In this comparison, we are going to examine the ups and downs of two respected names in the VPN world: Romania-based CyberGhost and Opera Software child SurfEasy. However, we do not to this in order to pick a “winner”. Most VPN companies loosely offer the same kind of features – CyberGhost and SurfEasy are a great example of highlighting what such organizations focus on in their products and based on the knowledge, you can determine whether or not these services are of your liking. In the case of these two, the distribution of free content is quite telling, with both of them having a “free forever” program, enabling you to use their services without a time limit. Thus, this overview is aimed at providing you a clear insight into the nature of CyberGhost and SurfEasy.
|Countries||US, UK, FR, DE, RO, ES, CA...||US, UK, IT, DE, ES, NL, CA...|
|# Connected Devices||7||5|
|Languages||EN, DE, FR, ES,||EN|
|Extra Services||Web Proxy|
|1 Month Plan||$12.99/mo||$11.99/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||n/a||$8.99/mo ($53.94)|
|1 Year Plan||$5.25/mo ($63.00)||$6.49/mo ($77.88)|
|Free Trial||1 day|
|Money-Back Guarantee||45 days||7 days|
Romania-based CyberGhost is quite the safe service. Your standard protocol is OpenVPN, with 256-bit AES encryption. Alternatively, you can decide on L2TP (for Android an iOS) or PPTP if you like to live at great speed but dangerously (it is the least safe of the three). As for Romania itself, it is quite the advantageous location for VPN providers, as today there are no mandatory data retention laws affecting the country. If you decide to become a customer though, you should keep in mind that financials are handled by another organization: Cleverbridge. This German company has its own terms of business, so make sure to educate yourself in this matter as well before making a decision.
The free plan of theirs also comes with some limitations: you will get advertisements now and then, and after three hours of browsing, your VPN network will shut down, forcing you to reconnect. We must praise their proxy support, though: it is entirely free, and all you need is a browser to enable Romanian, U.S. or German content to be unblocked on your screen. Considering that there are entire companies built around similar services (such as smart DNS ), this is just great.
SurfEasy tries its best to stay true to its namesake. They also have bank grade encryption, and they especially place emphasis on Wi-Fi hotspot protection. Canada is also one of the more free countries online , so the fact that SurfEasy is based in Toronto is also advantageous. It is also intriguing how almost uniquely among VPN companies, prices for mobile devices and others are divided, with the former slightly cheaper (though both are below $4 per month, which is excellent). Also, SurfEasy provides ad-blocks with every package.
The free trial of the company – even though it has no time limit attached to it – comes with a strict limitation. You get a mere 500MBs worth of data per month, which is not a lot today. SurfEasy is mostly good to go on Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS, but all of them have some sort of client software or app to boot. There is yet another option to do your online business in stealth: the company’s Private USB Browser is a tool that when plugged in, connects you to SurfEasy’s network and shields you instantly from harm.
Overall, you might have noticed that the big picture is somewhat similar between SurfEasy and CyberGhost. Both have a free trial with no time limit on it (but restrictions), and both offer some additional safety service on top of the VPN. For CyberGhost, this means the free proxy list, and for SurfEasy, you can purchase the Private USB Browser. For the prices themselves, the haunting CyberGhost costs usually $4.16 per month and is billed annually, but the company is quite generous in the holiday seasons, with discounts of up to 50%. SurfEasy is riding the waves with $2.49 per month annually for mobile devices and $3.99 per month annually for others.