45-day money-back guarantee is available for all subscription plans.

Alternatives

CyberGhost is an excellent option for users looking for an easy-to-use VPN option to protect and enhance their online activities.

However, advanced users may prefer an app that allows them to control advanced options for their sessions.

I advise those users to investigate one of the following VPN providers.

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a longtime leader in the VPN industry and is considered to be among the top providers available today.

The provider offers excellent global server coverage, with over 3,000 servers located in 94 countries around the world.

The provider’s servers have an excellent track record when it comes to unblocking streaming services and allowing P2P file-sharing activity on all of its servers.

Military-level encryption protects ExpressVPN’s connections, and the provider keeps no logs of any kind, never sharing any information with outside parties.

Around-the-clock support is the standard here, with 24/7 live support chat, email support, and a searchable knowledge base and troubleshooting library.

NordVPN

NordVPN has also been around for quite awhile and has long been known as one of the most reliable VPN providers in the industry.

In addition to offering top-notch, customizable service, the provider makes its services available for a quite reasonable price. This makes the provider an attractive option for budget-minded VPN users looking for reliable service that won’t drain their billfold.

Although NordVPN’s connection speeds aren’t quite up to those that CyberGhost or ExpressVPN provide, the provider’s connections can likely take whatever you throw at them.

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