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Welcome to our CyberGhost review, where we take a closer look at one of the world’s top VPN providers.
A VPN is a service that allows safer browsing by creating an encrypted connection between your computer and a remote server. Go here (http://www.australianvpn.com.au/what-is-a-vpn/) for more information about VPNs.
7 Australian Servers!
CyberGhost has seven servers active in Australia. This is excellent news for those of us who like to browse faster than a turtle can crawl, which is often not even remotely possible with VPN providers who have all their servers based overseas. They have 681 servers running in more than 30 countries and, according to their website, almost 37Gbit/s bandwidth available. They support OpenVPN, IPSec, L2TP and PPTP, allowing users to choose their own way of working.
Their pricing structure is as impressive as their infrastructure. They have one option that is entirely free, and is available for Windows, Mac, and Android. The free offer includes unlimited bandwidth, unlimited traffic, 256-BIT AES encryption, and anti-fingerprinting technology. It does not, however, include access to any of the servers based in Australia, all of which are marked as “premium” and therefore available only to paid users. Nevertheless, CyberGhost is one of the only legitimate VPN providers in the world that offers an unlimited free version, and it gets a gold star for that alone.
The next tier is the A$6.24/month (or A$7.49 if you choose monthly billing) one-user Premium contract, which apparently allows speeds up to five times higher than the free offer and also includes apps for Android and iOS. It also promises access to more than 600 servers in 30 countries.
The highest tier is the A$9.99/month (or A$11.99/month if you choose monthly billing) Premium Plus contract, which features everything the Premium offer has, plus up to five simultaneous connections. The CyberGhost site is practically unique in offering an actual Australian version of their entire site, with all quotes in Australian dollars, which makes a nice change from trying to do currency exchanges in one’s head, and means that at least the bill should be the same every month.
What would a CyberGhost review be without a nice little pricing table? Check it out below.
- Completely free
- available for Windows, Mac and Android
- or $10.99 billed monthly
- All Premium features
- Simultaneous usage on up to 5 devices
During CyberGhost review testing, CyberGhost’s VPN actually appeared to increase browsing speed slightly. This may be due to data compression on some of their servers.
Their apps are not bad-looking, and are available for Windows, Mac, Linux and (with the paid version) Android and iOS. The Windows app is very good-looking, with an excellent interface, and very responsive. The free version of the app has ads to try and sell you on the paid version, but that’s par for the course on free versions of paid apps, and at least it doesn’t interrupt constantly with ads for other products. The free version of the Windows and Mac apps also work without an account – you will only need to log in using an account if you decide to subscribe to the paid service.
Some of CyberGhost’s features include:
- Kill switch. CyberGhost will automatically block all Internet connections to prevent you accidentally exposing personal data over unsecure connections.
- DNS Leak protection. CyberGhost’s infrastructure provides an in-house DNS server which prevents phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks, and allows users to bypass censorship.
- NAT Firewall. CyberGhost’s server-hosted firewall protects against hacking and similar threats by blocking incoming connection attempts.
- High speeds. CyberGhost VPN does not appear to affect Internet speed negatively.
All things considered, CyberGhost certainly looks like one of the better offers out there. If you’re looking for a free VPN, you’re almost certainly not going to find much better, and the paid version is definitely worth the money.
The only cons are that free users don’t have access to the Australian servers, and the fact that they do log, however circumspectly, their users’ data.
We hope that you have enjoyed this CyberGhost review. Comments, questions, concerns? Let us know in the comments below.