The Avast VPN app is simple, easy to use and comes with a number of good security features. But, it lacks some essential features, including a kill switch as well as split tunneling. It also doesn’t come with an integrated Ad-blocker. While it’s a great service overall however, there are other alternatives that offer better features for the cost.

Anyone who has used Avast antivirus software will be familiar with the Windows client’s easy to navigate interface. Its design is intuitive and the hamburger menu at the top of the right-hand side leads you to “Settings.” The Windows application will connect automatically, or start a connection manually by clicking the Change Location button. You’ll then see a list of connections categorized by region and function (P2P, streaming).

Avast VPN provides strong security thanks to its 256-bit AES encryption, which stops WebRTC leaks as well as DNS leaks. It also supports the extremely secure OpenVPN protocol, and offers beta support for WireGuard, which lets you connect to areas that might otherwise block VPNs. It’s a great choice for those who have intermittent internet connections.

Avast’s privacy policies are more transparent than the majority of other policies and it doesn’t record your IP address of origin or the websites you visit. However, it does keep track of the amount of information that was uploaded and downloaded during your session.

Avast VPN offers a free 7-day trial, which doesn’t require a credit card. You can choose between the one-, two– or three year subscription for up to five devices. It accepts PayPal, Perfect Money and credit cards but doesn’t offer cryptocurrencies or cash payment.