Avira Phantom VPN Review 2021

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Avira Phantom VPN Review 2021

An introduction to Avira Phantom VPN

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Avira Phantom VPN is an excellent product that is provided by the Avira Operations GMBH and CO. Avira is world-renowned for producing good quality software packages that are focused on providing Cybersecurity. You can use Avira Phantom VPN for cloaking your location, IP address, personal information, and more importantly financial information.

Using Avira Phantom VPN, you can protect yourself from many security weaknesses that your network connection may have right now to ensure complete anonymity in cyberspace.

Avira Phantom achieves this feat by bypassing regional blocks, securing the connection with encryption, and by doing so anonymizes all your web activities.

The Avira Phantom VPN is developed in a way that is viable for every person who’s in need of online anonymity.

It got a 4.5-star TrustPilot rating based on more than 18,000 reviews.

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Avira Phantom VPN features

1. You can watch streaming services

Phantom VPN can be used to watch your favourite TV shows, movies eve when you are on the go, whether you are connected to one of your own network services or a public hotspot.

2. Geo freedom

Phantom VPN gives the user a more global Internet experience by letting the user set their IP address to look like they are from somewhere else. This helps the user to access their personal networks, even while traveling where internet access could be limited. Some countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Iran, Iraq, India are notorious for blocking and regulating access to websites and information.

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avira phantom vpn review 2021

3. Online anonymity despite the network that you are connected to.

Another important feature of Avira Phantom VPN is that it got you covered despite the network that you are connected to. You can connect your device to the internet network at your home, at your workplace, or even to a public hotspot, without worrying about your online safety.

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4. Built-in kill switch

This feature prevents exposure in the case of some failure of a VPN connection. The kill switches automatically disconnect the internet connection until the VPN connection is working properly.

5. DNS Leak protection.

This feature prevents your browser from forwarding the websites you visit your ISP or a 3rd party marketing group. DNS leak prevention supports IPV4 and IPV6 protocols.

6. No Log policy.

No Log Policy ensures that the Avira Phantom VPN doesn’t monitor or keep a log of your data or browsing preferences making them not bound to hand over your information to a federal agency or any 3rd party.

7. Bypassing restricted game servers.

Gamers can use Avira Phantom VPN to bypass restricted gaming servers to connect with your friends worldwide, without worrying about location availability.

8. Encrypting private communications.

Another plus feature is that Avira Phantom VPN can keep your private communications encrypted and safe from online spies and eavesdroppers. Avira Phantom VPN encrypts all your communications on all networks whether you are communicating with your friends, social media friends, shopping, or handling online banking transactions. This includes unsecured open WiFi Hotspots. The Avira Phantom VPN achieves this task with the AES 256 bit encryption between your device and its servers.

9. Anti-tracking feature and anonymity.

Avira Phantom VPN can escape tracking done on your IP address done by advertisement companies, digital marketing agencies, or any other company. This helps the user to avoid unnecessary advertisement targeting, unnecessary promotion offers, or adware targeted at you. This also prevents someone or some organization who might specifically track your location, your information, browsing details, online banking transactions, banking details, and even GPS location by basing on your IP address.

10. Streaming with Avira Phantom VPN

Popular streaming services like Netflix, Disney +, and BBC iPlayer have taken strict measures to block VPN services to avoid legal disputes regarding geographical coverage areas.

However, Avira manages to get things done without running into trouble. It was successful in providing access to Netflix and BBC iPlayer without any hassle.

11. Useful for developers and people interested in SEO

You can use Avira Phantom VPN to mask your location to view your web pages from different locations of your liking to get an idea about how it looks and ranks on search engines to the people who are living in other geographical regions.

12. Unlimited devices are covered

You have the ability to cover any amount of devices as per your liking. This is a facility that highlights Avira Phantom VPN from all the other VPN services in the market. So, you do not have to worry about running out of slots. Unlimited devices covered with a single package allows the user to secure all the devices in the household and it is even suitable for a small scale tech company.

13. Support for P2P file sharing (Torrenting)

P2P file-sharing clients like BitTorrent and Tixiati are covered in this package.

VPN Protocols used

There are many ways to establish a VPN connection. But, personally, I prefer services that use the OpenVPN protocol, which has a reputation for speed, reliability, and better security. OpenVPN is also an open-source software and is supported by a group of dedicated developers following. Avira Phantom VPN is using OpenVPN for its Windows and Android client applications. However, for macOS and iOS apps, they are using the older, less efficient, and less secure  IPSec protocol.

However, they are working on implementing WireGuard, a new VPN protocol for all their client applications due to its advantages over traditional VPN  protocols.

Servers and Server Locations.

More server locations to choose from means more opportunities for bypassing geographically enforced restrictions. It also means that you are going to experience better connectivity and speed since it is more likely to find one nearby. The nearer the server is the faster and reliable the connection is. This is why it is very important to choose a better VPN service with a big amount of servers to choose from.

Also, the higher the number of servers is available, the fewer people be in each server, resulting in more bandwidth for you.

Avira Phantom VPN provides 150 servers in 37 countries around the world to choose from.

Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, more than US cities, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Moldova, Sweden, UK, and few more locations are provided as selectable locations.

However, it is clear that Avira Phantom VPN doesn’t provide any server location within the African continent or the South American region. It is always best to expand the servers in these areas as it improves speed and reliability if you find yourself traveling in those areas.

In comparison, CyberGhost is providing a big amount of servers and server locations to choose from, making them better value.

Speed and Performance.

To test the impact of the VPN on the internet speed, I use the Ookla test. First, we measure the speed of the network without using the VPN and while using the VPN service. It was evident that Avira Phantom VPN was capable of maintaining higher speeds with minimal impact even when connected to far away servers.

Avira Phantom VPN pricing and packaging

The pricing for Avira Phantom VPN is as follows. Avira Phantom VPN is provided as a subscription service that can be purchased in two ways.

Currently, they don’t provide any trial, but you can purchase a one month plan for 10 USD per month. However, you can cancel this at any time without any hustle.

The second option is purchasing the subscription for a time period of a year. When choosing this option, you only have to pay 6.5$ per month and only 78.00$ per entire year.

Both plans support simultaneous coverage for unlimited devices and provide you unlimited connectivity.

Avira Phantom VPN Final Recap.

The Avira Phantom VPN provides solid, stable connectivity and supports simultaneous coverage for unlimited devices, excellent consumer privacy policy, no-log policy, P2P file sharing, DNS leak prevention, integrated kill switch, and many more valuable features to keep you safer.

It does provide OpenVPN protocol for Windows and Android client applications while providing IP2 protocol for MacOs and iOS.

However, there are only a few servers and server locations to choose from. Despite that this is a solid all-rounder.

 

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