Avast VPN Review


Avast is popular for their antivirus software however, they also provide a premium VPN service. It’s fast and secure option, but it’s a bit expensive. Avast gives new users an opportunity to try out a trial period of 30 days for free.

avast vpn review

Contrary to other providers offering several protocols, Avast VPN only offers one: OpenVPN over UDP with AES-256 encryption. This is a remarkably strong encryption algorithm that is classified as military grade, and it’s the same cipher that is used by banks. Avast uses a few other encryption technologies too such as ChaCha20 and RSA-2048.

The Avast VPN client on desktops and Android devices will automatically select the most suitable protocol for your connection. It initially tries to connect using OpenVPN but then switches to Mimic when that fails. In my experience, this is not the most intelligent mechanism for choosing a protocol. It would be more beneficial that the client has an option to choose a specific protocol that you like, and let you know the success of it.

Avast VPN has a lot of servers spread across 700+ locations in 34 countries. However I’m unsure if the list is regularly updated enough as the VPN didn’t have any servers in China during my tests. There are a few identifiable pieces of information that Avast records about your usage, including your full name and zip code.

Avast is based in the Czech Republic, which is GDPR-compliant and does not belong to any of the Eyes Alliance surveillance groups. Avast does keep connection logs, which can identify users and the « no-logs » policy does not rule out this. They accept payments via PayPal and credit cards, but do not collect billing data. They also permit cookies to track your online behaviour.

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