Both Hotspot Shield and CyberGhost perform the same functions of securing and protecting internet users’ privacy while online. They both offer reliable high-speed services, friendly user-interface and similar price.
However, Hotspot Shield and CyberGhost has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, let us compare both based on the following headings.
Safety and security
Both CyberGhost and Hotspot Shield are said to offer industry standard protection to their users, but CyberGhost is owned by Kape Technologies (former Crossrider), a company noted for creating software suspected of being malicious. While Hotspot Shield has been accused of using users’ log to serve users with targeted ads. This is an allegation that has been denied by Hotspot Shield.
Speed and Performance
Both offer amazingly fast connection speeds. CyberGhost has more than a thousand servers in more than 60 countries of the world. These servers allow users to connect to the server nearest to their geo-location. While Hotspot Shield has about 20 servers hosted in about 20 countries, but are noted for their unlimited bandwidth and incredibly fast internet connections (though that is not the case when torrenting with Hotspot Shield)
Some of CyberGhost’s servers are dedicated to streaming services that grant users access to Netflix and other streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, HBO Go, etc. While Hotspot Shield allows P2P connections on their networks, torrenting with Hotspot Shield is done at users’ risk (as clearly stated by Hotspot Shield).
Apps and other Browser extensions
CyberGhost has apps for Windows PC and Mobile, OSX, Android and iOS devices, and Linux app. But users are required to subscribe by creating an account. Although, Hotspot Shield offers similar apps, but their list does not include Linux App. However, Hotspot Shield has a Chrome extension that users can choose to install on their Chrome browser. Whatever your choice is, you get a 7-day trial before upgrading to paid services, but you will be required to fill in your payment details.
CyberGhost makes use of IKEv2 and open VPN security protocols while Hotspot Shield makes use of IPV 6 protocol and its Catapult Hydra encryption based on AES – 128 bit SSL encryption protocols to protect users’ privacy online.
Both CyberGhost and Hotspot Shield utilize the kill switch to protect users from faulty VPN software by disconnecting users from the internet in a bid to protect users’ privacy online.
Both offer similar services at similar prices. However, Hotspot Shield users get a 45-day money-back policy compared with CyberGhost’s 30-day money-back policy.
For security-conscious users, CyberGhost offers them more advantages. But Hotspot Shield is noted for split tunnelling, ad blocking and blazing speeds. Users are advised to make their choice based on their needs.
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