CyberGhost VPN Review (The iPhone Edition)

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Does CyberGhost really make you a ghost in the online world?

Pros

  • Above average server distribution
  • A robust VPN network
  • Strong policy on privacy
  • User interface is artistic and unusual.
  • Offers a total of seven licenses with a single subscription

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • Versions other than the Windows lack advanced features
  • Lack of location spoofing in streaming mode

Summary

Our research shows that CyberGhost offers users an excellent and high-quality VPN service that has a strong and unique set of features not found in most of the other elite VPN services.

This is the reason why we consider CyberGhost VPN a worthy choice for anyone who is looking for premium protection at a premium price

CyberGhost full review

What is a VPN service?

A VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.

Most security experts consider a VPN service as an enormously mighty tool for users who want to secure their life in the online world.

However, the main problem with VPN services is that, they tend to fall into a total of two categories.

And both the categories are very different from each other.

Some VPN services try to trade powerful tools for usability.

Other VPN services try to emphasize intuitiveness and ease of use over more arcane options.

Our research shows that CyberGhost VPN is amongst the top VPN services.

This VPN service is unique in the sense that it is able to thread the fine path between the two extremes we have mentioned before.

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In simpler terms though, CyberGhost VPN is able to mix unique tools with usability and powerful features.

On top of it can also offer users a good privacy policy which essentially protects the customers’ data rather than profit off of it.

We are confident that no online consumer would go awry with a VPN service like CyberGhost VPN.

However, as far as the iOS platform is concerned, we still feel that NordVPN is the best VPN service provider.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited comes at a close second for best iPhone VPN apps.

How does a VPN work?

Whenever a user turns on a VPN service, all of the user’s online traffic has no other option but to go through the VPN service’s encrypted tunnel straight to a VPN server which the VPN company itself operates.

What does this do?

It prevents anyone and everyone (even those who are on the same network as the user) from intercepting the user’s private and/or sensitive data.

A VPN service is also a great way for online users to hide their identity.

How does a VPN service achieve that?

Well, it achieves that by having the user’s network traffic exit to the wider world of the internet from a location which is anywhere but the user’s own computer machine.

Online consumers of the modern world also require a VPN service because a VPN is probably the most powerful encryption and privacy technology.

This is the reason why political dissidents and journalists who are operating in countries that have restrictive internet rules and regulations make use of VPN services

But a VPN service has lots of other uses.

For example, it protects users from their not-so-neighborly internet service provider from intercepting the user’s data.

Most readers would already know what they do with the data.

That’s right.

First, they anonymize the data and then they sell it to marketing companies.

That, by the way, is legal.

And we can all thank the United States Congress for making that decision.

Perhaps this is a good time to also mention that visitors to our site who are reading this should definitely go to their representatives and senators whenever they get the chance and then complain.

Now, because of the fact that the user’s traffic appears to emerge from one of VPN company’s VPN servers, anyone who is trying to monitor the user’s traffic would see the IP address which belongs to the VPN server instead of the user’s actual IP address.

Needless to say, this arrangement helps the user to hide his/her online identity.

However, that’s not all as VPN services also hide where the user is actually located since the only way anyone can know the geographic location of a given user is via the corresponding IP address.

As it turns out, users can make use of the same feature to spoof their real location.

That is, by connecting to a given VPN server, the user can make it seem like he/she is a long way away from where he/she actually is.

Allow us to explain why that is handy for a good number of reasons.

It is handy because users can then access all the region-locked online streaming content.

To take an example, look at BBC.

The BBC has no problems in streaming content for United Kingdom citizens.

However, without the use of a VPN service, there is no way for a red-blooded American to watch BBC content.

The only way for a person living in the United States of America to watch content in BBC is by first connecting to a VPN server which is located in a place like London.

Recent surveys have shown that there is still a good percentage of online consumers who have never laid its hands on any given VPN service before.

If for some reason, that is the case with any of our readers then we suggest they should go to a search engine and read on how to first set up and then use a VPN service.

