Data Compression: How to Save Money and Use Less Data

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Big Data and data compression are two of the main concerns of the current online world, along with security and privacy. People as well as apps, streaming services, and even social media sites are becoming more and more data-oriented.

Additionally, the data plan cost for the average internet users is rapidly going up. Smartphones have also evolved to make greater use of data so it is now more important than ever to know how we consume data (a.k.a. how we browse the web and what we watch online) and how we can control this consumption on our mobiles so it doesn’t get too expensive.

If you use your mobile phone as a hotspot for your laptop or other devices, we will explain below the benefits of using the data compression feature.

Compress your data

This CyberGhost 5.5 feature is designed to compress your data and potentially extend your data plan by up to five times.

It will help reduce the impact of images and text by shrinking images that are too large for mobile devices when used as hotspots or by re-encoding them in a lower quality (which is not visible on mobile devices, but it drastically reduces their size).

It also removes and minifies the content of HTML, CSS, and Javascript files, which means that webpages will load much faster and you won’t be stuck counting sheep while waiting for a website to open. In short, you’ll get access to content much faster.

CyberGhost's data compression feature helps you access content faster! Click to Tweet

CyberGhost 5.5 uses a .ZIP files compressor, which means that the compressed files will be restored to their exact original state with no loss of data during the decompression process.

This data and cost optimization feature is designed to give you a breakdown of which apps are using your data, let you create a universal cache, and help you choose the balance you want between image quality and data savings.

Keep in mind that it doesn’t work with video/audio streaming apps or VoIP apps.

How to activate the feature on your device:

Open CyberGhost 5.5 (we’re assuming you’ve already installed it) and then just click on Data Compression like in the picture below. For reference, white means the feature is turned OFF, yellow means it’s turned ON.

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Do note that Data Compression, along with our other new features such as the built-in Ad Blocker and the Protection against malicious websites are all Premium features, so in order to enjoy their benefits, you’ll need to

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Conclusion

“Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.”

As author Geoffrey Moore puts it, we need to keep an eye on data while not missing all the internet fun and knowledge.

Don’t go data blind and keep control of your data plan with CyberGhost’s Data Compression feature! Click to Tweet

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CyberGhost VPN - Oana Ciobotea
CyberGhost VPN - Oana Ciobotea

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  • Hello Oana,
    doe this VPN slow down the traffic over Internet connection for a user PC where it is installed ?
    How does this VPN work?
    Do I still have the same speed on Internet like before installing it on Windows 10 for my 20Mbs connection?

    • Hey Silviu,

      Your Internet speed when using CyberGhost depends on a multitude of factors including your PC’s configuration, the server you’re connected to, the distance between your physical location and that of the server you’re using.

      As a general rule, you get the best speed when you connect to a server that’s located in the same city/country as you.

      Thanks a lot for reaching out to us!

  • You guys must fix the free servers right now ! Every free server must connect to the right country. And the browser language must automatically change with server location. You are losing alot..alot of customers right now ! Fix this bug in the free servers. And there’s another bug to fix : The program now disconnects every 2 hours instead of 5 hours. People are going to another vpn right now. You are losing lots..lots of customers. FIX THESE 2 BUGS NOW !

    • Hey,

      We had some tech updates to perform, which is why the disconnect time was 2 hours for some time. It’s now back to 3 hours (it was never 5 hours, though).

      Thanks!

    • Hey,

      CyberGhost does not allow port forwarding, so no, we are not affected by port fail.

      Thanks a lot for reaching out to us!

  • WE ARE ANONYMOUS,AND WE ARE MAD AT THE CYBERGHOST TECHNICAL TEAM ! YOU ARE DISCONNECTING EVERYONE AT THE FREE SERVERS AFTER 2 HOURS INSTEAD OF 5 HOURS. FIX THIS BUG IN VERSION 5.5 NOW ! WE WILL TELL EVERYONE TO GO TO ANOTHER VPN IF YOU DON’T FIX THIS NOW ! FREE SERVERS 5 HOURS BEFORE DISCONNECTING NOT 2 HOURS !

    • Hey,

      We had some tech updates to perform, which is why the disconnect time was 2 hours for some time. It’s now back to 3 hours (it was never 5 hours, though).

      Thanks!

    • Hey Ivan,

      Actually, there is no paper trail because the payment is processed by our e-commerce partner CleverBridge and there is no way for us to associate any payment data with user data.
      Add that to the fact that we don’t keep any logs and you get complete anonymity:)

      Thanks!

  • This is a really great feature and something I’ve not seen utilized fully in many other VPN services, it just shows the potential of the CyberGhost tool to become an all-round utility. Will hopefully get to feature it on my site VPNFreaks sometime in the near future. Thanks for the tips!

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  • It is not clear from the article whether using data compression improves download speed mainly for smart phones, or it if also improves speed on desktop/laptop computers.

    Do you recommend using it on laptops (which are NOT connecting through mobile phone hotspots)?

    • Hi James!

      We recommend using the Data Compression feature only if you’re on a limited data plan, such as using an internet stick, using limited Wi-Fi at a hotel or airport or maybe using a mobile hotspot.

      Unless you find yourself in one of these situations, you wouldn’t need to enable this feature on your desktop CyberGhost apps.

      Let us know if you need more details.

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