Avast’s antivirus software is well known, but the company also offers an excellent VPN. It is a fast and secure choice, however, it is also quite 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 powerful encryption technique, and is widely used by banks. Avast also uses other encryption technologies like ChaCha20 or RSA-2048.
The Avast VPN client on desktops and Android devices can choose automatically the most suitable protocol for your connection. It attempts to connect to OpenVPN first, and then switches to Mimic in case that fails. This is not, in my opinion, the most intelligent way to select the best protocol. It would be more beneficial to give the user the option to choose the protocol that they prefer and inform you how it has worked.
Avast VPN has a lot of servers spread across hundreds of locations across 34+ countries. I’m not certain if the list of servers is regularly updated enough, as the VPN did not have any servers in China when I tried it. There are a few identifiable elements of information that Avast collects about your usage that include your full name and zip code.
Avast’s headquarters are located in the Czech Republic. This country is GDPR-compliant and is not an affiliate of any Eyes Alliance surveillance group. The company keeps connection logs, which can identify users, and the “no-logs” policy does not rule out this. They accept payment through PayPal as well as credit cards. However, they do record billing information. They also allow a couple of cookies to monitor your activities on the internet.