Review: Anonymizer Universal, Privacy and Identify Protection

by Doug Felteau on July 27, 2010

Anonymizer UniversalThe Geeks received an invitation to test Anonymizer, Inc.’s new consumer-based online privacy and identity protection service called Anonymizer Universal which was released in June. Anonymizer Universal creates a secure and encrypted VPN tunnel between the user and The Anonymizer Network to prevent interception of identifiable information, or “packet sniffing.” The technology protects the user by replacing their personal IP Address with an anonymous IP Address daily. One of the differentiators from other anonymizer’s that are browser-based, Anonymizer Universal works for all Internet activity including accessing the web, obtaining email, streaming music, instant messaging and playing online games.

In addition to traditional Windows and Mac Operating Systems, Anonymizer Universal also protects a user’s mobile Internet activities. For example Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices use a “Connect/Disconnect” interface that runs silently in the background to establish and tear down the VPN session. The service only requires a simple download, and can be up and running immediately. Anonymizer Universal’s retail price is $79.99 (U.S.) per year, and is available via the company’s website (www.anonymizer.com) and select Anonymizer Authorized Resellers which provides a license good for one computer and one mobile Apple device.

This video was created to demonstrate the service:

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{ 4 comments }

GuyF Aug 25, 2011 at 11:43 PM

BEWARE! I had an ongoing subscription to Anonymizer Universal for multi years (79.99 first yr followed by 29.99/yr after that). My computer crashed and I waited 2 weeks to have a replacement delivered followed by 2 weeks of program re-installations. When I re-installed Anonymizer Universal I found that it had expired (less than one month). I contacted them and explained my situation. I asked them to continue my subscription. Guess what? Despite being a repeat years customer in good standing and explaining my delima, they REFUSED to continue my subscription and said pay another intitial year of 79.99 or forget using it. How about that for customer support? How about that for taking care of customers that have a problem? HOW ABOUT THAT FOR MONEY GRABBING FROM LONG TERM CUSTOMERS?? Steer away from this company, they will rip you off at any opportunity regardless of the situation. I highly recommend going with GhostSurf, they really care about their customers.

maggie Aug 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Anonymizer Universal is a useless product with useless customer support. you will get disconnected from their virtual server on a regular hourly basis. They are a complete ripoff . Stay away from these fuckers.

Me, Myself, and I Aug 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Their supposed "Total Network Security" doesn't actually secure all of your network activity. Be advised, if you do any kind of file sharing -wherein you'd most need and expect privacy – you're right out in the open. Anonymizer Universal is an utter ripoff. They are complete scam artists.

Cj-Review Sep 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

This Product has no shelf life… It works for awhile and then COMPLETELY STOPS WORKING and customer service mutters around inside your PC and changes a few simple things that does not help…

boom a few hours or next day… the internet stops working if you connect to Anonymizer Universal… or slows down like you are in wet cement… ON ANY AND ALL BROSWERS… !

And this is the key tell… IT STOPS WORKING ON FIREFOX, IE, CHROME AND OPERA !!

I think they have too many customers and too few servers or there code is FUBAR…

Everyone… Stay Away from ANONYMIZER UNIVERSAL