CyberGhost vs NordVPN
Comparison & Test Results 2018
CyberGhost is an excellent choice for users looking for a reasonably priced VPN provider that still offers a high level of service. The provider has some of the best customer support in the business, and their privacy protections are at the top of their game.
CyberGhost proves that an easy-to-use, value-priced VPN can offer comprehensive protection to its customers.
NordVPN is one of the top VPN providers in the industry today. The provider offers fast connections, above-average global server coverage and solid access to Netflix content.
NordVPN should be an attractive VPN option for movie lovers and gamers, as well as users looking to protect a wide variety of devices.
How to Choose a VPN
In this round of the one-on-one competitions, we’ll see CyberGhost take on NordVPN.
In this article, I’ll share the 10 most important categories to pay close attention to when researching VPN services. I’ll tell you why each service is important, share how well each provider performs in that category and make the call as to which VPN does the best job.
At the end of the article, I’ll add up the scores and declare a head-to-head champion. By that time, you should have enough information to make an informed decision between the two providers.
It’s a connected world - everything from your tablet to your television to your oven is connected to the net. You shouldn’t have to put up with your VPN slowing everything down.
I use Speedtest.net to perform my VPN speed tests.
Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)
The local connection speeds test is an attempt to demonstrate the type of performance you might expect from a VPN provider when you are connected to one of their servers located in your own country. I use a server located in the U.S.
International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)
The international connection speeds test approximates the performance a user would see when connected to a VPN server located in a foreign country. I connect to a U.K.-based server.
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being watched?
Well, you should, every time you connect to the internet.
Your ISP is likely saving logs of your online activities and selling them to the highest bidder right now. When you use the free Wi-Fi while you sip your favorite overpriced coffee drink at Starbucks, the guy with the WiFi Pineapple setup is trying to steal your credit card info.
Pay close attention to a VPN provider’s privacy protections. Always ask the following:
Romania-based CyberGhost isn’t required by their local government to keep logs, so they don’t. Simple, no? Bitcoin is a welcome payment option here.
NordVPN is based in Panama, where they respect a user’s right to online privacy. The provider is not required to keep logs of their customers’ activities, so they don’t. Bitcoin is also a payment option at NordVPN.
The providers in this head-to-head are both reasonably priced, falling in the low-to-mid range area of the VPN-pricing spectrum.
CyberGhost’s tariff is $4.99 per month (payable at $59.88 annually) or $11.99 per month when you subscribe to the month-to-month plan.
NordVPN’s going rate is $5.75 per month (payable at $69.00 per year) for annual subscriptions. That increases to $11.95 per month if you opt to pay monthly.
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Global Server Coverage
Global server coverage is an important component of any VPN’s content-unblocking power. The more servers spread out around the world, the better access you’ll have to streaming and gaming content that might normally be blocked in your area.
NordVPN has 4,401 servers positioned in 62 countries around the world.
CyberGhost has 1,700+ servers placed in over 60 countries.
Let’s see: you’re sitting in front of your computer, and you have a smartphone in your pocket, an iPad in your backpack and a Smart TV in the living room. Need for multi-platform support from a VPN provider? Check!
NordVPN provides native app support for the iOS, macOS, Android and Windows platforms. The service can also be used with properly configured routers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices, and Windows Phone and Linux devices. Browser extensions are available for the Firefox and Chrome platforms.
CyberGhost’s native app support consists of apps for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows devices. Support is also available for Raspberry Pi devices, NAS devices and a large number of routers. Browser extensions are available for the Opera and Chrome browsers.
Netflix is arguably the most-viewed streaming video service available today. Unfortunately, not all of Netflix’s streaming content is available in every country it serves.
That’s why you need a VPN that allows access to Netflix entertainment in other countries.
NordVPN may provide Netflix content access in only 4 regions (Canada, France, the Netherlands and the U.S.), but its access is reliable.
CyberGhost offers Netflix-unblocking powers for the American version of the streaming service. Users looking to unblock Netflix content from any other country are encouraged to look elsewhere.
Customer support is the VPN provider service that no one ever wants to have to take advantage of. However, if you need to, it’s good to know the support department will be there if you need it.
CyberGhost provides a 24/7 live chat option, a support request form and a searchable knowledge base.
NordVPN customer support offers fast replies to email inquiries, as well as an easy-to-search support library, but unfortunately lacks 24-hour live support chat.
A VPN provider protects their users’ internet connections by using encryption, which makes a user’s information appear to be “scrambled” to outsiders. This is what keeps a user’s online antics undercover.
NordVPN’s offers AES-256 encryption for their users’ connections via OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP protocols.
CyberGhost also uses 256-bit encryption to protect their connections, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IPSec, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols. They lack the SSTP protocol offered by NordVPN.
AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP
AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IPSec, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec
If you have the need to protect multiple users’ devices at once - say, for a small business or a large family - you’ll appreciate a provider that allows a large number of simultaneous connections on the same login.
CyberGhost allows a generous 7 connections at once, while NordVPN allows 6 simultaneous connections.
Are you one of the millions of online users that shares files via P2P/BitTorrent?
If so, you’ll appreciate a VPN provider that allows you to engage in the activity while connected to their servers. Without a VPN protecting you, your ISP could block you - or worse, a movie studio lawyer could come looking for you!
NordVPN allows BitTorrenting on servers in 42 countries.
CyberGhost allows P2P activity on its servers in 30 countries. The provider’s app handily indicates the countries where P2P activity is allowed.
NordVPN proved to be too much for CyberGhost, which, despite their name, proved to have not even a ghost of a chance.
NordVPN proved to be the best option in the connection speed, global server coverage, app support, Netflix access, encryption and BitTorrent support categories.
Meanwhile, CyberGhost offered the lowest price, best customer support and the highest number of simultaneous connections.
The competitors tied in the privacy category, where both offered top-notch protection.
NordVPN ranks high in the connection speeds category, has excellent global server coverage and provides above-average multi-platform support. The provider’s Netflix and BitTorrent support is some of the best in the business, making it a particularly good choice for the movie lovers in the audience. All of these things make NordVPN the overall champ this round.