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PhantomPeer: A Safe, Anonymous VPN for P2P Downloads

As I was surfing the other day, I stumbled upon a VPN service that claims to support peer-to-peer downloads, and not to log any activities. Such services appear to be rare on the Internet, and that led me to research further and have a look at their website in more details.
This service is called PhantomPeer. Let's see what this service has to offer in more details...

Foreword

At first, I was doubtful because the website does not have an actual privacy policy but only terms of service. The terms of use of Phantompeer, as opposed to many VPN services and anonymizing services, are rather reassuring and would make any user feel secure. So, being the curious individual that I am, I took the liberty to contact the administrator and asked the following:
Your VPN service seems very appealing for P2P downloads.
However, I have a question because I like to know what I get into before I pay for a subscription...
What happens if you get a DMCA notice for a user with your IP address?
Do you really not log any activities of the users of your VPN?
E-mail to which I got a reply literally 2 minutes later, saying:
PhantomPeer is located in the Netherlands where DMCA notices do not apply.
PhantomPeer does not log any usage of the service.
thank you.

The website it rather succinct and does not provide many details on how a VPN works. There is a home page with few technical details, a tutorial section and a support section. That is about it. So let's have a look in more details at what this service can provide its users...

Technical Details

PhantomPeer, at the time this article was written, only offered the PPTP protocol with 128-bit encryption. It is not the best encryption strength, nor is it the best or safest protocol, but let's face it, it is better than downloading with an open personal IP address!

They now offer OpenVPN as well, which is recognized as much more secure than PPTP. However, they do not seem to give further details about the encryption strength.

Privacy

Phantompeer simply does not log any activity. Peer-to-Peer downloads are supported (they actually advertise their service for that purpose, hence the name itself).

Pricing

PhantomPeer service is very cheap compared to most VPN services. Their plans start at $6 per month, but if you subscribe for a few more month, the deal becomes increasingly more interesting:

  • 1 Months - $6.00
  • 3 Months - $16.00
  • 3 Months - $16.00
  • 6 Months - $28.00

Server Locations

It does not seem like there is a choice of different locations. As the email above states, the server is located in the Netherlands and that is about all we know. This is not the best thing for people who want to bypass geographical restrictions (such as Hulu.com which only allows U.S. based IP addresses), but if you are just looking to hide your IP when you surf the Internet and when you use P2P networks, it is good enough!

Verdict

I took a month subscription to start with, back when they only offered PPTP. I wanted to test the speed and all the other interesting aspects for the sake of this review... but unfortunately PPTP does not seem to work on my network. After testing my IP address online, my actual IP showed as well as my provider's details. I did appear connected to the Phantompeer network though, and the speed was rather fast.

I will be trying it again with OpenVPN in the next month or so, and I will give more details about speed and the network quality.

However, just because for once an online entity actually respects your privacy, I would strongly recommend it. As mentioned above, they do not log anything, and nowadays this kind of privacy is hard to come by.
As a final word, subscribing is extremely fast and easy, and they accept Paypal for payments. And for $6 a month, why look elsewhere?



Comments

Comment By Bruce | 30.09.2012

I can state this about PhantomPeer. I've been using their VPN since it was 1st offered on Ipblocklist's website. My ip is always hidden with them. But if you doubt it, you can always check the ip of your torrent at http://checkmytorrentip.com/. I personally think they're the greatest for online privacy.

Comment By Under Your Hat Admin | 30.09.2012

Thanks for the feedback Bruce. I actually didn't know about checkmytorrentip.com, I'll be sure to check it out.

Comment By Scott | 03.11.2012

Checked their website and it looks like they now have servers in the Netherlands and Canada; not sure but I thought Canada supported SOPA.

@60/yr it's a better deal than my current VPN, and that they don't log ANYTHING is a big plus.

Comment By Eric | 28.03.2013

I'm interested in the service, any update on your experience with the OpenVPN feature?

Comment By UYH Admin | 28.03.2013

Hi Eric, I actually have been very busy lately so I haven't had a chance to try their OpenVPN protocol yet. If you do, please stop by and let me know about it!

Comment By SomeDude | 03.07.2013

I signed up the other day, they only support pptp for linux (sadly). The web surfing is very nice and it hides my IP as expected.

However I can't seem to get any P2P (torrent) traffic moving through the VPN. I add downloads to the queue and the just sit there without and connections. If I drop the VPN, I get many connected and they download fine.

Anyone have an suggestions?

Comment By UYH Admin | 04.07.2013

I have no idea, you may want to contact the support. Thanks for your input.

Comment By bordeaux | 29.10.2013

It's awesome for me to have a site, which is useful for my experience.
thanks admin

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