[Update, November 22, 1PM EST]
Read the full blog post below for more details.
If there ever was a time to care about your privacy (enough to do something about it), it’s now.
We could give you 4.5 billion reasons why (this is how many data records were compromised in the first half of 2018 alone), but you probably don’t need them.
What you need is someone to support you in the fight for your fundamental right to privacy. Making an impact takes focus and crucial decisions. And this is what we want to share today.
Giving your privacy a future
Privacy is at a tipping point.
Our mission at CyberGhost VPN is to build the right tools for you, so your privacy can have a future.
What happens next will fundamentally shape how data is collected, handled, and used (for us or against us). These decisions involve governments, regulators, tech companies, NGOs and all of us, no matter which side of the fence we’re on.
We’re making an important change by discontinuing the free version of CyberGhost VPN on November 22, 2018. You should know a lot of thought went into it.
Unifying our products into a single offering – a premium, paid VPN – enables us to stay true to our mission. And remember: you are not a product, and you should never allow anyone to treat you as such.
We’re in it for the long run
When you click the Connect button in your CyberGhost app, the internet becomes a safer, more open place. A place closer to Tim Berners Lee’s original vision for the www. A place that shapes knowledge, opinions, and lives.
Every day, we turn more than 30 million people from all over the world digitally invisible. It’s a responsibility we take seriously. This is why we strongly believe that privacy is worth fighting for and paying for.
As a team, as a company, we’ve never compromised on quality or security, no matter if you used the free or paid version of CyberGhost VPN. We never collected your data because you’re NOT a product. You’re one of us and we’re together in this battle for keeping our right to privacy and anonymity.
However, in recent years, some free VPNs have negatively influenced the general feeling about VPN services.
We choose to operate differently.
The CyberGhost VPN team is in it for the long run. We aim to build lasting business and the safe, strong VPN you’ll need in the next few years, as threats to your privacy mutate and multiply.
Advancements in machine learning will allow technologies to learn more about you than you can realize now. Talking bots will become capable of faking your voice and generating video feeds with your facial expressions. And your preferences, actions, feelings, and thoughts are already used to train AI-enabled systems.
The future comes with privacy challenges. Therefore, we’re dedicated to building the tools you need to protect your data and identity online. And to equip you with educational resources useful offline too.
How we’ll keep privacy accessible
We built CyberGhost VPN with constant feedback from the community and we plan to keep that going.
Our team, our Transparency Report and our fierce dedication to a No Logs policy – these are just some of our ways of constantly earning and confirming your trust in us. We don’t ever want to break it.
Ending the free version of CyberGhost VPN and focusing exclusively on the paid version is what we need to do to build remarkable privacy tool for extraordinary times.
But we’re not the ones to leave you stranded. We’re painfully aware that privacy issues are even more prevalent in countries where VPNs are not as accessible, price-wise.
What’s more, we will continue to support NGOs, journalists, bloggers and privacy advocates around the world by providing them with premium CyberGhost VPN licenses they can use to protect their sources and keep fighting for the truth, equality and other values we hold dear.
What you can expect from us in the following months
On November 22, 2018, the free version of CyberGhost VPN will be discontinued. If you’ve been using it, you’ll have to choose between:
- Upgrading to the paid version
- Protecting your privacy with our free browser extensions.
The CyberGhost users who are already on the premium plan can go on using the service as usual and enjoy what’s coming next.
In the background, we’re working on some critical aspects like:
- Massively upgrading our infrastructure (more VPN servers, faster speeds, more locations and so on)
- Adding new streaming channels so you can experience a borderless web, as it was designed to be
- Making it easier for you to boost your privacy across devices: you can now use your CyberGhost subscription on up to 7 devices at the same time
- Launching a new generation of products, dubbed CyberGhost 7, for all your devices (and new ones as well)
- Building and sharing educational content to help you make the best choices for your privacy (we all need this now more than ever).
We imagine you’ll have questions, so our support team is here to answer them, 24/7, via live chat on the website or via email. No bots, just lovely humans ready to help you.
Ready to join the Ghostie family?
If you’re committed to your privacy and are ready to make your relationship with data protection work, look around to find the best fit for your needs.
- We’re discontinuing the free version of CyberGhost VPN on November 22, 2018.
- Affected users will have to choose between buying a plan or using our free browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
- We believe that #PrivacyMatters and that it’s worth paying for, now more than ever.
- We’re in the battle for your privacy for the long run.