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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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Freely access your favorite content
Messages like “This site is blocked” don’t apply to you. Our VPN helps you maintain access to your favorite streaming services, social networks, and apps at all times.Download for free
Securely connect to public Wi-Fi
Do you use public Wi-Fi at hotels, airports, or cafes? Many advise against it. We don’t—we ensure your web traffic is automatically encrypted as soon as you connect to an unsecure network. Live your life. We’ve got you covered.Download for free
Surf the web anonymously
What you do online is no one’s business—including your Internet Service Provider (ISP). So, our VPN masks your IP address, making all your activities invisible to anyone who would track you online.Download for free
Privacy made in Germany
You have a right to your privacy—including from us. So, we don’t keep logs of what you do with our VPN, or the websites you access. And we never will.Download for free
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1400 servers in 37 countries around the world
Select the country you wish to tunnel through to anonymously and securely access your favorite websites—all with two clicks.See all locations
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Protect your privacy on all devices
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VPN for MacBooks, iMacs, Mac minis & other Apple devices
If you use your macOS 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 Apple device 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 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 device’s 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 software swaps your device’s 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 the technology behind a VPN.
What are the benefits of using the 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.
- 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.
Which versions of macOS X is Avira Phantom VPN compatible with?
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 X 10.15 (Catalina)
- macOS X 11 (Big Sur)
- macOS X 12 (Monterey)
You can use Avira Phantom 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. It’s also included in our free Avira Mobile Security for iOS app, which also contains many security features.
How do I use the VPN software for Mac?
Download Avira Phantom VPN for Mac from our website or the Mac App Store, double-click the downloaded file, and follow the installation instructions. Then start the app, select 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 VPN for Mac solution, you can enjoy a data volume of 500 MB per month. When this allowance is used up, you can simply register for free and receive another 500 MB — also free of charge. If you want limitless VPN, upgrade to Avira Phantom VPN Pro. Avira Phantom VPN Pro for Mac also has a kill switch or emergency stop feature that cuts your internet connection automatically if your VPN connection fails.
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 Apple device 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.
You can use a VPN like Avira Phantom VPN on your Mac to protect your sensitive data when surfing the internet and to mask your online activities. The VPN client for Mac uses bank-grade security to encrypt everything you send and receive, assigning you a new virtual location that changes your Mac’s 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 install and turn on a VPN like Avira Phantom VPN for Mac in just a few clicks. Simply download the VPN client, install it on your Mac, and open it. Then select the virtual location you want to use, 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 uses the 256 Advanced Encryption Standard.
This encryption standard offers more combination possibilities than there are stars in the universe (1042). It would take billions of computers longer to crack the encryption than the age of our universe (13.8 billion years).