We may earn a commission when you make a purchase via links on this site.

Panda Dome Antivirus 2022 Review

By Tibor Moes / December 2021 / Rating 5 of 5

Panda Dome Antivirus Review

About the author

This article was written by Tibor Moes, founder and CEO of SoftwareLab.

Tibor is an engineer from the Netherlands that started reviewing security software in 2014. Since then, he has tested 72 antivirus software, VPN, password managers, and hosting services.

Currently, he uses BitDefender and Norton to protect his devices, CyberGhost for his privacy, and Dashlane for his passwords. This website, SoftwareLab.org, is hosted on a Digital Ocean’s server via Cloudways and built with DIVI on WordPress.

Panda Dome Antivirus 2022 Review Summary

Panda Dome Antivirus for Windows is outstanding. Its design is beautiful and intuitive, its protection features are extensive, and it has beaten all its competitors in AV-Comparatives’ real-world protection tests.

However, if you want the unlimited VPN, you’ll need to buy Panda Dome Premium, which is quite expensive. By contrast, Norton 360 Deluxe will include an unlimited VPN for significantly less.

But if you can live without the unlimited VPN, you can have a great deal at Panda. Its protection for Windows and Android is excellent, and the password manager is worth the upgrade to Panda Dome Complete.

Pros:

  • Excellent anti-malware: Panda has outperformed all other brands in the real-world protection tests by AV-Comparatives since the start of 2020.
  • Outstanding password manager: Panda’s password manager makes generating, storing, and auto-filling passwords a breeze.
  • Fast and private VPN: Panda’s VPN is lightning fast, doesn’t track you online (no logs), and works with Netflix and torrents.
  • Complete Protection on Windows: Anti-malware, password manager, safe browsing, firewall, parental controls, VPN, and more.
  • Good Protection on Android: Anti-malware, VPN, anti-theft, privacy auditor, call blocker, app lock, and more.
  • Excellent design on Windows: Panda’s app is a joy to look at and intuitive to operate. It will satisfy both novices and experts.
  • Customizable: Experts will love the extensive customization settings. But novices, don’t worry, the default settings work excellent as well. 

Cons:

  • Limited Features on macOS: Panda lacks a firewall, and its design is a bit bated. We prefer Norton on macOS, which also includes an unlimited VPN.
  • Password manager only supports Chrome and Firefox: It would be great if other browsers, like Edge and Safari, were also supported.
  • Basic VPN: It does not have a kill switch or split tunneling. It’s not worth the $ 50 upgrade from Panda Dome Complete to Premium.
  • Parental controls cost extra: Panda’s full parental controls are not included, even with the expensive Panda Dome Premium.

Panda’s price varies by region. Click the link below to see it in yours.

Panda Dome Antivirus 2022 Full Review

The Panda Dome security suites, ranging from Essential to Advanced, Complete, and Premium, offer excellent antivirus protection for Windows. But how do they compare the industry titans like Norton, Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and McAfee

To find out, we put Panda’s most expensive solution, Panda Dome Premium, through a range of trials. Click the links below, or scroll down, to learn more.

Alternatively, compare its performance directly in our comparisons of the best antivirus for macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS.

Or, in case you want to focus on your privacy, dive into our comparison of the best antivirus with a VPN, or that of the best standalone VPN.

Panda Dome Antivirus Review - Home

Image 1: Panda’s dashboard on Android and Windows 10.

Panda Dome Antivirus for Windows Review

Key takeaway: Panda’s antivirus software for Windows is outstanding. The anti-malware and password manager are excellent, the VPN is basic but effective, and the bonus features are plentiful. Moreover, its intuitive design keeps everything straightforward. The only downside is that it becomes pretty expensive if you want the full security suite, including parental controls, unlimited VPN, and password manager. Norton 360 Deluxe offers you access to all those features at a much lower price.

Panda’s antivirus for Windows sets its protection features against an inspiring wallpaper that updates when you restart the app. It’s not unlike the search engine Bing in that regard. It has a calm and pleasant feel to it.

At the top of the app, Panda tells you that your PC is protected and informs you of the number of files it has scanned so far. But the real action starts below those features.

