Most of us certainly associate the name Avira with the well-known antivirus software. But did you know that there is also an associated one VPN gives? One would think that this, Avira Phantom VPN, should provide great protection. After all, it comes from the Avira family. Unfortunately we have to look for our Avira Phantom VPN Test but say: A lot went wrong here ...
What do you expect from one? VPN? Privacy, data protection and anonymity are certainly at the top of your "wish list". All the more terrifying that Avira with his Avira Phantom VPN these three goals are completely missed and on the contrary pose a threat to your privacy! In brief, our test showed that Avira Phantom VPN shares your personal data, works with authorities, uses virtual servers without protection against surveillance and is unsuitable for torrenting.
We do not just say that, but there are facts behind it! Here are our criticisms:
Data is transmitted to Avira - without asking the user!
The data protection information does not clearly indicate this or the explanation is deficient, BUT: As soon as Avira Phantom is installed on a device, specific device data is transmitted to Avira (including the user name that was used to log on to the device, IP address, Operating system etc.). That means control over your own data is 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. It is of course practical for Avira, because the user data makes it easy to advertise or sell additional products. Why not order the right firewall, virus protection, etc. ... This way you become a data supplier for a company that actually sells itself as the protector of your data!
The rental servers used are vulnerable to surveillance
This negligent handling of user data prompted us to take a closer look at the servers used by Avira Phantom: The servers we checked for this were all rental servers. Behind these are well-known hosts, who have already released user data in the past when they asked for information from the authorities, or had to do so. So you are absolutely not protected against surveillance and warnings etc.! Such requests directly to the hoster usually even pass Avira, the provider has no control over log files.
Torrent with Avira Phantom VPN? No way!
Torrent is not prohibited, according to Avira. But that doesn't mean it's recommended. Because if you as a user accidentally get a copyrighted work downloadest, your data will be passed on on request and you can fall victim to warnings. Of course, you can't ask for a VPN covers illegal actions. But somehow all protection of the user and his privacy is gone. And that's probably not the point when you get one VPN achieves! There are providers who protect their users and do not pass on any data. Of course you have to say that Avira has a problem with its location in Germany due to the legal situation.
Speed of Avira Phantom VPN in test
About Avira Phantom's lack of protection VPNAs far as your privacy is concerned, we have now explained our criticisms in detail. But what about the provider's performance otherwise? Of course, we also carried out corresponding tests here, with very few users using the servers at the time of the test. There were no interruptions and the delays and the measured speeds correspond to the average. However, it was absolutely not clear whether our data was encrypted at all! There is no control here!
Avira Phantom VPN Applications
The easy use and the German-language execution of the software are to be noted positively on this topic. But here too there is a lack of appropriate security functions: DNS leak protection, malware blockers, Windows leak protection, kill switch, firewall, WebRTV leak protection etc. are all nonexistent. should that VPN If the user is interrupted, he is not warned and his data is already unencrypted without him even knowing this. Avira Phantom VPN cannot 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 and as a pro version. The almost 8 euros are located in the upper segment of the providers.
Avira Phantom VPN Test report conclusion
Like our Avira Phantom VPN Test report shows, the provider has massive weaknesses. Above all on the essential topic of privacy - data is collected, passed on etc. Avira Phantom has mass surveillance, espionage and the risk of warnings VPN on the agenda. Too bad, because we would have hoped for much more from a virus protection provider. To be honest, the end result of our test even shook us a bit ... We rarely give an absolute warning to a provider. But with Avira Phantom we have no choice but to absolutely not recommend it! The VPN simply offers its users no advantage. And at an elevated price.