Price

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Following the lead of many other elite VPN services, CyberGhost offers users the same unique set of security features and bills the user differently based on the interval they sign up for with the company.

Users who pay a greater amount of money up front in order to sign up for a longer period of time with the company can save more money in the long run because of their commitment to the company.

CyberGhost VPN’s 1-month plan costs users around $12.99.

The company also offers users a six-month plan which costs users around $47.94.

Lastly, the company offers users an annual plan for which users have to pay it around $63.00.

CyberGhost now has three new plans.

The first one is the monthly plan which costs $12.99, the same as before.

The second one is the annual plan which costs $78 per year, and/or around $6.49 per month .

And the third plan is the 2-year plan which costs $84 for two years. That comes to about $3.5 per month.

Our research shows that CyberGhost VPN asks users a tad bit higher than the industry average which is around $10.38 per month.

In fact, our survey shows that CyberGhost VPN is even more expensive than NordVPN for the iPhone platform.

Of course, we are not disputing the fact that a lot of VPN services charge users a lot less than the average industry price.

For example, take TunnelBear VPN which only costs users around $9.99 per month.

We would also like to talk about Private Internet Access which offers users a pretty much spartan but a robust experience for a tiny price of $6.95 per month.

Other good VPN services such as KeepSolid VPN Unlimited have made a reputation for themselves by having a decent variety of subscription plans to accommodate more users than ever.

KeepSolid starts from an ultra-low-cost seven-day plan and then move all the way up to its lifetime plan.

Users have the option of purchasing various CyberGhost plans via traditional online payment methods such as PayPal and/or credit card.

Apart from that, they can also pay the company via anonymous methods such as BitCoin.

There are many VPN service providers that offer users strange payment options such as prepaid gift cards (and yes, they are strange).

Examples include the ones one would use at Starbucks and/or Best Buy.

Regardless, both offer anonymity.

We believe that the actual cost of the product should not be a hurdle whenever a user wants to have online security.

Maybe the VPN industry knows this as well.

And has come up with free VPNs available which, though not great, are indeed serviceable.

Other VPN service providers such as TunnelBear offer users free versions of their premium services that come with a few restrictions such as the amount of data that user is able to consumer per month.

At the time of writing this report, TunnelBear allowed users 500 MB each month.

Users do have the option of boosting their cap though.

There is also ProtonVPN which offers users a free version of its premium service as well.

Our research shows that ProtonVPN free version comes with restricted speeds that only free customers can tolerate.

As far as the number of simultaneous devices go, CyberGhost VPN allows users to have seven of them per subscription.

We are glad to hear that because this makes CyberGhost VPN a great value-for-money VPN for a household with lots of internet-enabled devices.

Our research shows that the industry average at the current moment is around five devices.

This is what most VPN services are willing to offer.

Elite VPN service providers such as NordVPN offer users a total of six simultaneous connection without charging anything extra.

There is also VyprVPN from Golden Frog on the iPhone platform that offers less than five devices on its base-level subscription package.

The same is the case with ProtonVPN.

Users who want to have access to more simultaneous devices would need to pay for to these companies to access that privilege.

The good news for BitTorrent fans is that CyberGhost VPN allows them to use as much BitTorrent technology as they want.

CyberGhost VPN also does not stop users from engaging in P2P file sharing.

There are some VPN service providers which require the user to limit P2P and BitTorrent activity to some of their special servers.

Then there are those VPN service providers that disallow BitTorrent and P2P altogether and never fail to mention that in their terms and conditions of service.

Of course, there is also the thing that activities such as torrenting, more or less fall into the domain of desktop users than mobile users.

Mobile users are busy with Facebook.

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It is the desktop users who have BitTorrent downloading as their pastime activity.

Additionally, CyberGhost tries to beyond by simply offering users BitTorrent friendly VPN server by offering users special VPN servers which are made just for video streaming.

This is great.

Our survey shows that if more and more VPN services work hard and ensure that users are able to access all of their favorite online video streaming services while they don’t have to switch off their VPN connection, then they would attract a lot more customers.

VPN Protocols

There are several ways in which users can go about creating a safe and secure VPN connection.