In a frame of five by five icons, Panda lists all its protection features. Although we didn’t discover much logic to the order of the list, we did like the layout. It’s a different approach than the tried and true methods used by Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and McAfee.

From top-left to bottom-right, these are the security features on display:

  • Scan: Run a quick malware scan of the critical areas like memory and cookies, a full in-depth scan of the entire PC, or a custom scan of specific folders.
  • Antivirus: Turn the antivirus feature on or off, schedule a scan for later, view details on the quarantined files, or get a full report of the events of the last day, week, or month.
  • Update manager: Search manually for critical or in-depth updates, and get an overview of the update history.
  • PC cleanup: Free up space on your PC by deleting cookies or temporary files, select which programs can run at startup in the Boot Manager, and defragment drives to improve the performance.
  • VPN: Activate the VPN to become anonymous online or select a server location from 24 countries. We review the VPN in more detail in the dedicated VPN section of this review. Spoiler alert: It’s on the basic side, but very fast, private (no logs), and works with Netflix and torrents.
  • Premium services: Connect with a Panda technician to optimize or configure your device, remove a virus, configure your WiFi, or discuss other security settings.
  • My devices: See your protected devices in Panda’s online web portal called My Panda Security. Here you can install Panda on other devices too and set up the anti-theft protection.
  • Data shield: Activate the data shield to monitor programs that attempt to access your information and steal your sensitive data.
  • WiFi protection: Get a report on your WiFi network to see what devices are connected to it, how secure it is, and what you can do to improve its security.
  • Support: Visit the support forum, contact technical support, go to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or access the premium services.
  • Personal firewall: Let the firewall know whether you are at home, work, or at a public place, so that it can adjust its security settings.
  • Application control: Monitor every program on your PC to discover and block malicious applications.
  • Parental controls: Activate and configure the parental controls to monitor and protect your children.
  • Safe browsing: Block the opening of URLs known for malware, phishing, and fraud. Although most antivirus software use a browser extension to make this work, Panda doesn’t.
  • Dark web scanner: Search the dark web for your email address. A nice feature, but other antivirus like Norton and McAfee also allow you to search for passport numbers, credit card details, and more.
  • USB protection: Manually select a USB device to scan for malware or instruct Panda to do it automatically when you insert a USB drive.
  • Process monitor: Analyse the active processes on your PC and get a security classification on each.
  • Anti-theft: Activate the anti-theft protection to locate your PC in the case it is lost or stolen.
  • Rescue kit: Either create a USB drive to boot another infected PC, or run an advanced virus scan on your current PC to detect viruses that regular scans can’t.
  • Virtual keyboard: Start a digital keyboard to type confidential data on your screen, like bank logins, rather than on your conventional keyboard. This prevents keyloggers from tracking your keystrokes.
  • File shredder: Delete files securely and permanently so that forensic tools and hackers can’t restore them.
  • File encryptor: Encrypt documents or folders with a password to prevent unauthorized users from accessing them.
  • Password manager: Open the password manager in Panda’s web app to create, store, and auto-fill secure passwords. We review the password manager in detail in the dedicated section of this review. Spoiler alert: It’s unconventional but excellent.
  • My products: See your antivirus license and the number of products you can protect, or buy additional security products.

And if that is not enough, you can still dive into the settings to configure the many of these features. For instance, you can instruct the antivirus scan to use behavioral analysis or not. And you can customize the firewall in a range of intrusion prevention measures.

So what to conclude?

Panda is an excellent antivirus program for Windows. The layout is intuitive, yet the security features are extensive and advanced, allowing Panda to satisfy both novices and experts.

Yet we must admit that Panda Dome Complete costs about the same as Norton 360 Deluxe in most countries. However, Norton includes an unlimited VPN and full parental controls at that price. Which Panda doesn’t.

And even if you upgrade to the top-level Panda Dome Premium, you might get the unlimited VPN, but you still don’t get access to the full parental controls.

So although Panda is great, Norton 360 Deluxe offers more value for money.

