Avg secure vpn review

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avg secure vpn review

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AVG Secure VPN Review

  • Price
  • Service
  • Apps
  • Speed
  • Policy

Summary

AVG is a huge brand, but unfortunately although their VPN service speeds are fast, much of the rest of the service lets it down.

Pros

  • 7 day free trial
  • Great download speeds
  • Supports torrenting
  • Big name brand

Cons

  • Very poor privacy policy
  • Apps lacking features
  • Registered in the EU
  • Server numbers lacking


AVG is best known for its anti-virus software but has become the latest in a long line of tech companies to dip their toes in the VPN market.

AVG and its parent company Avast have owned Hide My Ass VPN since 2016.

The question is, does AVG Secure VPN live up to its older brother? Or does it perhaps even surpass it?

We have been putting AVG Secure VPN through its paces over the past few weeks and in this review, we will reveal what we found.

Service

Speeds

Download speed

Speed is one of the most crucial features of any VPN service.

With AVG Secure VPN offering a completely free trial, you would expect speeds to be rather poor.

Surprisingly this isn't the case.

As you'll discover later on, there are some major problems with this service, but speed certainly isn't one of them.

We tested their service from a regular UK residential connection, exactly the same as the type you would be using. Our standard speed without using a VPN was: 61.15 Mbps.

We used their Windows client and connected to a selection of their servers. By downloading a test file, we achieved the following speeds:

  • UK – 58.65 Mbps
  • Netherlands – 58.76 Mbps
  • Switzerland – 56.66 Mbps
  • Sweden – 56.61 Mbps
  • France – 58.74 Mbps
  • New York, US – 58.62 Mbps
  • Australia – 57.47 Mbps

The speeds far surpassed many of the competitors in the VPN market and it's one area where AVG Secure VPN certainly excelled.

Logging

References to AVG Secure VPN's logging policies are conspicuous by their absence from the official website, which is always a red flag.

Digging deeper, it quickly becomes apparent why this is.

AVG Secure VPN is owned by AVG, which is itself part of Avast.

AVG Secure VPN does not appear to have a privacy policy of its own, so users have to scour the enormous AVG privacy policy to find out how the VPN handles their data. It quickly becomes clear why AVG might be trying to bury these details.

AVG Secure VPN logs a lot.

The information it retains includes:

  • The subnet of your own IP address (this lets them identify your ISP, but not you personally).
  • The IP Address you connect to.
  • A timestamp of when you connect and disconnect from their service.
  • How much data you transmit while connected to their network.

While they don't keep logs of what you do online or your actual IP Address, this is far too much information for any VPN that wants to be credible on user privacy to retain.

It would be quite easy to identify you using this information.

AVG Secure VPN has faced several accusations of collecting user data since it began operating. None of these have been verified beyond a reasonable doubt, but given the state of their privacy policy, nothing would surprise us.

It's very disappointing but this is one of the most intrusive privacy policies of any premium VPN we have tested.

Even at this early stage in the review, we have no choice but to say that if you want a VPN to protect your privacy, don't choose AVG Secure VPN.

Simultaneous Connections

AVG Secure VPN allows you to connect up to five different devices at the same time. This is more than enough for most users, but is these days the bare minimum you would come to expect.

While 5 simultaneous connections is on a par with many of the best performing VPNs, newer entrants tend to offer far more. Surfshark has gone as far as to offer unlimited connections and it is not alone in this.

Five connections would be fine if AVG Secure VPN was competing with the very best in other areas of its service. But as it still falls short in a number of areas, we are frankly disappointed.

Jurisdiction

AVG Secure VPN is owned by Avast, a company which is headquartered in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic is not part of the 14-Eyes surveillance network, which is a good thing.

However, it is in the EU, which means it is subject to their highly intrusive data retention laws.

It is also a close ally of many 14-Eyes countries and has been known to share intelligence data with them in the past.

This means that, while a Czech based VPN is not the worst in the world for privacy, it is a long way from being the best either.

Customer Service

Premium VPNs have set the bar for customer service pretty high in recent times and to be honest, AVG Secure VPN fails to hit the same heights.

The lack of a live chat support service is really disappointing. This is the preferred support method of most VPN users as it gives fast and reliable responses to any query.

But this is just the start of the problems. There is a support request form that allows users to email in questions. But this form is not easy to find and is a standard form for all AVG services which makes it more complicated than it needs to be.

Responses to this service are distinctly patchy too. Some of our requests got fast and accurate answers, some got vague and unhelpful replies, and some got no reply at all.

The FAQ section on their website is extremely basic and while there is a community forum, the vast majority of content on there is user-generated and there is very little input for the AVG team.

It is not that difficult for a VPN to provide a user-friendly customer support service, but AVG Secure VPNs falls way below the level we would expect.

Server Locations

Server locations

If you are trying to find out about AVG Secure VPN's servers without signing up for their service, good luck with that.

There is no information on their website and their customer support responses tend to tell you to sign up and then click change location to find out. This is pretty poor.

We have signed up and can tell you that AVG Secure VPN has a total of 59 servers located in the following countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada x 2, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany x 2, Hong Kong (erroneously listed as China, Hong Kong), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia x 2, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain x 2, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK x 3, Ukraine, USA x 16.

Their network covers a reasonable number of countries, although it is rather Europe-focused and coverage of Asia, Africa, and South America is minimal.

More concerning is the low total number of servers.

Most premium VPNs offer these users several thousand servers, with hundreds in popular locations like the USA and the UK.

AVG numbers are pretty weak in comparison and this is likely to impact both the speed and reliability of the service customers get.

Does AVG Secure VPN use virtual servers?

AVG Secure VPN does not specify whether it uses virtual servers or not and this is one of the questions we put to their customer support team that didn't get a response.

Given the low number of servers on offer, we would usually assume that they don't use virtual servers. But as AVG Secure VPN also has a large number of locations, it is a possibility.

If we do ever get a reply to our enquiry, we will update this review. For now, it is impossible to give a definitive answer to this question.

Does AVG Secure VPN work in China?

No. AVG Secure VPN does not work in China and when asked, their customer support staff will explain that this is because of Chinese government regulations and policies.

In truth, lots of premium VPNs do still work in China because they put a great deal of effort into getting around the Chinese regimes efforts to block VPNs.

But AVG Secure VPN has no obfuscated servers and no stealth protocols that allow it to work inside China. There is no indication they have ever tried to work in China and no suggestion that they are going to.

The AVG Secure VPN server list does have one server listed as being in China. But this server is actually in Hong Kong, not China, where internet coverage is completely separate and users face none of the restrictions of those inside Communist China.

Does AVG Secure VPN offer Dedicated IP Addresses?

No. AVG Secure VPN customer support has confirmed that they only offer dynamic IP Addresses.

If you're looking for either a static or dedicated IP address, you'll need to look to another service.

Does AVG Secure VPN offer Double-Hop servers?

No. Some premium VPNs like NordVPN do offer double-hop VPN servers that will redirect your traffic through two servers in different locations for heightened anonymity.

AVG Secure VPN does not offer this feature at all.

Security and Safety

Protocols & Encryption

Protocols and encryption

AVG Secure VPN offers different protocols for each of its customised apps.

If you are using AVG Secure VPN's Windows or Android App, you will be using OpenVPN (UDP). This is the default VPN protocol for most premium providers right now and offers the best combination of speed, security, and reliability.

If you are a macOS device user, you will be using the L2TP/IPSec. This is an older VPN protocol but it is still considered pretty secure.

iOS device users will be using the IKEv2/IPSec protocol.

This is a newer protocol explicitly designed for mobile devices that regularly switch between Wi-Fi and 4G connections. It is the default for most premium VPN's iOS apps.

Generally speaking, these protocols are satisfactory, but what is really lacking from AVG Secure VPN is user choice.

While most VPNs default to these protocols, the majority will also offer users the opportunity to switch to a different protocol if they wish to. But AVG Secure has hard-baked these protocols into their apps and users cannot change the protocol they are using. That is a pity.

On a more positive note, AVG Secure VPNs encryption does use 256-bit AES where available which is the industry standard and generally thought of as being unbreakable.

DNS Leak Testing

In our tests of AVG Secure VPN, we didn't find any DNS leaks. This is encouraging because a DNS leak would potentially allow your ISP to see the websites you are visiting and so compromise your online privacy.

We also tested AVG Secure VPN for IP and WebRTC leaks and found no problems with these either.

AVG DNS leak test results

It is probably worth noting that AVG Secure VPN recommends that its users disable WebRTC from within your browser settings. This is because it doesn't currently offer a feature to disable WebRTC within its apps as a lot of premium VPNs do.

Have there been any AVG Security breaches?

AVG itself has suffered a number of security lapses over the years. These have resulted in some of its security apps being compromised and user data being exposed.

This personal data breach in 2015, vulnerabilities discovered in 2019 and more recently customer data sale reported in 2020.

There are lots of online rumours about AVG Secure VPN compromising user privacy and handing over data to third parties. This is conceivable given the jurisdiction under which AVG Secure VPN operates and its weak privacy policy.

We haven't been able to confirm any of these online rumours beyond a reasonable doubt so we cannot say categorically that AVG Secure VPN has compromised user safety.

But we are mindful of the old adage that ‘there is no smoke without fire' and we certainly wouldn't be surprised if some of the rumours were true based on our testing and analysis of AVG Security's privacy policies.

Is AVG Secure VPN safe for torrenting?

AVG Secure VPN does permit torrenting and P2P file-sharing on its site and has even created a number of servers that have been optimised for precisely this purpose.

These servers are located in:

  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • UK – London
  • USA – Miami
  • USA – New York
  • USA – Seattle

All of these servers are clearly marked as P2P optimised servers on the AVG Secure VPN server list on their apps.

The presence of optimised servers is welcome and with decent speeds, it could make torrenting useful.

Fans of torrenting and P2P file-sharing also place a premium on privacy and should, therefore, be aware of AVG Secure VPN's logging policies and weak privacy protections.

AVG Secure VPN certainly doesn't stop you from torrenting on their service. But we would advise caution. There are much better VPNs out there if you want to keep your torrenting secure and private.

Apps

Apps

AVG Secure VPN offers dedicated apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.

Android and Apple Apps

The AVG Secure Android or iOS app will download automatically from the AVG website when you sign up for their service or click on the option for a 7-day free trial.

It opens easily enough and when you log-in with the username and password you signed up with, the app opens up onto a clean and simple homepage.

The design of the Android and iOS apps is pretty much identical. The only real difference we could ascertain was the VPN protocol used by each app.

The app has a black/grey design and when you first open the app it will say in big letters at the top, ‘Your Online Privacy is not protected’.

Underneath this is a switch marked off. This will flash green occasionally and there is an arrow pointing to it with the message ‘Turn on your VPN to encrypt what you do online.’

When you click on the button, AVG Secure VPN will connect to your best location. This will be displayed underneath and listed as your Optimal Location.

The message with the arrow will then change to read ‘Congrats. Everything you do online is now encrypted.’

AVG Secure Android app

AVG Android VPN app.

Underneath the name of the server you are connected to is a link to change location. If you click on this, it will bring up the list of servers. These detail the country and city the server is located in and indicates whether the server is optimised for P2P or streaming.

You can also search these servers by region and if you want to connect to a specific server, you just need a single click on the name to do this.

As far as simple, user-friendly VPN apps go, AVG Secure VPN impresses. But what we have described is literally the extent of the features available and for some users, the absence of any more options might be a worry.

Desktop apps

The design of the desktop apps for Windows or macOS devices is broadly the same, although the visuals are tailored for a wider display.

You will find the same basic design and layout on the homepage and the process to change servers works in the same way.

AVG Secure Mac app

AVG Secure Mac app.

Underneath the details of your server location, you will find two further links. The first is listed as ‘Acceptable use policy'. This will open up a webpage detailing AVG's acceptable use policy for all its apps.

This policy is dated 2018, which is rather old and is a summary of things you aren't allowed to do on their apps, including hacking and any other illegal activities.

It is slightly odd that this is given such prominence on their app as there is no requirement for users to confirm they agree with the policy and most will probably never even look at the policy.

The other link says, ‘How does your VPN work?’.

This sounds really useful but actually just opens up a three-image flow chart which explains what a VPN does in extremely basic terms. On this page, there is a link which says ‘Set your Location' but this only takes you back to the homepage.

AVG secure server list

AVG secure server list.

We are not entirely sure what the purpose of these two links is. We could find no use for them and feel that the app would be much better adding things like the kill switch feature, a function to change protocol, or anything a bit more useful than this.

The only other feature on the desktop apps is a button that says ‘logged in' which is situated at the top right-hand corner of the app. Click on this and you get the option to log out and nothing else.

Like the AVG Secure VPN mobile apps, the desktop apps are simple, well designed, and user-friendly which is great.

They do the basics well, but the links at the bottom are a waste of time and effort and the lack of any other features is definitely a draw-back.

Other AVG Secure VPN apps

There are no other AVG Secure VPN apps available. It does not offer apps for Linux or Amazon Fire TV devices or any other operating systems.

The absence of apps for these devices is not that unusual, but normally a VPN would provide detailed manual workarounds to allow users of these devices to use their service.

For some reason, AVG Secure VPN has no such workarounds on its websites and our enquiries about these or whether more apps were under development received no response from their customer support team.

This leads us to the inevitable conclusion that AVG Secure VPN has no plans to introduce either new apps or manual workarounds for users of any other devices or operating system. So, if you want to use their VPN on these devices, you are out of luck.

Does AVG Secure VPN have any browser extensions?

No. As well as limited apps, there are also no browser extensions available for either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, or Opera.

If you want a VPN that you can use in your browsers or any others, you will need to choose a different one.

Does APG Secure VPN support VPN routers?

Again, sadly the answer is no.

Setting up a VPN on a Wi-Fi router is a great way to protect all of the devices in your home but it often does require a manual set-up. Unless of course, you go with a dedicated VPN router like an Invizbox 2, for example.

Unfortunately, AVG Secure VPN offers no such manual setups for any router or any other device. This means you will need to be technically competent to set it up.

Do the AVG Secure VPN apps have any other features?

No. They are simple and basic apps that look pretty smart and are easy to use.

But the functions and features they offer are minimal and there is nothing for more experienced VPN users to play around with.

How do the apps compare?

As basic, user-friendly apps, the AVG Secure VPN apps perform fine.

But these days, most premium VPNs have relatively simple apps that let those users who want to connect to their chosen server and then get on with other things.

These apps also manage to incorporate various other features that you can use or not as you see fit.

The absence of anything like this from the AVG Secure VPN apps means that while they are fine for beginners, most other users will feel there is something missing.

Streaming

Streaming

We have already discussed AVG Secure VPNs optimised servers for P2P downloads but there are also a number of optimised servers for streaming too. These are located in:

  • Germany
  • UK – Wonderland
  • USA – Gotham City
  • USA – New York
  • USA – Miami

You have probably noticed a couple of fictitious locations in that list.

These servers have been added to help AVG Secure VPN users access specific streaming services and, as you will see below, they can have the desired effect.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with Netflix?

AVG Secure VPN used to have a very patchy ability to unblock Netflix. But the introduction of its two new fictitious server locations has improved their performance.

If you want to unblock US Netflix using AVG Secure VPN, you can do so using their Gotham City server.

In our tests, it worked most of the times and while speeds were not always super-impressive, we generally managed to stream the content we wanted.

The UK-based Wonderland server should also be able to unblock UK Netflix too. We found its performance a little patchier but it still did the job more often than not.

If you want to unblock Netflix from other countries, AVG Secure VPN is not the VPN for you.

We tested other catalogues at random on their other servers and found that, while we got lucky once or twice, generally speaking, all other Netflix servers were blocked.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with BBC iPlayer?

