Avira uses the 256 Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256), which is the norm used worldwide to encrypt data.
256 refers to the key size – the larger the size, the more possible key combinations. It would require tremendous effort to try all possible combination keys: 256-bit encryption offers more combination possibilities than there are stars in the universe (a septillion or 1042 stars), and the time it takes for billions of computers to crack the encryption goes beyond the age of our universe (13.8 billion years).
Let us start by saying that we do not track:
- The websites you visit
- The virtual locations (IP addresses) you used while surfing
- Your real IP address
- Any information that can link you to any action, such as downloading a file, or visiting a particular website
What we do track:
- Diagnostic data, which helps us improve the product (e.g. if bugs were encountered). The tracking of this data is entirely optional: you can easily switch it off from within the product interface.
- Whether you are a free or a paid user. It’s important for our communications to be able to differentiate the two.
- The amount of data that you consume. We do this to help calculate the costs of providing our VPN infrastructure – free of charge.