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CyberGhost vs Surfshark 2024

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    Which VPN is better?

    Author Image James Everard
    James Everard

    Senior Writer

    Low cost, strong security, good for streaming — both VPNs are good options for these categories. But are hackers afraid to go in the water, or of things that go bump in the night? When it comes to protecting your sensitive data, certain features can make a big difference between one VPN and another.

    If privacy is a priority, CyberGhost is the service to choose. Its HQ is in Romania, which has stricter privacy protection laws than most countries, and it independently manages ultra-secure NoSpy servers in its base. Plus, it has far more servers than Surfshark, offering faster speeds and a range of other benefits.

    It’s easy to set up and install, so I recommend trying CyberGhost for free with a 45-day money-back guarantee. If it’s not to your liking, you can easily get a full refund and try Surfshark instead.

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    Short on Time? Here Are My Key Findings

    CyberGhost Surfshark
    Overall Rating Our Score: 9.7/10

    www.cyberghostvpn.com

    Our Score: 9.3/10

    www.surfshark.com

    💲 Lowest Monthly Price $2.03/month with an extra 2 free months of service on your first 2-year subscription $2.89/month on your first 2-year subscription
    🗓️ Price on Renewal $56.94 per year
    (subject to change)
    $59.76 per year
    (subject to change)
    🤑 Coupons CyberGhost 84% Off (24-month plan) Surfshark 82% Off (24-month plan)
    💸 Money Back Guarantee 45 days 30 days
    📺 Streaming Works with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Max, ESPN, iPlayer, Sky Go, and more Works with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Max, ESPN, iPlayer, Sky Go, and more
    🌍 VPN Servers 100 countries with 11,690 servers 100 countries with 3,200 servers
    Speed 4% drop on nearby servers 6% drop on nearby servers
    🎮 Gaming Performance 7ms on nearby servers 10ms on nearby servers
    🧑‍🤝‍🧑 P2P Support On all servers, plus optimized torrenting servers On all servers
    🔐 Security Protocols WireGuard, IKEv2 WireGuard, OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), IKEv2
    🔌 Kill Switch Yes Yes
    IP/DNS Leak Protection Yes Yes
    🏢 Based in Country Romania Netherlands
    ⚠️ Does VPN Keep Logs No No
    Works in China No No
    #️⃣ Number of Device Connections 7 Unlimited
    💻 Device Compatibility Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, and router support. Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and router support.
    🔧 Customer Support 24/7 live chat, knowledge base, FAQs, and email 24/7 live chat, knowledge base, FAQs, and email

    If you’re looking for the best service, I recommend ExpressVPN. It has the kind of privacy and security tech that banks and the military use and provides automatic obfuscation on every server. Its proprietary Lightway protocol is a vast improvement on the industry-standard WireGuard, and its streaming capabilities are exemplary.

    Streaming — CyberGhost Wins Due to Specialized Servers

    IMPORTANT! The vpnMentor team and I don’t condone copyright infringement. We only recommend VPNs with strict no-logs policies, so no one can track your online activities. That means it’s your responsibility to respect the copyright laws in your region and the streaming platforms’ terms of use.

    CyberGhost gives you 100+ specialty streaming servers, each optimized for specific platforms, regions, and devices. For example, if you want to watch Netflix in the US, there’s a server for general use, plus options for Android TV and Fire Stick. CyberGhost regularly maintains its streaming servers to ensure optimum performance.

    While I carried out all UK-based testing myself, I enlisted the help of my international colleagues to thoroughly test their regional libraries along with other exclusive platforms. These are the platforms each VPN worked reliably with:

    Streaming Platform CyberGhost Surfshark
    Netflix ✅ Yes, including servers optimized
    specifically for Netflix libraries in
    Australia, Brazil, Canada, France,
    Germany, India, Italy, Japan,
    Netherlands, Singapore, South
    Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK,
    US
    ✅ Yes, including popular Netflix
    libraries like the US, UK, Canada,
    Japan, South Korea, and Switzerland
    Disney+ ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    ESPN ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    HBO Max ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    Hulu ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    Sky ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    Amazon Prime Video ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    BBC iPlayer ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    ABC ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    CBS ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
    NBC ✅ Yes ✅ Yes

    Both VPNs had no problem with the popular streaming platforms I tested in the UK but were less reliable with a couple of niche platforms in other countries. CyberGhost didn’t work with RTL+ in Ireland, and Surfshark was unreliable for DAZN in the US.

