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Avira Phantom VPN for Mac
VPN as it should be: Fast, private, and secure
- Be unhackable: Safely connect to Wi-Fi
- Be untraceable: Mask your location
- Be uncensored: Access your favorite content wherever you are
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Free VPN for Mac — surf more securely and anonymously
VPN for MacBooks, iMacs, Mac minis & other Apple devices
If you use your Apple device to connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot at a café or hotel, you obviously don’t want anyone else tracking your online activities or reading your emails. But this is exactly the risk if the hotspot is unsecured or was set up intentionally to spy on people’s data. That’s because if cybercriminals are on the same network as your MacBook or have set up a fake hotspot, they can access any data you send and receive online — which of course poses a great risk, especially when shopping or banking online. With our free Avira Phantom VPN you can protect your sensitive information, like passwords and credit card details, from falling into the wrong hands and disguise your Mac’s assigned IP address so you can surf the internet anonymously.
How does the VPN client for Mac work?
A VPN (short for virtual private network) establishes an encrypted connection between your MacBook, iMac, or other Apple device and a VPN server. This is done using a virtual tunnel that the VPN client for Mac establishes to the VPN server and through which data is transmitted in an encrypted format. At the same time, the VPN software swaps your Mac’s assigned IP address for the VPN server’s address, allowing you to surf anonymously and protect your online privacy. Check out our blogpost to learn more about how a VPN works.
What’s the benefit of using our free VPN for Mac?
Avira Phantom VPN for Mac makes it more convenient and secure to access your favorite online services even when you’re traveling. You get to select your virtual location from a vast choice of 1,400 VPN servers in 37 countries, including in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.
Here’s why it’s worth downloading our free VPN for Mac:
- Encrypt what you send and receive: Protect your sensitive data from hackers — especially when using unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Block online tracking: Block advertisers and other companies from tracking your activity across the web.
- Anonymize your online activities: Visit websites and online services without anyone being able to pinpoint your location.
With which versions of macOS can I use Avira Phantom VPN?
The VPN client for Mac is available as a free download for the following operating systems:
- macOS X 10.13 (High Sierra)
- macOS X 10.14 (Mojave)
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
- macOS 11 (Big Sur)
- macOS 12 (Monterey)
- macOS 13 (Ventura)
You can use our free VPN for Mac on any Apple device running one of the listed operating system versions or higher. You can also get Avira Phantom VPN for your iPhone or iPad for free. It’s also included in our free Avira Mobile Security for iOS app, which also contains many security features.
How do I use the free VPN for Mac
You can download Avira Phantom VPN for Mac for free from this website or from the Mac App Store. After downloading the VPN software, follow the installation instructions, and then double-click the app to start the VPN software. Choose your desired virtual location and establish the VPN connection by clicking Secure my connection. Your IP address will be hidden and you can browse the internet incognito.
As a non-registered user of our free VPN for Mac, you can enjoy a data volume of 500 MB per month. When this allowance is used up, you can simply register for a My Avira Account and receive another 500 MB — also free of charge. If you want limitless VPN, upgrade to Avira Phantom VPN Pro.
Additional Avira solutions to boost your cybersecurity
Discover our other solutions, and protect the various aspects of your digital life. Avira Free Security for Mac conveniently combines free features in an all-in-one solution. Besides Avira Phantom VPN, it also includes:
Avira Antivirus: Protect your data and your Mac from malware and other online threats.
Avira Password Manager: Create strong passwords for your online user accounts.
Avira Browser Safety: Block malicious websites and ads, and protect yourself from online tracking.
Junk cleaner & duplicate finder: Rid your Mac of unnecessary files and free up space.
FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions
You can use a free VPN like Avira Phantom VPN on your Mac or other Apple device to protect your sensitive data when surfing the internet and mask your online activities. The VPN client for macOS uses bank-grade security to encrypt everything you send and receive, assigning you a new virtual location that changes your Mac’s previously assigned IP address. This means you can surf securely and anonymously, and all your data is better protected on public Wi-Fi hotspots. That’s critical especially since these open networks are usually unsecured, often transmitting your data unencrypted and making it easy for cybercriminals to intercept it.
You can download and install a VPN like Avira Phantom VPN for Mac for free in just a few clicks. Then open the VPN program, choose your desired virtual location, and turn on the VPN. All the data traffic on your Mac will then be encrypted and your IP address masked so you can surf more securely and anonymously — even on unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots.
We do not track the websites you visit nor any info that can link activities back to you.
We do measure how much traffic is consumed, and collect some diagnostic data (e.g. bugs), which you can disable from within the product.
Our policy is as follows: we cannot share what we don't know.
We must legally comply with the legislation in countries we operate, so we ensure we have nothing sensitive to share.
To calculate our costs for hosting the infrastructure.
Think of it as a secure piping service: we offer the infrastructure (“VPN tunnels”), you decide how you use it (streaming, shopping, gaming, etc.), and all we know is how much volume flows through it.
Avira Phantom VPN uses AES 256 (Advanced Encryption Standard), which is currently the global norm. This is a symmetric encryption scheme that’s one of the most widely used and secure encryption methods. The number 256 refers to the key length in bits. The higher the number, the more possible combinations of digits there are — in this case 2^256. In the USA, for example, AES 256 is approved for government documents with the highest level of secrecy.