Comparison

CyberGhost vs. Avira Phantom review

⏳ Short on time? Here’s the overall winner.

The better choice between CyberGhost and Avira Phantom is CyberGhost. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: CyberGhost has better privacy features than Avira Phantom
  • Features: CyberGhost has more features than Avira Phantom
  • Speed: CyberGhost is slower than Avira Phantom
  • Countries:  CyberGhost has more countries available than Avira Phantom
  • Security: CyberGhost has worse security than Avira Phantom
  • Price: CyberGhost is cheaper than Avira Phantom
  • Compatibility: CyberGhost supports more platforms than Avira Phantom
  • Support: CyberGhost has more options to contact support than Avira Phantom

1. Privacy

I’ll start with a comparison of the most important aspect of any VPN - privacy. During review I will consider whether VPN logs anything (IP address, traffic, DNS logs, bandwidth, or any type of timestamps) and the jurisdiction of VPN’s country of origin.

NameCyberGhostAvira Phantom
IP addressNoNo
DNSNo No
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthNoYes
TimestampsNoNo

CyberGhost is located in Romania which is not part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries while Avira Phantom is located in Germany which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries.

It’s important to note that If you are like me and you will be using VPN only to unblock GEO-restricted content, privacy will not be that important factor but it’s still essential for any VPN.

2. Features

The next category I want to compare are features of CyberGhost and Avira Phantom such as kill-switch, unblocking of streaming, support of P2P traffic (torrenting). I am a heavy user of various streaming platforms so for me it’s important whether VPN unblocks major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or BBC. I don’t do much torrenting but it’s always good to use a VPN while doing so. If this is an important factor for you, definitely look for a VPN which supports P2P traffic.

NameCyberGhostAvira Phantom
Kill-switchYesYes
Streaming (Netflix)YesYes
P2P traffic - torrentsYesYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, CyberGhost has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside Avira Phantom has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting.

3. Speed

Being hidden behind VPN shouldn’t limit the speed of your connection. I’ve measured the speed of each VPN against a 100mbps connection - which should be sufficient for any activities including heavy streaming in 4K or downloading large files.

In my test CyberGhost was more on the average side while Avira Phantom had below average speed. If there were no limits in speed on a 100mbps connection, I consider VPN a “fast” one. If the speed is limited somehow but still achieving decent values, I categorize it as “average”. The “slow” is usually used for VPNs which limit your bandwidth significantly.

4. Security

I will start by comparing the type of encryption CyberGhost and Avira Phantom use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameCyberGhostAvira Phantom
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsL2TP, IKEv2 and OpenVPNOpenVPN, IPsec and IKEv2
IP leaksNoNo
DNS leaksNoNo

The most important factor of a VPN service is a strong encryption of the traffic which is forwarded through the VPN servers. The most common encryption types in cryptography are SHA encryption or AES encryption which are not really comparable against each other. There might be different lengths of encryptions (eg. 128-bit, 256-bit, 2048-bit) and while usually the higher is the better, for most use cases you will be fine with any encryption. Watch-out if there is no encryption at all. CyberGhost uses 256-bit and L2TP, IKEv2 and OpenVPN protocol and Avira Phantom uses 256-bit and es 256-bit and OpenVPN, IPsec and IKEv2 protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and CyberGhost had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while Avira Phantom had No IP leaks and No DNS leaks. 

5. Price

Probably one of the most important decision factor for the majority of users will be price. Shocking? Not really. We all love to compare things and I am not different. It’s always good to get the best value for your hard-earned money, isn’t it? So let’s see whether CyberGhost or Avira Phantom is cheaper.

NameCyberGhostAvira Phantom
Price$2.99$6.50
Trial versionYesYes

6. Compatibility

CyberGhost supports 7 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Avira Phantom on 5 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameCyberGhostAvira Phantom
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
LinuxYes
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with CyberGhost or Avira Phantom you can reach out to their support via:

NameCyberGhostAvira Phantom
LivechatYesNo
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoNo

Summary

CyberGhost ranked in our list on 4. position while Avira Phantom. is on 81 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.