PhantomPeer: A Safe, Anonymous VPN for P2P DownloadsAs 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...
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?
PhantomPeer does not log any usage of the service.
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 DetailsPhantomPeer, 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.
PrivacyPhantompeer simply does not log any activity. Peer-to-Peer downloads are supported (they actually advertise their service for that purpose, hence the name itself).
PricingPhantomPeer 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 LocationsIt 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!
VerdictI 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?