For many people, shopping is nothing like it used to be. Everything is digital nowadays and the fact that customers can’t physically touch a product before purchasing it can lead them to become suspicious of its quality. And if this process wasn’t tricky enough, everything is even worse when there are many similar alternatives, each one promising a better result than the last or charging less for what seems to be exactly the same product.
This can be applied to VPN providers, too, an industry that has grown tremendously over the last few years and is now filled with hundreds of companies. CyberGhost and IPVanish are only two of them, but they are also among the best due to the remarkable services they each provide, both working suitably on all kinds of devices, supporting torrents, and providing server networks that cover the entire world. Only one will be the right choice for you, however.
|Countries||US, UK, FR, DE, RO, ES, CA...||US, UK, DE, LU, NL, CH, AU...|
|# Connected Devices||7||Unlimited|
|Languages||EN, DE, FR, ES,||EN|
|Extra Services||Web Proxy|
|1 Month Plan||$12.99/mo||$8/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||$7.20/mo ($21.59)|
|6 Months Plan||$7.99/mo ($47.94)|
|1 Year Plan||$5.25/mo ($63.00)||$5.20/mo ($62.39)|
|Free Trial||7 days|
|Money-Back Guarantee||45 days||7 days|
There are many VPNs out there that offer a large set of tools, but that can often make their software unwieldy and challenging to use. CyberGhost includes every plausible feature and yet manages to maintain usability since everything is packed into a pleasantly arranged and easy-to-use client. The company has built its software to alter its behavior according to each user’s unique preferences while still allowing for a whole range of customization options. CyberGhost’s biggest positives are the emphasis on security with top-level encryption, DNS and IPv6 leak protection, ad blockers, a NAT firewall and much more. There’s even support for torrenting, complemented by manual proxy configurations.
Device support is extraordinary, too, as CyberGhost goes beyond computers, mobile devices and even routers, going so far as to reach unusual devices such as Raspberry Pi or Linux-based satellite receivers, for instance. The server network is also something to make note of since it covers 57 countries with 1,250 servers, all of which are available in the seven-day free trial on offer. And when it comes to paid subscriptions, the best choice costs $3.50 per month as part of a two-year plan that is billed once at $84, while all purchases are included with a 30-day money back guarantee.
No other VPN provider has been able to hold our number one spot for as long as IPVanish, and this is for a clear reason. It’s a trustworthy company that makes sure its promise of a no-log policy is adhered to and delivers a great service through desktop clients for computers, apps for mobile devices and manual router configurations. At the same time, it doesn’t miss any security feature, relying on the top AES 256-bit encryption and offers several VPN protocols, a kill switch, and a SOCKS5 web proxy that ensures faster P2P connections and cheaper VoIP calls (though this is at the cost of having no encryption).
The VPN network is composed by 1,000+ servers in over 60 countries – enough to cover the whole world with great connection speeds – and none of them are ever restricted to a specific plan. In fact, IPVanish follows the usual pricing scheme with three plans with varying lengths of contracts, but customers are not required to pay any extra for more bandwidth or access to certain servers or countries. The only question left on the table is the duration of these subscriptions, with the annual option at $77.99 coming in as the best choice. There are no free trials but there’s always the seven-day money back guarantee and the special promos that IPVanish often launches.
It’s hard to make a choice when both CyberGhost and IPVanish can please most users’ needs and have more pros than cons. Still, in this case CyberGhost slightly comes out on top since it features more servers – though in fewer countries – than IPVanish and the way the client is designed makes it very easy to use despite the numerous functions built in. Also, the two-year subscription makes it cheaper on a monthly basis, while everything can be tested using the seven-day free trial first – which is simply not possible with IPVanish that only provides a refund period.
However, IPVanish’s good speeds and the fact that it has servers in some unusual countries can make it the best solution for many customers, and benefits from prices more affordable than many other competitors.
This is a ‘battle’ that can be only decided by details and therefore if a decision still has yet to be made, then there’s nothing better than acknowledging every factor by carefully reading our complete reviews on both products.