Cyberghost and NordVPN are two of the top VPNs available. Both have huge server numbers and very similar pricing, so how are you supposed to choose? We pit the two against each other and see who comes out victorious.
We cover all aspects including speed, features, security, Netflix, torrenting, device compatibility, support and pricing.
- Faster speeds
- 7 connections
- Amazing streaming range
- Slightly cheaper overall
- Panama location
- Better kill switches
- Ample torrenting
- More secure logs policy
Cyberghost was slightly faster than Nord in our testing overall.
For speed tests, we measured downloads, uploads and latency across 5 continents and compared them to a baseline. We performed each test 5 times and took averages for more reliability.
Both had good US results with not much of a speed difference in upload and latency compared to the baseline. Downloads took a hit, but were still fast, though Cyberghost was slightly faster.
Here’s a NordVPN speed test:
And a Cyberghost speed test:
In Europe, Cyberghost was much faster than Nord. Nord’s download speeds in particular were terrible, whilst Cyberghost still had fairly fast download speeds and fast uploads.
Here’s an NordVPN European result:
Compared to an Cyberghost result:
In Asia, download speeds were still respectable for both, but upload for Cyberghost was terrible. NordVPN’s were still respectable. Latency for both takes a massive hit.
Overall, Cyberghost had slightly faster speeds.
Both were reliable, with no connection issues. However, Cyberghost was sometimes very slow connecting to long-distance servers on the desktop app.
Both VPNs are feature-packed.
Both also have high country numbers: Nord has 62, whilst Cyberghost has 60.
Nord has a lot of specialist servers for extra security protection – Onion over VPN, Double VPN and Obfuscated servers. Obfuscated servers allow you to use it in China, as well as other anti-VPN countries.
Nord also has 2 kill switches, that work on both desktops and mobiles, whereas Cyberghost has just 1 that only works on desktops.
However, Cybervanish offers a lot more protocol choice, with IKEV2 and LT2P, as well as the OpenVPN that Nord offers.
Cyberghost also offers split tunneling, though only on desktops.
Both have added security protection. Nord has an adware and malware blocker, Cybersec. But Cyberghost offers more options, including blocking online tracking and forcing HTTPS redirects.
Overall both have a wide variety of features and it will depend on personal preference which ones you’re going to use.
Privacy & Security
Both have great technical security, but there are holes in Cyberghost’s logs policy.
Technically both VPNs are top-notch. Both use military-grade AES-256 encryption, along with the highly secure OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPSec protocols. Cyberghost also offers LT2P for more choice.
We tested them thoroughly for vulnerabilities and didn’t find any IP or DNS leaks or viruses for either of them on our testing (except one false positive for Cyberghost).
Both have kill switches, but Cyberghost’s only works on desktops. Nord has 2 kill switches, a normal one and an app-specific one, that work on both desktop and mobile devices, so you’re almost always protected.
Nord also has obfuscation servers, which can get you access to high-censorship or anti-VPN countries like Iran and China.
Nord also has two other specialist servers for extra layers of protection: Onion over VPN, which uses Tor, and Double VPN.
Legally, NordVPN is located in Panama, a safe haven for VPNs.
However, Cyberghost is in Romania, which isn’t a 14-eyes country but is part of the EU, which likes introducing blanket laws on data regulations. However when the EU tried to impose mandatory data retention laws in 2006, Romania staunchly rejected this.
Which leaves their logging policy. Nord has a strict and very clear no-logs policy, collecting bare minimum information.
They’ve also undergone an independent audit to corroborate this.
Cyberghost claims to have a no-logs policy, but they actually use third-party apps which collect your IP address, OS and access times. They also say they may ‘further collect and share your personal data’ as they like, basically nullifying the rest of their policy.
Cleverly Cyberghost’s policy is extremely long and wordy to try and make you miss these details.
It’s also now owned by a company known for producing malware.
Unsurprisingly, Cyberghost hasn’t undergone an independent audit yet.
So we’d definitely trust NordVPN with our data over Cyberghost.
Netflix and Streaming
Both offer incredible streaming.
Cyberghost worked in 5 countries: the US, UK, France, Germany and Romania.
Nord worked in 7 countries: the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan.
This is extremely rare; most VPNs struggle to unblock Netflix in just the US.
Hulu also worked for both, which is even rarer. Kodi and Youtube also worked fine.
Cyberghost has special streaming servers in its app. However, with Nord you can just connect to any server in the 7 countries, which is even more convenient.
Nord also somehow makes US Netflix work in every other server you access, which is amazing.
