Tuesday, May 24, 2022

CyberGhost 7 review: A great choice for streaming overseas

We haven’t looked at Romania-based CyberGhost since version 5 in early 2018. CyberGhost is on to version 7 now, with a whole new look, more servers, and more country locations. Overall, it’s still the same great service with solid speeds, and the ability to get around regional restrictions of all kinds of streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, and others.

Many people prefer CyberGhost thanks to the fact that it operates in Romania, which is well outside of the so-called Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and Fourteen Eyes intelligence alliances. If that concerns you then I suppose CyberGhost is a good fit. Before you get all paranoid about your browsing habits, however, consider the online services you currently have. If you use Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo for email, or put your documents in Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive there’s a lot more to worry about than your browsing habits if you’re really concerned about western intelligence spying on your stuff.

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CyberGhost 7 with an active connection on macOS.

Privacy considerations aside, CyberGhost is a good choice for keeping your data secure over open Wi-Fi and streaming your favorite shows overseas.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

CyberGhost: Security, software, servers, and speed

CyberGhost uses IKEv2 as its preferred VPN protocol, but unlike its Windows counterpart there are no settings to choose a different option such as OpenVPN. For data encryption it uses AES-256, authentication is handled by TLS, and the handshake uses TLS v1.2 and a certificate signed with SHA-256.

CyberGhost’s privacy policy says it does not log any user data including browsing history, data content, connection logs, IP address, timestamps, or session duration. It does, however, log connection attempts and successful connections in aggregate form.

For country connections, you’ve got 60 countries to choose from and more than 3,700 servers.

When you first start up CyberGhost you’re presented with a single-panel interface that makes it easy to just click and go if all you want is the fastest possible server. If you want to choose a different location or a streaming-specific server, however, you can expand the window into a larger interface.


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