The UK-based Wonderland server appears to have been set up with the BBC iPlayer in mind more than UK Netflix.

It performed very well with the BBC iPlayer and we had no trouble unblocking and watching content on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere.

Again, speeds were sometimes a problem but accessing the iPlayer itself was never an issue.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with Disney+?

Again, we found AVG Secure VPNs ability to unblock Disney+ hit and miss. The Gotham City and Wonderland servers are the ones to try and we did have success at times.

But we certainly wouldn't recommend that you rely on AVG Secure VPN to access Disney+.

If that is what you want from your VPN, there are much better and more reliable VPNs on the market that you can use.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with Amazon Prime?

No. We were unable to unblock Amazon Prime with any of the AVG Secure VPN servers.

Their customer support has seemingly confirmed this by telling users that Amazon Prime is one of those streaming services that block VPNs and the issue lies with them.

Netflix and BBC iPlayer also take steps to try and block VPN users but AVG Secure VPN manages to access them.

Their inability to unblock Amazon Prime is far more as a result of them not making an effort to do so than it not being possible.

Can AVG Secure VPN unblock other streaming services?

The optimized streaming servers on AVG Secure VPN are only based in the UK, the USA, and Germany.

If you want to unblock other streaming services in these countries, it is possible.

However, in our tests, the performance was mixed and there are other VPNs that are far more consistent and reliable at unblocking streaming services.

If you want to unblock streaming services from other countries, and AVG Secure VPN has a server in that country, it might be possible. But if that streaming service makes any effort to block VPNs, it is unlikely AVG Secure VPN will work.

Price and Plans

Prices and Plans

AVG Secure VPN offers three simple packages for users to choose from. The minimum sign-up period is one year, which is a bit unusual.

More common is the lower prices that are on offer if you sign up for longer.

Their current packages are:

  • 1 Year – £3.99 a month
  • 2 Years – £2.99 a month
  • 3 years – £2.99 a month

There is a 30-day money-back guarantee available to all users. This means that you can get a full refund within 30-days of signing up for AVG Secure VPN if you are not completely satisfied with their service.

AVG Secure VPN also offers a 7-day free trial.

AVG Secure prices

This is available with all of its apps and while you need to provide contact details, there is no requirement to enter any credit card details. This is a huge advantage.

Free trials are a rare thing with any VPN these days and we highly recommend taking advantage of it before committing any money to their service.

You can pay for AVG Secure VPN using Visa, Mastercard or American Express Credit Cards.

PayPal payments are also accepted but sadly, there are no online payment options available.

Privacy-conscious users will already be wary of AVG Secure VPN and the absence of a Bitcoin payment option is likely to put them off more.

How does the price compare?

AVG Secure VPN's prices are fairly low but we would have expected a much bigger discount for the 3-year plan.

The price on offer gives no incentive to sign up for more than two years and we wouldn't advise any readers to do so.

If the price is the decisive factor in a VPN, then AVG will be an attractive proposition. But the truth is that for similar money you can get a far better VPN that offers better security, privacy and speeds.

Verdict

Verdict

AVG Secure VPN is really something of a disappointment.

While we quite liked its user-friendly and simple apps, its ability to unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer, and low prices are always an attraction, it really doesn't have much else going for it.

Its privacy protections are extremely poor. AVG Secure VPN logs far more data than any premium VPN should and this alone is a reason most people should choose a different provider.

While security levels and encryption are fine, the lack of any flexibility over protocols is a let-down.

The server network is sparse and while server locations are adequate, the lack of numbers really impacts the service they can offer.

Speeds are reasonable but the lack of any obvious features or benefits to entice you away from more established VPNs is glaring.

AVG is a big name in the anti-virus sector and is clearly hoping that will translate into the VPN market too.

But their VPN is way below the standard we would expect and our advice to all readers, no matter what your priority, is that there are far better VPNs out there than this, so don't waste your money.

We recommend considering ExpressVPN or CyberGhost VPN. If you have even more time, then take a look through our list of the 21 best services available right now.

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AVG Secure VPN Review: Is It As Secure As Its Name?

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AVG Secure may be a name that sounds familiar. Not the VPN itself but the first name that pops up - AVG. That is right; one of the most well-known names in the antivirus market has extended its reach towards privacy in the online world.

Although it’s the antivirus solution that immediately comes to mind when you hear “AVG,” the VPN promises to be an equally good deal.

The service comes with some useful features, but does it live up to AVG’s good reputation? Is it as secure as its name?

In this review, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about AVG Secure VPN and let you know whether it’s worth your time and money.

We should begin now!

Table of contents

What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG (including AVG Secure VPN) was bought by Avast Software SRO in July 2016. Avast has its own VPN services, including Avast SecureLine VPN and HideMyAss!

AVG Secure VPN is an app that allows you to connect to the Internet through secure VPN servers with the help of an encrypted tunnel. It can be used anytime you want to connect to the Internet with additional security and privacy and are specifically recommended once you’re connected to an unsecured wireless network.

What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG Secure VPN uses a similar backend infrastructure as Avast SecureLine VPN but has its unique client, features, and pricing plans. Its desktop client can be integrated with AVG’s other products if you use them. You can download AVG Secure VPN directly from the AVG website.

AVG Secure VPN usability

Supported devices

Like most VPN providers, AVG Secure VPN can be used across various devices. The paid version allows users to protect up to five devices at the same time, while the app can be used on devices supporting Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, iOS, and Android.

When it comes to those on the Windows operating systems, it’s officially available for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later. However, anyone using older versions like Windows Vista or Windows XP, can also use the app, because AVG offers the option to download older setup files.

For macOS, AVG Secure VPN can be installed on devices running Apple macOS 10.10.x Yosemite or newer. The app equivalent is available on mobile devices that function with Android 4.0 or later and iOS 9.0 or later. To simplify the user’s experience, the program works the same way on all platforms and even its design.

Unfortunately, AVG Secure VPN doesn’t provide any manual workarounds for other devices and platforms, such as Linux. Also, it’s incompatible with game consoles and streaming devices, as it cannot be installed on your router and it doesn’t have any custom VPN apps outside of the four listed above.

The same situation happens with browser extensions. Therefore, if you want to use a VPN for Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera, you’ll need to find elsewhere.

Apps

You can find the downloads for the four main devices on the homepage of AVG’s official website. Its desktop apps are simple to download and install. There are also basic setup guides within the FAQ page if you need extra help.

The custom apps are very user-friendly and well-laid-out, but far too basic. You’ll only see striped black on the main screen, and it only displays the user’s server location and a toggle switch that turns green when you have connected to a server. You can call us picky, but we’d like to see other features like the current IP address and connection speed.

You can choose the “Change Location” button to access the VPN server list. The app will open up a new window, which is a neat way of showing users all available servers. However, there is no way of saving your favorite servers to access them at a later date easily.

The “Optimal Location” is available for anyone that wants to connect to the fastest server, which is likely the one closest to your physical location.

AVG Secure VPN performance

Servers and locations

AVG Secure VPN’s server network is not very big, covering just 36 countries.

Unfortunately, AVG doesn’t list its server network on the website, making it uneasy to check whether or not the country you need is available before you buy.

Thankfully, its servers cover the most popular locations, such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and many Western European countries. There’re also three in South and Central America, eight countries available in the Asia Pacific, two in the Middle East, and one in Africa (South Africa).

AVG Secure VPN’s servers and locations

AVG Secure VPN enables users to drill down to city level in six countries:

  • Canada (2)
  • Russia (2)
  • Germany (2)
  • Spain (2)
  • UK (2)
  • US (15)

City-level server choice is excellent for optimizing speeds and for accessing geo-specific content. The company’s selection of 15 cities in the US alone is impressive for a server network of this size.

AVG Secure VPN doesn’t reveal how many individual servers (or IP addresses) it provides, nor does it specify whether they are physical or virtual servers.

Speed

While AVG Secure is by no means the fastest VPN service in the world, you should expect decent download speeds. You won’t find any problems streaming HD content and downloading files with AVG Secure VPN.

However, keep in mind that your actual performance metrics will depend heavily on your own internet connection, your physical location, and the physical VPN server that you connect to.

We believe that AVG Secure will impress you with the speed that some of its Europe-based VPN servers offer. Again, AVG Secure may not be the fastest service in the world at the moment, but it can completely hang in there with top-level VPN competitors.

Streaming

In the past, AVG Secure VPN didn’t work reliably with Netflix. In reality, one customer support agent wrote on the Support Community forum, “This is an issue on the provider’s side and we can’t influence it.”

However, the team at AVG Secure has improved its Netflix accessibility a lot. You can now stream shows in a split second and with a small amount of buffering (if connected to a nearby server).

Other streaming services, like BBC iPlayer, HULU, or Disney+ also work adequately for the most part. However, you can’t use it to access Amazon prime Video in the US at all.

AVG Secure VPN security

  • Protocols: OpenVPN (TCP/ UDP), IKEv2/ IPSec, and L2TP/ IPSec
  • Encryption: AES-256
  • Security: Kill switch
  • Advanced features: No

AVG Secure VPN uses different protocols for each of its custom apps:

  • Windows and Android - OpenVPN, our preferred protocol for its balance between speed and privacy.
  • iOS - IKEv2/ IPSec, a new VPN protocol that is secure, fast, and capable of efficiently handling network changes.
  • macOS - L2TP/ IPSec, an older VPN protocol but still considered safe.

You cannot toggle between VPN protocols as they’re baked into the AVG Secure VPN apps.

AVG Secure VPN uses strong AES-256-bit encryption, which is widely considered unbreakable. However, there are no advanced security features (such as split tunneling or multi-hop), but its recent addition of a VPN kill switch for Windows and macOS is very welcome. If the VPN connection drops, the kill switch feature protects your data and information by blocking internet traffic and keeping your true IP address hidden.

AVG Secure VPN privacy and policies

AVG Secure VPN privacy and policies

Jurisdiction

AVG Secure is located in the Czech Republic, which is known for having no mandatory data retention laws. That means AVG Secure VPN is not legally obligated to store any user data for any length of time.

The Czech Republic is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which gives citizens greater control over how companies use their personal data, including name, location, email address, and IP address.

The Czech Republic isn’t a part of any surveillance alliances like 5-Eyes or 14-Eyes. However, it is included on the list of nations that are involved in “engaged cooperation” on computer network exploitation with 5-Eyes. Although we should emphasize that this involvement’s degree is unknown, this point may be a dealbreaker for most security-conscious users.

Logging policy

AVG’s Privacy Policy is quite long, but there’s a section dedicated to the VPN service, which clearly shows you what AVG Secure VPN logs.

The company states that it doesn’t monitor: activity logs (the apps/ websites/ services you use when connected), your full originating IP address, and DNS queries while connected.

Nevertheless, be aware that AVG Secure VPN will collect:

  • The individual VPN server’s IP address used by you
  • A timestamp when you connect and disconnect from the VPN
  • The total amount of data transmitted during your session
  • Your originating IP address’ subnet (a part of your IP address and can be used to identify your Internet Service Provider, not you personally)

All of these pieces of information are stored on the AVG’s servers for up to 30 days, or even longer in case they suspect you of breaching the Acceptable Use Policy.

Torrent policy

AVG Secure VPN allows torrenting and has some servers optimized for P2P use. They’re marked with a “P2P” in the server list and located in:

  • The UK
  • The US (New York, Miami, and Seattle)
  • The Netherlands
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany

The small number of P2P servers may be a potential issue if they become too crowded during peak hours, leading to lower speeds and stability problems. Therefore, if you’re a heavy torrenter, you may want to find a more torrent-oriented VPN.

AVG Secure VPN customer support

It’s true that AVG Secure provides 24/7 support for its customers.

However, this doesn’t tell the whole story.

There’s no live chat option, so if you want real-time help, you’ll need to reach support via phone, which is for paying customers only. This makes it challenging to get answers before you actually purchase the VPN service.

The online knowledge base and ticket system can give you the information you are looking for, but there are no alternatives to the quick replies live chat often offers. If you were thinking of asking more technical questions and paying for the pleasure, remember that one-time calls cost as much as one year of AVG Secure VPN.

In short, AVG Secure doesn’t make it easy (or cheap) for users to contact them.

AVG Secure VPN pricing plans

AVG Secure VPN offers different pricing plans to make your choice easier, though there’s sadly no option to pay for a single month. You can choose from a one-year plan through a three-plan subscription, and they all include the same features.

  • One-year plan: $4.99/ month (billed $59.88 every 12 months)
  • 2-year plan: $3.99/ month (billed $95.76 every 2 years)
  • 3-year plan: $3.99/ month (billed $143.64 every 3 years)
AVG Secure VPN pricing plans

It is possible to purchase AVG Secure VPN using a debit/ credit card or PayPal only. There is no option to pay with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin for greater levels of privacy, nor international options like AliPay or WordPay. This limitation puts the company well behind its competitors in terms of variety of payment methods

AVG Secure VPN is not free, but you can try out the software for seven days without paying a cent. No personal information, including your credit card, is required to participate.

AVG Secure VPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee but it comes with some restrictions. You’re only eligible for a refund if you use less than 10GB of data and you haven’t connected to the VPN service more than 100 times in total.

Pros and cons of using AVG Secure VPN

Pros:

  • User-friendly VPN apps for common platforms
  • Optimized VPN servers for torrenting
  • Unblocks Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  • Robust encryption
  • 7-day free trial
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • A limited server network (36 countries)
  • Limited customer services
  • Questionable logging policy
  • No cryptocurrency payment methods

Alternatives to AVG Secure VPN

Avast SecureLine VPN

Although Avast and AVG merged in 2016, they still offer products under each different name, and their VPN offerings are significantly different.

So, what makes Avast SecureLine VPN an excellent alternative to AVG Secure VPN?

  • Avast SecureLine VPN covers 55 cities in 34 countries
  • It provides unlimited bandwidth and server switching
  • Its speed is consistent
  • Its encryption is strong (AES-256)
  • It supports P2P

NordVPN

Since its inception in 2012, NordVPN has developed and become one of the most well-known security service providers, which has been trusted by more than 14 million internet users worldwide.

What makes NordVPN unique?

  • NordVPN covers an extensive range of servers and locations (with 5,400 servers in 59 countries)
  • It allows up to six simultaneous connections
  • Its performance is premium with fast speeds and available streaming content
  • Its privacy and security features are robust (with advanced features)
  • Its no-logging policy is verified
  • It provides excellent customer support

ExpressVPN

If you’re looking for a VPN service with outstanding features, ExpressVPN is there for you.

What makes ExpressVPN unique?

  • ExpressVPN is based in a privacy-friendly jurisdiction (British Virgin Islands)
  • It has a massive collection of servers on nearly all continents (3,000 servers in 94 countries)
  • It offers the highest level of encryption and advanced security features
  • It’s fully compatible with most of the devices
  • It’s more efficient in unblocking streaming sites
  • It provides 24/7 live chat support

The bottom line

AVG Secure VPN isn’t a bad VPN service, but we wouldn’t want to call it anything above “okay.”

It may work with streaming content and torrenting, but with a questionable privacy policy, limited server network, limited customer support, and payment methods, there are far better VPN services available for the same price or less.

If there is something you want to know more about AVG SecureVPN, please let us know! And don’t forget to regularly update our blog to receive the latest information about VPNs out there.

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AVG Secure VPN

Connect to a virtual private network to secure your privacy while navigating online by changing your IP address and your location

The majority, if not all the websites you visit bundle tracking components that log your online activity for various purposes. A virtual private network is the go-to type of application to protect your online identity and privacy.

A virtual private network can hide your real IP address by rerouting your Internet traffic. Additionally, it encrypts all the transmitted data to make sure it is not intercepted without your consent.

