Avast SecureLine VPN Review (2020): Beyond Antivirus

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Avast has always been an antivirus software, but it does provide VPN services also (surprisingly). It is one of the few above-average VPN service providers that provides a mid-range amount of features.

Considered one of the above-average priced VPN service providers, it has several good things to offer. To clarify, Avast VPN is also known as Avast Secureline VPN.

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Company Background

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Avast VPN, or also known as Avast Secureline VPN, is a VPN service developed by Avast Spftware s.r.o. A Czech multinational cybersecurity software company based in Prague, it has always traditionally been an antivirus software.

It is available for Android, Microsoft Windows, macOS, and iOS operating systems. As a VPN, Avast SecureLine encrypts users’ internet traffic and redirects it through a tunnel from its data centers. It changes the geolocation of the IP address of its users to one that is selected by the VPN servers.

If you choose have it automatically turned on or connected while using public Wi-Fi, you can.

Criteria

Of course before you settle for a VPN service provider, there will be several criteria for you to consider.

Number of Servers and Server Locations

The number of servers indicate how popular the VPN service provider is, and Avast SecureLine VPN is no exception to that. Number of servers vary by the supply and demand of users. The more servers the VPN have, it will reflect how popular it is. Likewise, the less servers a VPN service provider have, the less popular it is.

Although that is indicative as such, that does not mean that VPN service providers with less servers are unable to provide good services. They can, but of course they can have a more laborious time in being as good as industry leader VPNs.

The server locations is like the number of servers available. It is indicative of the VPN service’s popularity among users as it is subjected to supply and demand.

We should mention that not all VPN server locations are physical locations. Meaning to say not all servers have a brick and mortar office or operating office to run the server location. Some server locations are virtual locations, if we can put it that way.

Content Access

Not all VPN service providers can let you access all internet contents. The most popular claim is that if you are to connect and subscribe to a VPN service provider, you can access Netflix. That’s not true because not all VPNs are able to connect to Netflix.

At the same time, we should mention that not all Netflix contents are accessible worldwide. Some contents are only made for certain regions. To access the geo-specific content, you will have to connect to a VPN server that is situated in that particular region or country.

Also, are you looking for a VPN that is not blocked in China? It is another factor to take into consideration if you are looking to access contents from China.

Connection Speediness

Your connection speed will drop when you are connected to a VPN server, no matter how close or far the server location is. Your download speed, upload speed, and latency will all decrease as you connect to a VPN server.

Usually the speed reduction is due to 2 known factors. One being that if the server location is further away from your current location, the speed will be a lot slower. This is because it takes longer for the download and upload speed to travel back and forth between your current location and the server location. Your latency will also be affected and decrease.

The other reason is that the more users that are connected to the server, the slower your speed will get. The bandwidth can be affected since there are so many users connected to the same server at the same time. Find a server that has lower number of connected users at any given time.

Privacy and Security

Most VPN service providers will claim that they practice 0 logs policy and do not keep any private data and information. You may want to be careful if you are someone who is big on privacy and security.

Although some VPN service providers claim to practice 0 logs policy, they are not being entirely truthful. That has gotten some of the VPN service providers into deep trouble before.

They do, in fact, keep some kind of logs or records. Check the fine prints to make sure, just so you won’t be caught surprised.

Plans and Pricing

Plans and pricing is what they are – plans and pricing. Not all VPNs offer the same rate and pricing obviously. However, the prices they charge is indicative of the level of features and services available.

The average pricing for a VPN service is around US$10 a month. At the same time, usually if you are to subscribe to a quarterly, half-yearly, or yearly plan, the average pricing per month will be cheaper by a certain fraction.

VPNs that charges more than US$10 a month are usually the ones that have a lot to offer. The number of features they have and the level of quality are usually better if we can put it that way.

However, it is good to take note that not everyone requires such a high levelled VPN service. Sometimes an entry-level or mid-level VPN service would have been sufficient for the average user.

Avast SecureLine VPN – Our Review

Here we go!

Number of Servers and Server Location

Avast SecureLine VPN has a total of 55 servers across 34 countries. At cursory glance when you visit their official website, they are not very keen to promote their number of servers and server locations.

That may seem very secretive as a lot of VPN service providers are very open about their number of servers available.

Users who have used Avast SecureLine VPN before mentioned how it is a supremely easy to use with very little problems at hand. As you are connected to the servers, the client interface has been designed with newbies in mind. The simple on-screen directions is enough to direct the new users accordingly.

