CyberGhost VPN Review – Protect Your Online ID, Access Unavailable Content


Anonymous internet browsing has many benefits, ranging from preventing groups of marketing organizations from analyzing browsing behavior, to accessing content that is otherwise not available in specific geographic locations.

CyberGhost VPN provides such a gateway, giving users the ability to reach a virtual address in another country to surf the web freely without such restrictions.

The utility uses the secure AES-256 algorithm to establish a virtual private network and offers a list of countries and IP addresses available to connect. It also has some handy settings to block online content, prevent analysis of other parties’ data, and make exceptions. CyberGhost works not only for PCs, but also for smartphones and tablets, ensuring 24/7 online anonymity on all devices.

The demo version is free for an unlimited time, keeping in mind that some restrictions apply, such as limited servers, countries and session length. The premium edition with all these features unlocked can be purchased for $ 39.99 / € 29.99.

Installing the app is a quick and easy task, as it contains familiar settings. The only notable aspect about it is that it will offer to install a network card, necessary to connect to the Internet via VPN (unless it is already installed). By default, CyberGhost runs automatically on system startup.

You are now connected to a foreign IP address

Display the real IP address and connect to an anonymous address
It is wrapped in an attractive and very intuitive interface which contains a few buttons, as the app is able to connect to another server with minimal user assistance. An icon is created in the system tray area to allow users to quickly exit the tool or view the control panel. It also shows connection status and IP address, showing notifications when protection is on or off.

The largest part of the main window shows a map and the actual location of the computer (country and IP address), while the lower part of the screen contains two buttons to go to another country and another IP address, in addition to a large button that looks like the power mode that allows CyberGhost to immediately create a secure connection.

Automatic settings or custom country and IP address

The easiest way to reach a new IP address is to click the power button to allow CyberGhost to apply the automatic settings; it will link the computer to the closest and fastest address it finds. Alternatively, users can select a different country from a list of available locations and the total number of users connected to each (less is more). A search function is also available.

Select one of the available countries from the list
Select one of the available IP addresses from the list

Select a preferred country and IP address
As for the new IP address, the software utility can choose one automatically by finding the fastest route, or users can choose one themselves by looking at a list with similar information to countries. They should keep in mind that the peer-to-peer protocol (eg torrent clients) is blocked on some servers (as shown in the list of IP addresses) for legal reasons, while others may be unavailable (depending on the payment plan). VPN changes are quickly applied to the network connection, and the simulation location can be easily disabled.

Privacy control and other program settings

To ensure that third-party applications cannot obtain information through cookies, the tool can delete data on the operating system and browser version, while online activity can be masked by modifying the browser language to match the new server location. Additionally, it can block website tracking requests and remove social media plugins, which can monitor surfing behavior to establish a pattern and send advertisements accordingly. Anti-fingerprint and content blocking tools can be enabled for encrypted HTTPS traffic.

Control privacy by blocking online content and fingerprints
Anonymity settings will not be applied to programs added to the exceptions list

Configure privacy settings and create exceptions
Custom IP addresses can be added to an exception list, in order to continue to apply the actual server settings to them. All email settings taken from a desktop client are included in this lift by default. Additionally, users can configure proxy properties to connect to the internet (SOCKS5 or HTTP), force disable when going through CyberGhost DNS servers, disable IPv6, prefer TCP connections over UDP, use a random port, and fix the problem. virtual network card.

The application can be configured to start minimized when running at Windows startup or its entry can be removed from the autorun sequence. It can automatically establish a connection when the program starts and check for beta versions when checking for software updates. Settings can be saved to a file and imported later, as well as reset to default values.


The software tool worked flawlessly on Windows 8.1 Pro in our testing, without crashing, crashing, or showing error messages. It takes some time to establish a secure connection while remaining light on system resources.

The interface is comfortable and intuitive to use. Some tips are displayed in various parts of the user interface, while additional product information can be obtained online.

It supports multiple user interface languages, platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android, iOS) and protocols (Open VPN, L2TP and PPTP).

Users can either apply the automatic setting or choose the preferred country and IP address, as well as set exceptions, block online content, and establish anti-fingerprint mode.

The bad

Obviously, the biggest downside is the restrictions on the free edition, especially when it comes to the short 3 hour sessions.

The truth

Users shouldn’t expect blazingly fast browsing speed when connected to a virtual network, but it is to be expected. Considering everything, CyberGhost VPN is probably one of the easiest to use online anonymity tools available today. It provides all types of users with powerful security features and requires minimal intervention to operate.

REMARK: In association with CyberGhost SRL, we are offering 150 free licenses for CyberGhost VPN. Normally a key costs $ 39.99 / € 29.99. Each license has one year availability and must be activated by September 11th. To have a chance to win one, leave us a comment in the section below with something relevant to the app and make sure you associate it with a valid email. address for contact purposes. At the end of the promo, we will randomly select 150 winners using, notify the winners by email and post their names on this page, so check back later to see if you’ve won.

Please keep in mind that we will send the email addresses of the winners to the developers afterwards, and only comments left on this page will count towards the contest.

The deadline for this promotion is Monday, August 11 at 3:00 p.m. UTC (8:00 a.m. PDT / PST).

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UPDATE: We announced the winners of the prizes. Please access this link to know more. All winners will soon receive emails with their license key.


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