Provided by the well-known AVG security company, AVG Secure VPN promises to ensure military-grade encryption for the entire data traffic, even when connected to public and insecure public wireless networks.

An easy-to-use VPN app with a small number of settings

Using AVG Secure VPN is extremely intuitive, as expected. The application displays a design that might be familiar if you are using other AVG products. The main interface reveals the security status of your computer (protected or unprotected) and the currently detected location.

There are various locations you can choose from, as AVG Secure VPN comes with support for VPN servers from all around the world, on all continents.

The few settings that AVG Secure VPN has enable you to configure the application's behavior. As such, you can instruct it to automatically go private when the PC is connected to a Wi-Fi network with no password protection. Additionally, the application can show or hide notifications, and start with Windows.

A reliable AVG-signed VPN desktop client

The benefits of using a VPN application are obvious: the data traffic is encrypted, the Internet connection is private and, what's more, location-based restrictions imposed on some websites can be bypassed. In other words, you get uncensored and secure Internet access. However, please keep in mind that it is important to use AVG Secure VPN together with a reliable security solution to make sure threats don't reach your PC.

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Create VPNHide IP addressChange locationVPNIP addressLocationHide

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AVG Secure VPN Review

Our verdict

AVG Secure VPN is a decent alternative to unblock streaming sites and protect your data on public WiFi networks. Regardless, the VPN records the timestamps of the connection and the amount of data used during a network session. For this reason, we do not suggest it as a private VPN.

Looking for a secure VPN that works to protect your privacy? We suggest ExpressVPN.
AVG is one of the largest antivirus brands in the world, but how good is their VPN service?

AVG Secure VPN doesn't make big claims about being the best or the fastest VPN, but it does promise to protect your WiFi with "military grade encryption" and allow private browsing anywhere.

Our experts have thoroughly tested AVG Secure VPN to see if those claims are true. This review will answer these questions:

  • Does AVG Secure VPN work with Netflix?
  • Is AVG Secure VPN fast?
  • How secure is AVG Secure VPN?
  • Does AVG Secure VPN allow torrenting?
  • Is it important to pay for AVG Secure VPN?

Advantages and disadvantages of AVG Secure VPN

Pros

  1. Decent speeds
  2. Unblock US Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  3. VPN kill switch and no IP, DNS or WebRTC leaks
  4. VPN servers optimized for torrenting
  5. Easy-to-use VPN apps for popular platforms

Cons

  1. Keeps VPN connection logs, including timestamps
  2. Very small server network (36 countries)
  3. No configurable options
  4. Doesn't work in China
  5. Terrible customer support

Key Summary AVG Secure VPN

DeadlineUnlimited
Speed76 Mbps
Registration PolicyIntrusive log
Data leaksNo
JurisdictionCzech Republic (EU member)
ServersNot disclosed
IP addressesNot disclosed
Countries36
US NetflixAnd it is
TorrentingRestricted
Works in ChinaNo
SupportEmail & Online Resources Only
Cheapest Price$3.99 / mo over 24 Months
Official WebsiteAvg.com

Who is AVG Secure VPN?

About AVG

AVG (including AVG Secure VPN) was acquired by Avast Software sro in July 2016.

Avast operates its own Avast SecureLine VPN, which we recently reviewed, and it also owns HideMyAss! (see our latest review).

Avast is based in the Czech Republic, raising a red flag for privacy. It makes the company subject to intrusive EU data retention laws and intelligence sharing agreements with other countries.

AVG's jurisdiction is a hindrance due to its detailed logging policy, which means that it keeps the details of the VPN connection of each of its users for a minimum of 30 days.

In its Privacy Policy, AVG even states that it will disclose your personal data to "unrelated third parties" in a few different circumstances, the main ones being:

  • To satisfy a legitimate government request or order
  • In compliance with a legal requirement of a court of law or public interest
  • In response to a subpoena from a third party

This is not something you want to hear from your VPN provider, even if AVG Secure VPN does not record your true IP address in its entirety. This attitude towards customer data and consumer privacy is not good.

Registration Policy

The AVG Privacy Policy is extremely long, but there is a section dedicated to the VPN service, which clearly shows you what AVG Secure VPN records.

The information it collects includes:

  • The subnet of your source IP address (this is only a part of your IP address and can be used to identify your ISP, but not you personally)
  • The IP address of the individual VPN server used by you.
  • A timestamp when you connect and disconnect from the VPN
  • The total amount of data transmitted during your session.

It consists of an unnecessary amount of data to compile for troubleshooting purposes, and all of this is stored on AVG's servers for up to 30 days, or even longer if they suspect you are in breach of the Acceptable Use Policy.

At least AVG clearly defines that do not supervises:

  • Your full source IP address
  • DNS queries while connected
  • Activity logs - the apps / services / websites you use when connected

Regardless, this is one of the most intrusive registry policies we've seen and should put off users who want the highest levels of privacy.

Pretty fast speeds, as long as you're close to a VPN server

Speed and reliability

AVG Secure VPN isn't even close to being as fast as our fastest VPNs, but the speeds are adequate for casual users.

If you are close to one of the 36 AVG Secure VPN server locations, the speeds will be fast enough for general browsing and Full HD streaming on one or two devices at the same time, with a percentage drop in download speed of around 20-30%.

Just be sure to test a couple of nearby servers to see which one gives you the fastest speeds. As an example, we tested from the UK, but found the server in the Netherlands (76 Mbps) to be slightly faster than the one located in our own country (67 Mbps).

Local speed test results

Before using AVG Secure VPN :

  1. Download Mbps

    94.98

  2. Rise Mbps

    97.58

  3. Ping ms

    4

When connected to AVG Secure VPN :

  1. Download Mbps

    76.43

  2. Rise Mbps

    54.43

  3. Ping ms

    14

Download speed without AVG Secure VPN: 95 Mbps
Download speed with AVG Secure VPN: 76 Mbps
Our download speed loss when AVG Secure VPN is running: 20%

AVG Secure VPN download speeds are significantly reduced over longer distances - a reduction from 55% for the US.

Take a look at the results of our speed tests connecting from the UK to various AVG Secure VPN servers:

  • United Kingdom: 67 Mbps (download) and 40 Mbps (load)
  • USA: 43 Mbps (download) and 13 Mbps (load)
  • Singapore: 23 Mbps (download) and 4 Mbps (load)
  • Australia: 27 Mbps (download) and 4 Mbps (load)

AVG Secure VPN upload speeds aren't fast at all, so it's not a great option for torrent users - check out our top torrent / P2P recommendations here.

AVG Secure VPN ping times are acceptable, but gamers can do better with other VPN services.

To learn more about how we test VPN speeds, see our How We Test VPN page.

Very small VPN server network covering 36 countries

Server locations

Undisclosed number of IP addresses

The AVG Secure VPN server network is not very large and covers only 36 countries.

Unfortunately, the AVG web portal does not include your server network, which makes it difficult to check if the country you require is available before purchasing.

Luckily, the AVG Secure VPN servers cover the most popular locations such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and many Western European countries.

In addition there are eight countries available in Asia Pacific, three in South and Central America, two in the Middle East and one in Africa (South Africa).

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AVG Secure VPN enables users to drill down to the city level in six countries:

  • Canada (2)
  • Germany (2)
  • Russia (2)
  • Spain (2)
  • United Kingdom (2)
  • United States (15)

Choosing the server at the city level is great for getting the most out of speeds and for accessing geo-specific content. AVG Secure VPN's selection of 15 cities in the US alone is impressive for a server network of this size.

AVG does not disclose how many individual VPN servers (or IP addresses) it provides, nor does it specify whether they are virtual or physical servers.

If you require a larger selection of VPN servers, Hotspot Shield serves more than 80 countries.

Unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer with Streaming Optimized Servers

Streaming and torrents

AVG Secure VPN reliably unblocks Netflix and BBC iPlayer with stream-optimized servers.

In the past, AVG Secure did not work reliably with Netflix; actually, a customer service agent wrote on the Support Community forum saying, "This is an obstacle on the vendor side and we cannot influence it."

Regardless, our recent tests show that AVG Secure VPN has since improved its accessibility to Netflix, and we can now stream shows instantly and with little buffering. Make sure to use the 'Gotham City' server.

The 'Wonderland' VPN server, which is located in the UK, additionally works to effectively unblock BBC iPlayer, a rarity and a real bonus.

The following AVG Secure VPN servers worked to unblock Netflix US:

The following AVG Secure VPN servers worked to unblock BBC iPlayer:

Torrents

AVG Secure VPN makes torrenting possible and has several servers optimized for P2P use. They are marked with a 'P2P' in the list of servers and are found in:

  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • The United Kingdom
  • United States (Miami, New York and Seattle)

Despite that, we do not suggest AVG Secure VPN for torrenting due to its logging policy (stores connection data) and slow upload speeds.

There are much more reliable VPNs if your priority is to download torrents, like NordVPN and IPVanish.

It won't work in China

Censorship

Do not try to use AVG Secure VPN in China, UAE, Turkey, or any other high-censorship country; most likely it won't work.

AVG Secure VPN applications do not come with obfuscation tools or stealth protocols, making OpenVPN, the only included VPN protocol, extremely easy for censors to detect and block.

Support agents from Avast (AVG's parent company) externally admit that the VPN will not work in China "due to Chinese government policies and regulations."

Although the Chinese government blocks many VPN services, there are still some VPNs that can bypass the Great Firewall, allowing you to access a free, uncensored Internet.

We have found that ExpressVPN, Astrill, and VyprVPN perform best in censored countries like China.

Only compatible with the most popular platforms

Platforms and devices

Applications

AVG Secure VPN provides custom VPN applications for four popular platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Apple macOS
  • ios
  • Android

Unfortunately, AVG Secure VPN does not offer manual solutions for other devices and platforms, such as Linux.

You can use AVG Secure VPN on up to five devices simultaneously.

Game consoles and streaming devices

AVG Secure VPN is incompatible with game consoles and streaming devices as it cannot be installed on your router and you do not have any custom VPN applications outside of the four previously listed.

You will need to use another VPN service if you want to use a VPN for Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, Xbox or Playstation, Chromecast, and more.

Browser extensions

AVG Secure VPN does not have VPN browser extensions, so you will need to use a different VPN for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Opera.

Basic security tools and strong encryption

Encryption and security

Protocols

IKEv2 / IPSec

L2TP / IPSec

OpenVPN (TCP / UDP)

Encryption

AES-256

Security

VPN kill switch

Advanced features

AVG Secure VPN is a decent VPN alternative for protecting your data on public WiFi networks, but we cannot recommend it to anyone with strict privacy needs due to its logging policy.

AVG Secure VPN uses different VPN protocols for each of its custom applications:

  • Windows and Android: OpenVPN (UDP), our preferred protocol for its balance between privacy and performance.
  • MacOS: L2TP / IPSec, an older protocol but still considered secure.
  • iOS: IKEv2 / IPSec, a fairly new VPN protocol that is secure, very fast, and capable of handling network changes efficiently.

You cannot switch between VPN protocols as they are enabled by default in applications.

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The encryption of AVG Secure VPN is done via strong AES-256 encryption, which is generally regarded as unbreakable.

There are no advanced security features (like split tunnel or multi-hop), but AVG's recent addition of a VPN kill switch for Windows and MacOS is very welcome.

The kill switch feature protects your data if the VPN connection goes down by blocking internet traffic and keeping your true IP address hidden.

We did not experience any DNS, IP or WebRTC leaks during our tests, but AVG Secure VPN recommends disabling WebRTC from your browser settings, as it does not currently offer a feature to disable WebRTC in the application.

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AVG Secure VPN leak test results on browserleaks.com connected to a US server. We tried from the UK.

Simple custom VPN apps with easy setup

How to install and configure AVG Secure VPN

  • You can find the VPN downloads for the four main devices on the AVG web portal home page.

  • Before the progress of the VPN installation begins, you must choose the selected language.

  • You must also accept the license agreement.

  • To use the VPN app, you will be asked to restart your device, which is annoying.

  • When you start the VPN application for the first time, you will be asked to enter your email and password.

  • The main VPN screen does not display a large amount of information other than the location of the selected VPN server and an on / off switch.

  • It's easy to tell when you're connected to the VPN, since the on / off switch glows green.

  • We like that the list of servers is separated into useful tabs, with specific tabs for streaming and downloading torrents.

  • The list of settings is very limited and lacks any kind of advanced features. Regardless, you can enable the VPN kill switch here.

 

AVG VPN desktop apps are easy to download and install. There are basic setup guides in the Frequently Asked Questions AVG Secure VPN if you require additional help.

Custom apps are well designed and easy to use, but too basic. AVG VPN software truly fails when it consists of configurable settings: except for the newly added VPN kill switch, there are none.

There are specific tabs for servers optimized for streaming or torrenting, but there is no way to save your favorite servers for easy access at a later date.

The "Optimal Location" is available for those looking to connect to the fastest server, which is probably the closest to their physical location.

No live chat, inadequate responses to email support

Customer Support

Email support using an online formYes
Online resourcesYes

AVG's customer support is disappointing and not at all what we would expect from such an established cybersecurity company. To begin with, there is no live chat support.

The support section of the AVG web portal is terribly designed and it took us a long time to find the relevant resources, as there is no clearly marked section for your VPN service.

There are some basic FAQs for AVG Secure VPN applications, including setup help and troubleshooting tips, and links to the community forum, most of which is caused by the user with little input from the support team. AVG support.

The only way to contact a support agent is by using a support request form on the web portal.

You will only receive a response from a human if you have a paid AVG VPN subscription; otherwise, you will be redirected to the frequently asked questions.

We got a response on some occasions, but not others, and when we did, the waiting time was long.

Pricing plan AVG Secure VPN

AVG Secure VPN is very expensive for the level of quality it provides. In short, there are much cheaper, better, and more secure VPN services available for less.

You can choose between three pricing plans, even though there is no option to pay for a single month. Subscriptions start from a minimum of $ 4.99 for 12 months, which drops to $ 3.99 per month for two and three year plans. All of these subscription durations include the same features.


  1. 12 months

    US $ 4,99 / month

    Billed $ 59.88 every 12 months

     


  2. 2 years

    US $ 3.99 / month

    Billed $ 95.76 every 2 years

    Save 20 %


  3. 3 years

    US $ 3.99 / month

    Billed $ 143.64 every 3 years

    Save 20 %

All plans have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Payment options and money back

Credit cardYes
PayPalYes

It is only feasible to buy AVG Secure VPN with a credit / debit card or PayPal. This limitation places it far behind its competitors in terms of variety of payment methods.

There is no option to pay with crypto to achieve higher levels of privacy, nor are there international options such as AliPay or WorldPay.

AVG Secure VPN is not free, but you can try the software for seven days without paying a penny. No personal information, including your credit card, is required to join.

Basically download the VPN on the device of your choice and you're done. Regardless, you can only use the VPN on one device during the test.

AVG Secure VPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, but it does come with some restrictions. You are only eligible for a cash back if you have used less than 10GB of data and have not connected to the VPN service more than 100 times in total.

If you qualify for a money back, basically contact AVG support team; iOS users will need to go directly to the App Store.

Do we suggest AVG Secure VPN?

AVG Secure VPN is not a bad VPN, but it is not very good either. It can work with Netflix and torrents, but with a privacy policy that collects too much user data, unimpressive speeds, and no customer support, there are much better VPNs available for the same price or less.

Alternatives to AVG Secure VPN

Private internet access

Looking for ultra-fast speeds and top-level privacy? Private internet access offers both. It also unblocks Netflix. Read review of private internet access.