However, Cyberghost offers a ton more variety outside of Netflix and Hulu. In fact, there are 45 streaming servers in all, most optimized for different national channels, such as a sports channel in Brazil.
It’s hard to choose a winner here. Netflix and Hulu users would prefer Nord, but if you’re looking for other channels, Cyberghost’s got the range.
Neither include full access torrenting, but Nord offers more.
Cyberghost allows torrenting in just 26 out of its 60 countries, which is less than half. These also don’t include some popular countries like the US and Australia, which they say is for legal reasons.
Nord does much better with 45 out of 62 countries being available. They also don’t exclude any particular popular countries.
In total, Nord offer 4,400 servers out of their 5,400, a crazy amount. Cyberghost won’t disclose their total, as you can’t select individual torrenting servers in the app.
Both have special categorized P2P options in their apps for easy access, but with Cyberghost you can’t actually select individual torrenting servers.
Instead you just choose the country, and Cyberghost automatically selects for you. This might mean there’s actually very few torrenting servers available per country.
With Nord, you can select 4,400 torrenting servers.
Both show load stats, but Cyberghost also very transparently shows the number of current users.
Nord also has a guide for setting up the SOCKS5 proxy for torrenting.
Overall, Nord knocks Cyberghost out the park on this one.
Both VPNs have well above average device compatibility.
Both have the 4 standard apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
They also have apps for Linux, Android TV, Firesticks, and Kindle Fire, which isn’t common across VPNs.
Nord also has an app for Chromebooks.
For routers, they both only support the OpenVPN protocol. You can buy an expensive preconfigured router, or configure your own using their setup guides.
Cyberghost only has guides for TomatoUSB or DD-WRT, whereas Nord has a few other brands too.
Both work fine with Tor, but Nord has specific Onion over VPN servers that automatically use Tor without you having to open it yourself.
Neither have any solutions for gaming consoles, but there is no fully-encrypted, direct support possible for these at the moment. Cyberghost does show you how to share your internet connection from Windows though.
So overall they both have great device support, though Nord has a slight edge.
We also have to consider the number of simultaneous connections allowed. Can you actually take advantage of all this great device support?
Well Nord has 6, but Cyberghost has 7. Both are above the industry average of 5. With Cyberghost, you can’t connect to the same server, whereas with Nord, you can connect to the same server as long as you don’t use the same protocol.
With Cyberghost, you also can only connect to 5 max iOS or Android devices, which might well affect die-hard Apple fans.
Overall it’s so close we call another tie.
Nord has a large, attractive interface showing everything on one screen, with a quick connect option.
Cyberghost starts off as a much smaller ‘quick connect’ panel.
But can open up to a huge panel for more detail.
Cyberghost’s server list is a bit easier to use, as Nord’s can be a bit fiddly.
Countries are listed alphabetically, showing ping, distance and load. You can view individual servers by clicking the dropdowns. You can also sort by any of the columns simply by clicking on them.
Also if you select favorites, these appear on the smaller panel for easier access.
The only downside is the search bar function doesn’t work for cities, which is highly annoying for such a large server list.
Nord includes a map too, but the server list is a bit more fiddly to use. It opens a new, much smaller window to select individual servers, rather than dropdowns. Server names also don’t show the city they’re in. Also, only load is shown.
One connected, Nord only shows the IP address, whilst Cyberghost shows a few more stats.
With both, you can change servers instantly without having to disconnect first, a huge plus.
Both have special servers. Cyberghost has torrenting servers, which show the number of users.
And an amazing 45 streaming servers.
Nord has P2P, Onion over VPN, and Double VPN servers. It doesn’t need streaming servers for Netflix as any server in a working country can be used.
Both have a ton of very different settings.
Both have kill switches, though Nord has two.
Both offer protocol choice, though Cyberghost has more options than Nord. Nord has just OpenVPN UDP or TCP for Windows, whereas Cyberghost also offers IKEv2 or LT2P. You can also use random ports to connect.
With Cyberghost you can enable DNS leak protection and control IPv6 connections. But with Nord you can set a custom DNS.
Nord also has obfuscation technologies, which Cyberghost doesn’t have.
In terms of added protection, Nord has an adware and malware blocker, Cybersec.
But Cyberghost has a lot more security options, including blocking online tracking, forcing HTTPS redirects, an even data compression.
With Nord you can auto-connect to a specific server, which is nice. But Cyberghost has a whole load of auto-connect settings called ‘Smart rules’.
For example you can choose what happens with new wifi networks, or specific apps.
Cyberghost also has split tunneling, a feature Nord lacks.