The best method which we have found is the method of OpenVPN.

Why is that?

It is so because OpenVPN is actually known for the protocol’s reliability and speed.

The other great thing about OpenVPN protocol is that it is, you guessed it, open source.

And because it is open source, lots of security experts over the years have picked the protocol’s code in order to find any kind of potential vulnerabilities.

Our survey tells us that current CyberGhost offers the OpenVPN protocol for its official clients on platforms such as,

  • Android
  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux

As far as the iOS platform is concerned, it makes use of the IKEv2 protocol by default.

And that is acceptable since it is a modern VPN protocol which is acceptable to most security experts.

The other thing that people need to note here is that because Apple places a good number of additional requirements on various VPN apps which make use of the OpenVPN protocol, VPN services have this tendency to not include OpenVPN in their offerings for the iOS platform.

Let’s talk about server locations AFTER servers

Let’s have a look at the number of VPN servers of this VPN service.

Before we dive into it though, we would like to let the user know that the actual number of VPN servers that a VPN service offered is one of the most important things that reviewers look for while differentiating VPN services.

It goes without saying that, VPN services that offer more VPN servers tend to rank high in terms of robustness.

Additionally, the user is more likely to connect to a VPN server which is not overburdened with a hundred other VPN users when the VPN service simply offers many VPN servers for the user to choose from.

All of this relates back to CyberGhost VPN in a pretty big way.

First, the company offers users over 3000 servers.

And the actual number of VPN servers is always rising.

In fact, our survey shows that the exact number of VPN servers tend to vary depending on the situation of the company itself and the market situation.

In any case, CyberGhost, with its huge network of VPN servers, has a robust offering.

Its VPN network actually puts it among the best VPN services which are out there available in the market today.

However, the likes of NordVPN cost users less money than CyberGhost VPN but still manage to offer 4800 servers.

There is also the Private Internet Access on the iPhone platform which costs users around half as much as CyberGhost on a monthly basis but still manages to offer around 3300 VPN servers.

Readers should also keep in mind that the geographic distribution of VPN servers is pretty much as much important as the number of servers.

The more a VPN service varies its server distribution, the more options it would give to its customers who want to spoof their location to different locations all the time.

If a VPN service has strong geographic server diversity, then it means that the VPN service is more than likely to find a VPN server which is located near the user even when the user is traveling.

This is very important.

Why?

Because users generally get to experience better performance when they connect to a VPN server that is physically nearby than a server which is thousands of miles away.

As a VPN service, CyberGhost VPN offers users servers located in over 90 different locations all around the world.

These locations are further present in over 60 countries.

Our research tells us that it is a pretty good mix that CyberGhost has managed to strike.

We also think that CyberGhost VPN has a better-than-average-VPN showing for places such as Africa.

Africa, is the one content that VPN services tend to either stay away from or ignore.

Our research shows that Hide My Ass VPN for the iPhone has the biggest network of VPN servers anywhere in the world.

More specifically, Hide My Ass for the iOS platform offers users a total of 286 locations which are spread around 220 countries.

CyberGhost, for its, part does offer users servers located in regions such as Hong Kong.

However, the company does not offer any VPN servers in places such as Russia and/or Turkey.

These are regions that some consider to have strict internet policies and if there are one group of people who need a VPN service then the groups living in China, Iran, and Russia are it.

Does CyberGhost VPN care about user privacy?

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There is little doubt about the fact that when using any privacy and/or security software, the user needs to put a bit of trust in the software developer.

What kind of trust are we talking about here?

We’re talking about the fact that users have to trust that the software developer’s product does exactly or mostly what it says in the marketing material.

The user also has to trust that using the privacy and/or security product would protect the user against all other online dangers.

We can’t stress enough why this is very important for VPN services.

Because the simple fact is that, whenever a user connects to the internet with the help of a VPN service, the VPN company behind the service could potentially have as much access and insight to the user’s data and activities as the user’s internet service provider.

And the main reason why people use VPN services in the first place is to protect their activities online.

