CyberGhost and Avira Phantom Pro are two reliable VPN services — but one is much more versatile than the other.
Avira’s VPN is the definition of a baseline product. It has one main strength — simple OpenVPN and IPSec encryption. It’s available for free, but if you want tech support and a kill switch, you’ll have to upgrade to the Pro version. With close to 40 servers in 25 locations, you won’t be unblocking Netflix (but Hulu and BBC work). Other notable features include DNS leak protection and autoconnect.
CyberGhost has all of the above-mentioned features, and much more. You get over 2,200 servers in 60+ countries, “stealth” settings for bypassing censorship in China and elsewhere, and a heap of other useful extras. Privacy is also spotless with this VPN — it’s based in Romania and operates under a strict zero-logs policy. Avira Phantom admits to storing bandwidth logs, which isn’t ideal.