About the interaction of CyberGhost with known and unknown networks
The moment you enter a Secured or Open Wi-Fi network, CyberGhost recognizes if it's a known or unknown network and whether it's Open(without password) or Secured(with password).
If unknown, the app reacts in the way you configured CyberGhost via the Smart Rules feature (that is either asks, protects, or ignores).
What is Smart Rules ?
Smart Rules is a specific CyberGhost feature to help you automatically initiating your privacy protection, on stationary devices as well as on notebooks, laptops, or gaming computers, which get confronted with changing networks.
To reach the "Smart Rules" menu, first expand CyberGhost to the extended view:
With CyberGhost in the expanded view mode, the "Smart Rules" menu will be listed on the left side:
CyberGhost it is able to detect any WiFi networks around you. To specify the way in which CyberGhost's Wi-Fi protection should react to each Wi-Fi, define here the wanted reaction type for both:
- Secured Wi-Fi (with password authentication)
- Open Wi-Fi (without password authentication)
Choose one of the possible actions for each of the two types of Wi-Fi as explained below:
NOTE: This applies for Wi-Fi's that your device comes into contact for the first time and the universal approach to when such a Wi-Fi will be encountered
- Ask me what to do: Every time your device detects a new Secured or Open Wi-Fi network, CyberGhost will pop up you with a message asking for your decision(whether if you wish to initiate a VPN connection or not).
- Ignore: By choosing this option, CyberGhost will ignore Secured or Open WiFi networks.
- Always connect: Every time your device detects a new Secured or Open Wi-Fi network, CyberGhost will start a VPN connection.
- Disconnect VPN: If you already have a VPN connection running and you connect to Secured or Open Wi-Fi network, CyberGhost will disable the VPN connection.
*This applies if the Wi-Fi that you are connected to is trusted or known by you (typically your home Wi-Fi)
Known Wi-Fi networks
CyberGhost will trigger the respective action for the respective Wi-Fi as you instruct it above and once you do so, CyberGhost will list the respective network in the "Known Wi-Fi networks"
If a network is already known, CyberGhost remembers how you wanted this single network to be treated the last time you visited, e. g. protect your device automatically.
In case you want to change the way in which CyberGhost will behave with a given network, focus on the list of already known networks.
Search for the network you want to assign a different reaction to and click on it. The options are the same as described above.