This is also the reason why when we, at Security Gladiators, review VPN services and then research them, we always make sure we spend a good amount of time reading the company’s entire privacy policy document.

We also research more about the product’s developers and how they ensure best privacy practices.

It is true that in this respect, CyberGhost is not our favorite VPN service.

Why?

Because its privacy policy document has some problems.

We admit that the CyberGhost privacy policy is extremely detailed and thorough, it is frequently difficult to parse through and is very lengthy.

This is where we have to give some credit to TunnelBear as this VPN service deserves a lot of credit for putting its policy people to work and crafting an official statement that is not only easy to read but also self-explanatory.

And how can we not mention TorGuard VPN for the iPhone platform here?

We are of the opinion that TorGuard probably has the shortest and the most direct privacy policy document that we have ever seen.

Therefore, it is our hope that CyberGhost would soon begin work on this side of its VPN service.

If it does succeed then there is no doubt in our mind that it would attract more customers simply because of the fact that they would understand the service better than before.

But just briefly, we would like to mention that the official privacy policy document as it is now doesn’t have any hidden traps.

Basically what it does is that it express a concise but clear commitment to collecting and analyzing only that type of data that it needs to maintain the network and bill the users.

CyberGhost is one of the few VPN services that have undergone a full audit performed by a third-party to confirm the company’s information management practices.

We will talk more about the complete privacy policy of CyberGhost in another review which will take a look at the whole service rather than just the iPhone platform.

User interface and installation

Our research shows that users should not get into trouble for installing the official CyberGhost application.

That is, assuming that the user at least has a phone comparable to the Apple iPhone SE.

The first thing readers should note down is that if they ever lose their login information, they would need to use a CyberGhost special key which the company sends to the user in his/her activation email.

In a case where the user has managed to lose that one as well, then the user would have to restore his/her account via the payment processor that CyberGhost VPN makes use of, cleverbridge.

As far as appearances go, the official CyberGhost app is pretty unusual.

Why do we say that?

We say that because the first users ought to do is to swipe left or even right in order to make the app reveal a total of four panels.

These four panels represent a total of four modes in which the VPN service can operate.

The four modes come in the form of,

 

  • Secured Streaming
  • Secure Wifi
  • Choose My Server
  • Surf Anonymously

The good thing about each panel is that, it offers users a simple explanation of how each of the selected modes works.

CyberGhost VPN official app also makes use of some pretty high-resolution images which are slightly animated for more effect.

To take an example, there is Secured Streaming which shows a person, or rather a person’s face, watching a movie while munching on popcorn.

Our research shows that the Windows edition of the CyberGhost app makes use of slightly different option names for a number of the available modes.

The Windows version also adds an Unblock Basic Websites and Torrent Anonymously option.

Other VPN service providers such as PureVPN for the iPhone platform make use of some similar tactics in order to help the consumers get online with the help of different tactics for different circumstances.

Options such as Surf Anonymously and Secured Wifi include a button which leads to another set of options.

If the user decides to click the Choose My Server option then the app brings up a familiar looking options page.

All of the three settings shown on the page include the ability to block malicious content and tracking.

Options such as Choose My Server and Surf Anonymously also enable users to save a lot of money by compressing their web traffic.

There are other modes with different settings as well.

With an option like Secure Wi-Fi, the user has the option of controlling how the VPN service (which is CyberGhost in this case) responds to the user when he/she connects to a particular hotspot.

The default behavior of the app, when the user connects to a given hotspot, is to simply ask the user whether he/she wants to connect to a VPN service while connecting to the new hotspot.

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Users have the option of setting the option to always turn on in events where the user connects to a specific public WiFi hotspot.

They can also set the option for the VPN to always stay off for a WiFi network that the user trusts.

There are more options to block malicious content and tracking which are set to ON by default.

Coming to the Secured Streaming option, and users should have problems in streaming VPN services such as Crunchyroll and Netflix.

The Secured Streaming option also offers users preferred VPN servers in order to easily access such online services.

Apart from that, users also have the option of adding their own VPN servers for specific sites.