    Screenshot showing CyberGhost connected to the iPlayer specialty streaming server server over a browser window streaming Match of the DayCyberGhost also has specialty servers for Disney+, Hulu, Paramount+, Max, ESPN, DAZN, and more

    It’s worth pointing out that both CyberGhost’s and Surfshark’s regular servers also work reliably with popular streaming platforms. Neither are as fast as CyberGhost’s optimized servers, but if you’ve got a fast baseline connection, you won’t notice any difference. So, Surfshark is still a good choice for streaming.

    Screenshot showing Surfshark connected to a US server over a browser window streaming NetflixMy US colleague was able to binge-watch Netflix US in HD with Surfshark

    Winner
    CyberGhost gives you over a hundred specialty streaming servers that its engineers work on continuously to ensure popular platforms work reliably.

    Server Network — CyberGhost Has More Servers, Plus Optimized Connections

    CyberGhost Surfshark
    Total Countries With Servers 100 100
    Number of Servers 11,690 3,200

    CyberGhost has nearly 3x as many servers as Surfshark. A large network means the VPN can distribute its users across more servers, meaning less crowding and faster speeds. Plus, you’re more likely to find a nearby server, which also boosts your speed since your data won’t have to travel as far.

    Surfshark does have locations in 10 more countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, and Brunei, to name a few. But there’s no real advantage unless you’re in one of those countries. Otherwise, I recommend taking advantage of CyberGhost’s considerably larger network.

    Winner
    Unless you’re in one of Surfshark’s less typical regions, CyberGhost is the one to go for. It has around 6,000 more servers, giving it a clear win.

    Speed — CyberGhost Had the Fastest Speeds in Every Test

    There’s little debate here; CyberGhost is the faster VPN. All tests were conducted using WireGuard from the UK, so CyberGhost’s more extensive fleet of servers may well account for the overwhelming victory.

    The closest Surfshark came to CyberGhost was with its UK download speeds, but CyberGhost was still 4% faster. It also has a 12% lead in US download speeds, while the gap between both VPNs’ upload speeds in Japan is 32%.

    Speed Tests CyberGhost Average Download Speed Surfshark Average Download Speed CyberGhost Average Upload Speed Surfshark Average Upload Speed
    Connected to a US server 105.10 Mbps 92.73 Mbps 14.65 Mbps 10.30 Mbps
    Connected to a UK server 106.77 Mbps 102.08 Mbps 14.93 Mbps 12.43 Mbps
    Connected to a Japan server 79.06 Mbps 70.49 Mbps 11.21 Mbps 7.66 Mbps
    Winner
    Both VPNs offer fast and reliable speeds, but CyberGhost was ahead in every test. Another clear victory.

    Torrenting — CyberGhost Wins With its Large Network and Fast Speeds

    CyberGhost boasts a larger network, faster speeds, and specialty download servers, so we have a clear winner once again. Tests were carried out using servers from the Netherlands since there’s no advantage to torrenting from faraway locations. Simply connect to the nearest location with reliable speeds.

    I downloaded a copyright-free torrent file using CyberGhost’s For downloading > Netherlands server, and Surfshark’s regular Netherlands location. CyberGhost was 6% faster than Surfshark in downloading the same 3.91 GB file. While both services are dependable for P2P file sharing, CyberGhost beats Surfshark again.

    Winner
    It’s another marginal yet clear win for CyberGhost. Faster speeds and specialty torrenting servers make it the superior option for file sharing.

    Gaming — CyberGhost Triumphs With Faster Connections and Gaming Servers

    Again, CyberGhost takes this round with faster speeds and specialty gaming servers. However, it’s worth mentioning that the gaming servers aren’t available on macOS. CyberGhost is still a better choice for Mac with its lower latency, though (albeit with only a marginal difference).

    Latency under 100ms is recommended for smooth gaming, and both VPNs can provide that when connecting to locations up to 7,000 KM away from the UK. New York was used for the US test since the extra distance to LA returned a ping of 140ms+ for both VPNs, which would make for unresponsive gaming.

    CyberGhost (WireGuard) Surfshark (WireGuard)
    Quick Connect 7 ms 10 ms
    Connected to a US server 92 ms 96 ms
    Connected to a UK server 7 ms 10 ms
    Connected to a Japan server 262 ms 264 ms

    Screenshot showing CyberGhost connected to a gaming server over a browser playing FortniteA PC was used to test CyberGhost’s gaming servers, but regular servers are also reliable for gaming on macOS

    Winner
    With a lower ping and faster speeds, it’s a level-up for CyberGhost. I could game for hours without noticeable slowdowns on most of its global servers (besides those furthest from me).

