Using anonymous surfing by concealing your actual credentials is a much safer way to browse the Internet than to do otherwise. This is because harmful websites attempt to log IP addresses for malicious purposes. As certain spyware applications and harmful codes require personal IP addresses to initiate attacks. Similarly, hackers try to use IP information in order to obtain home addresses, credit card information, social security numbers and bank account credentials. Using an anonymous proxy tricks such malicious sources by providing them with alternative credentials, which protects your computer’s security from being compromised. Having a proxy also shelters from tracking agents that attempt to profile user activities.
CyberGhost is a VPN service which replaces the externally visible IP address (which users obtain from their ISP), with a CyberGhost VPN IP address. This procedure ensures that your connection is secure with CyberGhost 1024-bit SSL encryption. CyberGhost has both a free and pro version, the former is limited to 1GB bandwidth, whereas the latter has packages ranging from 4.17 Euro to 9.92 Euro. The pro version also enables choosing an IP from a selected location which can also help bypass restrictions imposed by location restricted websites like Hulu. The free version only gives you a German IP address.
You will require CyberGhost login credentials to establish a connection with the VPN server, therefore, make sure you sign up for an account at CyberGhost websites.
Once done, click Connect to VPN to start the VPN service.
This will change the IP and associated network credentials as your network will route through the CyberGhost VPN service.
Unfortunately, many of the features such as the selection of an IP from a specific country, server map, data safe and Antispy protection is only available in the paid version. However, you can choose to check password security, enable auto login, delete cookies and history at disconnection of the VPN, and auto start CyberGhost and Windows logon from Settings.
During testing, we found the free version to run smoothly without any disruptions or lags, however, CyberGhost does not seem to have the features of the free TunnelBear service which enables getting up to 1.5GB free bandwith per month (500MB free and additional 1GB on request) with network encryption and the ability to access US and UK based location restricted websites. As CyberGhost does not provide a US IP in the free version, therefore, you cannot access websites like Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, etc, unless you have the Pro version. CyberGhost also focuses more on network encryption and security, rather than bypassing restrictions imposed by location restricted websites.
CyberGhost VPN works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.