Avast SecureLine Review

Avast SecureLine offers a basic, no-frills VPN experience for a price that's lower than some of the bigger names out there.

Verdict

Avast SecureLine offers good European connection speeds and is priced moderately, but the lack of a VPN kill switch and Avast's policy of logging connection and network performance data means it isn't ideal for users who want complete privacy.

Pros

  • Simple client
  • Good European connection speeds

Cons

  • Limited device support and security features
  • Keeps connection logs
  • No kill switch

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £49.99 / £64.99
  • One Windows/macOS device: £49.99 per year
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS
  • Five devices: £64.99 per year
  • Windows client supports OpenVPN
  • Seven day free trial

What is Avast SecureLine?

Run by the anti-malware firm Avast, SecureLine is a reliable, no-frills VPN service with clear logging policies – it keeps connection logs but doesn’t track user activity while connected – and a useful selection of endpoint locations. It uses the same backend network as AVG Secure VPN, which is also owned and run by Avast.

Avast SecureLine – Features and usability

SecureLine’s stand-alone client is simple to use, if not particularly slick. You choose your endpoint country and city from a pull-down menu, connect, and you’re all set.

There aren’t many additional options, but a setting that automatically prompts you to connect your VPN for security if your computer joins an unsecured Wi-Fi network is a useful security measure.

What’s much less helpful is the lack of a kill switch to automatically suspend internet traffic if your VPN connection fails unexpectedly, and this could be a deal-breaker for users with genuine concerns over their traffic being exposed.

Clients are available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. However, no connection instructions are provided for other operating systems or embedded systems, such as NAS devices and routers.

SecureLine is also available as an optional upgrade to Avast Antivirus, with the same features but an integrated interface.

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Avast SecureLine – Performance

SecureLine did well in our European speed tests in particular, with FTP transfer speeds speeds of over 9MB/sec (72Mbps) from both the UK and the Netherlands and HTTP transfers reliably coming in at over 8.4MB/sec. US speeds were a little slower at 6.14MB/sec (49.12Mbps) via HTTP and 4.65MB/sec (37.2Mbps) via FTP, but Avast’s performance here is still acceptable and significantly better than on previous tests.

Avast did surprisingly well in our streaming media test, allowing us to view content from Netflix, Shudder and Crunchyroll in the US, as well as BBC iPlayer in the UK. However, it was foiled by All 4’s VPN detection systems.

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Why buy Avast SecureLine?

Avast is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a clear logging policy across its VPN service. It explicitly states that, although network performance and connection logs are retained, “we do not log activity such as the websites you visit, what data is transferred, and which IP addresses are accessed.” Those seeking iron-clad privacy should look for a true no-logging VPN provider.

SecureLine provides VPN endpoints in a reasonable number of countries – 34 so far – including some unusual ones: Russia, Taiwan and Brazil, as well as more common locations such as the USA and the Netherlands.

Avast used to be among the more expensive VPN services around, but its prices have remained static while rivals have increased theirs, making it somewhat better value than it used to be. No monthly subscription is available, but an annual £49.99 subscription for a single device works out at £4.17 a month. If you want to connect more than one computer or mobile device, you’ll have to pay £64.99 per year for a five-licence account.

A free seven-day trial is available, though, so you can see if SecureLine meets your needs before you pay for it.

AVG Secure VPN is also owned by Avast, uses the same back-end infrastructure and costs the same for UK users, although it has a smaller range of endpoint locations.

Verdict

Although Avast SecureLine’s performance is adequate for most VPN users, its relatively high cost and unremarkable features make it a poor choice against more capable rivals such as KeepSolid VPN Unlimited for speed, Privacy Internet Access for security, and BullGuard for streaming – all are similarly priced and equipped with more features.

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