    Security — Surfshark Offers a Wider Range of Security Features

    Surfshark has superior security, but that shouldn’t put you off choosing CyberGhost. CyberGhost’s reliable encryption, fast and secure protocols, and RAM-only servers are more than sufficient to keep you safe from cyber threats. I’d add that its security features are easier to use; for example, the kill switch and leak protection are both built-in and don’t need activating.

    Surfshark’s unique security features give it the edge in this round. Its NoBorders feature detects firewalls and narrows the server list down to those equipped for overcoming restrictions. It also provides MultiHop, obfuscation (Camouflage Mode), and rotating IP addresses. All of these are missing from CyberGhost’s app.

    MultiHop routes your data through 2 servers. You can custom-choose your locations from the full server list. Obfuscation disguises your browsing as regular internet traffic to evade VPN blocks on certain networks (like at work or school). You just need to select OpenVPN to activate it. Rotating IP regularly refreshes your IP address while your location stays the same.

    Another useful feature offered by Surfshark is Override GPS, but this is on Android only. It disguises your device’s GPS data to match your VPN server location, which avoids connection issues caused by conflicting cookie data.

    Security Feature CyberGhost Surfshark
    Encryption level AES-256, 2048-BIT RSA, SHA-256 AES-256-GCM, SHA-512
    Kill Switch All operating systems All operating systems
    DNS/IP Leak Protection Yes Yes
    Protocols WireGuard, OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), IKEv2 WireGuard, OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), IKEv2
    Split Tunneling Yes (not on macOS) Yes (not on macOS)
    Private DNS servers Yes Yes
    Tor Over VPN servers No, but supports Tor No, but supports Tor
    RAM-only servers wipes data Yes Yes
    Ad & malware blocker Yes, Block Content Yes, CleanWeb
    Double hop servers No Yes
    Dedicated IP addresses Yes, for an extra fee Yes, for an extra fee
    Obfuscation technology No Yes

    Both VPNs offer similarly effective blockers to prevent malware, trackers, and (some) ads. On CyberGhost, click Privacy Settings and enable Block Content, while on Surfshark, you can activate CleanWeb via Settings > VPN Settings.

    Finally, both services offer dedicated IP (a private IP address that no one else can use). So, both VPNs are safe and reliable, but Surfshark is the better choice for security.

    Screenshot showing the server panels on the Surfshark appStatic IP gives you a consistent address to avoid CAPTCHA tests, although there are no real security benefits

    Winner
    A wider range of secure servers and connection types make Surfshark the more feature-rich choice for security.

    Privacy — CyberGhost Takes More Measures to Ensure User Privacy

    CyberGhost is based in Romania, outside 5/9/14 Eyes. That’s also where it houses its private NoSpy servers, which are independently managed by CyberGhost staff in its secure Bucharest headquarters to eliminate third-party intervention.

    Surfshark’s base is in the Netherlands, within the jurisdiction of the 5/9/14 Eyes alliance. Governments within these countries can demand any tech company to hand over all user data. Surfshark has a verified no-logs policy, but it’s still a concern.

    Both Surfshark and CyberGhost had audits on their no-logs policy in 2022. Plus, both release regular reports stating how many times they’ve received requests for user data, gag orders, or warrants.

    Winner
    Based in a secure country where it independently manages its private NoSpy servers, CyberGhost is a clear winner for privacy.

    Works in China — Neither Does, So it’s a Draw

    Neither VPN is reliable for China. Both services state that they try to provide a service in China, but Surfshark is clear that it can’t guarantee that it works. So, I don’t recommend either for use in the country.

    China has the most advanced nationwide firewall in the world, known as the Great Firewall (GFW). It blocks thousands of popular overseas sites and monitors all domestic browsing. It only allows VPNs with government approval; to attain that, they must provide a back door for the government to monitor all browsing.

    That said, no visitor to China has ever been prosecuted for using a non-approved VPN in a publicly-reported case. So, if you’re traveling, there are a few alternative VPNs that have proven to work in China.

    However, CyberGhost has 12 servers in Shenzhen. They’re virtual locations, so they can give you a Chinese IP without subjecting you to the security compromises of the GFW.

