Avast SecureLine review

SecureLine is an easy to use VPN, but it's not cheap, and it doesn't offer the best protection

Price
£45
  • Simple app; Good territory range
  • Limited options; Failed DNS leak test; Expensive

Avast's SecureLine is a comparatively simple VPN service, with clients for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, but no browser or router-based configuration. There's a seven-day free trial, after which a one-year, one-computer licence costs 45 (inc VAT), or 15 on mobile platforms.

It's simple to install, and simple to connect either to your nearest server, or specify one of the 27 available locations where you'll appear to be located. The Americas and Europe dominate, with Asia-Pacific choices comprising Hong Kong, Melbourne, Singapore and Tokyo.

Avast primarily sells the service on security scenarios, such as the ability to secure wireless traffic for mobile workers, and also says that it doesn't log traffic although we believe that it does log IP addresses, timestamps and bandwidth. Its website mentions geoblocking benefits, but while our simple iPlayer test worked, Netflix US content didn't.

While Whoer.net reported only minor configuration issues, DNS tests showed that we were still querying our ISP's servers: while the traffic we were exchanging may have been secured, a hacker on the same network or our ISP could generate a record of the sites we were visiting.

With AES256 encryption, SecureLine should be adequate to protect sensitive traffic on public networks, and its range of locations ought to defeat some location blocks. It's rather expensive, however, given its lack of advanced features and protection.

Featured Resources

2021 Thales access management index: Global edition

The challenges of trusted access in a cloud-first world

Free download

Transforming higher education for the digital era

The future is yours

Free download

Building a cloud-native, hybrid-multi cloud infrastructure

Get ready for hybrid-multi cloud databases, AI, and machine learning workloads

Free download

The next biggest shopping destination is the cloud

Know why retail businesses must move to the cloud

Free Download

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
Supply chain breaches impacted 97% of firms in the past year
supply chain management (SCM)

Supply chain breaches impacted 97% of firms in the past year

12 Oct 2021