Content Access

Its content access is pretty diversified if we can put it that way. According to our users, one of the most talked about content access is for Netflix. We found out that starting in early 2019, Avast SecureLine VPN has improved its Netflix support considerably.

A new German location has been added and server speeds have increased. With that being said, that means it is possible for you to watch Netflix in any quality you want.

However, only three servers are available for streaming – the UK, the USA, and Germany. Some users have started to test out each of the available servers for streaming.

They began by trying to access US only contents and the results were surprising. Coming from countries where even some YouTube contents were blocked, the same contents were not blocked when connected to the US servers. They were able to access and view YouTube and Netflix contents.

However, when they were connected to a UK server, the results were a bit more disappointing. When they tried to access BBC’s iPlayer, it was unsuccessful. Some contents on Netflix were unavailable too, so to speak. When the websites detected the VPN, it displayed a standard “content is not available in your location” as a warning message.

There were even mentions of how connection breaks every 1 hour on average. That can be very annoying as it interrupts your download speed and viewing session.

Now, sometimes that happens because some regional Netflix (and other streaming sites) barred users from accessing their contents with the help of a VPN. It can be due to creators’ rights or copyright issues.

If this issue persist, it is good to access the contents with the help of a different server. It may have painted Avast SecureLine VPN in a not-so-great picture, but that issue has improved immensely over time.

According to some users, they mentioned how eventually after a period of time when they tried to log back into the same server things were a lot different. They mentioned how they were able to view Netflix content without much difficulty.

The same group of users said how Avast SecureLine VPN has improved its ability to unblock geo-restricted Netflix content. Its connection, however, is still not quite 100% stable yet.

Connection Speediness

Avast brags about how fast their VPN service is on their official website. Some users who have tested that out ported back saying what Avast SecureLine said is true.

Without the VPN connection, the user’s download speed was 98.71mbps, and his upload speed is 53mbps. His ping (latency) is 7ms.

When connected to a USA server, the latency ping shot up to 113ms. The download speed decreases to 67.94ms and the upload speed decreases to 13.67mbps. The decrease in download and upload speed is a lot. By looking at the latency spike it is quite obvious that the user’s connection experienced a lot of spike.

When the user connects to a Netherlands server, the speed connection fare better. The upload speed was 39.44mbps after connecting. The download speed was 65.97mbps. Latency did not spike as bad when connected to a USA server at 34ms.

Comparatively, users said that people will have fairly decent speed of up to 72mbps for the European servers. The USA speeds were reported to be a bit lower for some users at 37.2mbps.

When connected to a UK server, the download speeds were reported to be consistently high at 50-60mbps on users’ 75mbps test line. When they switched to nearby European countries, users expect high performances, which they did.

Unfortunately when the users were connected to a Polish server, the results were not that great. Running on the same 75mbps test speed, the users have only received anything from 12 to 31mbps. That speed is slower and less consistent than the users’ expectations, although it is still usable for most tasks.

When connected to a further server location, Australia, the results came back a bit more stable. Australia’s connection speed came back at around 25-40mbps. When connected to a Malaysian server, the results are a lot more disappointing at a lethargic 1.8 to 3.6mbps.

With that being said, it is a highly acceptable speed for most browsing activities. You will still be able to watch high quality contents from your favorite streaming sites such as Netflix, Shudder, and whatnot.

Although the aforementioned benchmarked speeds have been reported by users, the actual connection speed may differ and vary. As a VPN service provider, Avast SecureLine may continually optimize the server speeds so the latest speeds may be higher than mentioned.

Avast SecureLine is not as fast as promised but its speeds are perfectly acceptable for everyday use. If you need to use only one or two servers in some really common locations (like London or New York), then you will be fine. If you are looking to connect to a server that is further afield, then your speed luck will run out of fizz pretty fast.

Privacy and Security

First and foremost, Avast Secureline VPN practices a no logs policy. That simply means it will not keep any of your private information and data. Its privacy policy says that the service does not save any information that can help to identify your personality as auser and does not save connection logs.

Although they have mentioned as such, you will still have to be aware and be alert with their privacy policy. Users have recommended that you do not confide in Avast SecureLine VPN in solving all privacy tasks. Especially the delicate information and data.

