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Avast SecureLine VPN Review

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Avast SecureLine VPN is an excellent choice for protecting your online security. It has strong encryptions to keep all your incoming and outgoing data encrypted and invisible to anyone outside; values your privacy and does not keep logs of your online activity; bypasses geo-restrictions so you can access media and services available only in specific countries; and has plenty of servers all over the world.

 

What A VPN Does

 

VPNs ensure your privacy by letting you evade censorship by your school, work, internet service provider, or the government – anything that prohibits you from visiting certain websites. It hides your data usage from your ISP to avoid data capping and throttling, allowing you to make use of your bandwidth effectively. It also bypasses geo-restrictions and lets you use public Wi-Fi hotspots securely.

 

When using a VPN, all your data travels between your computer and the VPN server – which means your internet service provider is unable to see it. Your data goes through an encrypted connection called a ‘VPN tunnel’. Anyone can intercept your data, but they won’t be able to read it because it’s encrypted.

 

A VPN masks your IP address by assigning you a different one located in a different country from yours. This means that if you are using a VPN server located in Germany, you will appear to be accessing the internet in that country. Anyone who monitors your activity and tries to locate you will only be traced back to the VPN server, not your real IP address and location.

 

Your internet service provider may not know what you’re up to, but your VPN server does. Your real IP address is hidden from other websites, and unless your VPN server hands your usage to third parties, your usage will remain hidden.

 

Avast SecureLine VPN Features

 

Security and Protocols. To fully protect you from hackers, snoopers, and thieves, Avast SecureLine VPN uses the AES 256 bit encryption key, similar to the ones that bank companies use. They also use OpenSSL and certificate authentication to add an extra layer of protection to safeguard your sensitive information such as email, passwords, and bank account details.

Some users have a problem with WebRTC leaks in their browsers. Browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox use WebRTC for voice calling, video chat, and peer-to-peer file sharing because it does not need plugins for these B2B apps anymore. Using WebRTC with your Windows, Mac OS X, or Android devices is risky because it potentially enables IP addresses to be visible even when you are connected to a VPN.

To address this problem, you can block or disable WebRTC, or use a browser that does not apply this feature, such as Safari or Internet Explorer.

For Windows users, Avast SecureLine VPN runs on port 1194 and uses the OpenVPN protocol on UDP. For Mac OS X users, it runs on ports 50, 500, 1701, and 4500 and uses the IPsec protocol.

Servers and Server Locations. The great thing about using a VPN is that you don’t have to live in another country to access media and services that the locals only can – all you need is a virtual private network with plenty of server locations around the world and you are good to go.

Avast SecureLine VPN has servers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.

To connect to a different VPN server using the standalone version of Avast SecureLine VPN, double-click the SecureLine VPN icon on your desktop to open the application. Make sure that you are disconnected from SecureLine, then click the downward facing arrow next to ‘Connect’. Select a location from the list and click ‘Connect’.

To connect to a different VPN server if you are using SecureLine as a part of Avast Antivirus, open the Avast user interface and go to Privacy, then to SecureLine VPN. Make sure that you are disconnected from SecureLine, then click ‘Change location’ to select a server location. Click ‘Go Private’ to connect to the new location.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing. Avast SecureLine VPN allows P2P connections using the following data center locations in Prague (Czech Republic), Frankfurt (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands), New York City (New York), Miami (Florida), Seattle (Washington), London (United Kingdom), and São Paulo (Brazil).

Activity Logs.  Avast SecureLine VPN does not keep logs on the data content that you send or receive. However, they do keep logs on metadata related to connections, such as the duration of your VPN sessions, because they have access to your data as it travels through their VPN servers.

Device Connection and Compatibility. It is compatible with most operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS. For Windows, it supports systems running on Windows XP to Windows 10. For Mac OS X, it supports systems running on Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks) to Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan). For Android users, it supports 4.o or later, and for iOS, it supports 5.1 or later.

Customer Support. For billing or technical assistance, you may submit a ticket through email by logging in your account at support.avast.com. You may also read the helpful articles in their website or watch YouTube videos on troubleshooting technical problems.

Avast SecureLine VPN Review

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