Avast VPN Review
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Avast Secureline VPN - Full Review
Avast was and still is a prominent name in the cybersecurity industry, especially in the antivirus software sector. Recently, though, the company decided to venture into the realm of VPNs with Avast SecureLine VPN, which has made quite a name for itself in under six years.
But is Avast SecureLine VPN capable enough to rival leading VPN providers such as NordVPN and ExpressVPN? In this Avast VPN review, we attempt to address that question.
According to Avast VPN’s advertisements, the platform has no bandwidth limits and is able to support lightning-fast speeds of up to 2Gbps, so we decided to put this bold claim to the test.
We used a connection that has an average download speed of around 68Mbps for our tests. We connected first to a server in what Avast VPN indicated as the “Optimal Location” for our connection. We were able to pull off download speeds of around 66-67Mbps. Off to a good start!
Thereafter, we tested our connection on a U.K. server, and we got download speeds of around 66Mbps! Next, we connected to a server in Germany, which gave us a download speed of about 44Mbps. A significant drop there, but still quite impressive.
And lastly, we connected to a server based in Australia; the farthest it can be from our physical location, and we got a download speed of around 3Mbps, which is actually quite impressive for an Australian server. Note that the farther you are front a server, the slower it’ll be.
Overall, Avast SecureLine VPN lives up to its claims by delivering insanely fast speeds that are perfect for streaming, torrenting, gaming, and just about any other online activity.
Avast SecureLine VPN displays an admirable streaming performance. We were able to stream different Netflix libraries without any problems. Further, we weren’t blocked by any VPN bans.
Moreover, we were able to access HBO GO, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Price without any geo-restrictions. We have zero complaints about Avast VPN’s streaming performance.
Avast SecureLine VPN offers P2P support on some of its servers. You’ll find it easy to tell servers that are optimized for torrenting from the ones that are in the server selection screen.
One thing you must keep in mind, however, is that the company gathers some connection logs and keeps them for 30 days. One of the pieces of information that they collect is the amount of data that is transmitted per session. This may be a deterrent factor for users looking for a VPN service with a strict no-logs policy.
Avast SecureLine VPN is equipped with a host of safety features that make it worth checking out, though, despite the fact that it keeps some logs. Some of these features include bank-grade encryption, an automatic kill switch, and DNS/IPv6 leak protection.
Despite having a fairly limited network of 700 servers in 55 locations and 34 countries, we think Avast VPN is an excellent VPN service for gamers because of how fast it is.
As discussed earlier, Avast VPN is able to pull off and maintain insanely fast connection speeds, so gamers don’t have to worry about having high latency.
Avast SecureLine VPN offers a 7-day free trial period that doesn’t require you to enter your credit card credentials or even create an account.
It’s not the most generous free trial period, but it’s enough for users to form a decision as to whether Avast VPN is suitable for their needs or not.
Pricing-wise, Avast SecureLine makes for an excellent short-term VPN because of how cheap its monthly plan is. Longer subscription plans come with discounts, but the discounts aren’t all that significant.
If you’re in search of a long-term VPN service, we wouldn’t recommend Avast VPN, as there are other popular alternatives offering their services at a more cost-effective price.
Avast SecureLine VPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, So, if you’re not satisfied with its services, you can request a full refund with no questions asked.
You don’t have to call customer service to request your refund. It can be done on the Avast website, and it won’t take any more than a couple of minutes.
Avast VPN enables you to choose which applications can use the VPN tunnel and which ones can’t. For instance, you can stream your favorite TV shows using the VPN whilst surfing the web without your surfing activities passing through the VPN tunnel.
The platform also features a “Connection Rules” panel, which enables you to decide the time when the service connects or disconnects automatically.
DNS Leak Test Results
Without reliable DNS leak protection, your IP or physical location information can be leaked with ease. Luckily, Avast SecureLine VPN features excellent DNS leak protection that covers your IPv4 and completely eliminates IPv6 requests, so you don’t have to worry about your location getting leaked.
Avast SecureLine VPN is owned by the cybersecurity company Avast, which was founded back in 1988 in Prague, Czech Republic (Czechia). Avast VPN itself was launched in 2014.
All things considered, Avast SecureLine VPN seems to be a pretty well-rounded VPN service. It boasts superb connection speeds, reliable streaming and torrenting performance, and steadfast security features.
There are, however, a few things that we don’t like about the service, including their logging of some sessions, limited server network, and lack of advanced features.
We’d opt for Avast SecureLine VPN as a short-term VPN service, but we can think of numerous services that’d make better long-term alternatives.