Panda Dome Antivirus for Mac Review

Key takeaway: Panda Dome for Mac comes in two options: Essential and Premium. Sadly, however, it is outclassed in both price ranges. We prefer Bitdefender over Essential, and Norton 360 Deluxe over Premium. Panda will have to add more features and improve its design before it can compete on macOS.

Panda has two options for Mac: Essential and Premium.

The first includes an antivirus scan, web protection, and a VPN limited to 150 MB / day. The second removes the limit on the VPN and adds a password manager on top. In a bit more detail, these features do the following:

  • Scan: As on Windows, you can choose between three scan types. The fast critical scan, the slower full scan, and the custom scan where you can select specific folders.
  • Safe Browsing: Panda’s online protection blocks malicious URLs known for malware, phishing, and fraud. Unlike most antivirus, Panda’s web protection doesn’t require a browser extension. Note that this feature works in combination with Panda’s VPN, but not all others. For instance, when paired with CyberGhost it stopped web pages from loading. This was true on both of CyberGhost’s VPN protocols; WireGuard and IKEv2.
  • VPN: Connect to Panda’s VPN to hide your IP address and encrypt your internet connection, to become anonymous online. We review the VPN in detail in the dedicated section of this review. As a summary: It’s fast, doesn’t track you (no logs), and works with Netflix and torrents. However, it’s basic. For instance, there is no kill switch.
  • Password Manager: Panda’s password manager is a browser plugin for Chrome and Firefox, that helps you create, store, and auto-fill passwords. We’ve tested it in detail, and it’s a great password manager. Too bad it doesn’t support Safari, which many Mac users use. And it’s confusing that Panda doesn’t link to the password manager from its antivirus app on macOS. Because of this, we suspect many Mac users will miss it.

Design-wise, Panda’s antivirus for macOS is less inspiring than its sibling for Windows. The app’s layout is still akin to Panda’s old look, and to be honest; it’s becoming a bit dated.

So what to make of Panda’s antivirus for Mac?

Panda Dome Essential for Mac competes with other basic solutions, like Bitdefender. However, Bitdefender’s design is better, and it has a few extra features, like an anti-tracker and anti-ransomware protection. And for a small premium, you could also buy Kaspersky, which is even better.

Panda Dome Premium for Mac competes with full antivirus suites, like Norton 360 Deluxe. However, Norton’s design is better, its VPN is more advanced, it includes a firewall, and it’s cheaper.

So although we appreciate Panda’s offering for Mac users, there is more work to be done before it can truly compete on macOS.

Panda Dome Antivirus for Android Review

Key takeaway: Panda’s free antivirus on Android is an excellent free security app. The paid version adds a few features on top but can’t match Norton and Kaspersky. However, considering that it’s quite a bit cheaper than either of those, Panda is still a good deal.

Panda mobile security for Android follows in the footsteps of its bigger brother for Windows. It’s a beautifully designed app with an inspiring background and a wide range of security features.

There are two versions: A free and a paid one, with most of the value being offered in the free version. We’ll break down the components for each.

Panda’s free antivirus for Android includes:

  • Antivirus: Scan your apps, files, and SD cards for threats. Scans run automatically and can be activated on-demand.
  • VPN: Encrypt your internet connection to become anonymous online. Panda includes a VPN limited to 150 MB / day with each of its products.
  • Privacy auditor: See the permissions of the apps on your phone. See which can track your location or can access your accounts, media, contacts, and more. You can delete any intrusive app straight from within Panda’s app.
  • Anti-theft: Locate, lock, and wipe the hard drive of your device when it is lost or stolen.

Panda’s paid antivirus for Android adds the following on top:

  • Advanced anti-theft: Take a photo of the thief and trigger a remote alarm on your phone.
  • Call blocker: Block specific phone numbers. These can be all unknown or hidden numbers, or numbers from your contact list.
  • App lock: Set 4-digit pin codes to protect your most sensitive apps.

We miss a web / phishing protection feature, which scans URLs for malicious intent before you visit them. And a vulnerability scan would be nice too. Both of these are offered on Android by Norton and Kaspersky. On the other hand, the privacy auditor is a feature we haven’t seen in many other competitors.