CyberGhost

If what you require is access to global content, CyberGhost is a great option. With VPN servers in 90 countries, the world's content is at your fingertips. It's safe, and cheap too! Read the review of CyberGhost

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AVG Secure VPN Review

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AVG's Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers decent network protection, and we like that it doesn't track users. But it can be pricey for a VPN that lacks key features found in less expensive software.

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4 out of 5 stars

4

  • Money-back guarantee
  • Compatibility with multiple devices
  • Automation options

AVG Secure VPN quick overview

If you've ever noticed ads popping up for items you've recently shopped for online, you're probably aware that marketing agencies and businesses track your online activity. For those who'd rather keep their activity private and want added security when using a public Wi-Fi network, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) not only encrypts your connection to keep it private but also hides your location, giving you uncensored access to items that are location-specific.

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Pros

Pro BulletNo monitoring
Pro BulletSimple interface
Pro BulletFree trial
Pro BulletMinimal impact
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Cons

Con BulletHigh price
Con BulletNo kill switch
Con BulletMediocre encryption
Con BulletLimited servers
Con BulletKnown security breach

Security breach

In December 2019, a security researcher raised the alarm that Avast had collected user data through Avast subsidiary Jumpshot, reaching far beyond the tool’s performance needs. While the company claimed it anonymized all data, we were still concerned about the risk to users and rescinded our recommendation of Avast properties. Avast has since severed ties with Jumpshot, though we still hesitate to recommend the software until we can determine the effects with more confidence in our updated review.

AVG Secure VPN

Devices Covered

Unlimited

Supported Devices

Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android

Number of Servers

29

Encryption

AES 256-bit

Customer Support

24/7

Money-Back Guarantee

Yes

Hardware Connection Protection

Yes

Wireless Connection Protection

Yes

Kill Switch

No

Logs Users

No

Visit AVG

AVG Secure VPN works for PCs with Windows, Macs, iPhones, and Android devices. It uses a port-blocking evasion algorithm and bank-grade encryption to give you private internet access, even if you're using an unsecured network. With AVG's VPN service, you can easily switch your IP address with a click and show your location as being anywhere from Miami to Warsaw to Hong Kong. See how AVG stacks up against the best VPN Services.

AVG offers plans for multiple devices, but the plan you buy is device specific. So if you buy a VPN for your Mac, it will work only on Macs. If you want a VPN for PCs, you’ll have to get the specific Windows VPN. There isn’t an option that works for more than one kind of operating system.

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Pro BulletFree trial
Pro BulletMoney-back guarantee
Pro BulletUnlimited coverage
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Cons

Con BulletConfusing subscription
Con BulletRequired purchase
Con BulletHigh price

AVG offers a thirty-day free VPN trial of its service so you can try before you buy. If you do purchase the software and you're not happy with it, AVG offers a thirty-day money-back guarantee.

You can put Secure VPN software on as many computers as you like with one license. However, you can only use the VPN on one at a time.

Many AVG users report that their VPN software indicates that their license is only good for thirty days even though they've paid for a full year. This glitch can be resolved by going into Settings, clicking on "Account" and then clicking "Refresh license."

If you're interested in trying out AVG Secure VPN on your mobile device, you'll have to buy it first, but you'll get your money back if you decide not to keep it within thirty days of purchase.

AVG's VPN costs nearly twice as much as higher-rated VPN software products on the market.

In terms of user experience, simplicity is one of AVG's strongest features. But we'd prefer a little more complexity when it comes to private internet access.

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Pro BulletDedicated Mac version
Pro BulletSimple user interface
Pro BulletPeer-to-Peer (P2P) connections
Pro BulletAutomation
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Cons

Con BulletLimited number of servers
Con BulletSecondary VPN disruption

Many PC software applications fall short when they're converted to run on a Mac, but AVG's VPN was created using proprietary Apple programming, which means that it will run seamlessly on a Mac.

The VPN user interface is straightforward, with no complicated settings to confuse you.

AVG lets you make P2Ps through their data center connections, which means you can participate in anonymous torrent downloading on a secure network.

AVG offers a variety of handy customizable automation options for your VPN. It can automatically turn on whenever you're connected to an unsecured network, and it can start automatically when you turn on your computer or when you open the program. You can also enable and disable notifications that let you know when the VPN is working.

It does have a limited amount of servers, though. While 29 worldwide servers is sufficient for decent anonymity, it doesn't compare to top-rated Nord VPN's 4,000.

And AVG Secure VPN doesn’t play well with others: if it detects that you're connected to another VPN, it may not work properly.

Protection and performance

We appreciate AVG's commitment to user privacy, but the Secure VPN lacks a few key security features that could leave you vulnerable, putting it behind the rest of the pack for VPNs.

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Pros

Pro BulletNo logging
Pro BulletLight impact
Pro BulletHardwire and wireless security
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Cons

Con BulletDecember 2019 data breach
Con BulletSub-prime encryption
Con BulletNo kill switch
Con BulletWebRTC glitch

The biggest complaint among VPN users is that most VPN service providers track or "log" users' activity while they're using the VPN, making it feel less than safe. AVG has a no-log policy, which means your VPN browsing is completely private and ad-free.

Because VPNs encrypt traffic and data before sending them to a VPN server, they can often slow down your connection, but AVG Secure VPN doesn't seem to affect internet connectivity at all.

Note that you can use AVG Secure VPN to ensure privacy on both your hardwire and your wireless networks.

Now for the less-than-great features. AVG Secure VPN has a 256-bit encryption key, which isn't weak, but it's not the strongest out there. Other VPNs like Nord use 2,048-bit encryption.

VPNs aren't foolproof, and the second you lose your VPN connection, you'll also lose your privacy. Most VPNs have a kill switch built into the program that will automatically cut the internet connection if the VPN fails, but AVG doesn't come with this fail-safe.

WebRTC is a feature that is found in Windows, Mac OS X, and Android for browser B2B applications, and it can make your IP address visible even if you're using a VPN. AVG doesn't have a fix for this issue, but they are aware of it. They recommend disabling WebRTC in your browser or using a browser that doesn't use WebRTC, like Safari or Internet Explorer.

AVG Internet Security is an antivirus suite that protects your computer against malware infection, while AVG Secure VPN protects your online identity and activity from prying eyes. You can purchase them together to ensure both security and privacy.

Even though Avast and AVG merged in 2016, they still offer products under each name, and the VPN offerings are slightly different. Avast SecureLine VPN costs more than AVG, but it also has fifty-four server locations around the world, compared to AVG’s twenty-nine. Both VPN services use 256-bit encryption, and both have a no-logging policy.    

Browsing with your VPN turned on will change your IP address, which often triggers a warning from service providers like Gmail or Live Mail. This just means they’ve noticed that your account has been accessed from a different geographic location, which is actually a good sign, because it means your VPN is working properly. To resolve the situation, double-check that the server location you selected in AVG Secure VPN matches the one in the Gmail message and confirm it as your IP address.

Selecting servers close to you—preferably in the same country—will improve your connection speed, but that may not provide the full privacy or unrestricted access you’re looking for. If you want to access country-specific content, use a server located in that country. This will be easier if you have more server options available to you through your VPN.

VPNs are ideal for frequent travelers, especially those who frequently use public Wi-Fi or need to access American websites in countries where access is restricted. VPNs are also helpful if you prefer anonymous browsing or want to participate in unregulated online activities (like torrent downloading) and avoid government snooping.

If you already subscribe to AVG services and you want a name you can trust, then AVG Secure VPNmay be right for you. Its no-logging policy is a definite plus for those seeking privacy while browsing online, and its straightforward, easy-to-use interface is a great option for those who want something simple.

But if you're looking to go deep undercover, keep shopping around. There are other VPN providers out there with tougher encryption keys and more servers at a lower price. And we still hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Avast after its December 2019 breach.

How we evaluated AVG Secure VPN

To research our AVG Secure VPN review, we studied AVG's specifications and compared them with similar VPN products. We also read others' reviews on AVG Secure VPN and compared them with reviews for other VPN services. Visit SafeWise to find out more about our methodology.

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AVG Review: Is This Antivirus Provider Worth Your Money?

AVG is an antivirus program from AVG Technologies, a Czech antivirus provider that was acquired in 2016 by yet another Czech antivirus company, AVAST Software. AVAST Software also offers its own antivirus program, Avast Antivirus. AVG became well known by provided its antivirus scanner for free as part of the Windows Vista Security Center. As a result, many people formerly used AVG’s free antivirus program. However, how well is AVG doing today compared to antivirus providers such as Kaspersky, Avira, Intego, or Bitdefender?

Packages and Prices

AVG has a free version called AVG Antivirus FREE. It also has AVG Internet Security, which contains most of the true antivirus functionality. In addition, there is AVG Ultimate, which as the name suggests, is an ultimate package. However, the extra functions in this package mainly consist of PC cleaners and the like, more useful tools than true security features.

Before going into details, we have provided you with an overview of the three versions’ features in the table below. For each subsequent version we provide the extra features the previous version(s) did not have.

AVG AntiVirus FREE
(Basic Features)
AVG Internet Security
(Extra Features)
AVG Ultimate
(Extra Features)
Realtime malware protectionAdvance firewallPC cleaning
Basic firewallAdded layer of protection against ransomwareStartup optimization
Virus scanningEncryption of folders to combat snoopingAVG Secure VPN
Protection of your webcam against access from external partiesBattery profiles
Protection against system takeover by untrusted appsAntitheft features
Phishing and spam filters
Protection against fake websites (prevents DNS leaks)

The packages offered by AVG (see below) include a free version, as well as paid AVG Internet Security and AVG Ultimate versions. The latter includes a PC cleaner and a VPN. Since these last two features are not standard in antivirus packages, we opted to review AVG Internet Security instead of AVG Ultimate. What’s more, when it comes to VPNs, we find that it is better to choose specialized VPN providers such as ExpressVPN or CyberGhost.

There is one feature that some virus scanners have, but AVG does not. This is the vulnerability scanner, which allows you to recognize the weak points in your system. This feature is useful as it provides extra protection against hackers. Being able to identify for yourself where vulnerabilities lie is an added benefit.

AVG Internet Security costs $ 89.99 for a one-year subscription. If you need to protect multiple devices, a subscription for a maximum of 10 devices is available at a cost of $ 119.99 per year. There is no subscription available for less devices, but of course you do not have to use all ten devices.

Refer to the table below for an overview of features contained within each package and their associated prices:

AVG features comparison

Note: It appears that for marketing reasons, AVG charges a different price if you upgrade from the free software, compared to when you buy the software directly from the website. Also, during discount promotions prices can be significantly lower, as you can see in the above screenshot.

Do you want to subscribe to one of AVG’s packages right away? Click on the button below to go to the AVG website.

Visit AVG

Security: quality of the antimalware and antivirus features

VPNOverview uses a quality index to assess the security features of antivirus programs. The index is based on averages that take into account research results from AV-Comparatives, an independent testing agency for antivirus software.

Our calculations show that AVG scores above average when it comes to blocking malware. Only 0.3% of attacks used in the test managed to bypass protection, while the average for all the tested providers is 0.5%.

Nonetheless, 8 false positives were noted, which means that certain harmless files were identified as harmful by AVG. This is just below the average of 8.3. Consequently, thanks to a good security score combined with an average number of false positives, AVG gets an overall security score of9.0.

Free Version

AV-Comparatives’ score for the free version’s security features is the same as for the paid version. The difference in the two versions lies in the greater protection the paid version provides against fake websites and in the extra security features it offers. In the case of ransomware, for example, this means that a malicious file would need to overcome an extra hurdle to gain access to your files.

Privacy

Unfortunately, at the end of 2019, it became clear that an Avast subsidiary had resold millions of users’ data to third parties. This subsidiary has since been disbanded and Avast has made several promises that it would no longer collect or sell non-essential data.

We are, however, not fully convinced by their apologies and their promise to improve. After all, what would stop the Czech company from repeating the same trick, and then apologizing in about five years’ time for once again violating people’s privacy? We do not assume that it will happen again, but it did affect our final assessment. The figure for AVG’s privacy policy is therefore unfortunately a 3, partly because the scandal appeared in the media just recently.

Ease of Use

AVG is available in English, as well as 23 other languages. It supports the Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS operating systems.

Website and Software

The AVG website is user-friendly. On reaching the website, you immediately see a button for downloading the free antivirus program. It is a bit more complicated to find the paid versions, which can be accessed via the menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This seems to suggest that, in the first instance at least, AVG wants to primarily attract users with their free version.

AVG Website Homepage

After downloading the installer, the AVG installation is self-explanatory. You download the installer from www.avg.com, click on the installer and the installation will complete by itself. If you have installed the free version, upgrading to the paid version can be done in just one click.

Once the installation is complete, using the software is very intuitive. The program’s functions are accessible from the start screen, which works as a kind of central dashboard. From here you can run scans and click on AVG’s various components, including web and email protection.

As for the free version, due to commercial considerations, it has some irritating features. For example, messages often appear about files on your computer that might be at risk. If you then click the message, a pop-up appears from which you can download the paid version:

AVG Upgrade Choose Your Subscription

This is probably also the reason why paid AVG products are not shown on the website straight-away. However, while using the free version, you will get plenty of opportunities to switch to a paid subscription.

Basic Functionality

AVG’s free version provides you with real-time malware protection for your PC, along with the ability to run manual scans. Also included are a firewall for your browser and your internet connection. The free version’s dashboard looks like this:

AVG Free dashboard

Lots of Freedom for Users

As can be seen by the greyed-out sections in the image above, the paid version has an extra layer of ransomware protection, as well as an enhanced firewall for wireless networks. Furthermore, the paid version has a feature that protects you from apps that take over control of your camera and/or microphone.

A spam and phishing blocker are also included, in addition to protection against DNS hijacking. The latter prevents users from falling victim to fake websites when shopping online. An image of the paid version’s dashboard is provided below:

Printscreen AVG dashboard paid

Anti-Ransomware

AVG’s anti-ransomware feature works by individually shielding folders from outside attacks. What is handy about this feature, is that this protection is enabled by default for all folders. In this way, you will not accidentally miss a folder. However, you can also opt to determine for yourself whether a folder should be protected or not. So, it is still possible for you to do whatever you like with your files. If this were not the case, the feature would have overshot its goal by limiting your freedom.

Anti-Snooping

Other than stopping ransomware from accessing your folders, the program also has an anti-snooping feature, which protects confidential data from snoopers. There is also a handy feature for granting specific applications access to certain files. With this feature you can choose which programs can or cannot make changes to your files. So, if you only want to be able to open identity data with Office applications, you can specify this. Other apps will then automatically be denied access.

Customer Service

In general, AVG’s customer service is reasonably easy to reach. However, how easy this really is, depends on whether you have a subscription or not. You also need to enter several details before you are forwarded to the chat, which does not come across as very customer friendly. Once you are forwarded to the chat, however, your questions are answered within minutes.

Thanks to the combination of a good solution combined with a few hassles, we give AVG a 6.5 for customer service.

Final Assessment on Ease of Use

In terms of user-friendliness, AVG is a product with two sides. On one hand, all functions are easy to use and locate. The software is also pleasing to the eye, thanks to its good design, and the customer service is reasonable. On the other hand, the pop-ups and commercial messages can be a bit annoying. That is why we give AVG a decent 7.0 for ease of use.

Speed and System Load

In the free version, a smart scan takes less than a minute to run. In our case, a thorough scan took 11 minutes and 40 seconds. However, the speed of a thorough scan normally also depends on the amount of data on your hard drive. After all, the more files you have on your hard drive the more files that need to be scanned. The downside is that there is no progress bar for the scan, a feature that is often present in other virus scanners.

Besides security, user experience is of course also important. We have already discussed the software’s ease of use, but the amount of PC resources the software uses is also relevant. It would be very annoying if your antivirus program slows down your computer to such an extent that it is no longer useable.