    Winner - draw
    /
    Our VPNs are regularly tested for use in China, and neither service meets the standards.

    Installation & Ease of Use — CyberGhost Keeps VPN Use Simple

    CyberGhost is the most easy-to-use VPN I’ve tested, so this is another easy win. You can install both services in under 2 minutes, and both are intuitive, but once you open the app, CyberGhost is more straightforward.

    For fine-tuning your protection, there’s an intuitive feature called Smart Rules. Setting this up is easy, and afterward, it runs automatically. For instance, you can set it up to automatically connect when you open specific apps. There’s also an adjustable automatic WiFi protection setting to protect you on public or unsecured networks, and split tunneling.

    This is the flip of the Security category; while Surfshark is perfectly intuitive, there are 4 categories of server type, and their usage may not be obvious to beginners. Whereas CyberGhost categorizes its server by streaming, downloading, and gaming (not on macOS), which is easy to pick up even if you’re completely new to VPNs.

    Screenshot showing the CyberGhost appWhen you first open CyberGhost, you’ll see the right-hand panel; click connect or tap the arrow to pick a server

    Winner
    Both services are easy to install and use, but CyberGhost wins on having a simpler and cleaner interface (Surfshark is a little clunky, in my opinion).

    Reliability & Support — CyberGhost’s Support is More Direct

    Customer Support Features CyberGhost Surfshark
    24/7 Live chat Yes, immediate response Yes, but you have to go through a chatbot before speaking to a real agent
    Email support Via a request form on the site Via a request form on the site
    Phone support No No
    Step-by-step setup guides Yes, with video tutorials Yes, with video tutorials
    Searchable knowledge base Yes Yes
    Exhaustive FAQ section Yes Yes

    Both VPNs offer 24/7 live chat on their websites, and I never had to wait more than a few seconds to get a response. The agents are knowledgeable and resolve issues quickly.

    Surfshark makes you go through a chatbot before talking to an agent, though. The chatbot has never given me a satisfactory answer, so it’s a little frustrating.

    If I were being critical, I’d also say that both VPNs could make live support a little easier to find. With CyberGhost, the yellow chat widget doesn’t always appear on the bottom right of the page. With Surfshark, you have to click Resources > Help Center, then scroll down to the Chat with us button.

    Winner
    With almost instant responses from live agents, CyberGhost gets the nod for best support.

    Tips on Choosing Between CyberGhost and Surfshark

    I tested CyberGhost and Surfshark to provide insight into which might be best for different users. Here are some factors to consider if you’re still not sure:

    • Smooth streaming. I checked that each VPN offers fast and stable connections for most major platforms within your region. While it’s theoretically possible to use a VPN to watch geo-restricted content, this may constitute copyright infringement and violate terms of use, so I don’t recommend it.
    • Fast speeds. Slow speeds can severely impact your browsing and streaming experience. I tested server speeds using a consistent speed test tool from the UK to gauge short- and long-distance speeds.
    • Server networks. A vast server network means more choices and potentially faster speeds, and gives you more options for connection points globally.
    • Robust security features. Strong security keeps your data safe from prying eyes. I tested for DNS leaks and assessed safety features. Both VPNs passed easily, with features like 256-bit encryption and kill switches.
    • Respectable privacy practices. You want a VPN that doesn't log your activities. CyberGhost and Surfshark both have verified no-logs policies that protect your data from potential exposure.
    • Easy to use. A straightforward interface ensures you can adjust settings and connect with ease. Choose a VPN that’s suitable for your level of technical preference.
    • Trustworthy money-back guarantee. All good VPNs should provide a guarantee so you’re not locked in with a service you don’t like. I went through each VPN’s refund process myself, and both honored their money-back guarantees without issues.

    CyberGhost vs Surfshark — Reddit Opinions

    Many Redditors praise Surfshark for its consistent streaming capabilities, which my testing confirms. Its reliable security also gets a few mentions. CyberGhost gets a bit of skepticism around privacy as it’s owned by Kape Technologies. However, its third-party audits and transparency reports give me assurance that your privacy is well protected.