There are three more features available for Android. Either as a standalone purchase, or included with one of Panda’s antivirus software for Windows:

  • Password manager: Create, store, and auto-fill highly secure and unique passwords for all of your accounts. To access it, you’ll need to buy it as a standalone feature or get it as part of Panda Dome Complete or Premium.
  • VPN: Encrypt your internet connection to become anonymous online. To access the unlimited VPN, you’ll need to buy it as a standalone feature or get it as part of Panda Dome Premium.
  • Parental Controls: See what your kids do online, and set protective boundaries. No matter which version of Panda Dome you buy, you won’t get access to its parental controls, called Panda Dome Family. Unfortunately, Panda only sells this feature separately.

So what to conclude?

Panda’s free antivirus for Android is a great tool. The paid antivirus adds a few handy features on top, but it can’t compete with our favorite antivirus for Android, which remain Norton and Kaspersky. However, these are more expensive.

Panda Dome Antivirus for iOS Review

Key takeaway: Antivirus for iOS does not exist. So instead, Panda offers its VPN, password manager, and parental controls. These can be bought as standalone products or as part of Panda Dome’s security solutions.

Note: Antivirus for iOS does not exist. iOS is tightly controlled and highly secure operating software. Apps on iOS live in a closed-off environment. This makes it difficult for them to infect or scan the entire device. Therefore, security apps on iOS focus mainly on privacy and identity protection rather than anti-malware.

Panda mobile security for iOS is no exception. It includes three features, and none of them are anti-malware related. Let’s take you through each:

  • Limited VPN: Connect to a VPN server to encrypt your internet connection and become anonymous online. The VPN is limited to 150 MB / day.
  • Call blocking: Manage a list of numbers that you wish to block.
  • Anti-theft: Locate your device if it is lost or stolen.

There are three more features available for iOS. Either as a standalone purchase, or included with one of Panda’s antivirus software for Windows:

  • Password manager: To access it, you’ll need to buy it as a standalone feature or get it as part of Panda Dome Complete or Premium.
  • Unlimited VPN: To access the unlimited VPN, you’ll need to buy it as a standalone feature or get it as part of Panda Dome Premium.
  • Parental Controls: See what your kids do online, and set protective boundaries. No matter which version of Panda Dome you buy, you won’t get access to its parental controls, called Panda Family. Unfortunately, Panda only sells this feature separately.

What to conclude:

Panda offers three products on iOS: A VPN with two bonus features (call blocking and anti-theft), a password manager, and parental controls. And that is good enough. iOS is a highly secure operating software and doesn’t need more than the above.

  • Panda 99.9% 99.9%
  • AVG 99.8% 99.8%
  • Avast 99.8% 99.8%
  • Kaspersky 99.7% 99.7%
  • Bitdefender 99.6% 99.6%
  • Norton 99.5% 99.5%
  • Avira 99.3% 99.3%
  • Windows Defender 99.3% 99.3%
  • McAfee 99.0% 99.0%
  • TotalAV 98.4% 98.4%

Graph 1: The average of all real-world protection test results for Windows 10 by AV-Comparatives since February 2020.

Panda Dome Antivirus 2022: Anti-Malware Review

Key takeaway: In the graph above, you can see the average of all Real-World Protection Test scores by AV-Comparatives since the start of 2020. Panda has outperformed all major competitors. An incredible result.

What are malware and anti-malware?

Malware is a collective term used to describe anything nasty that can infect your devices. Typical examples are viruses, worms, adware, spyware, trojans, keyloggers, and ransomware. Anti-malware is the feature of antivirus software that is responsible for dealing with it.

So do you still need anti-malware software in 2022?

Yes, you certainly do. Although Windows Defender, the built-in antivirus software of Microsoft, is getting better every year, it’s not perfect. Plus it focuses quite narrowly on anti-malware alone.

On the other hand, the best antivirus software feature both excellent anti-malware tools, as well as privacy and identity protection features.

How good is Panda’s anti-malware protection?