All that the user has to do is to punch in the exact URL and then select the preferred VPN server in order to move forward.

We won’t hide the fact that we like this feature.

Like, a lot.

Although we did feel a sense of disappointment as the app does not feature exclusive access to streaming services such as Netflix from various different countries.

The default settings indicate that the Surf Anonymously option is able to select a country for the user.

Of course, the user always has the option of making his/her own choice.

Similar to the Secure WiFi page, the CyberGhost app turns ON the options of blocking malicious content and tracking by default.

We think that is good.

Users who would like to save some money with the help of some compressed content, they have to turn on the compression option manually.

Coming to the Choose My Server panel and the user should not find it difficult to notice that all the three options we have discussed so far as off.

These are the default settings.

However, we advise users to turn them ON as soon as possible.

The Choose My Server is the place where the user has to select not only the location of the server, that is the country, but also select the precise VPN server.

Our research shows that such an ability would have significantly more benefits if the company simply tried to offer more details about each given VPN service in order to help the user make an informed decision.

When we think of this problem, we also think of elite VPN service providers like IPVanish for the iPhone platform and how they go about solving this problem.

What we have found is that VPN services such as IPVanish not only offer users servers to choose from but accompany each given server with information such as load percentage and ping latency rates.

VPN service providers such as VyprVPN make use of color coding in order to represent the best-given VPN server on the list for each country.

If the user is running the Windows version of the official app then CyberGhost also shows the user which servers it has identified as the most crowded ones and which it has found to be the most empty.

Apart from that, it can even seek out the fastest VPN servers at the time of the user’s choosing.

In the iOS version of the official CyberGhost app, the company only gives the user a long list of names such as Oslo-S07-102.

There is little point in debating the fact that the four main panels that offer different VPN modes come with detailed images and thus are very appealing.

However, that does not change the fact that they also have some problems.

What sort of problems are we talking about here?

We’re talking about problems such as various screens not working as they are supposed to.

In more specific terms, the options pages along with the pages accessing which the user is supposed to select a server or a country have problems.

The other thing is that, the app looks like it does not want to work with the smaller screen size of Apple devices such as iPhone SE.

That holds true in all cases by the way.

What we mean by that is the alphabetical letters in various headings such as Options and Location appear with rather odd spacing.

In fact, some of them (at certain points) even overlap each other which is never a good thing.

Or even an acceptable thing when we’re specifically talking about the best VPNs in the market today.

As for just-good-enough VPN services, we don’t think this flaw is a deal-breaking one.

When compared to lower league VPN services, such a flaw is a minor annoyance.

However, that should not lead readers away from the fact that it is sloppy work from a VPN service that is demanding a premium price for its premium product.

Does CyberGhost work with Netflix

The thing readers need to get a hang of here is that there are bad actors apart from oppressive governments who want to block people from using VPN services.

Which are those bad actors?

Well, in this context, the bad actors are all the streaming services that want to block VPN traffic in order to prevent online consumers from spoofing their locations in order to access content which has geo-restrictions on it.

For example, with the help of a VPN service, someone living in the United States of America could easily make it appear to everyone else that he/she was living in a country like Canada where Star Trek: Discovery streams its episodes very quickly.

Star Trek: Discovery, at the moment, is only available on Netflix outside the US.

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However, it also requires the user to have a subscription package of CBS All Access in order to view the series domestically.

Our survey shows that Netflix is pretty much the most aggressive streaming service when it comes to banning VPN services.

However, the fortunate thing here is that, Netflix banning is not a problem for a near-to-elite VPN service like CyberGhost VPN.

Our research is clear:

When tested, CyberGhost can rise up to the occasion and not interfere with the user’s streaming experience while the user has connected to a server in the United States of America.

With that said, it is also true that blocking VPN services has become pretty much a game of cat-and-mouse.

In other words, a given VPN that unblocks US Netflix today may or may not block US Netflix tomorrow.

Our research shows that users will find it awkward to use this feature on an iPhone device.

Why do we say that?

We say that because, right at the start of the process, the iOS app only allows the user to select US servers.

