CyberGhost 5 VPN
Operating System Covered: Windows XP, Window, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
Price: Free to Paid versions
Why a VPN Service
Your PC, laptop, Mac or anything else that connects to the internet has an IP address assigned by your ISP (internet service provider) which marks your location similar to having your home address. You may want to access online services and content that is restricted by geographical location such as TV shows. Others may be concerned about aggressive advertising or government surveillance and want to protect themselves against it, and make it harder to trace your online activity.
Even if you are not trying to hide your location, using a VPN service makes a lot of sense because it encrypts all online traffic and ensures data remains hidden from third parties when on an open wireless network.
Client Installation and getting started
For those of you who want to make sure that your online traffic is encrypted and you get online privacy from advertisers or government snoops the key could be the secure connection of a VPN like CyberGhost 5.
To get started you simply visit the CyberGhost website and download and install the client software directly. We liked that fact that you can use this service as soon as you have installed the client software without creating an account. You will need to create an account if you want to use it on multiple devices, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP, stop getting ads, use the three different protocols and 253 servers across 20 countries.
Creating an account is easy, you just click on the Upgrade button in the client interface or go to "My Account" on the CyberGhost website. At this point, CyberGhost generates a username, a strong password, and a special key for account recovery. You copy the code and store it in a safe place. The only time you need it is if you need to reset the password.
On the CyberGhost website it does specify that it takes user privacy seriously in stating it will not log any user activity. When we took a look in the settings menu (the gear icon on the top right corner of the interface) there is “Privacy Control” were you can change the Header Information that browsers like Internet Explorer provide when visiting websites. You can block requests to tracking websites and prevent Social plugins like the Facebook “Like Button” so that your web activities don’t get transmitted to third-party websites. It will also allow you to remove information about your Operating System (OS), the Browser version, and the Browser language.
CyberGhost 5 has had a few improvements making it a lot faster and simpler to use especially the client application. From logging into your account the client will display your current location and IP address, you then have the choice of simulating your country of origin or simulating a location specific location like France and Germany.
The free version connects users to 20 servers in 14 countries. The Premium and Premium Plus versions connect users to 253 servers in 21 countries. Performance speeds have improved significantly and this is one of the best we have seen with the speed and consistency from a VPN.
There are three plans to choose from. The first is the free version, which has certain limitations, like ads and a cut of point after 3 hours, but you do still get anonymity when connected. The next one is the Premium plan which is about £48 ($75.00) per year, which offers the choice of the three different protocols, the software to be installed on one device and access to all 253 servers across 21 countries. Finally, there is the Premium Plus plan which is about £80 ($120.00) per year, with the same features as the Premium Plan but you can install the Client software on 5 devices. There are monthly plans available but the yearly plans offer better value.
With a no logging policy, AES 256-bit encryption, and the anti-fingerprinting policy that CyberGhost adopt it means that you receive the best possible anonymity when online, thus protecting your privacy as much as possible.
CyberGhost VPN is one of the best personal VPN’s we have tried to date and with Android and iOS device support alone should be incentive enough for those using public Wi-Fi hotspots. With a new Client User Interface and easier navigation this is worth a look.