Most of us associate the name Avira with the well-known anti-virus software. But did you know that it also has an associated one VPN gives? One would think that this, Avira Phantom VPN, should offer great protection. After all, he comes from the Avira family. Unfortunately we have to go to our Avira Phantom VPN But test say: Here is something gone wrong ...
What do you expect from one? VPN? Privacy, privacy and anonymity are certainly synonymous with you at the top of the "wish list". All the more terrifying that Avira with his Avira Phantom VPN completely missed these three goals and on the contrary represents a threat to your privacy! In a nutshell, our test has revealed that Avira Phantom VPN Shares your personal information, cooperates with government agencies, uses virtual servers without protection from surveillance and is unsuitable for torrent.
We do not just say that, but there are facts behind it! Here are our criticisms:
Data is transmitted to Avira - without request from the user!
Although the data protection instructions do not clearly state this or the declaration is inadequate, BUT: As soon as Avira Phantom is installed on a device, specific device data is transmitted to Avira (including the user name used to log in to the device, IP address, Operating system etc.). That is, the control over your own data are gone. Even after uninstalling the free version of the VPN the data is still included Avira!
Absolute no-go for one VPN-Provider!
This transmission of user data to other databases, without asking the user, is for one VPNOperator completely unacceptable. For Avira, it is of course practical, because the user data can be the same time to promote or sell wonderful products. Why not order the right firewall, antivirus etc. ... So you become a data provider for a company that actually sells itself as a protector of your data!
The rental servers used are vulnerable to surveillance
This careless handling of users' data prompted us to take a closer look at the servers used by Avira Phantom: The servers we tested for this were all rental servers. Behind these are well-known hosters, who in the past have already issued user data in the case of government inquiries or had to do so. So you are absolutely not protected from surveillance and warnings, etc.! Such requests directly to the hoster usually even pass Avira, the provider has accordingly no control over log files.
Torrent with Avira Phantom VPN? No way!
Torrent is not prohibited according to Avira. That does not mean that it is recommended. Because if you as a user accidentally create a copyrighted work downloadest, your data will be shared on request and you may be victim of warnings. Of course you can not ask for one VPN covers illegal actions. But somehow there is no protection of the user and his privacy at all. And that's not what it should be, if you agree VPN guaranteed! There are certainly providers who protect their users and do not share data. Of course, it must be said that Avira's location in Germany has a problem due to the legal situation.
Speed of Avira Phantom VPN in test
About the lack of protection of Avira Phantom VPNAs for your privacy, we have now explained in detail our criticisms. But what about the performance of the provider? Of course, we also performed tests here, with very few users using the servers at the time of the test. There were no breaks and the delays and measured speeds are average. However, it was absolutely unclear whether encryption of our data took place at all! There is no control here!
Avira Phantom VPN Applications
To be positively noted on this topic are the easy use and the German-language execution of the software. But here too there is a lack of security features: DNS leak protection, malware blocking, Windows leak protection, Killswitch, Firewall, WebRTV Leak protection, etc. are all not available. should that VPN the user is not warned and his data is already unencrypted, without him even knowing. Avira Phantom VPN can not be used on other devices such as routers.
Prices of Avira Phantom VPN
Avira Phantom VPN is available as a free version with 500 MB data limit / month as well as a Pro version. The nearly 8 Euro are located in the upper segment of the providers.
Avira Phantom VPN Test report conclusion
Like our Avira Phantom VPN Test report shows that the provider has massive weaknesses. First and foremost with regard to the essential topic of privacy - data is collected, passed on, etc. Mass surveillance, espionage and the risk of warnings are available from Avira Phantom VPN on the agenda. Too bad, because we would have hoped for more from a virus protection provider. To be honest, the end result of our test has even shaken us up a bit ... We rarely issue an absolute warning to a provider. But with Avira Phantom we have no other choice than this absolutely not recommended! The VPN simply offers its users no advantage. And at an elevated price.