Usually, we use AV-Test’s malware protection test to study the antivirus capabilities of the software that we review. However, Panda doesn’t partake in AV-Test. Instead, it prefers AV-Comparatives. Why that is, we don’t know.

Luckily, however, AV-Comparatives is just as good. It is an IT Security test lab from Austria, that tests the most prominent antivirus vendors several times per year on their real-world protection capabilities.

We have averaged all test results since 2020 and summarized them in the graph above. As you can see, Panda has performed incredibly well. In fact, it has outperformed all major brands, including Norton, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, McAfee, Avira, Avast, AVG, and BullGuard.

Panda Dome Antivirus Review - Password Manager

Image 2: Panda’s password manager on Android and Windows.

Panda Dome Antivirus: Password Manager Review

Key takeaway: Panda’s password manager is excellent: Generating, storing, and auto-filling passwords is a breeze. And two-factor authentification and biometric login are supported. On top of that, the browser extensions on Windows and macOS, have the same layout as the apps on Android and iOS, which gives it a seamless experience. Too bad that only Chrome and Firefox are supported.

What is a password manager?

Whether for their bank, email, or social media, many people still use the same password and email combination. This is incredibly dangerous. Because once a hacker gets ahold of the password for one account, they can now access all other accounts as well.

To solve this, one could use a unique password for each account. For instance: *u=opReP?s?QU#8C0jEp. Of course, this is impossible as we can’t remember such complex passwords. Luckily, a password manager can.

A password manager helps you create, store, and auto-fill passwords. That means that you can have unique passwords for each of your accounts, that you don’t need to remember or type. It’s an underappreciated aspect of cybersecurity that more people should use.

How do you set up Panda’s password manager?

From within Panda’s antivirus app on Windows, click the link to the password manager. It will take you to the web app, where you can activate and download the password manager. On Windows and macOS, you can download it as a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox. And on Android and iOS, you can download it as an app.

Next, you will need to create a master password for your password vault. The vault is the secured area where all your passwords will be stored. And that’s it. From that moment forward, all your passwords will be automatically stored in the password manager, synced across all your devices, and auto-filled when you need to log in to an account.

Tip: Your master password for the vault will be the last password you will ever have the remember. So we recommend making it a secure and easy one. A combination of a few random words, a symbol, and a number will usually do the trick. For instance: @GreenMagicShoes47.

How good is Panda’s password manager on PC & Mac?

Panda’s password manager, called Panda Dome Passwords, was launched in May 2020 and is a fairly new product for the company. And what directly stands out, is that on Windows and macOS, the password manager is entirely browser extension based.

That means that there is no downloadable app for PC and Mac, like with Kaspersky. And that there is also no web app to support the browser extension, like with McAfee, Norton, and Dashlane.

It also means that Panda has to get all of its functionality into the browser extensions while still keeping them user-friendly. But we must admit that Panda has succeeded with flying colors. By separating all features into five tabs, the password manager feels very intuitive.

These five tabs are the following:

Accounts:

This is the home tab, where all your accounts are listed.

You can click an account in the list to visit the website of your choice. There, Panda will automatically fill in the email and password combination to log you in. The auto-fill process was accurate and smooth on all the websites we tested.

You can also choose to edit an account. And the options presented are surprisingly advanced.

  • You can update the URL, email, and password.
  • You can check if the password was exposed in a data breach.
  • You can generate a new password while selecting the length (4 to 32 characters) and elements (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols).
  • You can mark the account as a favorite to make it appear at the top of the list.
  • And finally, you can select auto log-in for the account. This means that Panda will not only fill in the email and password, but also hit the log-in button for you. So the entire process will be automated.

Identities:

In the second tab, called identities, you can enter personal details such as your name, address, phone number, and email address. Then the next time when you need to enter these on a website, Panda can do it for you.

Generate Password:

In the third tab, you can generate passwords using the length and elements described above. There is also a handy history list that shows the passwords that you have recently created.

Secure Me:

The fourth tab shows you on what devices you are logged into the password manager. It tells you the operating software, IP address, and even shows you the device’s location on a map.

Furthermore, you can click on “secure me,” which will log you out on that specific device. Optionally, you can also choose to delete the cookies and history, close all tabs, and log you out of all websites on that device.

