CyberGhost VPN review: Promising improvements but its parent company concerns me


In CNET’s previous coverage of virtual private networks, we’ve praised CyberGhost for its roster of competitive features. Our in-depth review of CyberGhost last year included speed testing, security verification and an analysis of its full suite of privacy tools. Since then, CyberGhost has increased its number of servers and is prepared to roll out a new suite of privacy tools, all while remaining one of the cheapest VPNs we’ve reviewed — at $2.75 per month for a three-year plan


  • Offers split tunnelling
  • Fast-growing server network
  • No leaks detected in latest tests

Don’t Like

  • Parent company with a shady past
  • Ineffective ad blocker
  • No obfuscation

As we’ve bolstered our approach to VPN ($13 at CyberGhost) reviews in recent months, however, CyberGhost has raised some red flags. Its parent company‘s history warrants skepticism, our previous tests have shown it to expose your VPN use to your internet service provider, its website and app trackers are a more numerous than warranted and its ad-blocker uses an untrustworthy method of traffic-manipulation no VPN should even think about. Its low price previously made it worth considering if you needed to change the appearance of your location online, but

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Stimulus check: How the first payment’s fine print on income limit, eligibility could affect the next

There’s a lot to know about the round of IRS stimulus payments authorized by the CARES Act.

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Congress could still pass a second stimulus payment of up to $1,200 for qualifying Americans, but talks for a new economic relief package are currently at a standstill and are complicated by a series of executive actions of questionable legality signed by President Donald Trump on Saturday. 

“If we can get a fair deal, we’re willing to do it this week,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday, signaling that an agreement is still possible.

If a final deal becomes law, we can look at the first round of stimulus checks to glean some clues as to how long it will take for payments to arrive, whether it will be taxable on your 2020 return, who qualifies and what your rights are with regard to the money. The GOP-backed HEALS Act borrowed from the CARES Act guidelines for a new direct payment, so they could be similarly structured and sent out faster than last time.

If you were expecting to get the

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Top 5 Smartphones for Business Professionals

Here are five smartphones to consider the next time you’re shopping for a new mobile device for work.

Busy professionals need devices that keep up with their workday pace, and for many people their most essential device is a smartphone. There are many reasons why it may be more convenient to use a smartphone instead of a laptop, such as being away from your desk, working in the field, or not wanting to sit down in front of a larger screen when a smaller, more portable one will do. 

If you use your smartphone for work, you need one that’s reliable, which is where these five devices come in. Each smartphone on this list has unique features designed for business users who may have different use cases.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note device is practically tailor-made for professionals, with its in-device stored S Pen designed to make note-taking and on-the-go organization a snap. The S Pen in the Galaxy Note 20 is improved over last year’s version, and it’s redesigned to eliminate lag; plus, it has auto-synchronization with Microsoft OneNote, the ability to turn handwritten notes into text, and note-taking capabilities with the screen turned

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How to install or upgrade to macOS Big Sur

Installing or upgrading to macOS Big Sur later this fall will be a quick, painless project by leveraging these simple commands for all your macOS-based devices.

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Whether you plan to be an early adopter and migrate to Big Sur on day one or slowly make the transition over time, most enterprises won’t be skipping the upgrade to macOS Big Sur. Businesses should not sit this one out given the new security features, redesigning of the underlying OS, and the benefits it could bring to users and IT.

SEE: macOS Big Sur: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Regardless of the timeline for your transition to macOS 11, one thing is certain: The deployment plan offers several choices that depend on your environment’s infrastructure and—in the age of remote working—where the devices are located and the resources they’re using. These, perhaps more than anything else, will define how the upgrade path will proceed. 

One such path leverages the Content Cache service built-in to macOS to download and cache a copy of the installer file, in turn deploying it to all devices that are on the same logical network as the clients themselves. This is great to

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