Avast SecureLine VPN is a mediocre service that would not get much mention from us were it not that it most likely sells every scrap of your data it collects, and it collects a lot. Read our full Avast SecureLine VPN review to see why we recommned you stay well away from this provider.
By Ben Haines
— Last Updated: 2020-06-12T19:18:17+00:00
Avast is a Czech company that is best known for its antivirus software. This includes both Avast Pro and AVG, the latter of which was acquired in 2016. Apart from providing the best free antivirus software on the market, Avast also sells other security software, including Avast SecureLine VPN.
At first glance, Avast SecureLine VPN seems like a simple, easy-to-use VPN offered at an affordable price. However, it’s not just software that Avast has for sale: the company was recently caught scanning users’ devices for all sorts of data and selling it to the highest bidder through a subsidiary company, called Jumpshot.
Because of this, we strongly recommend that you don’t use any Avast product under any circumstance. Instead, check out our article on the best VPNs for alternatives. For our money, we recommend that you check out ExpressVPN (read our ExpressVPN review to find out why). With that out of the way, let’s move on with the Avast SecureLine VPN review, for completeness’ sake.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Simple & easy to use
- AES-256 bit encryption
- Unlimited bandwidth
- DNS leak protection & WebRTC blocking
- Optional kill switch
- Gets into Netflix & BBC iPlayer in some locations
- Supports English & 40 other languages
- Compatible with Windows, macOS, Android & iOS
- Logs some information about your VPN usage
- Company was caught selling user data
- Split tunneling isn’t supported
- You cannot modify your VPN protocol
- Has only 55 servers across 34 countries
- Wasn’t able to get into Amazon Prime Video
- Cannot be configured on a router
Alternatives for Avast SecureLine VPN
If you’ve never used a virtual private network before, you might appreciate that there are fewer features to worry about with Avast SecureLine VPN. However, if you are the type of person who wants to easily tweak a VPN’s settings, then you won’t be satisfied with this service. Above all, SecureLine VPN emphasizes simplicity and ease of use over customization.
For instance, there aren’t any settings for custom DNS servers. By default, SecureLine VPN will just use Avast’s DNS servers. If you want to change this, then you’ll have to do it manually in your device’s settings each and every time you connect to a server. This isn’t difficult, but it will become tedious if you don’t want to use Avast’s DNS servers.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t want to use Avast’s DNS servers, as we’ll discuss in the “privacy” section below.
We would have liked to see split tunneling included with SecureLine VPN. This is a more advanced feature, though, which is included only in some of the best VPN software.
Split tunneling allows you to pick and choose which applications should or should not use the VPN tunnel. If this sounds like something you need, then check out our StrongVPN review.
However, SecureLine VPN provides you with the essentials you’d expect from a VPN. It has applications for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS devices that are simple and easy to use. In a few clicks, you can be securely connected to a VPN server in any of the supported countries, doing whatever you want online without the prying eyes of others.
Avast SecureLine VPN Features Overview
- PayPal, Credit card, Debit Card
- Accepts cryptocurrency
- 5 Simultaneous connections
- Supports split tunneling
- Unlimited bandwidth
- 7 days Free trial available
- 30 days Refund period
- 55 servers in 34 countries Worldwide server amount
- Windows, MacOS
- Android, iOS
- Chrome, Firefox, Avast Secure Browser
- Can be installed on routers
- Can access Netflix US
- Can access BBC iPlayer
- Can access Hulu
- Can access Amazon Prime Video
- IPSec, OpenVPN
- Enabled at device startup
- Allows torrenting
- No-logging policy
- Passed DNS leak test
- Killswitch available
- Malware/ad blocker included
- office hours Live Chat
- office hours Email support
- Phone support
- User forum
Unlike most other VPNs that we’ve reviewed, Avast SecureLine VPN doesn’t have a monthly plan option. You can only select between one-year, two-year and three-year plans for either one device or up to five different ones.
The monthly cost of Avast SecureLine VPN isn’t bad. For one device, prices are as low as $2.99 per month. For up to five devices, prices go as low as $3.99 per month.
However, SecureLine VPN is neither the cheapest nor the best value-for-money VPN out there. Alternatives like CyberGhost are not only more affordable, but also packed with more features (you can read more about it in our CyberGhost review). There are plenty of excellent free VPNs, too, such as Windscribe (read our Windscribe review).
Although there’s a discount if you opt to pay for the first two years in advance, there’s none if you pay upfront for three years. Unless you’re looking to lock in these prices for as long as possible, there’s little reason to subscribe to either of the three-year plans.
Like many other VPN providers, you can get a full refund in the first 30 days of your subscription if you’re not happy with SecureLine VPN. You don’t have to hand over any money to give it a shot, though. There’s a free seven-day trial, which gives you plenty of time to see if it’s a good fit for you.
Avast accepts payments made with a credit card or PayPal. It’s disappointing that there’s no support for bitcoin payments, especially when cryptocurrency payments are now supported by many other VPN providers that we’ve reviewed. Some even allow you to pay with cash (read our ProtonVPN review and Mullvad review for two examples).
Ease of Use
Purchasing an Avast SecureLine VPN subscription is simple enough to do on Avast’s website. You can also get started with a seven-day free trial by clicking the orange button on the SecureLine VPN product page to download the application onto your device.
Once installed, click the large, red button, and you’ll be prompted to start your seven-day free trial or to enter the license key from a purchase you’ve already made. Once you’ve sorted that out, just select the “on” button to connect to one of the Avast VPN servers.
We encountered no problems when setting up SecureLine VPN on a Windows computer. There were no snags when connecting to a server for the first time, either. Everything worked without a hitch.
Even if you’re not familiar with VPN software, SecureLine VPN has such a barren user interface that it’s impossible to miss the need-to-know information. In the middle of the SecureLine VPN application, you’ll be able to see your real IP address (which is now hidden), your virtual IP address and how long you’ve been connected to a specific VPN server.
You can change the location of the server you’re connected to by selecting “change location” at the bottom of the app. That’ll bring up a list of all your options. This list can be filtered by region, but it also has specific sections to highlight servers that are optimized for P2P transfers — torrenting, in most cases — or streaming. This setup is similar to NordVPN and CyberGhost.
Avast SecureLine VPN Settings
You can change some settings in the menu at the top of the application, but there aren’t many. The options include whether you want to receive desktop notifications, whether the VPN should launch with your computer startup and what language to use (it supports English and more than 40 other languages). You can also opt in for beta updates, but Avast warns that this may impact the stability of the VPN.
In the “network security” settings, you can also configure whether you want SecureLine VPN to automatically turn on when you connect to the internet (and define exceptions to this). The most important option here is the kill switch. If your VPN disconnects for any reason, this will stop all internet traffic.
Avast SecureLine VPN Browser Extension
In Avast SecureLine VPN’s settings, you’ll also find a shortcut to add a browser extension to Google Chrome or the Avast Secure Browser. We installed the Google Chrome browser extension, but it isn’t a stand-alone application. It instead pairs with the desktop application and just allows you to control the VPN from your browser.