Avast Secureline VPN
vs ExpressVPN

Comparison & Test Results 2018

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Avast Secureline VPN is a reasonably, if oddly-priced, provider. Avast Secureline VPN offers phone support to its customers, which is the first time I’ve seen that from a VPN provider.

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This VPN provider would be a valid choice for users who are looking to keep it simple, and who like to have someone hold their hand over the phone when they have an issue.


ExpressVPN is a reliable VPN provider, offering excellent all-around services, including fast connections speeds, reliable Netflix access and comprehensive global server coverage, as well as top-notch privacy protections and customer support.

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The provider is an attractive option for users looking to protect their online activities from the prying eyes of others.


How to Choose a VPN

This article will provide a head-to-head comparison between Avast Secureline and ExpressVPN. By the end of the article, you’ll have enough information in front of you to make an informed decision as to which provider is the better fit for your unique needs.

I’ll be taking a look at 10 essential features that every VPN buyer should consider. I’ll explain why each feature is critical, tell you how well both providers perform in that category and declare a victor. Finally, at the end of the article, I’ll tally up the score and declare an overall winner.

Connection Speed

An always-connected world means things are flying at you quickly. Never settle for a VPN service that slows your connection speeds any more than is necessary.

I test VPN connection speeds by first testing the speed of my ISP-supplied connection. I then connect to the VPN provider and again test the connection speed. I test the VPN speeds in the same time period for improved measurement consistency. I use a gigabit fiber internet connection, so your speeds will likely be different.

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Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)

The “Local Connection Speed” test is intended to indicate the type of speeds users can expect when using a VPN server located in their own country. (I connect in the U.S.).

Connection Speed Winner (U.S.): ExpressVPN


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95 Mbps

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81.9 Mbps

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International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)

This test is intended to give users a good idea of the performance they can expect when connecting to a VPN server in another country. I use servers in the United Kingdom for this test.

Connection Speed Winner (U.S. to U.K.): ExpressVPN


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85.6 Mbps

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65.7 Mbps

Privacy

If you’re on the internet, you’re being monitored. Hackers are trying to steal your credit card info, and your ISP is tracking your online activities so they can sell that information to the highest bidder. Privacy protection has never been more critical than it is today.

Always consider the following factors when considering a provider’s privacy protections:

  • Are they located in a privacy-friendly country?
  • Do they keep logs of their customers’ online activities?
  • Do they protect your payment information by accepting Bitcoin or merchant gift card balances as payment?

ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands, where the government places no data retention requirements on VPNs. ExpressVPN saves no logs of any kind connected to a user’s online travels.

This provider also accepts Bitcoin as payment for their services.

Avast Secureline VPN is based in the Czech Republic. The provider doesn’t keep any activity logs, but does record a customer’s real IP address, the start and stop times of their VPN session, the IP address assigned to the user for the session, and the amount of data used during the session.

The provider does not offer a privacy-enhancing payment method.

Privacy Winner: ExpressVPN


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Privacy Ranking

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Pricing

Neither provider is a value-pricing leader of the VPN industry.

Avast Secureline’s pricing is a bit complicated, as they charge $5.00 per month (payable at $59.99 annually) for a single Mac or PC, or $6.67 per month (payable at $79.99 annually) to cover up to 5 devices.

If you’d prefer to cover only an Android or iOS device, you can protect it through a separate subscription for $19.99 per year for either platform. There is no monthly payment option.

ExpressVPN charges $12.95 for its month-to-month plan, and the price drops to $8.32 per month when you select the $99.95 annual option. Please note, you’ll receive 3 free months of service added to your annual subscription when you visit the ExpressVPN website via our link.

Pricing Winner:  Avast Secureline VPN

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(Annual Subscription)

Month-to-Month Price

Money-Back Guarantee Period

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$6.67

No Month-to-Month Option

30 Days

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$8.32

$12.95

30 Days

Global Server Coverage

If you’re looking to unblock music, video content or online gaming servers located in another country, global server coverage is a category that will prove to be vital to your VPN needs.

ExpressVPN has 2,000 servers located in 94 countries.

Avast Secureline has servers located in 54 cities in just 34 countries. They don’t list how many servers they have in those locations.