This is an advanced feature that we haven’t seen at other brands.

Security Report:

In the fifth and final tab, you can start a password check to see if any of your passwords have been compromised in data leaks. You can also check whether you have used the same password twice and whether any of your passwords are too weak.

You can also reset your primary password in this tab and set up two-factor authentication via Google Authenticator, Authy, Duo Mobile, or SoundLogin.

Close to perfect

We think Panda has done an excellent job with its password manager, and there are very few things to fault. However, we would like to see it support more browsers. Although Chrome has over 64% market share in the browser industry, it would be nice if Panda would also support Edge, Safari, and Opera.

On top of that, Panda could add IDs and payment details to its identity tab. Dashlane, for instance, also auto-fills passport, credit card, and bank account details.

But we’re splitting hairs. Panda’s password manager is excellent.

How good is Panda’s password manager on iOS and Android?

Panda has done an excellent job of keeping the experience on mobile and desktop remarkably similar. On both Android and iOS, the layout of apps mirrors that of the browser extensions perfectly.

That means that the same five tabs with the same functionality are present. So there is no learning curve when switching devices.

Once you have installed the password manager on your device, you’ll need to do two things:

  • Set up a four-digit pin code for the app, and give it access to your biometrics scanner (fingerprint or face recognition). This way, you can log in to the app, and auto-fill passwords, by scanning your thumb or face.
  • Allow Panda to auto-fill the passwords. For instance, on Android, this is done under Settings > General Management > Autofill Service.

And that’s all. From now on, all your passwords will be synced between your desktop and mobile devices. And you’ll never have to remember a password again.

Panda Dome Antivirus Review - VPN

Image 3: Panda’s VPN.

Panda Dome Antivirus: VPN Review

Key takeaway: Panda’s VPN covers the basics well, but nothing more. It’s cleanly integrated into the antivirus software, it doesn’t track what you do online (no logs), it’s extremely fast, and it works with Netflix and torrents. But it lacks a kill-switch and split tunneling, and only offers servers in 24 countries. So it’s a nice addition to Panda’s antivirus software, but it’s not worth the $ 60 price increase between Panda Dome Complete and Premium.

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a feature of antivirus software that encrypts your internet connection and hides your Internet Protocol (IP) address. This has a few advantages:

  • You cannot be tracked online. Those pesky advertisers and big data companies can no longer identify you and follow you around the web with ads.
  • You are safe on public Wi-Fi. Hackers on public Wi-Fi networks cannot hack into your data stream because it is encrypted. So you can safely shop and bank anywhere.
  • You can watch foreign TV shows. By logging into a foreign VPN server, you can watch all TV shows as if you were a local. So you’ll be able to watch all foreign Netflix content.
  • You can avoid censorship. Some countries, like China, filter which websites you can visit. By using a VPN you can circumvent those filters and unblock the internet.

So there are several advantages to using a VPN, but is Panda’s VPN any good, and should you use it? To find that out, we ran a few tests:

  • On what operating software does the VPN work?
  • How fast is it and how does it compare to other VPN?
  • How secure it is?
  • How private it is?
  • How many server options do you have?
  • Does it work with Netflix?
  • Does it work with torrents (P2P)?
  • Does it work in China?

Before diving into those questions, there is one thing you should know about Panda’s VPN: It’s not their technology.

Several big antivirus firms, such as Bitdefender, Panda, and Kaspersky, have not built their own VPN tech. Instead, they license the technology from a different company, named Aura. Aura owns multiple VPN, including Hotspot Shield and UltraVPN.

This is important to know because Panda and Aura will both have access to your data. So we will have to investigate the privacy policy of both companies to find out if you are really anonymous online.

Note: Many of Panda’s products include a free VPN, which is limited to 150 MB / day. To get the unlimited VPN, you’ll need to buy it separately or get it as part of Panda Dome Premium.

How fast is Panda’s VPN, and how does it compare?

A VPN encrypts your internet connection, and routes your data via a VPN server, before it connects you to the internet. This process slows down your internet speed. Fast VPN have a negative speed impact of roughly 5% to 10%.

