Avast VPN Review


The antivirus software of Avast is well-known however Avast also offers an excellent VPN. It’s a quick and secure option, however it is comparatively expensive. Avast provides a free trial of 30 days for new users.

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Contrary to other providers offering several protocols, Avast VPN only offers one protocol: OpenVPN over UDP with AES-256 encryption. This is a highly secure encryption algorithm that is classified as military grade and is the same cipher that is used by banks. Avast also utilizes other encryption methods, such as ChaCha20 or RSA-2048.

The Avast VPN client for desktops and Android devices will automatically choose the best protocol for your connection. It tries to connect to OpenVPN first, and switches to Mimic in the event that it is not successful. My experience has shown that this is not the most intelligent mechanism for selecting a protocol. It would be better if you gave the user the option to select a preferred protocol and tell you how successful it has been.

Avast VPN has a lot of servers in 700+ locations in 34 countries. However, I’m not sure whether the list is regularly updated enough considering that the VPN didn’t have any servers in China during my tests. Avast collects information about your usage including your full name and zipcode.

Avast’s headquarters is in the Czech Republic. This country is GDPR compliant and is not part of any Eyes Alliance surveillance group. The company does keep some connection logs which identify users and the “no-logs” policy does not exclude this. They accept payment through PayPal and credit cards, however they do gather billing data. They also allow a few of cookies to track your actions online.