Every internet security company offers different forms of privacy protection, ad-blocking, anti-tracker, and also secures browsing. But Avira Phantom VPN takes this to the next level with its own VPN product. Avira Phantom VPN is focused very much at the home user. There’s no complication, no choice or to talk of practical details such as protocols and you are allowed to choose from only 13 servers.
There is a free account, too. The base version has an immobilized 500MB/month data cap (with you getting a four or five minutes grace period before it disconnects), and it doesn’t require registration or an email address: All you need to do is just to download, install and then connect. You won’t be able to stream anything, but for occasional low-bandwidth use, maybe while travelling, so it might be enough.
There is also a free account with registration. And if you’re willing to do this, you get the data allocation doubled up to 1GB/month. The Paying users get unlimited data.
Avira Phantom VPN Privacy
Avira Phantom VPN free account is a perfect starting point. But once you upgrade it, the company requires all the your details and these are: your physical and email address, credit card, PayPal or banking information (wire transfer or SOFORT banking).
As long as the free account has the data cap it may log your issued IP address, and maybe connection times. The company doesn’t make this clear though. But Avira says that it doesn’t supervise the content of your traffic, or log in the sites you visit.
Any data achieved is normally held on servers within the European Union. As usual, the small print has a get-out clause or two. Including the probability that data may be synchrozed to a server in the US, above all, all your activities are still under protection than with most of the competition.
Performance of Avira Phantom VPN
Avira Phantom VPN supports all main OS bases, with clients available for Windows, Android, Mac and iOS.
Installation requires some care as by set up then the program automatically installs Avira System Speedup, Safe Search Plus, Software Updater and the Online Essentials Dashboard. But keep tapping ‘skip’ till the offers eventually disappear, and you are left with the VPN client only. Basic operations are very easy by hitting a single button to connect or disconnect.
You’re able to choose your preferred country from the Settings dialog. Or set the program to launch when Windows starts, but that’s about it. Apart from a single unexpected “Send diagnostic data” setting. Anyway – we don’t know exactly what it does, but for privacy it’s probably best to turn it off.
If you do have any problems, there’s little in the way of immediate online help. And the advice we saw seemed quite basic.
Fortunately, Avira Phantom VPN proved to be very reliable in our test, you can connect without issues whenever you need it. Its performance was also consistent and a little bit above average in comparison to other VPN services that we’ve tried lately. Latency was only up by 36%, and download speeds reduced by 17% compared to our standard speeds (without the VPN), and uploads were down 32%.
Final verdict OF Avira Phantom VPN
Avira Phantom VPN’s commercial package is a little overpriced for what you get. But if you’re an Avira fan or can live within the limits of the free plan then it might be worth a look.
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Our testing included evaluating general performance (browsing, streaming video). We also used speedtest.net to measure latency, upload and download speeds. And then tested immediately again with the VPN turned off, to check for any difference (over several rounds of testing). Of course, do note that VPN performance is difficult to measure as there are so many variables.