Hence the app makes it pretty much useless for activities such as region-spoofing.

So there could come a time where the user may swipe on the screen to select the Secure Streaming option and then choose Netflix to see the iOS app open up the official Netflix website.

However, upon trying to play an episode of a given TV series, the user may see the app taking him/her to the official App Store in order to download the official Netflix application.

Continuing with the same example, if the user taps on the option of Open in the official App Store, he/she may find that the Store opens up the already present Netflix application installation.

Moreover, it may then require the user to locate the desired TV series episode once again.

Readers should get the idea that the process of watching US Netflix on the iOS app with CyberGhost VPN is confusing.

However, they may find that even after that rigmarole, the iOS Netflix starts to stream the desired episode.

Going beyond the boundaries of a VPN

There is no doubt about the fact that the most important thing a VPN must do without any fail is to provide protection to the user.

However, since the market is so competitive now, VPN companies have now started to include some sweeteners and nifty add-ons in order to make their offering seem even more arresting.

Our research tells us that TorGuard is the VPN that has the most complete and comprehensive menu system that lays out the options in an organized manner.

The TorGuard menu even allows users to purchase extra simultaneous connections along with static IP addresses.

It even enables users to have access to the company’s Gigabit network in exchange for a monthly fee.

As for CyberGhost VPN, this VPN service providers users with an ad blocking feature via its VPN connection.

Not only that, but CyberGhost VPN also offers users a tracking and malware blocking feature.

As far as the Windows platform is concerned, CyberGhost VPN even offers the option of enforcing the permanent use of HTTPS.

Despite our research, we don’t have any evidence that this feature is available in the iPhone edition.

Other VPN services such as TunnelBear also enable users to take advantage of its own ad blocking feature.

However, TunnelBear achieves that with the help of its official standalone web browser plug-in.

The plug-in is able to provide users with even more options than a simple and hidden ad blocking feature.

Elite VPN service providers such as NordVPN go even further.

NordVPN offers specialized VPN servers in order to ensure greater anonymity and improved online video streaming.

For example, users can make use of the NordVPN service to connect to the very famous anonymization network called Tor.

The Tor network is capable of bouncing the user’s traffic even more than before.

This makes it far far more difficult for attackers to intercept data and then track the user.

Speed

And, of course, performance.

Our surveys show that the main reason why most people are not entertained with the thought of using a VPN service is that they think using a VPN service would bring their web browsing experience to a halt.

There is some truth to that, in fact.

Typically, users are bound to experience an increased latency rate as well as a decreased download and upload speed when they make use of a VPN service.

Why is that?

It is because a VPN, by design, does not route the user’s online traffic by making use of the most efficient path or method.

Instead of doing that, it has to make the data jump some hoops again and again in order to ensure the data’s security.

The best way to get a sense of the negative impact that a VPN service may have on the user’s internet connection and/or speed is by running a reasonably long series of comparative speed tests.

The tool that most reviewers make use of is the internet speed tool brought to us by Ookla.

Readers can access it here.

Ookla speed test tool has the ability to record latency rates, download speeds as well as upload speeds.

This is the reason why we like to use these three metrics as the criteria of a speedy VPN service.

It is considered best practices to run a total of five tests.

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More specifically, one has to carry out five speed tests with a VPN service.

And then five more speed tests without a VPN service in place.

Then, the next step is to discard the bottom and top results in order to average out the remaining results.

After that, the reviewer should compare the actual VPN performances to the original baseline performance in order to get a figure of the percentage change in speed.

Needless to say, internet networks are more or less finicky little things.

This is the reason why we don’t think of speed tests as the last word regarding any VPN service’s performance.

Rather, we take these speed test comparisons as a form of snapshot.

For the end user, that means his/her mileage may (but more honestly, will) vary.

Our research shows that CyberGhost can sometimes give terrible results.

So terrible, that the user may think that he/she may have made a mistake and carry out the test twice.

Of course, CyberGhost would improve then.

Or rather should improve given that the user has a stable internet connection.

