November 22, 2018, marked a turning point in CyberGhost VPN’s history. It was the day we discontinued our free VPN service.
It was a tough decision for us, but it was ultimately what gave us the resources to build a reliable and robust VPN service that’s capable of withstanding online threats. We don’t expect you to take our word for it, though, which is why you can still try CyberGhost VPN for free.
Even though this is a dying practice in the industry, we’ve always offered a free trial. We want you to get a clear picture of our service. We also have a 45-day money-back guarantee in place if you need more time to test our service.
Need a quick, one-time-only VPN connection? You can check out our free browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
Not sure which one is the right option for you? Read on and find out.
What Happened to the CyberGhost VPN Free Version?
If you’re a VPN veteran or a long-time Ghostie, you might remember CyberGhost VPN as a freemium service. A long time ago, we had a free plan available, even though it offered significantly fewer features than our paid plan.
On November 22, 2018, we discontinued our free VPN service. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but we had to make a choice.
The digital landscape changed over the years to accommodate surveillance software, data-mining, and third-party tracking. That meant we had to work even harder to make the internet a safer, more open place.
So, maintaining the free version demanded increasing resources, and we had to do more to support your fundamental right to online privacy. We reached a crossroads.
But you aren’t a product, and we’d never treat you as such.We could’ve taken the free VPN way: offering a free product and monetizing your data and digital identity. So many services already paved this path, like Google and Facebook, and it could’ve been an easy way to keep us afloat.
We decided to stay true to our mission. That’s why we unified our products into a single premium, paid VPN, as that’s the only way to fight for online privacy. Every day, protect 38 million Ghosties and we never take that responsibility lightly. We’ve never compromised on quality or security, and we never will.
Now more than ever, we’re doing our best to build the best, most robust privacy tools for you.
Your Privacy Is Under Attack
The digital services you use make a habit of siphoning your data. The websites you visit regularly track your every click. Time and time again, we’ve seen services overstepping boundaries despite their claims to respect your privacy.
Here’s a refresher on 3 of the more egregious ones:
Facebook infamously paid teenagers to download a free VPN app, Onavo, that spied on their traffic and siphoned their private data. The company claimed this was for research purposes.
Europe’s antitrust regulator took Facebook to court, not over privacy concerns, but because Facebook would use teenager’s data to gauge its competitors.
Thanks to an iOS update, people discovered that TikTok was recording your clipboard context. Ever copy-pasted a password or a phone number? TikTok likely has it. TikTok insists this spyware-like “feature” wasn’t available on Android devices.
The browser extension essentially checks anything you type for spelling errors. That includes your private information, like name, address, passwords, messages, and credit card information. It’s not clear how long Grammarly stores your data, but it really blurs the lines between an extension and a keylogger. Keyloggers are a disaster for your privacy because they monitor and store your every move.
The list could go on and on, but you get the point. Your data isn’t safe.
New (Privacy-Invasive) Technology
Apps and services aren’t the only things threatening your privacy. We also need to talk about machine learning. Advancements in the field will allow technologies to learn more than ever about you. AI-enabled systems train their algorithms through your clicks, your preferences, your typing mannerisms, and your pictures.
Unfortunately, these practices are largely unregulated by current laws. Technology is currently evolving at a faster rate than legislators can keep up. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from privacy-invasive software is to take matters into your own hands.
You can start by using a VPN. Virtual private networks redirect your traffic through an encrypted tunnel and hide your IP address to turn you anonymous online. Services like CyberGhost VPN make a dent in bulk data collection practices, but they need a lot of resources to operate and maintain an optimal level.
Modern living is riddled with privacy invasions, and it’s becoming more and more costly to retaliate against threats. Free VPNs just aren’t cut for it anymore, and you should be wary of any service claiming otherwise.
Free VPNs Aren’t Sustainable
Who doesn’t like getting things for free? Still, we should be aware it’s not all actually free. Companies that offer free samples or trials do that to help you familiarize yourself with their service or product before putting your hard-earned money into it.
If something is indefinitely free, you’re looking at an anomaly in the supply and demand economic model. Any and all business models need a source of income, despite what these companies claim.
Free VPNs and paid VPNs need the same employees: app developers, DevOps developers, web developers, infrastructure specialists, QA engineers, data scientists, and payment specialists at the very minimum. You can’t expect all these people to work for free.
That’s why free VPNs turn to other means of monetization: you.
Despite publicly condemning the lack of privacy and anonymity on the internet nowadays, free VPNs actually use many privacy-invasive tactics themselves. They record your internet traffic and then sell your data to any interested third party, like advertisers, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, data-brokers, and even cybercriminals.
Free VPNs also sell your idle bandwidth to other services for good money, and you’ll be none the wiser. Worst yet, a 2018 study found that 4 in 10 free VPN apps contain some form of malware. This could range from adware that pesters you with constant ads that line their pockets, to ransomware that asks you for enormous sums in exchange for regaining access to your device. Other free VPNs are just glorified spyware that tracks everything about you.
That’s a lot of information!
No matter how you think of it, you’re still paying to use a free VPN. You’re just not directly paying upfront for a subscription. You’d be paying with your data, security, bandwidth, or money: free VPNs come with a significant trade-off.
A VPN’s purpose is to protect your online privacy and add an extra security layer to your connection. You just can’t get that with free VPNs, which is why you need a secure and reputable paid VPN.
Luckily, you can try out CyberGhost VPN for free and make sure a VPN is the right choice for you.