So how fast is Panda? To figure that out, we did the following on a 300 Mbps internet connection in Europe:

  • We connected to one of Panda’s local VPN servers and tested the download speed.
  • We connected to one of Panda’s US-based VPN servers and tested the download speed.
  • We repeated the test for CyberGhost and Hotspot Shield to put these results into perspective.

These were the results:

Speed (Mbps) Impact
No VPN 309.0 0%
Panda Local 306.9 -0.7%
Hotspot Shield Local 299.5 -3.1%
CyberGhost Local 282.6 -8.6%
Panda US 308.5 -0.2%
Hotspot Shield US 291.0 -5.8%
CyberGhost US 275.7 -10.8%

We can safely conclude that Panda is not only fast, but by using Aura’s technology, it is one of the fasted VPN we have tested.

How secure is Panda’s VPN?

To find out how secure Panda’s VPN is, we investigated the following:

  • What encryption protocols and standard does it use?
  • What security features are present, and which aren’t?
  • Does it leak any data?

Encryption protocols and standard

Panda uses Aura’s Hydra VPN protocol with an AES-126 encryption key. This is a speed-focused protocol that third-party security experts frequently test. At the time of writing, it has no known security flaws.

For full details on the mechanics of the protocol, we would like to refer you to this article by Hotspot Shield.

Security features

Stand-alone VPN, like Surfshark and NordVPN, are filled to the rim with advanced security features, such as protocol selection, Onion over VPN, and dedicated IP addresses. Unfortunately, VPN included with antivirus software usually don’t have these options.

Nonetheless, a few advanced features should be present. For instance, BitDefender’s VPN has a kill switch on all operating software and Norton’s VPN has one on Windows. Both of these VPN have (smart) auto-connect features, and split tunneling.

Sadly, Panda’s VPN doesn’t. The only security features present are the automatic enabling of the VPN when you (re-)start your PC and when you connect to an unsecured Wi-Fi network. And those two features only exist on Windows. Not on macOS, Android, and iOS.

The biggest problem is the lack of a kill switch. This feature stops your internet traffic if the VPN connection suddenly drops. By doing so, it makes sure that none of your data is sent via an unsecure connection.

If Panda is serious about its VPN, it should at least include a kill switch.

Data leaks

On the plus side, Panda did not leak any of our data in our IP, DNS, and WebRTC leak test, via browserleaks.com.

How private is Panda’s VPN?

Panda’s privacy policy doesn’t mention its data collection and retention policies for the VPN. However, it does have a support article that states:

We do not collect any personally identifiable information. We do not collect, store, or share any permanent identifiers of users, including IP addresses. We do not keep any kind of activity logs for any of our users, whether they are free or Pro VPN users.

So that’s pretty clear. Panda does not collect and store your data.

But what about Aura, Panda’s VPN technology partner? After all, they will have access to the data too. Aura’s privacy policy states:

Aura does not record your VPN browsing activities in any way that can be associated back to you. When you use a VPN connection, we do not store any information that identifies what you browse, view, or do online via that VPN connection.

All in all, there is no need to worry. When using Panda’s VPN, you are fully anonymous online.

How many server options does Panda’s VPN have?

Panda offers servers in 24 countries. Although 24 is not a lot, every continent is present. Outside of the many European countries, the following countries are available:

  • Africa: South Africa
  • Asia: Hong Kong, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore
  • Americas: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States
  • Oceania: Australia

Keep in mind that Panda only enables you to select servers on a country level, not on a city level. So you can’t choose between New York and Los Angeles, for instance.

Does Panda’s VPN work with Netflix?

Yes. Netflix worked smoothly while we were connected to Panda’s VPN.

Does Panda’s VPN work with torrents (P2P)?

Yes. Popcorn Time, a peer-to-peer streaming service that uses torrents, streamed smoothly while we were connected to Panda’s VPN.

Does Panda’s VPN work in China?