Once the reviewer or the user gets normal looking results on several tests, it makes all the more sense to simply chalk up all the bad scores and put the blame on internet fluke.

Users may want to use a mode or something to test out a service.

Our research shows that the most time efficient thing to do here is to use the Secure WiFI mode.

Why?

Because the Secure WiFi mode is the first thing that the user would see upon signing in to the app.

Hence, we recommend to go for the likely choice.

Our research shows that CyberGhost has a pretty similar effect on the user’s latency rates.

More specifically, it only increased the latency rate by less than 4 percent.

Other great VPN service providers such as AnchorFree and Private Internet Access for the iPhone platform can sometimes increase latency rates by 15 percent if not higher.

However, as far as the absolute winner in this situation goes, Hotspot Shield is it.

In other words, it decreases the download speed the least.

HotSpot Shield makes use of a number of optimization methods in order to increase the user’s download speed by, sometimes, as much as 70 percent.

That is insane.

Users are invited to carry out their own tests again to make sure that HotSpot doesn’t just give fluke results.

As for CyberGhost, it did come in second.

To put it another way, it beat everyone except Hotspot.

More specifically, among the remaining security products, CyberGhost managed to reduce download speeds by a small 9 percent.

This pretty much jibes with the company’s Windows version since there too CyberGhost manages to put up scores that only the elite VPN services can put up.

We have also come to know that HotSpot Shield increases upload speeds.

Sometimes, by as much as 4 percent.

In this category too, CyberGhost managed to take the second spot as it reduced upload speeds by, close to, 5 percent.

The other thing readers need to note here is that all the scores that we have mentioned so far are close.

However, TorGuard and Private Internet Access slowed down the user’s upload speed by the biggest margin at around 9 percent.

Users and reviewers are also encouraged to change their tests a bit to see just what would happen with the performance.

For example, some testers could simply try to test CyberGhost VPN one of more time by using the Surf Anonymously panel this time around instead of the one that comes first on the screen.

There, the VPN should enable the VPN compression to further increase performance.

Indeed, our research shows that if the user goes through with this custom configuration then CyberGhost, theoretically could speed up both download speeds as well as upload speeds.

Though it still would not have the results to match the likes of HotSpot Shield.

Just to state the obvious, CyberGhost VPN has the ability to put up impressive scores in various speed tests.

This is especially true when the user digs in the configuration menu to set the VPN up for speed.

With that said, we still think that users should look into all the factors that make up a great VPN service provider rather than just speed, when they are on the hunt for a ne VPN.

Things such as usability, privacy, and value are actually a lot more important when it comes to a VPN service.

However, users who are in the market looking for a VPN which gives them the fastest speeds possible then HotSpot Shield is the one they should go with.

Our research shows that, at least on the Windows platform, TorGuard is the fastest VPN there is.

Conclusion: CyberGhost as your VPN buddy

No one can deny that CyberGhost VPN has a big ambition to become one of the best if not the best VPN service in the world.

The goals that the company has set out for itself have so far ensured that it is able to cram the breadth of PIA, Private Internet Access, and its technical excellence into a package that is surprisingly more usable.

If the company just puts in a bit more effort, who knows how far it could go.

As mentioned before, the iPhone version of CyberGhost app does not offer users all of the advanced security features which they will find in the company’s Windows client.

However, because of the fact that CyberGhost iOS app makes use of some really high-resolution animated images, the app’s user interface is the standout feature of CyberGhost on the iPhone platform.

CyberGhost VPN service also has an obtuse and exhaustive privacy policy document which goes to reasonable lengths in explaining how the company protects the user.

Our research has shown that currently, CyberGhost VPN is slightly on the expensive side.

Although, we have to mention, that it tries its best to make up for the price with features and a total of seven licenses per account.

That is truly generous. CyberGhost, from an overall perspective, is an excellent VPN service.

But, it still has some way to go if it wants to catch up to our VPN champions such as KeepSolid VPN, IPVanish and NordVPN.

 

Zohair

Zohair

Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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CyberGhost VPN Review (The iPhone Edition)

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