How to Try CyberGhost VPN for Free
We let our service speak for us. You’re welcome to take CyberGhost VPN for a test drive and find out if our service suits your needs. Even though we don’t have a free version anymore, here are 3 ways to try CyberGhost VPN for free:
1. Free Trial
The easiest way to try out CyberGhost VPN is with our free VPN trial. You’ll get access to the same features our subscriptions give you for 24 hours. All we require is that you create an account with a valid email address. That’s it. You don’t need to enter payment details, billing information, or crypto wallets.
Our strict No-Logs policy also covers your trial period. That means we don’t monitor what you do on our servers or how much bandwidth you’re using. Unlike other services, we won’t cut your trial short because of your usage.
2. Browser Extensions
If you’re learning the ropes of how a VPN works, our free browsers extensions are the perfect choice for you. If you’re a Chrome or Mozilla Firefox user, you just need to go to the respective Web Store and download our VPN extension.
You’ll have access to free VPN servers in 4 countries: the United States, Germany, Romania, and the Netherlands. You don’t even need to create an account to use the add-on. Keep in mind that this version has some limitations. You can only encrypt your browser’s traffic, and you can only connect to these 4 countries.
3. 45-Day Money-Back Guarantee
If you want a full-fledged VPN experience, we offer a 45-day money-back guarantee to our subscriptions. That means you can get CyberGhost VPN, and for 45 days you can test all our servers for all your web activities, like browsing, streaming, and even gaming.
You can also try out manual VPN configurations and use our Smart DNS servers. If you’re anything less than 100% satisfied with our service, you can get a full refund within 45 days.
Pro Tip: To get the full VPN experience, we recommend the money-back guarantee option. It gives you 45 days to check out all VPN features, and lets you try out our Security Suite and turn your Windows device into an impregnable extension of your digital life. If you’re not 100% satisfied, you get a full refund, no questions asked. Try out CyberGhost VPN risk-free!
Are you a journalist or a representative of an association that supports civil liberties? We offer our service for free to organizations committed to freedom of speech and investigative journalism. Reach out to us via our Digital Freedom Program!
What to Expect from CyberGhost
Our mission at CyberGhost VPN has always been to protect your digital identity and online anonymity with nothing less than the best tools. We’re constantly working in the background to offer our community of 38 million+ users a reliable VPN service, user-friendly apps, and optimal servers.
We’re making it our mission to:
1. Build and Maintain a Worldwide Server Network
We’re sitting at 7,600+ VPN servers in 90 countries, and we plan to further expand our network. Besides adding more locations, we’ll upgrade our server fleet to accommodate our Ghosties’ need for fast speeds and stable connections.
2. Focus More on Streaming Support
We want you to experience the internet as it should be: truly borderless. You shouldn’t have to be tied to your physical location to keep in touch with your favorite content. CyberGhost VPN has servers dedicated to the biggest streaming channels worldwide, and we’re constantly working to add more.
3. Improve our Apps and Add New Features
We’re always staying ahead of online threats. We make sure our apps are in top-notch shape with every update. Our team is working incessantly to develop quality features, like our innovative token-based dedicated IP system. Your activity and the IP you use are never tied to your account, and no one can ever trace it back to you.
4. Share Educational Content
In 2019, we launched one of our most ambitious projects yet: our education initiative, The Privacy Hub! Knowledge is power, and we want to equip you with all the information you need to protect your digital life from all online threats.
Of course, no matter what servers or features we implement in the future, we’re committed to helping you in the fight for your right to online privacy. We’ll never compromise on our goal. That’s why we uphold a strict No-Logs policy. We never store or disclose your data for any reason.
You can also see for yourself how we protect your privacy through our transparency report.
We built CyberGhost VPN with your feedback in mind, and we want to know what you have to say. Let’s keep in touch!
Don’t let anyone or anything take away your right to complete online anonymity. Opt for the best, and always stay safe online.
Why do I need a VPN?
A VPN is a safe and easy-to-use way to protect your online anonymity, add an extra security layer to your connection, and encrypt your data. To put it simply, a VPN like CyberGhost helps you:
- Become anonymous online.
- Stay secure on public Wi-Fi networks.
- Keep your internet activity hidden.
- Bypass network restrictions and regional censorship.
- Minimize the data that services collect on you.
- Secure your financial details online.
- Access entertainment platforms on restrictive networks.
- Get better deals online.
- Prevent cyberattacks when playing online games.
Find out more about how a VPN works.
Does CyberGhost VPN have a free version?
CyberGhost VPN discontinued the free service in November 2018. You can still test the service out for free. We offer a 24-hour free VPN trial that doesn’t require a credit card or other payment details.
We recommend you take advantage of our 45-day money-back guarantee. You’ll have a whopping 45 days to try out CyberGhost VPN, so you can take your time looking at all our apps, servers, and features.
Are free VPNs safe?
No, they’re not. Free VPN providers don’t have the resources for the most robust and the latest security needs. They use the weaker AES 128-bit encryption, don’t encrypt your DNS requests which leaks your browsing history. They also don’t have a Kill Switch to protect your digital identity if the VPN connection ever fails.
CyberGhost VPN uses military-grade encryption to secure your entire internet traffic. That protects you from IP leaks, DNS leaks, and WebRTC leaks that compromise your private information.
Can you stream with a free VPN?
Not a chance. When you use a free VPN, you can expect slow and overcrowded servers that make basic surfing a chore. Streaming is outright impossible.
If you want to stream securely, you’ll need a streaming VPN like CyberGhost. We have dedicated streaming servers to give you a buffer-free, 4K ultra-HD, and flawless viewing experience. You can watch 35+ streaming services with our streaming-optimized servers.
Want to know more about how it works? Our 24/7 customer support team is more than happy to answer any questions you might have.