Reviewed by: André Spiteri
With end-to-end encryption and a firm no logging policy, as well as free antivirus software and a free secure browser, Avira Phantom VPN is an excellent choice. Users shouldn’t think twice about taking this out for a spin.
Avira’s Phantom VPN doesn’t have much in the way of advanced features, but its focus on privacy, security and access is evident. Plans include an antivirus feature that helps to protect security by fighting off malicious software (malware) such as spyware and adware.
All users are guaranteed end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption and a beautifully-designed app that’s simple and intuitive to use - even if you’ve never tried a VPN before.
More importantly, Avira has a firm no logging policy and is a member of the ITSMIG (Teletrust IT Security Association Germany), a voluntary association committed to producing software that’s free of hidden backdoors.
You’ll also get access to free antivirus software and Avira’s free Scout browser, which blocks unwanted scripts, prevents third party tracking and ensures you always browse the web using a secure connection.
Avira’s website is easy to navigate and even if you don’t have past experience with its products in the past, you will be able to sign up with ease and find all the relevant information. No matter which devices you choose to use - Windows, Android, iPhone/iPad or Mac, Avira has a VPN for you to block regional restrictions, secure your connections and make all of your online activity anonymous. Plus, it allows an unlimited number of simultaneous connections, which gives users a ton of flexibility.
No other VPN service we reviewed makes this possible (unless you connect all your devices to the same router).
While Phantom VPN has a relatively low number of servers (12 in just 13 countries) and IP addresses (only about 1,000), it still boasts 99.9% uptime, unlimited bandwidth and excellent speeds - all on an unlimited amount of simultaneous connections.
There is also no speed throttling, meaning you won’t be penalized with slower speeds if you’re a heavy user.
If you use a free plan you don’t have much in terms of live support, but paid plans include access to premium customer support, either by opening a support ticket or via phone.
There’s also a regularly updated blog and a forum which, unfortunately, does not seem to be very active, at least for the time being.
Perhaps Avira’s greatest advantage over competitors is its “Hire an Expert” section, where you can get in touch with a tech consultant via email or live chat. The service is currently available in 10 languages and most of the experts offer a first consultation free of charge.
Finally, you can get in touch with an expert from Avira through its social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as a very helpful WordPress blog, which gives users the latest on security innovations, trends and developments. The social sites are very active and in addition to giving users an avenue for getting in touch with Avira, provide several educational videos, covering everything from Avira functionality to VPN advantages.
At $7.99 a month, Avira Phantom VPN’s price is average - it’s neither the cheapest nor the most expensive VPN service we reviewed. That said, given its lack of advanced features, it’s arguably a little more expensive than it should be.
You can also get 500MB of bandwidth a month completely free, without even registering. And if you register, your bandwidth will be bumped up to 1GB a month. While this limit means you won’t be binge-watching entire seasons of your favorite shows anytime soon, it’s a more than reasonable amount of free bandwidth and gives you an opportunity to test the service before making a purchase.
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Avira Phantom VPN bills itself as made “for everyone” - but what exactly does this mean? Let’s take a close look at who Avira thinks can benefit from its VPN services:
With solid encryption, excellent speeds and a bunch of freebies thrown in for good measure, Avira’s Phantom VPN is definitely worth a try. Plus, with a focus on security and virus protection you can browse, surf and stream without fear.
Avira has more than 30 years experience in the digital security and privacy sector, and helped pioneer the freemium model for business software. The company has won several awards for its security products, including product of the year for file detection in 2016.
About the Author
André is a freelance writer and tech geek. He has written extensively
on technology security topics for both B2C and B2B clients,
including the importance of having a good VPN.
Last Updated: April, 2017