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Avast VPN Review

Avast is known for their antivirus program but they also offer an excellent VPN service. It’s a fast and secure choice, however it’s quite expensive. Avast provides a free trial of 30 days for new users.

avast vpn review

Avast VPN offers only one protocol, OpenVPN with AES-256 encryption. This is a very powerful encryption technique, and is widely used by banks. Avast also uses other encryption technologies, such as ChaCha20 or RSA-2048.

The Avast VPN client for desktops and Android devices can automatically pick the best protocol for your connection. It attempts to connect to OpenVPN first, before switching to Mimic in the event that it fails. From my experience, this is not the most efficient way of selecting a protocol. It would be better if the client had the option of choosing one specific protocol you prefer, and let you know how successful it was.

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, since the VPN did not have servers in China when I tried it. Avast collects data about your use of the service, including your full name as well as zip code.

Avast is based in the Czech Republic, which is GDPR-compliant and is not affiliated to any of the Eyes Alliance surveillance groups. They do keep a few identifying connection logs and their no-logs policies does not explicitly exclude this. They accept payment via PayPal and credit cards, but they do collect billing data. They also permit cookies to track your online activity.