Avast! Secureline VPN Review
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Pricing and Plans
AvastSecureline can be purchased for PC and Mac, but buying mobile protection will cost you an extra $9.99. The pricing is as follows:
- One month, PC, Mac: $7.99
- One year, PC, Mac: $59.99
- Secureline for Android: $9.99
- Secureline for iOS: $9.99
You can pay with credit cards or via PayPal.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
There’s a seven-day free trial available with this product.
Privacy & Anonymity
“When you use the Avast Secureline virtual private network (VPN) service, the server may capture certain basic data such as the time and network location from which the VPN connection was made and the duration of the VPN connection. This information is routinely deleted within 30 days. In addition, the system may store data on the bandwidth transferred per session.”
Avast offers a range of different support options, including phone support around the clock. The company is well-known as an antivirus provider, so they do have good infrastructure for support.
Avast Secureline really doesn’t have much in the way of a client compared to other providers. The upside to that is, if you know someone who doesn’t really understand what a VPN is or how it works, you can get them this one and using it will only be as difficult as clicking a button.
If you’re an advanced user, or even an intermediate user, this client isn’t going to do much for you. The ease of use has its advantages, but the lack of feedback really reduces the experience to a leap of faith, which is exactly what VPN users are usually trying to avoid.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
Protection for Android and iOS devices is available for an additional charge above what Avast charges for their Windows/Mac service. See the pricing listed above.
Avast Baseline Speedtest
Avast VPN Speedtest
Avast Secureline did test very well in terms of speed. The speed reduction was barely noticeable, dropping our connection speed less than 1Mbps.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
The IP address checked out. Our DNS, however, did leak, so manually configuring your DNS server might be advisable with this product.
- Android and iOS for extra charge
- Very simple client
The client connected quickly and reliably. Some disconnect issues have been reported by users of this service, but we didn’t experience any.
Areas for Improvement
The client is way too simple. There’s just not enough control here. If there were more control, there still wouldn’t be enough of a server network to make Secureline competitive with other options.
Avast Secureline is, to put it in the most direct way, okay. It doesn’t offer much in the way of flexibility and it certainly doesn’t offer a very sophisticated client. Some VPN services are clearly designed for users who aren’t really familiar with the technology and this is among them.