Global Server Coverage Winner: ExpressVPN


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Server Count

Countries

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2,000+

94

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Not listed

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 Multi-Platform Support

If you’re like me, you own multiple connected devices. That makes multi-platform support essential for any VPN provider you consider.

ExpressVPN’s native app support consists of apps for the macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, Amazon Fire TV and BlackBerry platforms. Chrome, Firefox and Safari browser extensions are also available. The provider offers support for many popular routers.

Avast Secureline offers support for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android devices. That’s it.

Multi-Platform Support Winner: ExpressVPN


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# Platforms Supported

Browser Extensions?

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Netflix Access

It seems that everyone has Netflix. However, not all of Netflix’s content is always available, depending on your current location, as available content differs from country to country.

ExpressVPN offers top-notch Netflix access, providing the most reliable access of any provider I’ve tested. The provider’s extensive global server coverage and speed of creating new VPN servers when needed makes ExpressVPN my favorite service to use to access Netflix.

Avast Secureline has exactly one server, located in the United States, that it was designated for streaming, which can be found in the app. It worked fine with Netflix when I tested it. I tried servers in the U.K., France and a few other countries, but was turned away at the Netflix gate each time.

Netflix Access Winner: ExpressVPN


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Netflix Access?

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Customer Support

Both providers offer easy-to-use apps and reliable service. However, chances are better than good that you’ll occasionally require support.

Avast Secureline offers a trouble ticket system, a searchable support library and a user forum. And, in what is a first for any VPN provider I’ve tried, Avast Secureline offers a “Total Care” phone support number (844-340-9251). This is unusual in the VPN industry.

ExpressVPN’s 24/7 support is available in the form of live support chat. The provider also offers a trouble ticket system and an easy-to-use support library.

Customer Support Winner:  Avast Secureline VPN (Phone Support!)


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Customer Support Star Rating

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Encryption

A VPN applies encryption to its users’ internet connection, which acts like a tunnel, keeping users’ activities, and their associated personal and business-related information, safe from prying eyes.

ExpressVPN offers AES-256 encryption, making use of OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols.

Avast Secureline also uses AES-256 encryption and uses OpenSSL libraries on IPSec and OpenVPN with UDP. It lacks some of the protocol options offered by its opponent, such as PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec.

Encryption Winner: ExpressVPN


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Encryption Methods

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AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec

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AES-256 encryption, using IPSec and OpenVPN with UDP

 Simultaneous Connections

Owners of small businesses or the heads of large families will want to look for a provider that allows as many simultaneous connections as possible.

Avast Secureline allows up to 5 connections at once, but only if you pay for the multi-device subscription, as mentioned in the Pricing section.

ExpressVPN limits users to 3 devices at once.

This was a tough call, as while Avast Secureline offers more connections, they’re only for the multiple device subscription, while multiple connections are included in ExpressVPN’s regular subscription.

However, since Avast Secureline’s multiple device subscription option is still cheaper than ExpressVPN’s price, Avast Secureline is the overall winner here.

Simultaneous Connections Winner:  Avast Secureline VPN


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# of Simultaneous Connections Allowed

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Up to 5

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BitTorrent Support

BitTorrent/P2P file sharing is a popular online pastime, particularly among movie and music fans. However, you could face legal or financial penalties for sharing.

ExpressVPN allows its users to share via any of its servers and offers tips designed to improve your P2P experience.

Avast Secureline allows P2P action, but only on some of its servers. Currently, the Avast Secureline app shows 8 servers in 6 countries designated as “P2P” servers.

BitTorrenting Winner: ExpressVPN


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# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access

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94 (All Countries)

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Final Score


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# of Categories Won

Ties

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7

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Winner: ExpressVPN!

It really wasn’t much of a contest, with ExpressVPN pulling away early on and never giving up the lead.

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ExpressVPN was tops when it came to connection speed, privacy, global server coverage, multi-platform support, Netflix access, encryption and BitTorrent support.

Avast Secureline VPN showed some strength in a few categories - such as the pricing, customer support and simultaneous connections categories - but it wasn’t enough to overtake ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN was the overall winner, showing particular strengths in the connection speed, global server coverage and Netflix categories, which was enough to take the crown this time.