Despite the various controversies, CyberGhost is a difficult VPN to ignore. The significant number of servers and locations, the excellent security features, and recently, the slick client, make this a top choice for those in search of entertainment and privacy alike.
The Ghost is available on many device types and platforms. Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire Stick users will enjoy the custom CyberGhost client, which has very recently reached version 7. Today, we’ll look at the CyberGhost Mac 7.0 iteration – what can the Kin of Jobs expect?
CyberGhost 7.0 – what’s new?
We have criticized the previous version of CyberGhost for its messiness and lack of clarity. We hated the “profile” system and found it misleading, especially for novice users. The profiles made it seem like CyberGhost had many completely separate functions, when in fact each usage profile simply connected the user to a VPN server (albeit with different configurations).
CyberGhost 6.0 was also not very intuitive – reaching a particular feature would require some clicking around and getting-used-to. And why would anyone do that when it’s way easier to invest in some other VPN service?
Well, we hope no one’s watching because we’ll be taking full credit for the awesome changes seen in CyberGhost 7.0. The client is now clear as daylight – it’s minimal, and everything is exactly where you’d expect it. Most importantly, CyberGhost got rid of that wretched profile system.
Behold – the new CyberGhost Mac!
After logging in, CyberGhost meets us with a minimal home screen – just a Power button, a Favorite server drop-down menu (set to Best location by default), a Preferences button, and an Arrow button, which expands the server list and connection settings.
That’s where we’ll go first. When you click on the Arrow button, the client expands the server list. You can browse All servers, servers For downloading, servers For streaming, and Favorites. It would be more accurate to call this a server location list because clicking the arrow next to each location opens the list of actual servers at that location.
The plentiful locations seen on the CyberGhost Mac client can be sorted by name, distance from your real-world location, or Load (with 100% being full).
If you look at the list of servers optimized For streaming, you’ll see labels next to each one saying which streaming platform (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, etc.) the server is good for. This is super convenient. It will save users a lot of trial and error when looking for a server to unblock a particular platform.
The For downloading tab displays servers optimized for P2P and will be favored by those looking to torrent.
The CyberGhost Mac Connection features tab offers a number of choices – some more useful than others.
Block Ads, Block Malicious Websites, and Block Online Tracking are three browsing-safety functions. The first is self-explanatory; the Malicious Websites blocker checks websites against a blacklist of sites flagged for spreading malware, and stops users from accessing them; the tracker-blocker lessens your digital footprint on the net.
On this screen, users can also toggle Data Compression. Turning it on would make the connection faster because the files sent become smaller. However, if you’re aiming for the highest level of security, this is inadvisable due to the Voracle exploit, which might open you up to snooping.
Automated HTTPS Redirect forces the browser to go to https rather than http versions of any website, ensuring a higher level of security. This is a nice feature, albeit it is reportedly more effective when implemented through a dedicated add-on.
The Smart rules tab lets users define CyberGhost’s behavior in relation to different Wi-Fi networks. So, for example, if you have CyberGhost set up on your router at home, you might tell the app to Disconnect when on that network, and vice versa for public Wi-Fis.
That’s all, folks!
Some people will also notice what is not part of the client. First off, users are not allowed to choose protocols or levels of encryption. It’s somewhat difficult to find out which protocol CyberGhost Mac uses by default, but it seems to be OpenVPN. This setup may cause problems for users in China, while other protocols need to be set up manually.
Additionally, CyberGhost still doesn’t let you toggle the kill switch – it’s just on all the time. Granted, that makes you extra safe, but potentially extra annoyed as well.
CyberGhost Mac – yay or nay?
Having spent some time with CyberGhost Mac, we can definitely say it’s a huge improvement over the previous version. It’s also quite easy to use, intuitive and seems to have improved performance. In short, the app is great!
Of course, that doesn’t begin to answer the question of how good CyberGhost is in general, how transparent are its business practices, etc. For that, we advise checking out our CyberGhost Review.