Avast SecureLine VPN Review

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Avast SecureLine VPN

Avast SecureLine VPN

 Avast

What We Like

  • The free seven-day trial has the same features as the paid app

  • Secure up to five devices

  • No bandwidth limits

  • Works on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS

What We Don't Like

  • Has significantly fewer servers compared to other VPN providers

  • Doesn’t provide a VPN for routers

  • Lacks advanced features

  • Availability in only 34 countries

  • No compatibility with Netflix

Avast SecureLine VPN is easy to set up and install for those with no VPN knowledge. It's a bare-bones VPN for beginners that hides your IP address and encrypts your connection.

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Avast SecureLine VPN

Avast SecureLine VPN

 Avast

If you’ve been told that you need a virtual private network (VPN) to browse the Web, send and receive e-mail messages, and stream videos, but you don’t know anything about VPNs, Avast SecureLine VPN is a great place to begin. It’s easy to set up, and it keeps your Web browsing private. If you’re always on the go and want a fast and easy way to automatically enable a VPN whenever you’re near a Wi-Fi hotspot, Avast SecureLine can be configured to fit your active work style.

Based in the Czech Republic, SecureLine VPN is one of several security products developed by Avast. Avast has been developing security products since 1988 and has a long track record of quality, privacy, and protection. Avast has won many awards for its PC security and antivirus software including the 2018 Advanced+ Real-World Protection Test, and VB100 certification.

We tested and reviewed the SecureLine VPN, evaluating the design, speed, functionality, as well as how it stacks up against the competition. Read on to see our take of this service.

Design: Sleek, chic, and light on features

Getting Avast SecureLine VPN is as easy as downloading the installer, installing the app, and connecting to a server. Using the app is just as easy. After the app is installed, you’ll find shortcuts to open the app in the Windows Start menu, desktop, and taskbar.

The user interface is clean, simple, and doesn’t contain many features. This app does one thing well; it encrypts your connection and disguises your location. When the VPN is on, SecureLine displays the hidden IP address, the virtual IP address, and how your location appears to others. The Android version doesn’t show the IP addresses on the main screen.

Avast SecureLine VPN
 Avast

One cool feature is in the list of server locations. Icons indicate which servers allow for anonymous peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfer and which servers are optimized for video streaming. The Android version only indicates which servers are optimized for video streaming.

Setup Process: Fast and easy to get up and running

Once Avast SecureLine VPN is installed, there isn’t much to set up. Along with a toggle switch that turns the VPN on and off, there’s an option to change the location that appears to others. So, if you’re in Seattle and you want people to think that you’re in New York, select Change Location and choose a different server.

To make it even easier to use Avast SecureLine VPN, go to the Menu, and choose Settings. There are options to receive alerts when the VPN is turned on and off, start SecureLine when the computer is turned on, start SecureLine when connected to the internet, and activate the kill switch.

Avast SecureLine VPN for Android is a bit more streamlined with fewer options. It has options to auto-connect to the VPN and to notify when the device is connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi.

On Android devices, Avast may collect anonymized app and device usage data and share this data with third-party analytics. Go to personal privacy settings to turn off analytics data sharing.

Performance: Good for browsing, not for high-quality video streaming

When we opened SecureLine to start each of our Avast VPN tests, it took between 5 and 10 seconds to connect to a server. Changing to a different server took between 15 and 20 seconds.

We measured upload and download speeds with six different online bandwidth testing tools. All three measured a reduction in speed after connecting to the SecureLine VPN. Without the VPN, download speeds varied between 20 and 25 Mbps and upload speeds were around 35 Mbps. After connecting to SecureLine, download speeds went down between 5 and 10 Mbps and upload speeds went down about 20 Mbps.

Even though the testing tools measured lower bandwidth speeds, we didn’t notice much difference in speed while casually browsing the web and sending email messages.

The speed of a VPN connection is affected by the distance between the computer and the VPN server. With SecureLine, you don’t have to worry about which server you’re connected to; SecureLine automatically connects your computer to the nearest server. This Optimal Location setting uses algorithms to determine server proximity to deliver the best performance.

Avast SecureLine VPN may be small, but it offers the same military-grade encryption as the large VPN providers.

