Searching for a GhostVPN review to see if you should use GhostVPN or not? I ran every test possible to find out. In hurry?
In order for me to really know what I’m talking about, I downloaded GhostVPN on my computer after I bought it.
Honestly, I hesitated about reviewing and installing this VPN on my computer, because just from the website homepage, I felt it was an untrusted program. That’s why I searched for the name of the company behind it and found its name, it’s called VPNetworks LLC, which own another VPN program called TorGuard.
After I opened the program to know that it was indeed a real VPN program, I felt a bit of relief.
User Interface: Simple but not optimized
This is the page that welcomes you after opening the program, it shows you your real physical location on the map.
The first thing you should do is to enter your username/password (username is your email address), then hit the “Connect” button.
Unfortunately, GhostVPN doesn’t have a Smart Location Feature that lets you connect to the nearest server with a simple click of a button. To do that, you should sort servers using proximity.
Speeds: Certainly there is something faster
The first thing I do to test the speed of any VPN program is to see how the internet speed decreases after connecting to one of the servers.
Like you see, my download speed decreased by 62%, which is too much in the VPN world.
Just to be clear about this test, the London server is away from me by 2337 km (the nearest one to me is Spain, but at the same time not the farthest one).
Why do I say this? Because the further away the server is from you, the slower the server speed will be.
Torrenting: No recommended for Torrenting
In order for me to test the torrent speed decrease of this VPN, I’ve connected with a faraway/Australia server (16 135 km) using the highest encryption level available (AES-256-GCM) that weaken the internet speed further.
What I found is that there is a tremendous speed decrease from around 11Mb download speed to 3 Mb. So, if you think that you will use it for torrent downloading, it is better to see another program or use it while reducing the amount of protection from AES-256-GCM to AES-128-GCM and connect to a server near you.
Security: Use the Highest Standard Encryption
For your protection, GhostVPN uses the highest standard 256-bit AES encryption. This is a reliable one, it near-impossible to break, because even the world’s powerful computer can only decrypt 0.1% of it in billions of years (yes, billions of years).
Leak Test: Succeeded in this test
Leaks are one of the important things to test in any VPN. The web tool I used in this test is dnsleaktest.com.
What that tool does is to test if it can connect to your real computer.
As you can see, the tool communicated with only one server (USA), which is the server that I am connected to.
I repeated this test after connecting to a Portugal server and there are no leaks.
Privacy: Your Are Not Safe
Supported Devices: only 4 supported devices
Even their website homepage claim that GhostVPN is available on Windows, Apple OS, Linux, and Android, there are only three download options in their download page.
From a Google search for their smartphone apps, I found the one for iPhone but none for the Android.
So, if you are waiting to use this VPN on stuff like Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Stick, on your router, your gaming consoles, or on your browser, there is no support for them right now.
Support: Very limited support
Industry-leading VPNs support users of its software by providing them with troubleshooting guides, written and video tutorials in different languages. With GhostVPN I only found 3 written tutorials for how to set up their software on Mac OS, Ubuntu and Windows on their knowledgebase page.
Other than this, you have access to a ticket system (like emails).
So, they are not available through a 24/7 live chat or over the phone.
Pricing: Premium Price for a Non-Premium Service
For the annual subscription, the suggested price of $59.55 (which is $4.99/month) is the average price in the market. But for the monthly subscription of $9.99, I see that this price tag is overrated.
What I recommend them to do is redesign their service to gain users’ trust, then try to compete in the market for cheap VPNs. Because if they continue on this approach, I do not see that there is a chance for success, especially with the level of competition that the market has reached.
In order not to go out on the context of the pricing, the payment options available on their website is Paypal, Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex), and BitCoin.
Money-Back Guarantee: 7-Days
For the Money-Back Guarantee, they state in their refund policy that if you are not 100% satisfied with their VPN or Proxy, you can ask for a full refund during the first 7 days after your purchase.
Compared to other VPNs, the majority offer a 30-day money-back guarantee (there are also others that offer a 45-days money-back guarantee).
I’ve test to get a refund from GhostVPN, and unlike what I was expecting, I get it, but in my bank after 5 days (and confirmed after 8 days).
This is a screenshot of my refund from my bank history.
GhostVPN review: Final Verdict
After all of that, I do not recommend you purchase this service not because it’s bad, but because at the same price, there are better offers from other companies.
After that, if you are still insisted that this is the best option for you, you can try it for 7 days for free.
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