Avast VPN Review

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Avast’s antivirus software is well known however Avast also offers an excellent VPN. It’s a speedy and secure option, however it is comparatively expensive. Avast offers a 30-day trial for new users.

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Avast VPN offers only one protocol, OpenVPN with AES-256 encryption. This is a very strong encryption algorithm that is classified as military grade and is the same cipher used by banks. Avast utilizes other encryption techniques as well as ChaCha20 and RSA-2048.

The Avast VPN client on desktops and Android devices can choose automatically the best protocol for your connection. It attempts to connect to OpenVPN first, and switches to Mimic in case that fails. My experience has shown that this isn’t the most efficient method of selecting a protocol. It would be more beneficial to give the user 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 in hundreds of locations across 34+ countries. I’m not sure if the list of servers is updated frequently enough, as the VPN did not have servers in China when I tested it. There are a few identifying bits of information that Avast records about your usage including your full name and zip code.

Avast’s headquarters are located in the Czech Republic. This country is GDPR-compliant and is not part of any Eyes Alliance surveillance group. They do keep some identifying connection logs and their no-logs policies does not explicitly prohibit this. They accept payment through PayPal and credit cards but do collect billing information. They also permit cookies to track your online behaviour.

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