Panda’s legal notice states:

(…) due to the existence of local legal restrictions on the use of virtual private networks (VPN), those products may not be installed in Belarus, China, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the VPN won’t work in these countries. It might just be legal language making sure that Panda is not responsible. But it’s clear that Panda’s VPN is not intended for users in those countries. So if you frequently find yourself in China, it’s best to shop for a different VPN.

Panda Security Company Profile

Panda Security is a Spanish IT security company with headquarters in Bilbao and Madrid. Mikel Urizarbarrena founded the company in 1990, but sold 75% of his shares to Investindustrial and Gala Capital in 2007. In 2020, the company changed hands again. This time, the Seattle-based network security vendor Watchguard bought it for an undisclosed amount.

Watchguard, which focuses on security products for businesses, bought Panda for its expertise in endpoint security. It has integrated this expertise to complete its full stuck of products, which now span antivirus, encryption, patching, remote management and monitoring, and more.

Panda Security also features a range of consumer-focused products, including antivirus software, password management, VPN, and parental controls. This review focuses on Panda’s security suite for consumers.

Panda’s Product Line-Up

Panda’s product line-up includes the usual suspects, ranging from free antivirus software to a complete security suite that includes anti-malware, web protection, password management, parental controls, and a VPN.

Closed Accordion - Empty

Panda Free Antivirus

Panda’s free antivirus is available for Windows and Android.

On Windows, it includes anti-malware protection for your PC and USB-connected drives, a rescue kit, and a gaming mode.

On Android, it includes an anti-malware scan for your apps and SD card, a privacy auditor that checks your apps permissions, a performance optimization feature, and a location tracker for lost and stolen devices.

On both operating software, it also includes a free VPN with a 150 MB / day data limit.

Panda Free Antivirus is only available on Windows and Android, and as you would guess, it is for free.

Panda Dome Essential

Panda Dome Essential includes everything from the Free Antivirus. And it adds a firewall for Windows, real-time antivirus for macOS, and Wi-Fi network protection on top.

It is available on Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS and costs € 34.99.

Panda Dome Advanced

Panda Dome Advanced includes everything from Essential. And it adds parental controls on Windows, online identity protection, and advanced cyber attack protection on top.

It is available on Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS and costs € 46.99.

Panda Dome Complete

Panda Dome Complete includes everything from Advanced. And it adds a data encryption tool, cleanup feature, and password manager on top.

It is available on Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS and costs € 70.99.

Panda Dome Premium

Panda Dome Premium includes everything from Advanced. And it adds an unlimited VPN, Windows updater, and 24/7 support on top.

It is available on Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS and costs € 118.99.

Panda VPN

Panda’s VPN encrypts your internet connection and hides your IP address to make you anonymous online. It is available as a free download, with a 150 MB / day data limit. Or in an unlimited format as Panda’s Premium VPN.

It is available Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS and costs € 94.99.

Panda Dome Passwords

Panda Dome Password Manager helps you create, store, and auto-fill secure passwords. It is available as an app on Android and iOS, and as a browser plugin on Chrome and Firefox. It costs € 29.99.

Panda Family

Panda Safe Family helps protect you protect your children online and offline. You can track their position via GPS in real life, set screentime limits, block apps and websites, and get usage reports.

It is available for iOS and Android, and costs € 29.99.

Panda Cleanup

Panda CleanUp helps you clean up your Windows PC to free up memory and speed its performance. It’s available for Windows only and costs € 22.99.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions about Panda.

What is Panda Dome?

Panda Dome is a range of antivirus programs. It includes Panda Dome Essential, Advanced, Complete, and Premium. Depending on which of these you choose, you’ll have access to anti-malware protection, password management, and a VPN. You can read more in our full review at SoftwareLab.org.

Is Panda Dome Antivirus Safe?

Yes. Panda Dome is one of the best antivirus software available. In fact, it has beaten every other brand in the real-world protection tests since 2020. You can read more in our full review at SoftwareLab.org.

Is Panda Antivirus for free?

Yes. Panda has a free antivirus product for both Windows and Android. These include its excellent anti-malware software and a few additional features. For completer protection, you can also opt for one of the Panda Dome antivirus suites, which include more features. You can read more in our full review at SoftwareLab.org.