Security Features: High-level security with a long track record

SecureLine VPN is one of the security products offered by Avast. Avast is a leader in cybersecurity. They safeguard the data, identity, and privacy of 435 million monthly active users. Every month they claim to protect their users from over 1.5 billion malware attacks. They use artificial intelligence and human genius to provide malware detection and blocking, location technologies, and IoT security. Since they're based in the Czech Republic, they're a non-member to the to Five-, Nine-, and 14-Eyes alliances.

Features of Avast SecureLine VPN security include:

  • 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES 256): AES 256 is one of the most secure encryption methods and is used by financial intuitions, credit card companies, and governments to keep customer data safe.
  • Single shared IP: An Avast server reveals the same IP address for every computer connected to it.
  • DNS leak protection: Prevents DNS leaks that could reveal the real IP address.
  • Kill switch: The kill switch turns off the internet connection if the VPN server is down. It provides for fail-safe protection during unplanned disconnections.
  • Smart Connection Rules: There’s no need to set up proper security measures when connecting to an open Wi-Fi or another unsecured network. SecureLine can turn on automatically when the device connects to an unsecured network.
Avast SecureLine VPN
 Avast SecureLine VPN

Price: A subscription plan that fits every device

Avast SecureLine VPN is a subscription service that costs between $19.99 and $79.99 per year. If you want to use the VPN on multiple devices, the $79.99 per year multi-device subscription plan secures up to five devices. If you want to secure a PC or Mac, choose the $59.99 plan to secure a single computer for one year. For a mobile device, Avast secures one Android, iPhone, or iPad device for $19.99 a year.

Many households have more than two devices. If you have a laptop, tablet, and smartphone, the yearly multi-device subscription is the best bargain. For five devices, the cost comes to $1.34 per month for each device. The low price, along with unlimited bandwidth, makes an affordable VPN solution. If you’re still not sure, Avast SecureLine offers a free seven-day trial and 30-day money back guarantee.

Starting the multi-device free trial on a Windows PC requires no registration and no payment information. All you do is go to the Avast website and download the installation file. With the Avast free VPN for Android (which is included with the free trial), Avast collects payment information such as a PayPal account or credit card.

This app does one thing well; it encrypts your connection and disguises your location.

Competition: Smaller than most VPNs, but just as secure

Avast SecureLine VPN has fewer server locations than many VPN services. SecureLine provides access to servers in 55 cities across 34 countries, with 16 servers in the United States. The larger VPN providers such as NordVPN and ExpressVPN have over 3,000 servers. NordVPN has servers in 59 countries.

Avast SecureLine VPN may be small, but it offers the same military-grade encryption as the large VPN providers. It also offers some of the same services and benefits that the large VPN providers offer, including:

  • Doesn’t record, monitor, store, log, or share your online activity.
  • Provides access to servers around the world, with the ability to change servers or choose an optimum location.
  • Protects a variety of devices, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

There are a few things that SecureLine VPN doesn’t do as well as the larger VPN services:

  • Doesn’t work with Netflix, and only a few selected servers support P2P file sharing.
  • Only offers basic VPN features such as choosing a server and automatically connecting to the VPN.
  • Doesn’t have a way to select favorite and commonly-used servers quickly.

Final Verdict

A great option for beginners and frequent hotspot users.

Avast SecureLine offers a reliable, basic, and essential VPN service. It’s easy to use, which makes it an excellent choice for those that are unfamiliar with VPNs. It’s also easy to set up so that the VPN turns on automatically, which makes it an affordable choice for those who frequent hotspots. Avast’s security protocols are the same security measures used by banks and the military; creating a completely secure connection wherever you go.

Specs

  • Product Name Avast SecureLine VPN
  • Price $19.99
  • Usability Excellent
  • Speed Up to 2 Gbits/s, average 450-600 Mbits/s
  • Operating systems Windows 10, macOS
  • Mobile platforms Android, iPhone, iPad
  • Log Files No
  • Netflix No
  • P2P sharing Yes, but not on all servers
  • Devices Secure up to 5 devices
  • Server locations Servers in 55 cities across 34 countries, 16 servers in the United States
  • Support type Help files on the website, website contact form, 24/7 phone support
  • Privacy protection OpenVPN VPN protocol, Open SSL libraries, runs over UDP ports
  • Encryption 256-bit AES encryption
  • Jurisdiction Registered office in the Czech Republic; offices in Prague, London, and Silicon Valley
  • Payment options Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal
  • Price $19.99/year
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