Snowden recommends the use of a VPN to maintain online anonymity

Already a large percentage of Avira customers selected to follow this recommendation. Here’s why.

Surfing the net is fun, informative and useful. But whenever you use a search engine, visit a shopping site or stream your favorite movie, important information about you, your location, and your online activities is exposed. This information is gathered and used by advertisers, search engines and ISPs, usually without your knowledge. That’s where a VPN comes in handy.

    How does a VPN anonymize online activity? 

    A VPN connection encrypts any data you transmit to a website and uses virtual locations across the world to hide your real IP address. Your online activity is anonymized automatically - without affecting your internet speed - to protect your identity online.

    Avira Phantom VPN Free uses leading data encryption (AES-256) together with over 38 server locations globally to give you the most secure and reliable VPN service available.

    74% of Americans have limited their online activity due to privacy concerns.
    *VPN Use and Data Privacy Stats for 2018, vpnmentor

    Why use a VPN? 

    • You are in control of your personal data online
      VPN prevents tracking via your IP address, so advertisers and large corporations do not develop a profile of you based on your online activity. You are in charge of what you share.
    • You can protect yourself from snoops and cybercriminals
      A VPN encrypts both incoming and outgoing traffic to the internet. Your ISP won’t be able to trace the websites you visit. Hackers can’t steal your information, even on a pubic WiFi network.
    • You can save on internet shopping
      A VPN masks your true location. You won’t be subject to adverse pricing policies on, for example, air fares or hotel bookings, based on where you are. Plus, your banking and credit card details are encrypted and secure.

    Can incognito browsing replace a VPN? 

    A VPN offers a level of encryption and privacy that your incognito browser does not. Although an incognito browser does not show a history of the websites you have visited, or store cookies on your machine, that is not the full story. Your ISP, advertisers and search engines still track your online activity. One of the few search engines we recommend that doesn’t track users is However, this will not give you the full privacy protection of Avira Phantom VPN

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