Cybersecurity has been a big talking point in 2019. Mostly for all the wrong reasons.
Here, at CyberGhost VPN, we always strive to keep our Ghosties safe online.
And we will always put all our efforts into making the internet a more secure place for everyone.
That’s why we’ve decided to stop supporting two VPN protocols: PPTP and L2TP/IPSec.
What are PPTP and L2TP?
Glad you asked. 😉
Created back in 1999, it had a good life for some time. But it didn’t keep up with ever-developing network infrastructure and increased network capacities.
It’s now an obsolete protocol, with plenty of known vulnerabilities.
And if you want some more acronyms thrown at you, I can tell you that this previously popular VPN protocol combined the best parts from PPTP and L2F.
L2TP is still widely supported on most routers and devices. But it has its vulnerabilities.
Because we need to be responsible here and protect our Ghosties, we will no longer be using these protocols.
What does this mean for you?
If you’re using the latest version of our VPN software, nothing will change for you. Our apps are already configured to adhere to the highest security and privacy standards.
But we do know that some Ghosties prefer manual VPN configurations over clients.
If you’ve manually set up a connection to our servers using the robust and secure OpenVPN, your experience won’t be affected.
However, if your device doesn’t have too much computing power, you won’t be able to connect anymore to the CyberGhost VPN servers using PPTP and L2TP.
Now, we’re aware of the fact that most people don’t upgrade their routers as often as their phones or laptops. You could have a router that supports only L2TP in your house right now.
The good news for you is that we’ll still support these PPTP/L2TP configurations for a while, with access limited to servers located in:
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong
So, what’s next?
Getting rid of these two obsolete protocols was just one of the steps needed for building the VPN of the future.
Our team has been working hard to improve your experience with CyberGhost VPN.
This year, we’ve expanded our server fleet. A lot.
Also, we’ve added even more streaming servers, so you will never miss your favorite shows.
And now, we’re making sure that not even a misconfiguration can jeopardize your anonymity online.
But we also have other goodies in store. We’ll soon be announcing a massive server infrastructure update. New VPN protocols are on their way, too.
So, make sure to keep an eye out for our updates.
Until next time, stay safe and secure!