You don’t need any VPN knowledge to use this service; Avast SecureLine VPN Review
If you’ve been told that you need a virtual private network (VPN) to browse the web, send and receive email 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.
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
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.
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.
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. The user interface is clean, simple, and isn’t weighed down by too many confusing 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.
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.
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, 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.
When connected to a media server, we were able to achieve download speeds as high as 168 Mbps using our 1 Gbps connection. When connected to regular servers, the fastest we saw was 89 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 factors like the distance between the client device and the VPN server, the VPN protocol, and the level of encryption. With SecureLine, you don’t have to worry about which server you’re connected to, as the app 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.
Streaming: Excellent coverage for multiple services
SecureLine VPN includes dedicated streaming servers, and we had pretty good luck getting them to work. We were able to stream Netflix, Hulu, and even BBC iPlayer when connected to SecureLine’s dedicated media servers.
Avast SecureLine is a VPN with a no logs policy that relates primarily to your activity while using the service. That means SecureLine doesn’t know what sites you visit, what you do on those sites, or anything else about your activities while connected to the VPN, so they wouldn’t be able to turn that information over even if they wanted to.
That’s a good baseline for what you should expect out of a VPN, but the fact is that SecureLine does maintain some logs. They specifically store connection logs that show when you connect and disconnect to their servers and how much bandwidth you use while connected.
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 Avast is based in the Czech Republic, they aren’t subject to data requests from Five-, Nine-, and 14-Eyes alliance countries.
Features of Avast SecureLine VPN security include:
- 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard: 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.
Torrenting: Dedicated servers with a kill switch
SecureLine VPN not only allows torrenting, it actually provides dedicated peer to peer services for the highest level of service possible. You also get a built-in kill switch, which is a must-have if you plan on using a VPN for peer-to-peer file sharing.
If you ever lose connection to the VPN while sharing files over peer-to-peer, the kill switch immediately cuts off internet access and prevents anyone from learning your real IP address.
Ad Blocking: Not included
SecureLine doesn’t include an ad blocker, but Avast does provide a feature called AntiTrack Premium through their antivirus suite. This feature is similar to the ad blockers included with some VPN services, but it doesn’t block at the DNS level. It does provide some level of extra security, but it’s also a separate purchase that you need to pay for above and beyond Avast Antivirus and Avast SecureLine.
Customer Service: Web-based ticket system
Avast provides a web-based ticket system that you can use if you require customer support for SecureLine. There is no way to speak to an agent over the phone or web chat, so all you can do is provide some information about your problem through the ticket system and wait for a response.
Price: A subscription plan that fits every device
Avast SecureLine VPN is a subscription service that costs $8.99 a month, or $3.99 a month if you prepay for the year. These plans cover up to five devices such as your laptop, tablet, and smartphones. 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 a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Starting the 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:
- 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.
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.
- Product Name: Avast SecureLine VPN
- Price: $19.99
- Speed: (Fastest Observed)168 Mbps (Tested on a 1Gbps connection)
- Operating systems: Windows 10, macOS, Android, iOS
- Devices: Five devices at a time
- Server Locations: 34 Countries
- Number of Servers: 57
- Streaming: Dedicated servers (Tested Netflix, BBC iPlayer)
- Torrenting: Yes, with kill switch
- Encryption: 256-bit AES OpenVPN VPN
- Logging: Some logging, transparency report available
- Jurisdiction: Registered office in the Czech Republic; offices in Prague, London, and Silicon Valley