When AVG is only running in the background, the software uses very few system resources. The processor usage is rounded to 0%, ditto for the hard disk. The maximum RAM usage is around 180 MB, which is reasonable. Consequently, when AVG is idle (passive use), you hardly notice its presence in the background.

During a scan, processor usage goes up to about 10%, with some peaks as high as 14%. RAM usage remains more or less the same, but disk usage skyrockets. This makes sense, of course, as the files on the hard drive are being scanned for viruses.

In summary, AVG has combined excellent scan times with minimal issues when running in the background. However, it is somewhat unclear what exactly is being scanned. This results in a score of 8 points for AVG’s speed and performance.

Differences and Similarities in Performance Between Versions

The use of resources was somewhat higher in the paid version than the free version, which makes sense, as there are some additional functions running in the background in the paid version. The scan times for AVG’s paid version were comparable to those of the free version.

The free version’s software and ease of use is basically the same as the paid version. The only difference being that certain features are simply not available in the free version as you need to pay for these. In short, the difference between the free version and the paid version is not great. Even the popups for upgrades are still there when using the paid version, as there are plenty of other extra features that you can buy.

Assessment: Overall

AVG has a number of clear advantages, but also some clear disadvantages. See the table below for an overview:

AdvantagesDisadvantages
AVG’s full package offers complete protection with many different featuresThe constant pop-ups can be very annoying at times
The free version also provides excellent protectionAVG sold user data to other parties
AVG’s software is very user-friendlyGetting customer service can take a lot of effort

For our overall assessment, we combined together the scores for security (weighting 0.5), speed and system load (weighting 0.2), privacy (weighting 0.1), ease of use (weighting 0.1) and customer service (weighting 0.1). If the privacy score had been better at Avast and AVG, the score would have been well above 8, but in the end, it became a respectable 7.8. A summary of the scores is provided below:

  • Security: 9
  • Speed and system load: 8
  • Privacy: 3
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Customer service: 6.5
  • Overall: 7.8

Are you impressed with AVG’s features and quality, and would like to take out a subscription right away? Click on the button below to go to the AVG website.

Visit AVG

AVG Antivirus – FAQs

Do you have a question you want a quick and clear answer to? Check the FAQs below and your problem may be solved in no time at all.

What does AVG cost?

AVG is available in three different packages, AVG AntiVirus FREE, AVG Internet Security for $89.99 per year and AVG Ultimate for $119.99 per year.

Note: For marketing reasons and to encourage you to upgrade, AVG seems to apply different prices if upgrading from the free version compared to the prices available from the website. There are also often discounts for first time buyers, for the first year only, as can be seen from the screenshot in the article.

How do I remove AVG?

In Windows 10, AVG can be removed as follows:

  1. Right-click the “Start” button in the bottom left hand corner of your screen to open the context menu
  2. Select “Apps and Features”
  3. The “Apps and Features” screen opens
  4. Select AVG Antivirus FREE or AVG Internet Security or AVG Ultimate
  5. Right-click “Uninstall”

For Mac, AVG can be removed by taking the following steps:

  1. Open AVG
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on AVG Antivirus or AVG Internet Security
  3. Click “Uninstall AVG Antivirus” or “Uninstall AVG Internet Security”
  4. Click “Uninstall”
  5. Enter your account details
  6. AVG is removed

Does AVG have a free version?

Yes, AVG Antivirus FREE is this provider’s free version. The package provides basic protection against viruses and malware. You can also upgrade from the free version to the paid version, called AVG Internet Security.

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Avg secure vpn review -

AVG Secure VPN Review

Our verdict

AVG Secure VPN is a decent alternative to unblock streaming sites and protect your data on public WiFi networks. Regardless, the VPN records the timestamps of the connection and the amount of data used during a network session. For this reason, we do not suggest it as a private VPN.

Looking for a secure VPN that works to protect your privacy? We suggest ExpressVPN.
AVG is one of the largest antivirus brands in the world, but how good is their VPN service?

AVG Secure VPN doesn't make big claims about being the best or the fastest VPN, but it does promise to protect your WiFi with "military grade encryption" and allow private browsing anywhere.

Our experts have thoroughly tested AVG Secure VPN to see if those claims are true. This review will answer these questions:

  • Does AVG Secure VPN work with Netflix?
  • Is AVG Secure VPN fast?
  • How secure is AVG Secure VPN?
  • Does AVG Secure VPN allow torrenting?
  • Is it important to pay for AVG Secure VPN?

Advantages and disadvantages of AVG Secure VPN

Pros

  1. Decent speeds
  2. Unblock US Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  3. VPN kill switch and no IP, DNS or WebRTC leaks
  4. VPN servers optimized for torrenting
  5. Easy-to-use VPN apps for popular platforms

Cons

  1. Keeps VPN connection logs, including timestamps
  2. Very small server network (36 countries)
  3. No configurable options
  4. Doesn't work in China
  5. Terrible customer support

Key Summary AVG Secure VPN

DeadlineUnlimited
Speed76 Mbps
Registration PolicyIntrusive log
Data leaksNo
JurisdictionCzech Republic (EU member)
ServersNot disclosed
IP addressesNot disclosed
Countries36
US NetflixAnd it is
TorrentingRestricted
Works in ChinaNo
SupportEmail & Online Resources Only
Cheapest Price$3.99 / mo over 24 Months
Official WebsiteAvg.com

Who is AVG Secure VPN?

About AVG

AVG (including AVG Secure VPN) was acquired by Avast Software sro in July 2016.

Avast operates its own Avast SecureLine VPN, which we recently reviewed, and it also owns HideMyAss! (see our latest review).

Avast is based in the Czech Republic, raising a red flag for privacy. It makes the company subject to intrusive EU data retention laws and intelligence sharing agreements with other countries.

AVG's jurisdiction is a hindrance due to its detailed logging policy, which means that it keeps the details of the VPN connection of each of its users for a minimum of 30 days.

In its Privacy Policy, AVG even states that it will disclose your personal data to "unrelated third parties" in a few different circumstances, the main ones being:

  • To satisfy a legitimate government request or order
  • In compliance with a legal requirement of a court of law or public interest
  • In response to a subpoena from a third party

This is not something you want to hear from your VPN provider, even if AVG Secure VPN does not record your true IP address in its entirety. This attitude towards customer data and consumer privacy is not good.

Registration Policy

The AVG Privacy Policy is extremely long, but there is a section dedicated to the VPN service, which clearly shows you what AVG Secure VPN records.

The information it collects includes:

  • The subnet of your source IP address (this is only a part of your IP address and can be used to identify your ISP, but not you personally)
  • The IP address of the individual VPN server used by you.
  • A timestamp when you connect and disconnect from the VPN
  • The total amount of data transmitted during your session.

It consists of an unnecessary amount of data to compile for troubleshooting purposes, and all of this is stored on AVG's servers for up to 30 days, or even longer if they suspect you are in breach of the Acceptable Use Policy.

At least AVG clearly defines that do not supervises:

  • Your full source IP address
  • DNS queries while connected
  • Activity logs - the apps / services / websites you use when connected

Regardless, this is one of the most intrusive registry policies we've seen and should put off users who want the highest levels of privacy.

Pretty fast speeds, as long as you're close to a VPN server

Speed and reliability

AVG Secure VPN isn't even close to being as fast as our fastest VPNs, but the speeds are adequate for casual users.

If you are close to one of the 36 AVG Secure VPN server locations, the speeds will be fast enough for general browsing and Full HD streaming on one or two devices at the same time, with a percentage drop in download speed of around 20-30%.

Just be sure to test a couple of nearby servers to see which one gives you the fastest speeds. As an example, we tested from the UK, but found the server in the Netherlands (76 Mbps) to be slightly faster than the one located in our own country (67 Mbps).

Local speed test results

Before using AVG Secure VPN :

  1. Download Mbps

    94.98

  2. Rise Mbps

    97.58

  3. Ping ms

    4

When connected to AVG Secure VPN :

  1. Download Mbps

    76.43

  2. Rise Mbps

    54.43

  3. Ping ms

    14

Download speed without AVG Secure VPN: 95 Mbps
Download speed with AVG Secure VPN: 76 Mbps
Our download speed loss when AVG Secure VPN is running: 20%

AVG Secure VPN download speeds are significantly reduced over longer distances - a reduction from 55% for the US.

Take a look at the results of our speed tests connecting from the UK to various AVG Secure VPN servers:

  • United Kingdom: 67 Mbps (download) and 40 Mbps (load)
  • USA: 43 Mbps (download) and 13 Mbps (load)
  • Singapore: 23 Mbps (download) and 4 Mbps (load)
  • Australia: 27 Mbps (download) and 4 Mbps (load)

AVG Secure VPN upload speeds aren't fast at all, so it's not a great option for torrent users - check out our top torrent / P2P recommendations here.

AVG Secure VPN ping times are acceptable, but gamers can do better with other VPN services.

To learn more about how we test VPN speeds, see our How We Test VPN page.

Very small VPN server network covering 36 countries

Server locations

Undisclosed number of IP addresses

The AVG Secure VPN server network is not very large and covers only 36 countries.

Unfortunately, the AVG web portal does not include your server network, which makes it difficult to check if the country you require is available before purchasing.

Luckily, the AVG Secure VPN servers cover the most popular locations such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and many Western European countries.

In addition there are eight countries available in Asia Pacific, three in South and Central America, two in the Middle East and one in Africa (South Africa).

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AVG Secure VPN enables users to drill down to the city level in six countries:

  • Canada (2)
  • Germany (2)
  • Russia (2)
  • Spain (2)
  • United Kingdom (2)
  • United States (15)

Choosing the server at the city level is great for getting the most out of speeds and for accessing geo-specific content. AVG Secure VPN's selection of 15 cities in the US alone is impressive for a server network of this size.

AVG does not disclose how many individual VPN servers (or IP addresses) it provides, nor does it specify whether they are virtual or physical servers.

If you require a larger selection of VPN servers, Hotspot Shield serves more than 80 countries.

Unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer with Streaming Optimized Servers

Streaming and torrents

AVG Secure VPN reliably unblocks Netflix and BBC iPlayer with stream-optimized servers.

In the past, AVG Secure did not work reliably with Netflix; actually, a customer service agent wrote on the Support Community forum saying, "This is an obstacle on the vendor side and we cannot influence it."

Regardless, our recent tests show that AVG Secure VPN has since improved its accessibility to Netflix, and we can now stream shows instantly and with little buffering. Make sure to use the 'Gotham City' server.

The 'Wonderland' VPN server, which is located in the UK, additionally works to effectively unblock BBC iPlayer, a rarity and a real bonus.

The following AVG Secure VPN servers worked to unblock Netflix US:

The following AVG Secure VPN servers worked to unblock BBC iPlayer:

Torrents

AVG Secure VPN makes torrenting possible and has several servers optimized for P2P use. They are marked with a 'P2P' in the list of servers and are found in:

  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • The United Kingdom
  • United States (Miami, New York and Seattle)

Despite that, we do not suggest AVG Secure VPN for torrenting due to its logging policy (stores connection data) and slow upload speeds.

There are much more reliable VPNs if your priority is to download torrents, like NordVPN and IPVanish.

It won't work in China

Censorship

Do not try to use AVG Secure VPN in China, UAE, Turkey, or any other high-censorship country; most likely it won't work.

AVG Secure VPN applications do not come with obfuscation tools or stealth protocols, making OpenVPN, the only included VPN protocol, extremely easy for censors to detect and block.

Support agents from Avast (AVG's parent company) externally admit that the VPN will not work in China "due to Chinese government policies and regulations."

Although the Chinese government blocks many VPN services, there are still some VPNs that can bypass the Great Firewall, allowing you to access a free, uncensored Internet.

We have found that ExpressVPN, Astrill, and VyprVPN perform best in censored countries like China.

Only compatible with the most popular platforms

Platforms and devices

Applications

AVG Secure VPN provides custom VPN applications for four popular platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Apple macOS
  • ios
  • Android

Unfortunately, AVG Secure VPN does not offer manual solutions for other devices and platforms, such as Linux.

You can use AVG Secure VPN on up to five devices simultaneously.

Game consoles and streaming devices

AVG Secure VPN is incompatible with game consoles and streaming devices as it cannot be installed on your router and you do not have any custom VPN applications outside of the four previously listed.

You will need to use another VPN service if you want to use a VPN for Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, Xbox or Playstation, Chromecast, and more.

Browser extensions

AVG Secure VPN does not have VPN browser extensions, so you will need to use a different VPN for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Opera.

Basic security tools and strong encryption

Encryption and security

Protocols

IKEv2 / IPSec

L2TP / IPSec

OpenVPN (TCP / UDP)

Encryption

AES-256

Security

VPN kill switch

Advanced features

AVG Secure VPN is a decent VPN alternative for protecting your data on public WiFi networks, but we cannot recommend it to anyone with strict privacy needs due to its logging policy.

AVG Secure VPN uses different VPN protocols for each of its custom applications:

  • Windows and Android: OpenVPN (UDP), our preferred protocol for its balance between privacy and performance.
  • MacOS: L2TP / IPSec, an older protocol but still considered secure.
  • iOS: IKEv2 / IPSec, a fairly new VPN protocol that is secure, very fast, and capable of handling network changes efficiently.

You cannot switch between VPN protocols as they are enabled by default in applications.

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The encryption of AVG Secure VPN is done via strong AES-256 encryption, which is generally regarded as unbreakable.

There are no advanced security features (like split tunnel or multi-hop), but AVG's recent addition of a VPN kill switch for Windows and MacOS is very welcome.

The kill switch feature protects your data if the VPN connection goes down by blocking internet traffic and keeping your true IP address hidden.

We did not experience any DNS, IP or WebRTC leaks during our tests, but AVG Secure VPN recommends disabling WebRTC from your browser settings, as it does not currently offer a feature to disable WebRTC in the application.

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AVG Secure VPN leak test results on browserleaks.com connected to a US server. We tried from the UK.

Simple custom VPN apps with easy setup

How to install and configure AVG Secure VPN

  • You can find the VPN downloads for the four main devices on the AVG web portal home page.

  • Before the progress of the VPN installation begins, you must choose the selected language.

  • You must also accept the license agreement.

  • To use the VPN app, you will be asked to restart your device, which is annoying.

  • When you start the VPN application for the first time, you will be asked to enter your email and password.

  • The main VPN screen does not display a large amount of information other than the location of the selected VPN server and an on / off switch.

  • It's easy to tell when you're connected to the VPN, since the on / off switch glows green.

  • We like that the list of servers is separated into useful tabs, with specific tabs for streaming and downloading torrents.

  • The list of settings is very limited and lacks any kind of advanced features. Regardless, you can enable the VPN kill switch here.

 

AVG VPN desktop apps are easy to download and install. There are basic setup guides in the Frequently Asked Questions AVG Secure VPN if you require additional help.

Custom apps are well designed and easy to use, but too basic. AVG VPN software truly fails when it consists of configurable settings: except for the newly added VPN kill switch, there are none.

There are specific tabs for servers optimized for streaming or torrenting, but there is no way to save your favorite servers for easy access at a later date.

The "Optimal Location" is available for those looking to connect to the fastest server, which is probably the closest to their physical location.

No live chat, inadequate responses to email support

Customer Support

Email support using an online formYes
Online resourcesYes

AVG's customer support is disappointing and not at all what we would expect from such an established cybersecurity company. To begin with, there is no live chat support.

The support section of the AVG web portal is terribly designed and it took us a long time to find the relevant resources, as there is no clearly marked section for your VPN service.

There are some basic FAQs for AVG Secure VPN applications, including setup help and troubleshooting tips, and links to the community forum, most of which is caused by the user with little input from the support team. AVG support.