For mobile, both UI’s are a bit fiddly to use with such large server lists, and multiple different screens involved as you drill down. This means you have to press the back button a lot.
However, Nord’s is definitely easier to use. For one, you can still change servers instantly, whereas with Cyberghost you now have to disconnect prior to changing.
Second, at least their search function works well, making the long list easier to navigate. Cyberghost’s search function doesn’t work with cities.
Also, Cyberghost’s mobile disappoints as it’s extremely stripped down.
Nord has sorting options by best, distance, or alphabetical, whereas Cyberghost has no sorting options for mobile.
Nord keeps its kill switch, obfuscated servers, and also has extra auto-connect settings.
Whereas for Cyberghost there’s no kill switch, no protocol choice, and no split tunneling.
Overall, Cyberghost wins for desktop UI, and Nord wins for mobile. So guess what? It’s yet another tie.
Both offer 24/7 live chat support, with different pros and cons.
Both try and direct you to knowledgebase articles prior to the chat.
Both also have fully-functional chat interfaces, telling you your queue number when you first start, and letting you email the chat to yourself afterwards.
Sometimes Nord started off with some default responses, but quickly reverted to normal conversation when probed.
With Cyberghost, we never got any copy and paste responses, though sometimes they took a bit longer to respond.
They were great even for technical issues.
However, Cyberghost did give us one wrong answer regarding their kill switch.
Cyberghost were also very unhelpful when it came to asking about payment issues.
Both their English was great. Cyberghost even offer live chat in other languages.
Both also have email support, and Nord also has Facebook support.
Cyberghost kicks you off after a while if you don’t respond, but with Nord you can keep the chat open forever.
Both have extensive knowledgebases too.
Both have a great range of setup guides, though Nord’s are surprisingly hard to find, whereas Cyberghost’s are easy.
Both also have a lot of general info. Nord has a fair few more troubleshooting articles than Cyberghost, though.
Nord’s articles have clear English, but unfortunately Cyberghosts’ appear to be written by a non-native speaker.
Some screenshots were also out-of-date, using an old UI.
Some technical troubleshooting guides weren’t very useful for beginners either, such as ‘Change your MTU settings from 1.500 to 1.300’ if you think your connection is slow.
Overall live chat was marginally better with Cyberghost, but Nord’s knowledgebase was slightly better.
Both have the exact same pricing structure, and very similar pricing.
Here’s Nord’s prices:
And Cyberghost’s prices:
Cyberghost’s monthly plan is slightly more expensive, being $12.99 against Nord’s $11.95.
But after that, Cyberghost is slightly cheaper. It’s 1 year plan is $5.99 compared to Nord’s $6.99.
Their 2 and 3 year plans are very similar, with Cyberghost’s plans being about 50 cents cheaper. These long-term plans are very cheap and represent excellent value.
Nord offers a 30 day moneyback guarantee, which is generous.
But Cyberghost offers 14 days for monthly users, and a staggering 45 days for everyone else. On top of this, it offers a 1 day free trial to test out its service with no commitment.
In terms of payment, Cyberghost offers card, Paypal, or Bitcoin.
But Nord offers a wider variety, including Alipay and 2 other cryptocurrencies.
Overall it’s very close, but since Cyberghost is mostly slightly cheaper with a longer guarantee, and at least offers Bitcoin, we’re going to go with Cyberghost on this one.
The results are in. Here’s the winners for each section:
- Speed: Cyberghost
- Features: Tie
- Privacy: Nord
- Streaming: Tie
- Torrenting: Nord
- Device compatibility: Tie
- UX/UI: Tie
- Support: Tie
- Pricing: Cyberghost
This is one close contest. Each won 2 sections each, and incredibly, the rest were all tied. This just proves the extremely high quality of both of these VPNs.
Both have extremely high server selections, tons of features, great device compatibility and great 24/7 support.
Nord has slightly more servers, at over 5,000, more ample torrenting, and better Netflix access. It also has a slightly better mobile app with more features.
Cyberghost has faster speeds, 7 connections, much better streaming range for channels other than Netflix, and a slightly easier to use desktop app. It’s also slightly cheaper, except for the monthly price.
However, some areas are more important than others, namely privacy. And whilst both VPNs are technically secure, Cyberghost’s third-party apps record your IP address and other details.
Not to mention it’s now owned by a malware company. Cyberghost hasn’t produced any independent audit to allay these fears.
If a VPN isn’t safe or untrustworthy, it’s not worth the risk. Therefore, although Cyberghost is one amazing VPN, we place Nord firmly as the winner.
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