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Editors' Review

Avira's Phantom VPN provides a simple way to guard your privacy while you're using a public network, and helps you bypass Internet filters and geo-restrictions.

Pros

Free or paid: The free, no-registration-required version of Phantom VPN provides 500MB of data per month. With a registered account, the free cap jumps to 1GB per month. And for $77.99 a year, you get unlimited data across all your devices. (Avira has VPN apps for Android and Windows, with plans for iOS and OS X editions this summer.) View your monthly usage on the app's main screen.

Change your location: VPNs lets you skirt country-specific content restrictions for online streaming. Phantom VPN lets you choose among 13 countries: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States -- with Germany (Avira's home base) set as the default exit server.

Speedy enough: Networking traffic can slow when traveling through a VPN, and pings can jump because of the extended round-trip data may take. In informal tests, Avira's VPN had a slight hit on throughput when we streamed media. The company said it doesn't cap networking speeds on its free service.

Security: Phantom VPN uses industry-standard protection -- AES-256 encryption and OpenVPN, an open-source, widely used VPN application -- to provide a secure path through a public network. Avira says it manages its own VPN servers for additional control.

Personal information: Avira says it doesn't collect or share personal information, including website visits. The company does collect data on general VPN performance. Windows users can opt out of sending diagnostic data to Avira, and in a future update, Android users will be able to opt out as well.

Cons

Limited browsing with free edition: It costs money to operate a VPN, so it makes sense that this free VPN comes with a data cap. If you do much media streaming, you'll hit that data cap quickly, so ponying up for the paid edition would be a good choice.

Bottom Line

Avira's Phantom VPN provides a simple way to guard your privacy while using a public network or to bypass an Internet filter. It offers a good range of countries to choose from to skirt content restrictions and is a good choice for securely using the Internet.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.7

Feedback - Now you have the possibility to leave a feedback and rate the app.

Auto-connect - We have improved the auto-connect feature for Android 8.

General

Publisher Avira
Publisher web site https://www.avira.com
Release Date November 10, 2018
Date Added November 10, 2018
Version 2.0.7

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

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File Name External File

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Total Downloads 7,426
Downloads Last Week 12

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License Model Free
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Price Free
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