CyberGhost is a Romanian VPN provider, which means it’s not subject to any mandatory data retention laws, unlike VPN companies in the US. This provides a very “friendly” environment for VPNs and individuals who’d like to improve their online security. Speaking of data retention laws, the Romanian government managed to repel the implementation of EU data retention directives in 2008 and 2014. After that, the Romanian Constitutional Court found their existing laws concerning data retention to be unconstitutional in their entirety.
So, we’ve laid the groundwork for our torrenting purposes, the only thing left is to see whether CyberGhost actually allows torrenting (spoiler alert: it does).
P2P File Sharing
In order to run our favorite clients based on BitTorrent protocol (uTorrent, for example), we first have to make sure the company supports P2P transfer on its servers. Luckily for us, CyberGhost does allow torrenting, which gets our initial concern out of the way.
On the topic of servers, CyberGhost currently operates 600+ servers scattered across 30 countries. This does seem like a small number compared to, let’s say, NordVPN with over a thousand servers, but CyberGhost is a small company, which has yet to show its true potential.
Our next concern is whether this VPN can provide the optimal level of online security, protecting us from infringements of copyrights and similar claims. Especially in the US, copyright holders have created a pretty tight situation when it comes to sharing and downloading their content.
CyberGhost uses military grade encryption, which is simply a more marketable way of saying it implements industry standard AES-256 cipher. The offer also includes auto data compression and HTTPS connection settings.
One thing that can be viewed as a potential vulnerability of this VPN is its combination of RSA-2048 and HMAC MD5. The company has provided a detailed explanation on the site, though, so you can read it if you’re interested in the complete background of this choice.
CyberGhost incorporates DHE-2048 perfect forward secrecy, which will generate a random key for every session. This will further immunize your connection against potential breaches. Also note that Romania stands outside of the 5, 9, and 14 eyes circle, so you won’t be faced with any form of institutionalized surveillance.
In the past, CyberGhost used to install a root certificate on the user’s system in order to block advertisements and other forms of unwanted content. This caused a severe backlash from both users and reviewers, but new updates made the said root certificate obsolete anyway.
Torrenting On All Servers
The ideal case scenario is a VPN service that allows you to torrent on every single server in its offer. Unfortunately, this is not the case with CyberGhost. Namely, only some of its servers can handle the massive P2P traffic and none of them is located in the US. So, if you can’t connect to any other server, you pretty much won’t be able to download torrents in the US.