Though Avast is primarily known for their security suite and offering free antivirus software for Windows PCs, Avast has a full market of products available for internet users looking to protect their privacy. Avast's SecureLine VPN focuses on encrypting your internet connection "at the click of a button" to supply users with online privacy and protect. The company offers SecureLine for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, making it a great product for users with multiple devices, but whether it's the right product for you is a whole other question. Let's take a look at what Avast provides its users with SecureLine.
Avast touts four main focuses for their VPN service: privacy, secure connections, the removal of content blocks, and a lightning fast connection through their VPN. At its essence, this puts Avast in a similar boat as what we've seen from companies like TunnelBear, but as always, the devil lies in the details. Avast SecureLine is built on top of OpenVPN and OpenSSL, two open-source privacy protection programs that are widely recognized as two of the best protection protocols on the market. Like TunnelBear, Avast uses 256-bit AES encryption to protect your data from both your IPN and any outside sources looking to access your traffic. The company says it supports the ability to connect safely to any WiFi hotspot, without having to worry about whether someone on that network is a danger to you or your data. Avast uses a single shared IP address, meaning your data is always anonymized, and the company doesn't keep any logs of your data, meaning no matter what sites you visit or what content you engage with, Avast is blind to your data. They even support Peer-2-Peer network, so you can share your data over private networks without having to worry about the aftermath.
Like its competitors, Avast does a great job of marketing its ability to get around content blocks and even censorship around the world, allowing to easily access media no matter where you live. The company boasts 29 locations over 19 countries, including servers in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and seven discreet locations in the United States, meaning it's easy to choose the country or area you want to access from without experience a slowdown. In fact, Avast even boasts about their ability to stream high-definition content and twitch-based gameplay online, making it a great choice for avid movie fans and gamers alike. Finally, the company also features DNS leak protection, which ensures all IPv4 traffic coming through your device is firewalled, and all IPv6 requests are disabled. This way, your operating system doesn't try to connect to your local registry using your home line, thus rendering your security useless in the process.
But what about pricing? Well, unlike TunnelBear, Avast doesn't offer a free tier of allotted monthly data, meaning users looking for a free VPN will want to look elsewhere. Avast certainly isn't the cheapest option out there for users with multiple devices; it's main plan, offering a VPN for up to 5 devices, runs you a full $79.99 a year. If you're looking to just use the VPN on either a single PC or Mac, you can get in at just $59.99 a year, about the same price as what we saw for TunnelBear, but with less devices. Finally, using Avast's VPN service on a single Android device, iPhone, or iPad, will run you just $19.99 a year. If you plan on installing Avast on your phone and your PC, it makes sense to grab the five device plan—even if you don't use all five licenses, having the ability to do so is the important part of the equation. The pricing is in line with what we've seen from other top-tier VPNs, and every feature tested seemed to work as advertised. Avast even offers a seven day trial, so you can test out the program for yourself to see if it works for you.
- Simple setup
- Apps for all four main platforms
- Great speeds
- No free tier offered
- Multi-device plan more expensive than competitors
- Only 19 dedicated servers