Avast VPN Review

The antivirus software of Avast is well-known, but the company also offers an excellent VPN. It’s fast and secure choice, however it’s quite expensive. Avast offers a trial period of 30 days for new users.

avast vpn review

In contrast to other providers that offer multiple protocols, Avast VPN only offers one protocol: OpenVPN over UDP with AES-256 encryption. This is a very secure encryption method that is classified as military-grade, and it’s the same cipher that is used by banks. Avast utilizes other encryption technologies as well as ChaCha20 and RSA-2048.

The Avast VPN client for desktops and Android devices will automatically choose the most suitable protocol for your connection. It attempts to connect to OpenVPN first, then switches to Mimic in the event that it is not successful. According to my experience, this is not the most intelligent mechanism for choosing a directory protocol. It would be more beneficial to give the client an choice to select a protocol you prefer and tell you how it has worked.

Avast VPN is a VPN with a lot of servers. It has more than 700 locations in over 34 countries. However I’m not sure whether the list is updated regularly enough since the VPN did not have any servers in China during my tests. There are a few identifiable elements of information that Avast collects about your usage such as your full name and zip code.

Avast is located in the Czech Republic, which is GDPR-compliant and does not belong to any of the Eyes Alliance surveillance groups. They do keep a couple of identifying connection logs and their no-logs policies does not explicitly exclude this. They accept payment through PayPal as well as credit cards. However, they do not collect billing data. They also allow cookies to monitor your online activities.

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