The only way to contact a support agent is by using a support request form on the web portal.

You will only receive a response from a human if you have a paid AVG VPN subscription; otherwise, you will be redirected to the frequently asked questions.

We got a response on some occasions, but not others, and when we did, the waiting time was long.

Pricing plan AVG Secure VPN

AVG Secure VPN is very expensive for the level of quality it provides. In short, there are much cheaper, better, and more secure VPN services available for less.

You can choose between three pricing plans, even though there is no option to pay for a single month. Subscriptions start from a minimum of $ 4.99 for 12 months, which drops to $ 3.99 per month for two and three year plans. All of these subscription durations include the same features.


  1. 12 months

    US $ 4,99 / month

    Billed $ 59.88 every 12 months

     


  2. 2 years

    US $ 3.99 / month

    Billed $ 95.76 every 2 years

    Save 20 %


  3. 3 years

    US $ 3.99 / month

    Billed $ 143.64 every 3 years

    Save 20 %

All plans have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Payment options and money back

Credit cardYes
PayPalYes

It is only feasible to buy AVG Secure VPN with a credit / debit card or PayPal. This limitation places it far behind its competitors in terms of variety of payment methods.

There is no option to pay with crypto to achieve higher levels of privacy, nor are there international options such as AliPay or WorldPay.

AVG Secure VPN is not free, but you can try the software for seven days without paying a penny. No personal information, including your credit card, is required to join.

Basically download the VPN on the device of your choice and you're done. Regardless, you can only use the VPN on one device during the test.

AVG Secure VPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, but it does come with some restrictions. You are only eligible for a cash back if you have used less than 10GB of data and have not connected to the VPN service more than 100 times in total.

If you qualify for a money back, basically contact AVG support team; iOS users will need to go directly to the App Store.

Do we suggest AVG Secure VPN?

AVG Secure VPN is not a bad VPN, but it is not very good either. It can work with Netflix and torrents, but with a privacy policy that collects too much user data, unimpressive speeds, and no customer support, there are much better VPNs available for the same price or less.

Alternatives to AVG Secure VPN

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AVG Review: Is This Antivirus Provider Worth Your Money?

AVG is an antivirus program from AVG Technologies, a Czech antivirus provider that was acquired in 2016 by yet another Czech antivirus company, AVAST Software. AVAST Software also offers its own antivirus program, Avast Antivirus. AVG became well known by provided its antivirus scanner for free as part of the Windows Vista Security Center. As a result, many people formerly used AVG’s free antivirus program. However, how well is AVG doing today compared to antivirus providers such as Kaspersky, Avira, Intego, or Bitdefender?

Packages and Prices

AVG has a free version called AVG Antivirus FREE. It also has AVG Internet Security, which contains most of the true antivirus functionality. In addition, there is AVG Ultimate, which as the name suggests, is an ultimate package. However, the extra functions in this package mainly consist of PC cleaners and the like, more useful tools than true security features.

Before going into details, we have provided you with an overview of the three versions’ features in the table below. For each subsequent version we provide the extra features the previous version(s) did not have.

AVG AntiVirus FREE
(Basic Features)
AVG Internet Security
(Extra Features)
AVG Ultimate
(Extra Features)
Realtime malware protectionAdvance firewallPC cleaning
Basic firewallAdded layer of protection against ransomwareStartup optimization
Virus scanningEncryption of folders to combat snoopingAVG Secure VPN
Protection of your webcam against access from external partiesBattery profiles
Protection against system takeover by untrusted appsAntitheft features
Phishing and spam filters
Protection against fake websites (prevents DNS leaks)

The packages offered by AVG (see below) include a free version, as well as paid AVG Internet Security and AVG Ultimate versions. The latter includes a PC cleaner and a VPN. Since these last two features are not standard in antivirus packages, we opted to review AVG Internet Security instead of AVG Ultimate. What’s more, when it comes to VPNs, we find that it is better to choose specialized VPN providers such as ExpressVPN or CyberGhost.

There is one feature that some virus scanners have, but AVG does not. This is the vulnerability scanner, which allows you to recognize the weak points in your system. This feature is useful as it provides extra protection against hackers. Being able to identify for yourself where vulnerabilities lie is an added benefit.

AVG Internet Security costs $ 89.99 for a one-year subscription. If you need to protect multiple devices, a subscription for a maximum of 10 devices is available at a cost of $ 119.99 per year. There is no subscription available for less devices, but of course you do not have to use all ten devices.

Refer to the table below for an overview of features contained within each package and their associated prices:

AVG features comparison

Note: It appears that for marketing reasons, AVG charges a different price if you upgrade from the free software, compared to when you buy the software directly from the website. Also, during discount promotions prices can be significantly lower, as you can see in the above screenshot.

Do you want to subscribe to one of AVG’s packages right away? Click on the button below to go to the AVG website.

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Security: quality of the antimalware and antivirus features

VPNOverview uses a quality index to assess the security features of antivirus programs. The index is based on averages that take into account research results from AV-Comparatives, an independent testing agency for antivirus software.

Our calculations show that AVG scores above average when it comes to blocking malware. Only 0.3% of attacks used in the test managed to bypass protection, while the average for all the tested providers is 0.5%.

Nonetheless, 8 false positives were noted, which means that certain harmless files were identified as harmful by AVG. This is just below the average of 8.3. Consequently, thanks to a good security score combined with an average number of false positives, AVG gets an overall security score of9.0.

Free Version

AV-Comparatives’ score for the free version’s security features is the same as for the paid version. The difference in the two versions lies in the greater protection the paid version provides against fake websites and in the extra security features it offers. In the case of ransomware, for example, this means that a malicious file would need to overcome an extra hurdle to gain access to your files.

Privacy

Unfortunately, at the end of 2019, it became clear that an Avast subsidiary had resold millions of users’ data to third parties. This subsidiary has since been disbanded and Avast has made several promises that it would no longer collect or sell non-essential data.

We are, however, not fully convinced by their apologies and their promise to improve. After all, what would stop the Czech company from repeating the same trick, and then apologizing in about five years’ time for once again violating people’s privacy? We do not assume that it will happen again, but it did affect our final assessment. The figure for AVG’s privacy policy is therefore unfortunately a 3, partly because the scandal appeared in the media just recently.

Ease of Use

AVG is available in English, as well as 23 other languages. It supports the Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS operating systems.

Website and Software

The AVG website is user-friendly. On reaching the website, you immediately see a button for downloading the free antivirus program. It is a bit more complicated to find the paid versions, which can be accessed via the menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This seems to suggest that, in the first instance at least, AVG wants to primarily attract users with their free version.

AVG Website Homepage

After downloading the installer, the AVG installation is self-explanatory. You download the installer from www.avg.com, click on the installer and the installation will complete by itself. If you have installed the free version, upgrading to the paid version can be done in just one click.

Once the installation is complete, using the software is very intuitive. The program’s functions are accessible from the start screen, which works as a kind of central dashboard. From here you can run scans and click on AVG’s various components, including web and email protection.

As for the free version, due to commercial considerations, it has some irritating features. For example, messages often appear about files on your computer that might be at risk. If you then click the message, a pop-up appears from which you can download the paid version:

AVG Upgrade Choose Your Subscription

This is probably also the reason why paid AVG products are not shown on the website straight-away. However, while using the free version, you will get plenty of opportunities to switch to a paid subscription.

Basic Functionality

AVG’s free version provides you with real-time malware protection for your PC, along with the ability to run manual scans. Also included are a firewall for your browser and your internet connection. The free version’s dashboard looks like this:

AVG Free dashboard

Lots of Freedom for Users

As can be seen by the greyed-out sections in the image above, the paid version has an extra layer of ransomware protection, as well as an enhanced firewall for wireless networks. Furthermore, the paid version has a feature that protects you from apps that take over control of your camera and/or microphone.

A spam and phishing blocker are also included, in addition to protection against DNS hijacking. The latter prevents users from falling victim to fake websites when shopping online. An image of the paid version’s dashboard is provided below:

Printscreen AVG dashboard paid

Anti-Ransomware

AVG’s anti-ransomware feature works by individually shielding folders from outside attacks. What is handy about this feature, is that this protection is enabled by default for all folders. In this way, you will not accidentally miss a folder. However, you can also opt to determine for yourself whether a folder should be protected or not. So, it is still possible for you to do whatever you like with your files. If this were not the case, the feature would have overshot its goal by limiting your freedom.

Anti-Snooping

Other than stopping ransomware from accessing your folders, the program also has an anti-snooping feature, which protects confidential data from snoopers. There is also a handy feature for granting specific applications access to certain files. With this feature you can choose which programs can or cannot make changes to your files. So, if you only want to be able to open identity data with Office applications, you can specify this. Other apps will then automatically be denied access.

Customer Service

In general, AVG’s customer service is reasonably easy to reach. However, how easy this really is, depends on whether you have a subscription or not. You also need to enter several details before you are forwarded to the chat, which does not come across as very customer friendly. Once you are forwarded to the chat, however, your questions are answered within minutes.

Thanks to the combination of a good solution combined with a few hassles, we give AVG a 6.5 for customer service.

Final Assessment on Ease of Use

In terms of user-friendliness, AVG is a product with two sides. On one hand, all functions are easy to use and locate. The software is also pleasing to the eye, thanks to its good design, and the customer service is reasonable. On the other hand, the pop-ups and commercial messages can be a bit annoying. That is why we give AVG a decent 7.0 for ease of use.

Speed and System Load

In the free version, a smart scan takes less than a minute to run. In our case, a thorough scan took 11 minutes and 40 seconds. However, the speed of a thorough scan normally also depends on the amount of data on your hard drive. After all, the more files you have on your hard drive the more files that need to be scanned. The downside is that there is no progress bar for the scan, a feature that is often present in other virus scanners.

Besides security, user experience is of course also important. We have already discussed the software’s ease of use, but the amount of PC resources the software uses is also relevant. It would be very annoying if your antivirus program slows down your computer to such an extent that it is no longer useable.

When AVG is only running in the background, the software uses very few system resources. The processor usage is rounded to 0%, ditto for the hard disk. The maximum RAM usage is around 180 MB, which is reasonable. Consequently, when AVG is idle (passive use), you hardly notice its presence in the background.

During a scan, processor usage goes up to about 10%, with some peaks as high as 14%. RAM usage remains more or less the same, but disk usage skyrockets. This makes sense, of course, as the files on the hard drive are being scanned for viruses.

In summary, AVG has combined excellent scan times with minimal issues when running in the background. However, it is somewhat unclear what exactly is being scanned. This results in a score of 8 points for AVG’s speed and performance.

Differences and Similarities in Performance Between Versions

The use of resources was somewhat higher in the paid version than the free version, which makes sense, as there are some additional functions running in the background in the paid version. The scan times for AVG’s paid version were comparable to those of the free version.

The free version’s software and ease of use is basically the same as the paid version. The only difference being that certain features are simply not available in the free version as you need to pay for these. In short, the difference between the free version and the paid version is not great. Even the popups for upgrades are still there when using the paid version, as there are plenty of other extra features that you can buy.

Assessment: Overall

AVG has a number of clear advantages, but also some clear disadvantages. See the table below for an overview:

AdvantagesDisadvantages
AVG’s full package offers complete protection with many different featuresThe constant pop-ups can be very annoying at times
The free version also provides excellent protectionAVG sold user data to other parties
AVG’s software is very user-friendlyGetting customer service can take a lot of effort

For our overall assessment, we combined together the scores for security (weighting 0.5), speed and system load (weighting 0.2), privacy (weighting 0.1), ease of use (weighting 0.1) and customer service (weighting 0.1). If the privacy score had been better at Avast and AVG, the score would have been well above 8, but in the end, it became a respectable 7.8. A summary of the scores is provided below:

  • Security: 9
  • Speed and system load: 8
  • Privacy: 3
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Customer service: 6.5
  • Overall: 7.8

Are you impressed with AVG’s features and quality, and would like to take out a subscription right away? Click on the button below to go to the AVG website.

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AVG Antivirus – FAQs

Do you have a question you want a quick and clear answer to? Check the FAQs below and your problem may be solved in no time at all.

What does AVG cost?

AVG is available in three different packages, AVG AntiVirus FREE, AVG Internet Security for $89.99 per year and AVG Ultimate for $119.99 per year.

Note: For marketing reasons and to encourage you to upgrade, AVG seems to apply different prices if upgrading from the free version compared to the prices available from the website. There are also often discounts for first time buyers, for the first year only, as can be seen from the screenshot in the article.

How do I remove AVG?

In Windows 10, AVG can be removed as follows:

  1. Right-click the “Start” button in the bottom left hand corner of your screen to open the context menu
  2. Select “Apps and Features”
  3. The “Apps and Features” screen opens
  4. Select AVG Antivirus FREE or AVG Internet Security or AVG Ultimate
  5. Right-click “Uninstall”

For Mac, AVG can be removed by taking the following steps:

  1. Open AVG
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on AVG Antivirus or AVG Internet Security
  3. Click “Uninstall AVG Antivirus” or “Uninstall AVG Internet Security”
  4. Click “Uninstall”
  5. Enter your account details
  6. AVG is removed

Does AVG have a free version?

Yes, AVG Antivirus FREE is this provider’s free version. The package provides basic protection against viruses and malware. You can also upgrade from the free version to the paid version, called AVG Internet Security.

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AVG Secure VPN Review

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AVG's Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers decent network protection, and we like that it doesn't track users. But it can be pricey for a VPN that lacks key features found in less expensive software.

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4 out of 5 stars

4

  • Money-back guarantee
  • Compatibility with multiple devices
  • Automation options

AVG Secure VPN quick overview

If you've ever noticed ads popping up for items you've recently shopped for online, you're probably aware that marketing agencies and businesses track your online activity. For those who'd rather keep their activity private and want added security when using a public Wi-Fi network, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) not only encrypts your connection to keep it private but also hides your location, giving you uncensored access to items that are location-specific.

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Pros

Pro BulletNo monitoring
Pro BulletSimple interface
Pro BulletFree trial
Pro BulletMinimal impact
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Cons

Con BulletHigh price
Con BulletNo kill switch
Con BulletMediocre encryption
Con BulletLimited servers
Con BulletKnown security breach

Security breach

In December 2019, a security researcher raised the alarm that Avast had collected user data through Avast subsidiary Jumpshot, reaching far beyond the tool’s performance needs. While the company claimed it anonymized all data, we were still concerned about the risk to users and rescinded our recommendation of Avast properties. Avast has since severed ties with Jumpshot, though we still hesitate to recommend the software until we can determine the effects with more confidence in our updated review.

AVG Secure VPN

Devices Covered

Unlimited

Supported Devices

Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android

Number of Servers

29

Encryption

AES 256-bit

Customer Support

24/7

Money-Back Guarantee

Yes

Hardware Connection Protection

Yes

Wireless Connection Protection

Yes

Kill Switch

No

Logs Users

No

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AVG Secure VPN works for PCs with Windows, Macs, iPhones, and Android devices. It uses a port-blocking evasion algorithm and bank-grade encryption to give you private internet access, even if you're using an unsecured network. With AVG's VPN service, you can easily switch your IP address with a click and show your location as being anywhere from Miami to Warsaw to Hong Kong. See how AVG stacks up against the best VPN Services.

AVG offers plans for multiple devices, but the plan you buy is device specific. So if you buy a VPN for your Mac, it will work only on Macs. If you want a VPN for PCs, you’ll have to get the specific Windows VPN. There isn’t an option that works for more than one kind of operating system.