    Our Score

    Features 9.7/10
    Pricing 9.7/10
    Ease of Use 9.9/10
    Reliability & Support 9.8/10
    Features 9.3/10
    Pricing 8.7/10
    Ease of Use 9.4/10
    Reliability & Support 9.8/10

    Reviews

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    Author Image Keira Waddell
    Keira Waddell

    Senior Writer

    Our Score: 9.7/10

    CyberGhost is one of the most affordable VPNs on the market — you can get a subscription for as low as $2.03/month. I sometimes assume that price indicates quality, but with VPNs, I've been proven wrong before. So I wanted to see whether CyberGhost can really deliver at such a low price. I did a deep dive into CyberGhost’s privacy policy and security measures to determine whether it’s secu...

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    Raemond Thompson
    10.0/10
    Simple To Use

    Great interface and is very intuitive. Many locations with reasonably fast speeds. There are a lot of ... essential features I like as well. Wireguard, Wifi Protect, Etc. I took out the 2-year plan at a fair discount so I can say that, given the price, it's a decent balance of quantity and quality.More

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    Sami Paananen
    2.0/10
    Pretty good

    CyberGhost does not connect automatically in pc when I connect online. Why? And on my phone (Android)...  it sometimes gets stuck, it does not open the app when vpn is working. I have to connect the VPN in my phone settings first. That is pretty annoying.More

    Review by our expert
    Author Image Keira Waddell
    Keira Waddell

    Senior Writer

    Our Score: 9.3/10

    With VPNs, you tend to get what you pay for. So when I saw Surfshark’s low prices, I was skeptical about its rave reviews. To see if it could actually live up to these claims, I tested every aspect of Surfshark, including its speeds, security features, unblocking abilities, network reliability, and device compatibility. I also took a closer look at Surfshark’s privacy policy to verify its ...

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    Lucas Pinto Ricardo
    10.0/10
    Fast, reliable and unlimited

    This VPN is fast and reliable. It has a lot of servers in different countries and can be used in an un... limited amount of devices (it supports Linux, which is something very important for me). The software and app get updated regularly: note that I experienced some bugs with the auto-connect feature on Android that have been solved since then. With this competitive pricing, I would definitely recommend it. IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not including the customer support in this review, because I never had to use it. If I use it in the future, I will update this review with my experience. I recommend you to see other reviews that include it if it is important for you.More

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    David
    6.0/10
    A Mixed Bag...

    There's much good to say about Surfshark. Pricing, especially when they're running a 'special', is gre... at. Speeds for most of their servers are quite good. The app works well (I mostly use it on a desktop), but has some bugs that never seem to be addressed. One is that the connection protocol has a habit of changing on its own out of nowhere, even though I have it set to use a particular protocol. Since it changes to a protocol where I can't connect this is a bit of a pain. Reported this, (it's going on for months) but never gets fixed. Also with the app, sometimes it will put up a notice within the app that you have a connection problem but it's not clear if you are or are not still protected when this occurs. The "notice" may or may not be seen by you unless you have the app on top of everything else you're running at the time. It's a bit disturbing when you see this, have no clue how long the 'notice' was up, and are wondering if you've been surfing protected or not! Another issue is even more concerning; I hit a lot of websites that won't allow you to proceed while connected to this VPN! The site immediately recognizes you're masking your IP and won't let you use the site. I guess you're still anonymous, which is good, but what good is it when they know you're on a VPN and won't allow you access? Not sure if this is something with Surfshark's system, or just that there are so many people on this VPN that the sites see IP addresses coming up too frequently and know you're masking. Have been on 3 other VPN's over the last 7 years, have not seen this difficulty before, not really happy about it since if a site blocks you while being on a VPN it doesn't do you much good. So, it's kind of a mixed bag. I signed up on a 2-year deal, not sure I'll continue with them when it expires. There's a lot of promise with Surfshark, but they need to fix and flesh out parts of their service.More

    Pricing

    CyberGhost Surfshark
    Starting Price $2.03/month $2.89/month
    Price (On Renewal) $56.94 per year
    (subject to change)
    $59.76 per year
    (subject to change)
    Money Back Guarantee (Days) 45 days 30 days
    Number of devices per license 7 Unlimited
    Router Setup (for Unlimited Devices) Easy setup with dedicated app Easy setup with dedicated app

    Both services offer 3 contract lengths, with only a few cents between them. As with its app, CyberGhost keeps things simple and provides consistent features. But Surfshark offers a tiered pricing structure, with bonus security features with the One and One+ packages.

    If you opt for Surfshark, I’d recommend a Starter subscription. The add-ons are mainly security apps that don’t directly relate to the VPN, and if you’ve got an antivirus package, you’ve probably got most of them anyway.