With that being said, the point is that Avast SecureLine VPN has double jurisdiction – in the UK and in Czech Republic. The UL is part of (and is a member of) the reconnaissance alliance – 5 eyes. There is no way or guarantee that users will not be tracked in some circumstances.

We have also come to learn that Avast SecureLine is not as safe as it seems. If you are familiar with VPN technology, you will know that all device traffic must be encrypted and packed into a channel. A channel that is established between the computer and the VPN server.

Some users and tech wizards have mentioned how Avast SecureLine VPN can intercept and re-route into a channel not entirely of its traffic. That can be impossible to detect without using a special network activity analysis programs.

A user have tried to look into the backend of how Avast SecureLine works by using a special software. The results were pretty surprising so to speak.

The user said when he has checked the VPN service’s backend when connected to it, his data and other private information should go to an IP address belonging to the VPN service provider. However, not all of his internet traffic went to Avast SecureLine where only 85% of it made it over.

The remaining 15% of his internet traffic (and whatever other private information and data there is) was sent to another IP address. As a troubled user, he advised all new users to turn on the kill switch option that is available within Avast SecureLine VPN.

Plans and Pricing

Avast SecureLine VPN charges not by month but by the device you are using. It also charges by the number of devices you wish to have a VPN connection on.

  • 5 devices: US$89.99 per year
  • PC: US$69.99 per year
  • Mac: US$59.99 per year
  • Android: US$19.99
  • iPhone and/or iPad: US$19.99

Each plan comes with a period of free trial. By free trial they meant the 30 days money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the VPN service it has, you can always unsubscribe before the 30th day period and have your refund back in full.

The Pros

What we like most about Avast SecureLine VPN is that it is a pretty easy to use VPN service provider to use. For the tech newbie, this is one of the best VPN service providers you can ever choose on the market.

Not forgetting to mention how the user interface is pretty straightforward to use. It even looks clean and uncluttered according to some users, so that is a plus point too.

Some users said that another good thing about this VPN service provider is that it does not download malicious files. Although VPNs protect you and your online identity, it does not prevent you from downloading potential viruses into your computer. That is easily out of their field of work as a VPN software.

Avast SecureLine VPN is different. Aside from being a VPN service provider, it also helps prevent malicious files from downloading into your devices. That is actually a pretty sweet deal if we may add.

The Cons

The downside is perhaps that users will have a very difficult time in trying to access Netflix. Users have complained how they have to change their server choices several times before being able to access Netflix.

That and the fact that when they have finally access Netflix, the connection was not stable. The connection breaks easily every 1 hour on average, which makes watching Netflix shows tedious and tiring.

At the same time, we have to say Avast SecureLine is a bit more on the more expensive side, especially when you opt for its Android and iPhone/iPad options.

Our Verdict

Overall, we would say it’s actually an all right VPN service for users who are new to the VPN scene. If you are a new user who is looking for a basic VPN service then Avast SecureLine VPN will be a very good choice for you.

Though not the best VPN service available, it does meet a lot of basic VPN needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some frequently asked questions.

Q: Is the Avast VPN any good?

Avast VPN is a reasonably good VPN solution, although it will not measure up to its antivirus counterpart’s success. Their VPN is incredibly easy to use, so new users can feel unthreatened by its non-complicated features. All in all, Avast isn’t exactly a bad choice, but it certainly is not the best one on the market.

Q: Does Avast come with VPN?

Yes it does apparently. It is, however, not as popular and successful as its antivirus counterpart if we can put it that way. Avast SecureLine VPN is a VPN service provided by cybersecurity company, Avast. Avast does offer several other cybersecurity products, including an antivirus software.

Q: How do I turn on Avast SecureLine VPN?

You can turn on Avast SecureLine VPN automatically. All you need to do is to double lick the Avast SecureLine VPN icon on your desktop to open the user interface. Then click on the 3 strips menu, and click on Settings.

Next, select the Network Security option tile on the left side of the panel. Click on the box next to Turn on automatically. Avast SecureLIne VPN will now connect automatically when your PC connects to an unsecured Wi-FO network.

If your Avast SecureLine VPN is unable to establish a connection, we would recommend you follow the steps found here.

Q: How do I get rid of Avast SecureLine VPN?

Ensure that you have selected Apps and Features on the left panel of your user panel. The click on Avast SecureVPN and select the Uninstall option.Press the Win key and X key simultaneously, then select Programs and Features from the menu that appears. Right click on Avast SecureLine VPN, and then select Uninstall from the drop down menu.

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