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Pros

Pro BulletFree trial
Pro BulletMoney-back guarantee
Pro BulletUnlimited coverage
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Cons

Con BulletConfusing subscription
Con BulletRequired purchase
Con BulletHigh price

AVG offers a thirty-day free VPN trial of its service so you can try before you buy. If you do purchase the software and you're not happy with it, AVG offers a thirty-day money-back guarantee.

You can put Secure VPN software on as many computers as you like with one license. However, you can only use the VPN on one at a time.

Many AVG users report that their VPN software indicates that their license is only good for thirty days even though they've paid for a full year. This glitch can be resolved by going into Settings, clicking on "Account" and then clicking "Refresh license."

If you're interested in trying out AVG Secure VPN on your mobile device, you'll have to buy it first, but you'll get your money back if you decide not to keep it within thirty days of purchase.

AVG's VPN costs nearly twice as much as higher-rated VPN software products on the market.

In terms of user experience, simplicity is one of AVG's strongest features. But we'd prefer a little more complexity when it comes to private internet access.

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Pros

Pro BulletDedicated Mac version
Pro BulletSimple user interface
Pro BulletPeer-to-Peer (P2P) connections
Pro BulletAutomation
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Con BulletLimited number of servers
Con BulletSecondary VPN disruption

Many PC software applications fall short when they're converted to run on a Mac, but AVG's VPN was created using proprietary Apple programming, which means that it will run seamlessly on a Mac.

The VPN user interface is straightforward, with no complicated settings to confuse you.

AVG lets you make P2Ps through their data center connections, which means you can participate in anonymous torrent downloading on a secure network.

AVG offers a variety of handy customizable automation options for your VPN. It can automatically turn on whenever you're connected to an unsecured network, and it can start automatically when you turn on your computer or when you open the program. You can also enable and disable notifications that let you know when the VPN is working.

It does have a limited amount of servers, though. While 29 worldwide servers is sufficient for decent anonymity, it doesn't compare to top-rated Nord VPN's 4,000.

And AVG Secure VPN doesn’t play well with others: if it detects that you're connected to another VPN, it may not work properly.

Protection and performance

We appreciate AVG's commitment to user privacy, but the Secure VPN lacks a few key security features that could leave you vulnerable, putting it behind the rest of the pack for VPNs.

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Pros

Pro BulletNo logging
Pro BulletLight impact
Pro BulletHardwire and wireless security
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Cons

Con BulletDecember 2019 data breach
Con BulletSub-prime encryption
Con BulletNo kill switch
Con BulletWebRTC glitch

The biggest complaint among VPN users is that most VPN service providers track or "log" users' activity while they're using the VPN, making it feel less than safe. AVG has a no-log policy, which means your VPN browsing is completely private and ad-free.

Because VPNs encrypt traffic and data before sending them to a VPN server, they can often slow down your connection, but AVG Secure VPN doesn't seem to affect internet connectivity at all.

Note that you can use AVG Secure VPN to ensure privacy on both your hardwire and your wireless networks.

Now for the less-than-great features. AVG Secure VPN has a 256-bit encryption key, which isn't weak, but it's not the strongest out there. Other VPNs like Nord use 2,048-bit encryption.

VPNs aren't foolproof, and the second you lose your VPN connection, you'll also lose your privacy. Most VPNs have a kill switch built into the program that will automatically cut the internet connection if the VPN fails, but AVG doesn't come with this fail-safe.

WebRTC is a feature that is found in Windows, Mac OS X, and Android for browser B2B applications, and it can make your IP address visible even if you're using a VPN. AVG doesn't have a fix for this issue, but they are aware of it. They recommend disabling WebRTC in your browser or using a browser that doesn't use WebRTC, like Safari or Internet Explorer.

AVG Internet Security is an antivirus suite that protects your computer against malware infection, while AVG Secure VPN protects your online identity and activity from prying eyes. You can purchase them together to ensure both security and privacy.

Even though Avast and AVG merged in 2016, they still offer products under each name, and the VPN offerings are slightly different. Avast SecureLine VPN costs more than AVG, but it also has fifty-four server locations around the world, compared to AVG’s twenty-nine. Both VPN services use 256-bit encryption, and both have a no-logging policy.    

Browsing with your VPN turned on will change your IP address, which often triggers a warning from service providers like Gmail or Live Mail. This just means they’ve noticed that your account has been accessed from a different geographic location, which is actually a good sign, because it means your VPN is working properly. To resolve the situation, double-check that the server location you selected in AVG Secure VPN matches the one in the Gmail message and confirm it as your IP address.

Selecting servers close to you—preferably in the same country—will improve your connection speed, but that may not provide the full privacy or unrestricted access you’re looking for. If you want to access country-specific content, use a server located in that country. This will be easier if you have more server options available to you through your VPN.

VPNs are ideal for frequent travelers, especially those who frequently use public Wi-Fi or need to access American websites in countries where access is restricted. VPNs are also helpful if you prefer anonymous browsing or want to participate in unregulated online activities (like torrent downloading) and avoid government snooping.

If you already subscribe to AVG services and you want a name you can trust, then AVG Secure VPNmay be right for you. Its no-logging policy is a definite plus for those seeking privacy while browsing online, and its straightforward, easy-to-use interface is a great option for those who want something simple.

But if you're looking to go deep undercover, keep shopping around. There are other VPN providers out there with tougher encryption keys and more servers at a lower price. And we still hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Avast after its December 2019 breach.

How we evaluated AVG Secure VPN

To research our AVG Secure VPN review, we studied AVG's specifications and compared them with similar VPN products. We also read others' reviews on AVG Secure VPN and compared them with reviews for other VPN services. Visit SafeWise to find out more about our methodology.

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Virtual private network for PCs

AVG Secure VPN is a virtual private network software that adds another layer of security to your online activity. The AVG VPN is a cross-platform application that is available on Android, Apple iOS, Mac, and Microsoft Windows PC desktops and mobile phone devices. While AVG offers a free trial, you will need to buy the subscription after a limited period of time.

What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG Secure VPN will encrypt your connection to make sure that your confidential data is kept completely safe from hackers while you are on a private or public Wi-Fi network. Additionally, it will change your IP address to make sure that you are not being unwillingly tracked by HTTP cookies and websites.

You can avoid targeted advertisements by using the utility. You can connect to international VPN servers to unblock websites that are restricted within your country. A list of over 50 server locations that deliver streaming can be found within the “Streaming” tab in the server section of the user interface. While this software allows you to play Netflix, users have reported that other streaming services are not available, such as Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

How do I use AVG Secure VPN?

The VPN service has a kill switch button to let you immediately block an unsafe interruption from escalating. You can turn the kill switch on by marking the box next to “Activate Kill Switch” within the “Network Security” tab in the settings. This VPN does not include a lot of customisation options.

AVG Secure VPN works with up to a total of 10 devices at the same time. The tool has a military-level encryption status of 256-bit AES standard to make sure that your information is not traced. The user interface has a simple design; you can easily turn on the VPN by clicking the button at the top of the screen.

You will see the current location that is set for your server within the center of the UI. If you want to change the destination, then you can tap the “Change location” link beneath the country and city name. A window will appear to let you scroll through lists of international servers: All, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and more.

Can AVG be trusted?

While the AVG Secure VPN app delivers highly secure encryption levels, the system will still log your information: operating system, software version, and the like. Although the amount of private information that AVG logs may not be as much as most free VPN applications, you can still download and install other VPN apps that have better a privacy policy and fewer logs like ExpressVPN and NordVPN.

Another aspect that makes AVG less desirable is the lack of customer support options. While you can call the customer service phone number, the website does not offer a live chat to let you quickly get help with issues.

Does AVG have a free VPN?

AVG Secure VPN is based on a subscription model that gives a temporary free trial to try before you will need to purchase the program. It does not require you to enter your payment information into the system to access the trial. Free VPN applications can be risky to use because the platforms often log your information.

This VPN is owned by the antivirus software company Avast. Additionally, Avast is responsible for the products: Avast Secureline VPN and HMA VPN. ExpressVPN and NordVPN are two of the best paid VPN alternatives to AVG Secure VPN.

ExpressVPN delivers the best user experience because of the easy-to-use interface. Additionally, ExpressVPN is known to have the quickest internet connection speeds available. While Express is completely anonymous and safe to use, NordVPN delivers optimal safety with the double protection feature that masks your IP address twice instead of only once. If you use Nord, then you may trade speed and simplicity for security.

Is AVG Secure VPN any good?

While AVG Secure VPN may not have the worst VPN review, the platform can improve protocols: customer support, privacy policy, and more. It will protect your personal information by encrypting your VPN connection. Additionally, your IP address will remain anonymous. You can choose from plenty of international servers to simulate the location of Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, among others.

The developers deliver new software updates on a consistent basis. Previous versions have increased the number of available devices, locations, and more features. The installation is available for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP operating systems.

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AVG Secure VPN Review: Is It As Secure As Its Name?

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AVG Secure may be a name that sounds familiar. Not the VPN itself but the first name that pops up - AVG. That is right; one of the most well-known names in the antivirus market has extended its reach towards privacy in the online world.

Although it’s the antivirus solution that immediately comes to mind when you hear “AVG,” the VPN promises to be an equally good deal.

The service comes with some useful features, but does it live up to AVG’s good reputation? Is it as secure as its name?

In this review, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about AVG Secure VPN and let you know whether it’s worth your time and money.

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What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG (including AVG Secure VPN) was bought by Avast Software SRO in July 2016. Avast has its own VPN services, including Avast SecureLine VPN and HideMyAss!

AVG Secure VPN is an app that allows you to connect to the Internet through secure VPN servers with the help of an encrypted tunnel. It can be used anytime you want to connect to the Internet with additional security and privacy and are specifically recommended once you’re connected to an unsecured wireless network.

What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG Secure VPN uses a similar backend infrastructure as Avast SecureLine VPN but has its unique client, features, and pricing plans. Its desktop client can be integrated with AVG’s other products if you use them. You can download AVG Secure VPN directly from the AVG website.

AVG Secure VPN usability

Supported devices

Like most VPN providers, AVG Secure VPN can be used across various devices. The paid version allows users to protect up to five devices at the same time, while the app can be used on devices supporting Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, iOS, and Android.

When it comes to those on the Windows operating systems, it’s officially available for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later. However, anyone using older versions like Windows Vista or Windows XP, can also use the app, because AVG offers the option to download older setup files.

For macOS, AVG Secure VPN can be installed on devices running Apple macOS 10.10.x Yosemite or newer. The app equivalent is available on mobile devices that function with Android 4.0 or later and iOS 9.0 or later. To simplify the user’s experience, the program works the same way on all platforms and even its design.

Unfortunately, AVG Secure VPN doesn’t provide any manual workarounds for other devices and platforms, such as Linux. Also, it’s incompatible with game consoles and streaming devices, as it cannot be installed on your router and it doesn’t have any custom VPN apps outside of the four listed above.

The same situation happens with browser extensions. Therefore, if you want to use a VPN for Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera, you’ll need to find elsewhere.

Apps

You can find the downloads for the four main devices on the homepage of AVG’s official website. Its desktop apps are simple to download and install. There are also basic setup guides within the FAQ page if you need extra help.

The custom apps are very user-friendly and well-laid-out, but far too basic. You’ll only see striped black on the main screen, and it only displays the user’s server location and a toggle switch that turns green when you have connected to a server. You can call us picky, but we’d like to see other features like the current IP address and connection speed.

You can choose the “Change Location” button to access the VPN server list. The app will open up a new window, which is a neat way of showing users all available servers. However, there is no way of saving your favorite servers to access them at a later date easily.

The “Optimal Location” is available for anyone that wants to connect to the fastest server, which is likely the one closest to your physical location.

AVG Secure VPN performance

Servers and locations

AVG Secure VPN’s server network is not very big, covering just 36 countries.

Unfortunately, AVG doesn’t list its server network on the website, making it uneasy to check whether or not the country you need is available before you buy.

Thankfully, its servers cover the most popular locations, such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and many Western European countries. There’re also three in South and Central America, eight countries available in the Asia Pacific, two in the Middle East, and one in Africa (South Africa).

AVG Secure VPN’s servers and locations

AVG Secure VPN enables users to drill down to city level in six countries:

  • Canada (2)
  • Russia (2)
  • Germany (2)
  • Spain (2)
  • UK (2)
  • US (15)

City-level server choice is excellent for optimizing speeds and for accessing geo-specific content. The company’s selection of 15 cities in the US alone is impressive for a server network of this size.

AVG Secure VPN doesn’t reveal how many individual servers (or IP addresses) it provides, nor does it specify whether they are physical or virtual servers.

Speed

While AVG Secure is by no means the fastest VPN service in the world, you should expect decent download speeds. You won’t find any problems streaming HD content and downloading files with AVG Secure VPN.

However, keep in mind that your actual performance metrics will depend heavily on your own internet connection, your physical location, and the physical VPN server that you connect to.

We believe that AVG Secure will impress you with the speed that some of its Europe-based VPN servers offer. Again, AVG Secure may not be the fastest service in the world at the moment, but it can completely hang in there with top-level VPN competitors.

Streaming

In the past, AVG Secure VPN didn’t work reliably with Netflix. In reality, one customer support agent wrote on the Support Community forum, “This is an issue on the provider’s side and we can’t influence it.”

However, the team at AVG Secure has improved its Netflix accessibility a lot. You can now stream shows in a split second and with a small amount of buffering (if connected to a nearby server).

Other streaming services, like BBC iPlayer, HULU, or Disney+ also work adequately for the most part. However, you can’t use it to access Amazon prime Video in the US at all.

AVG Secure VPN security

  • Protocols: OpenVPN (TCP/ UDP), IKEv2/ IPSec, and L2TP/ IPSec
  • Encryption: AES-256
  • Security: Kill switch
  • Advanced features: No

AVG Secure VPN uses different protocols for each of its custom apps:

  • Windows and Android - OpenVPN, our preferred protocol for its balance between speed and privacy.
  • iOS - IKEv2/ IPSec, a new VPN protocol that is secure, fast, and capable of efficiently handling network changes.
  • macOS - L2TP/ IPSec, an older VPN protocol but still considered safe.

You cannot toggle between VPN protocols as they’re baked into the AVG Secure VPN apps.

AVG Secure VPN uses strong AES-256-bit encryption, which is widely considered unbreakable. However, there are no advanced security features (such as split tunneling or multi-hop), but its recent addition of a VPN kill switch for Windows and macOS is very welcome. If the VPN connection drops, the kill switch feature protects your data and information by blocking internet traffic and keeping your true IP address hidden.

AVG Secure VPN privacy and policies

AVG Secure VPN privacy and policies

Jurisdiction

AVG Secure is located in the Czech Republic, which is known for having no mandatory data retention laws. That means AVG Secure VPN is not legally obligated to store any user data for any length of time.

The Czech Republic is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which gives citizens greater control over how companies use their personal data, including name, location, email address, and IP address.

The Czech Republic isn’t a part of any surveillance alliances like 5-Eyes or 14-Eyes. However, it is included on the list of nations that are involved in “engaged cooperation” on computer network exploitation with 5-Eyes. Although we should emphasize that this involvement’s degree is unknown, this point may be a dealbreaker for most security-conscious users.

Logging policy

AVG’s Privacy Policy is quite long, but there’s a section dedicated to the VPN service, which clearly shows you what AVG Secure VPN logs.

The company states that it doesn’t monitor: activity logs (the apps/ websites/ services you use when connected), your full originating IP address, and DNS queries while connected.

Nevertheless, be aware that AVG Secure VPN will collect:

  • The individual VPN server’s IP address used by you
  • A timestamp when you connect and disconnect from the VPN
  • The total amount of data transmitted during your session
  • Your originating IP address’ subnet (a part of your IP address and can be used to identify your Internet Service Provider, not you personally)

All of these pieces of information are stored on the AVG’s servers for up to 30 days, or even longer in case they suspect you of breaching the Acceptable Use Policy.