    The VPNs differ in their mid-length plan duration. While CyberGhost offers a 6-month plan, Surfshark has a 1-year plan that comes out to a better price monthly.

    It’s also worth pointing out that both services offer dedicated IPs, but CyberGhost’s are more affordable. Plus, subscriptions renew for a few dollars less, so CyberGhost wins the pricing category.

    Winner
    CyberGhost is a little bit cheaper when you break its prices down by month, particularly if you opt for a long-term plan.

    Best VPN by Category

    Best VPN Overall

    CyberGhost is the best due to its expansive server network and fast speeds. It balances security and performance, making it ideal for various activities. Surfshark is commendable for its unlimited device connections, but CyberGhost's ease of use and privacy credentials take the lead.

    Best VPN for Torrents

    CyberGhost is the superior service for torrenting, with optimized P2P servers and consistently high download speeds. You'll also benefit from in-built security measures ensuring safe and anonymous file sharing.

    Best VPN for Windows

    CyberGhost is best for Windows, with an intuitive app that integrates seamlessly with the platform. You'll get smooth performance, an automatic kill switch, and optimized servers. While Surfshark provides a lightweight Windows app, CyberGhost's platform-specific features are more refined.

    Best VPN for Android

    CyberGhost's Android app is my recommendation with an easy-to-use interface and auto-connect features to protect you on public WiFi. Server categorizations help you easily find the best server for your needs, and a dark interface conserves battery when you’re on the move.

    Best VPN for Mac

    CyberGhost delivers a tailor-made application for Mac users that complements the macOS experience. It offers high-speed connections and an automatic kill switch to maintain privacy, with servers optimized for streaming and P2P.

    Best VPN for iOS

    CyberGhost's iOS app is simple and efficient, with one-tap connect features to ensure your iPhone or iPad remains secure across different networks. Both services have battery-saving dark interfaces, and while Surfshark brings multi-hop connections to iOS, the sheer user-friendliness of CyberGhost wins out.

    Best VPN for USA

    CyberGhost provides 1,135+ servers across the US, ensuring low latency and high speed. Whether streaming within the country or browsing, you'll benefit from its wide range of servers. That said, Surfshark’s US servers are more widespread, with 25 locations compared to CyberGhost’s 11, so some US users may prefer to swim with the shark.

    The Bottom Line

    CyberGhost’s base is in a privacy-friendly country; its features are easier to navigate, and its server network is considerably larger than Surfshark’s.

    Surfshark has its strengths, though. It offers unlimited device connections and a range of advanced security features. But CyberGhost is faster, easier to use, and cheaper. But you needn’t take a risk because you can try CyberGhost for free with a 45-day money-back guarantee.

    Time to decide which one is best for you

    FAQ

    Is CyberGhost better than Surfshark?

    CyberGhost is superior to Surfshark based on my testing. I evaluated multiple factors, including user interface, server variety, and security features. CyberGhost's app is intuitive and easy to navigate. Its base in privacy-friendly Romania gives CyberGhost another advantage.

    Additionally, its vast range of servers offers faster speeds than Surfshark. In terms of security, I found that CyberGhost consistently updates its encryption methods, ensuring the protection of its users.

    Is CyberGhost faster than Surfshark?

    CyberGhost consistently outperformed Surfshark in the speed tests I conducted. You might appreciate that faster connection speeds mean smoother streaming and browsing.

    CyberGhost has invested in a robust server infrastructure, often resulting in low lag and latency. So, when you're on a video call or streaming your favorite show from within a licensed location, CyberGhost is the VPN you want for a smoother experience.

    Does CyberGhost or Surfshark offer any deals?

    Yes, both VPNs regularly offer discounts and special offers. They frequently roll out promotions, especially during festive seasons or special occasions — we continuously update our list of voucher codes. Longer-term plans are especially cost-effective. If you're looking for a quality VPN that also offers value for money, CyberGhost is a wise option.

    Is CyberGhost more trustworthy than Surfshark?

    From my research and experience, CyberGhost is more trustworthy than Surfshark. CyberGhost has a transparent no-log policy, meaning it doesn't track or store your online activities. Additionally, CyberGhost operates under a jurisdiction that respects user privacy, giving you an extra layer of assurance. Always consider track record and reputation when choosing a VPN; in this regard, CyberGhost has the edge.

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    James conducts rigorous hands-on research and testing to evaluate dozens of VPNs for his articles. He's an advocate for digital freedom.