Data breaches are no fun and they can have dire repercussions. They can lead to stolen identities, emptied bank accounts, credit fraud and so much more.
When it comes to protecting your identity, you can take the traditional route and install an antivirus/internet security program and get it over with. Or, you can use something that brings even more benefits than just online protection.
Virtual private networks, also referred to as VPNs, encrypt all your data and secure your connection each time you go online using a VPN. All providers have various servers located all over the world and you can connect to any of them and change your IP address. This way, internet stalkers will think that you are connecting from a totally different place than in reality. For instance, you can connect through a server from Bangkok even though your real location is Los Angeles.
VPNs are extremely useful when you are using poorly protected networks such as public WiFis. Those network are not safe and that’s when your identity and data are the most vulnerable. VPNs keep your true identity anonymous and make sure your online data is protected by their encryption protocols and other additional security tools, such as automatic kill-switch feature and others.
But in addition to offering security and anonymity, VPNs also open a lot of doors, or…websites, to be more exact. By being able to connect to servers from all over the world, you can bypass geographic censorship that prevents you from accessing content such as Facebook, YouTube, streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and so on.
Another benefit of VPNs is that they allow you to use torrents without being afraid you’ll be tracked down.
CyberGhost is a VPN provider from Romania, based in Bucharest. This service has been on the market since 2011 and has continuously grown in popularity since it’s been launched. CyberGhost currently takes pride in being used by 30 million users worldwide.
The features, speed and price of CyberGhost make it a serious competitor, together with providers like ExpressVPN, NordVPN and the like.
This VPN works on all the common devices/platforms/browsers/operating systems. CyberGhost has apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, routers, Chrome, fireTV and others.
There are 3 subscription plans available with CyberGhost. There’s a 1-month plan, a 1-year plan and a 3-year plan.
The 1-month plan is priced at approximately $13 per month and it comes with a 14-day money back guarantee.
The 1-year plan is priced at $5.8/month.
The 3-year plan is priced at $2.7/month.
The 1-year and the 3-year plans both offer a 45-day money back guarantee.
CyberGhost has an impressive number of servers, close to 4,800, spread in almost 60 countries across the world.
This VPN covers all the areas of the globe, but works best in: US, Canada, UK, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy.
In terms of security, CyberGhost uses 256-bit encryption and OpenVPN, L2TP-IPsec and PPTP protocols.
It has an automatic kill switch feature, DNS and IP leak protection, it blocks online tracking and malicious content (a malware blocker and an ad blocker are included).
CyberGhost boasts on its strict no-logs policy and given that the service is headquartered in Romania, it has no legal obligation to keep logs on its users; Romania is NOT a member of any surveillance alliance, which means CyberGhost is not constrained to collaborate with authorities.
Bandwidth and traffic are unlimited with CyberGhost and this VPN provider allows up to 7 simultaneous devices on a single account.
Another impressive quality of CyberGhost is its speed. So far, this VPN has managed to obtain some of the best scores in speed tests and their Europe servers register speeds well above 70Mbps. US servers also have speeds of approximately 70 Mbps.
And if you use torrents, here’s more good news. Not only does CyberGhost allow torrenting, but it even has dedicated servers for P2P file sharing.
Customer support is offered via live chat or tickets and response times are really good. The only improvement they could use is to switch to 24/7 support, because right now they don’t offer it around the clock.