Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) offer users a bit of anonymity on the Internet. By using a VPN, you can hide your IP address from web sites, services and web apps you use. This can be an effective way to hide where you are in the world and linking your to web sites. CyberGhostVPN is a service that offers paid and free VPN services depending on the level of protection you’re looking for.
How to get started with CyberGhost’s free VPN service
If you head to CyberGhost’s web site, you can start with the free service by clicking “Free Download.”
Once downloaded, you’ll need to not only go through the installation process but you also need to install CyberGhost’s VPN drivers to make it work properly.
Click “Install” to do so.
Now, CyberGhost VPN will walk you through the rest of the installation process in your web browser.
You will need to sign up for an account with CyberGhost to begin using it.
The sign up process is pretty standard.
After your account creation, you’ll be given a Personal Unblocking Key, this allows you to reset your password if you need to. Without it, CyberGhost will not let you reset your password and your account will be lost. Make sure to save this information somewhere safe.
For signing up for their mailing list, you can enter a monthly raffle to win a free Premium Plus subscription.
Once more, you’ll be enticed to sign up for CyberGhost’s VPN paid services.
Finally, your installation and registration will be complete and you’ll be able to start using its VPN service.
How to use CyberGhost’s free VPN to protect you while you surf
Before you get started with the VPN, click “Settings.”
The General settings let you change how CyberGhost interacts with your PC, including security settings it should take advantage of.
The Automatic login & Server choice settings let you save login data and automatically create VPN connections instead of you choosing which server to connect to. If you’re in a hurry, this can be a blessing in disguise.
The Exceptions settings let you add IP address of web sites and services to a list that will show your real IP address to them as you see fit. You can import and export this list as necessary.
Head back to the main window for CyberGhost VPN.
Now, click “Connect to VPN.”
You can now choose the way you want to connect.
If you only are using the free service, you’ll click “Connect to Free service.” Otherwise, you can choose any of the Premium selections.
CyberGhost VPN is very, very ad-heavy. It’s our only real complaint about the service. The moment you choose free service, a pop-up will appear, and if you close it, you will not connect to the free VPN service. Keep that in mind going forward.
It’ll take a few moments for the VPN to actually connect and go love, CyberGhost VPN will tell you when that happens.
In the mean time, click “Server list.”
This will show you a list of all servers the VPN utilizes. However, when you use the free service, you’re very limited as to what you can connect to.
Now, click “Server map.”
This will show you a map of where the VPN servers are located around the globe.
Then, click “Video portal.”
CyberGhost VPN helps users with the paid services connect to a variety of blocked stations and services around the world.
Antispy, unfortunately, is a paid-only area of CyberGhostVPN that helps users truly stay protected while using the service.
If you head back to the main screen, you’ll see you’re now connected to a VPN and protected from being identified online as long as you’re using it.
Are VPNs, like CyberGhost, effective?
Free VPNs, unfortunately, aren’t the end all and be all of Internet identity protection. Unless you upgrade to paid services, there are ways to figure out who you are and even if you’re using a VPN to circumvent detection. Services like CyberGhost, and other VPNs we’ve covered at TechNorms, can help to an extent, but it takes much more than just a free service to protect your IP address from prying eyes.