Where the vast majority of free VPNs are little more than trial software without a 7 day expiration date, CyberGhost VPN is one a VPN service that comes with a free package that works remarkably well for light internet users who are tired of sluggish, unreliable free proxy server connections.
What does CyberGhost cost?
CyberGhost free can be availed at zero cost for those who don’t want to spend cash on a VPN just yet, or those who don’t have bandwidth intensive / security sensitive internet usage requirements. The NZ VPN free version allows you to connect to a limited selection of servers, and use the service uninterrupted for 3 hours straight after which an automatic disconnection occurs and you have to manually reconnect.
On the bright side don’t have to put up with a tight one hundred megabyte bandwidth consumption limit, but you’ll also have to tolerate ads (although not as frequently as some of the other free offerings) and wait in a queue when the network is loaded.
If you want to get past these limitations, you’ll have to pony up for a paid subscription which starts at $6.99 per month ($5.83 per month if you sign up for the annual subscription). For $10.99 per month (or $9.16 per month on an annual package), you can enjoy up to five parallel connections with a single subscription, which works well for family usage.
CyberGhost 5 has an extensive server network – comprising of 691 end points in 29 different countries. There are plenty of servers concentrated in the US, so CyberGhost Netflix performance is quite satisfactory.
The VPN uses OpenVPN standard for encryption, with a 256-bit AES cypher, and 2048-bit RSA and MD5 hash for authentication. The use of OpenVPN technology ensures ample protection against eavesdropping attempts, but it could have been made more secure if SHA-256 was used for authentication. L2TP and PPTP standards are also employed where the OpenVPN standard is unusable.
CyberGhost torrenting policies are completely open, but the OpenVPN encryption has a slight impact on connection speeds, so you may find that CyberGhost VPN torrenting performance to be a bit sluggish compared to its competitors.
CyberGhost’s home country is Romania, known for being strictly against any kind of data logging of internet users to the point that it is stated in their constitution. As a consequence, CyberGhost maintains zero logs about your activity – in fact, even the payment for the susbcription is handled by third party services so the VPN service can’t trace it back to its users.
Compatibility and Support
Clients are available for iOS, Android, Mac OS X and Windows, as well as Chrome OS and Linux. Linux requires some advanced configuration – then again, users of this platform are generally quite tech savvy and should be able to handle it.
Ticket based support is available for paid users – slightly disappointing given that most paid VPNs now offer 24/7 Live Chat support. Free users are given access to a troubleshooter as well a Frequently Asked Questions section.
To close of our CyberGhost review, we found its free version to be the best VPN for New Zealand users who don’t want to pay for online anonymity. The paid version is functional – indeed the basic paid package may appeal to some budget minded users – but on the whole, there are better performing offerings out there for those serious about security.