Torrent policy

AVG Secure VPN allows torrenting and has some servers optimized for P2P use. They’re marked with a “P2P” in the server list and located in:

  • The UK
  • The US (New York, Miami, and Seattle)
  • The Netherlands
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany

The small number of P2P servers may be a potential issue if they become too crowded during peak hours, leading to lower speeds and stability problems. Therefore, if you’re a heavy torrenter, you may want to find a more torrent-oriented VPN.

AVG Secure VPN customer support

It’s true that AVG Secure provides 24/7 support for its customers.

However, this doesn’t tell the whole story.

There’s no live chat option, so if you want real-time help, you’ll need to reach support via phone, which is for paying customers only. This makes it challenging to get answers before you actually purchase the VPN service.

The online knowledge base and ticket system can give you the information you are looking for, but there are no alternatives to the quick replies live chat often offers. If you were thinking of asking more technical questions and paying for the pleasure, remember that one-time calls cost as much as one year of AVG Secure VPN.

In short, AVG Secure doesn’t make it easy (or cheap) for users to contact them.

AVG Secure VPN pricing plans

AVG Secure VPN offers different pricing plans to make your choice easier, though there’s sadly no option to pay for a single month. You can choose from a one-year plan through a three-plan subscription, and they all include the same features.

  • One-year plan: $4.99/ month (billed $59.88 every 12 months)
  • 2-year plan: $3.99/ month (billed $95.76 every 2 years)
  • 3-year plan: $3.99/ month (billed $143.64 every 3 years)
AVG Secure VPN pricing plans

It is possible to purchase AVG Secure VPN using a debit/ credit card or PayPal only. There is no option to pay with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin for greater levels of privacy, nor international options like AliPay or WordPay. This limitation puts the company well behind its competitors in terms of variety of payment methods

AVG Secure VPN is not free, but you can try out the software for seven days without paying a cent. No personal information, including your credit card, is required to participate.

AVG Secure VPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee but it comes with some restrictions. You’re only eligible for a refund if you use less than 10GB of data and you haven’t connected to the VPN service more than 100 times in total.

Pros and cons of using AVG Secure VPN

Pros:

  • User-friendly VPN apps for common platforms
  • Optimized VPN servers for torrenting
  • Unblocks Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  • Robust encryption
  • 7-day free trial
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • A limited server network (36 countries)
  • Limited customer services
  • Questionable logging policy
  • No cryptocurrency payment methods

Alternatives to AVG Secure VPN

Avast SecureLine VPN

Although Avast and AVG merged in 2016, they still offer products under each different name, and their VPN offerings are significantly different.

So, what makes Avast SecureLine VPN an excellent alternative to AVG Secure VPN?

  • Avast SecureLine VPN covers 55 cities in 34 countries
  • It provides unlimited bandwidth and server switching
  • Its speed is consistent
  • Its encryption is strong (AES-256)
  • It supports P2P

NordVPN

Since its inception in 2012, NordVPN has developed and become one of the most well-known security service providers, which has been trusted by more than 14 million internet users worldwide.

What makes NordVPN unique?

  • NordVPN covers an extensive range of servers and locations (with 5,400 servers in 59 countries)
  • It allows up to six simultaneous connections
  • Its performance is premium with fast speeds and available streaming content
  • Its privacy and security features are robust (with advanced features)
  • Its no-logging policy is verified
  • It provides excellent customer support

ExpressVPN

If you’re looking for a VPN service with outstanding features, ExpressVPN is there for you.

What makes ExpressVPN unique?

  • ExpressVPN is based in a privacy-friendly jurisdiction (British Virgin Islands)
  • It has a massive collection of servers on nearly all continents (3,000 servers in 94 countries)
  • It offers the highest level of encryption and advanced security features
  • It’s fully compatible with most of the devices
  • It’s more efficient in unblocking streaming sites
  • It provides 24/7 live chat support

The bottom line

AVG Secure VPN isn’t a bad VPN service, but we wouldn’t want to call it anything above “okay.”

It may work with streaming content and torrenting, but with a questionable privacy policy, limited server network, limited customer support, and payment methods, there are far better VPN services available for the same price or less.

If there is something you want to know more about AVG SecureVPN, please let us know! And don’t forget to regularly update our blog to receive the latest information about VPNs out there.

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AVG Secure VPN Review

  • Price
  • Service
  • Apps
  • Speed
  • Policy

Summary

AVG is a huge brand, but unfortunately although their VPN service speeds are fast, much of the rest of the service lets it down.

Pros

  • 7 day free trial
  • Great download speeds
  • Supports torrenting
  • Big name brand

Cons

  • Very poor privacy policy
  • Apps lacking features
  • Registered in the EU
  • Server numbers lacking


AVG is best known for its anti-virus software but has become the latest in a long line of tech companies to dip their toes in the VPN market.

AVG and its parent company Avast have owned Hide My Ass VPN since 2016.

The question is, does AVG Secure VPN live up to its older brother? Or does it perhaps even surpass it?

We have been putting AVG Secure VPN through its paces over the past few weeks and in this review, we will reveal what we found.

Service

Speeds

Download speed

Speed is one of the most crucial features of any VPN service.

With AVG Secure VPN offering a completely free trial, you would expect speeds to be rather poor.

Surprisingly this isn't the case.

As you'll discover later on, there are some major problems with this service, but speed certainly isn't one of them.

We tested their service from a regular UK residential connection, exactly the same as the type you would be using. Our standard speed without using a VPN was: 61.15 Mbps.

We used their Windows client and connected to a selection of their servers. By downloading a test file, we achieved the following speeds:

  • UK – 58.65 Mbps
  • Netherlands – 58.76 Mbps
  • Switzerland – 56.66 Mbps
  • Sweden – 56.61 Mbps
  • France – 58.74 Mbps
  • New York, US – 58.62 Mbps
  • Australia – 57.47 Mbps

The speeds far surpassed many of the competitors in the VPN market and it's one area where AVG Secure VPN certainly excelled.

Logging

References to AVG Secure VPN's logging policies are conspicuous by their absence from the official website, which is always a red flag.

Digging deeper, it quickly becomes apparent why this is.

AVG Secure VPN is owned by AVG, which is itself part of Avast.

AVG Secure VPN does not appear to have a privacy policy of its own, so users have to scour the enormous AVG privacy policy to find out how the VPN handles their data. It quickly becomes clear why AVG might be trying to bury these details.

AVG Secure VPN logs a lot.

The information it retains includes:

  • The subnet of your own IP address (this lets them identify your ISP, but not you personally).
  • The IP Address you connect to.
  • A timestamp of when you connect and disconnect from their service.
  • How much data you transmit while connected to their network.

While they don't keep logs of what you do online or your actual IP Address, this is far too much information for any VPN that wants to be credible on user privacy to retain.

It would be quite easy to identify you using this information.

AVG Secure VPN has faced several accusations of collecting user data since it began operating. None of these have been verified beyond a reasonable doubt, but given the state of their privacy policy, nothing would surprise us.

It's very disappointing but this is one of the most intrusive privacy policies of any premium VPN we have tested.

Even at this early stage in the review, we have no choice but to say that if you want a VPN to protect your privacy, don't choose AVG Secure VPN.

Simultaneous Connections

AVG Secure VPN allows you to connect up to five different devices at the same time. This is more than enough for most users, but is these days the bare minimum you would come to expect.

While 5 simultaneous connections is on a par with many of the best performing VPNs, newer entrants tend to offer far more. Surfshark has gone as far as to offer unlimited connections and it is not alone in this.

Five connections would be fine if AVG Secure VPN was competing with the very best in other areas of its service. But as it still falls short in a number of areas, we are frankly disappointed.

Jurisdiction

AVG Secure VPN is owned by Avast, a company which is headquartered in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic is not part of the 14-Eyes surveillance network, which is a good thing.

However, it is in the EU, which means it is subject to their highly intrusive data retention laws.

It is also a close ally of many 14-Eyes countries and has been known to share intelligence data with them in the past.

This means that, while a Czech based VPN is not the worst in the world for privacy, it is a long way from being the best either.

Customer Service

Premium VPNs have set the bar for customer service pretty high in recent times and to be honest, AVG Secure VPN fails to hit the same heights.

The lack of a live chat support service is really disappointing. This is the preferred support method of most VPN users as it gives fast and reliable responses to any query.

But this is just the start of the problems. There is a support request form that allows users to email in questions. But this form is not easy to find and is a standard form for all AVG services which makes it more complicated than it needs to be.

Responses to this service are distinctly patchy too. Some of our requests got fast and accurate answers, some got vague and unhelpful replies, and some got no reply at all.

The FAQ section on their website is extremely basic and while there is a community forum, the vast majority of content on there is user-generated and there is very little input for the AVG team.

It is not that difficult for a VPN to provide a user-friendly customer support service, but AVG Secure VPNs falls way below the level we would expect.

Server Locations

Server locations

If you are trying to find out about AVG Secure VPN's servers without signing up for their service, good luck with that.

There is no information on their website and their customer support responses tend to tell you to sign up and then click change location to find out. This is pretty poor.

We have signed up and can tell you that AVG Secure VPN has a total of 59 servers located in the following countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada x 2, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany x 2, Hong Kong (erroneously listed as China, Hong Kong), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia x 2, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain x 2, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK x 3, Ukraine, USA x 16.

Their network covers a reasonable number of countries, although it is rather Europe-focused and coverage of Asia, Africa, and South America is minimal.

More concerning is the low total number of servers.

Most premium VPNs offer these users several thousand servers, with hundreds in popular locations like the USA and the UK.

AVG numbers are pretty weak in comparison and this is likely to impact both the speed and reliability of the service customers get.

Does AVG Secure VPN use virtual servers?

AVG Secure VPN does not specify whether it uses virtual servers or not and this is one of the questions we put to their customer support team that didn't get a response.

Given the low number of servers on offer, we would usually assume that they don't use virtual servers. But as AVG Secure VPN also has a large number of locations, it is a possibility.

If we do ever get a reply to our enquiry, we will update this review. For now, it is impossible to give a definitive answer to this question.

Does AVG Secure VPN work in China?

No. AVG Secure VPN does not work in China and when asked, their customer support staff will explain that this is because of Chinese government regulations and policies.

In truth, lots of premium VPNs do still work in China because they put a great deal of effort into getting around the Chinese regimes efforts to block VPNs.

But AVG Secure VPN has no obfuscated servers and no stealth protocols that allow it to work inside China. There is no indication they have ever tried to work in China and no suggestion that they are going to.

The AVG Secure VPN server list does have one server listed as being in China. But this server is actually in Hong Kong, not China, where internet coverage is completely separate and users face none of the restrictions of those inside Communist China.

Does AVG Secure VPN offer Dedicated IP Addresses?

No. AVG Secure VPN customer support has confirmed that they only offer dynamic IP Addresses.

If you're looking for either a static or dedicated IP address, you'll need to look to another service.

Does AVG Secure VPN offer Double-Hop servers?

No. Some premium VPNs like NordVPN do offer double-hop VPN servers that will redirect your traffic through two servers in different locations for heightened anonymity.

AVG Secure VPN does not offer this feature at all.

Security and Safety

Protocols & Encryption

Protocols and encryption

AVG Secure VPN offers different protocols for each of its customised apps.

If you are using AVG Secure VPN's Windows or Android App, you will be using OpenVPN (UDP). This is the default VPN protocol for most premium providers right now and offers the best combination of speed, security, and reliability.

If you are a macOS device user, you will be using the L2TP/IPSec. This is an older VPN protocol but it is still considered pretty secure.

iOS device users will be using the IKEv2/IPSec protocol.

This is a newer protocol explicitly designed for mobile devices that regularly switch between Wi-Fi and 4G connections. It is the default for most premium VPN's iOS apps.

Generally speaking, these protocols are satisfactory, but what is really lacking from AVG Secure VPN is user choice.

While most VPNs default to these protocols, the majority will also offer users the opportunity to switch to a different protocol if they wish to. But AVG Secure has hard-baked these protocols into their apps and users cannot change the protocol they are using. That is a pity.

On a more positive note, AVG Secure VPNs encryption does use 256-bit AES where available which is the industry standard and generally thought of as being unbreakable.

DNS Leak Testing

In our tests of AVG Secure VPN, we didn't find any DNS leaks. This is encouraging because a DNS leak would potentially allow your ISP to see the websites you are visiting and so compromise your online privacy.

We also tested AVG Secure VPN for IP and WebRTC leaks and found no problems with these either.

AVG DNS leak test results

It is probably worth noting that AVG Secure VPN recommends that its users disable WebRTC from within your browser settings. This is because it doesn't currently offer a feature to disable WebRTC within its apps as a lot of premium VPNs do.

Have there been any AVG Security breaches?

AVG itself has suffered a number of security lapses over the years. These have resulted in some of its security apps being compromised and user data being exposed.

This personal data breach in 2015, vulnerabilities discovered in 2019 and more recently customer data sale reported in 2020.

There are lots of online rumours about AVG Secure VPN compromising user privacy and handing over data to third parties. This is conceivable given the jurisdiction under which AVG Secure VPN operates and its weak privacy policy.

We haven't been able to confirm any of these online rumours beyond a reasonable doubt so we cannot say categorically that AVG Secure VPN has compromised user safety.

But we are mindful of the old adage that ‘there is no smoke without fire' and we certainly wouldn't be surprised if some of the rumours were true based on our testing and analysis of AVG Security's privacy policies.

Is AVG Secure VPN safe for torrenting?

AVG Secure VPN does permit torrenting and P2P file-sharing on its site and has even created a number of servers that have been optimised for precisely this purpose.

These servers are located in:

  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • UK – London
  • USA – Miami
  • USA – New York
  • USA – Seattle

All of these servers are clearly marked as P2P optimised servers on the AVG Secure VPN server list on their apps.

The presence of optimised servers is welcome and with decent speeds, it could make torrenting useful.

Fans of torrenting and P2P file-sharing also place a premium on privacy and should, therefore, be aware of AVG Secure VPN's logging policies and weak privacy protections.

AVG Secure VPN certainly doesn't stop you from torrenting on their service. But we would advise caution. There are much better VPNs out there if you want to keep your torrenting secure and private.

Apps

Apps

AVG Secure VPN offers dedicated apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.

Android and Apple Apps

The AVG Secure Android or iOS app will download automatically from the AVG website when you sign up for their service or click on the option for a 7-day free trial.

It opens easily enough and when you log-in with the username and password you signed up with, the app opens up onto a clean and simple homepage.

The design of the Android and iOS apps is pretty much identical. The only real difference we could ascertain was the VPN protocol used by each app.

The app has a black/grey design and when you first open the app it will say in big letters at the top, ‘Your Online Privacy is not protected’.

Underneath this is a switch marked off. This will flash green occasionally and there is an arrow pointing to it with the message ‘Turn on your VPN to encrypt what you do online.’

When you click on the button, AVG Secure VPN will connect to your best location. This will be displayed underneath and listed as your Optimal Location.

The message with the arrow will then change to read ‘Congrats. Everything you do online is now encrypted.’

AVG Secure Android app

AVG Android VPN app.

Underneath the name of the server you are connected to is a link to change location. If you click on this, it will bring up the list of servers. These detail the country and city the server is located in and indicates whether the server is optimised for P2P or streaming.

You can also search these servers by region and if you want to connect to a specific server, you just need a single click on the name to do this.

As far as simple, user-friendly VPN apps go, AVG Secure VPN impresses. But what we have described is literally the extent of the features available and for some users, the absence of any more options might be a worry.

Desktop apps

The design of the desktop apps for Windows or macOS devices is broadly the same, although the visuals are tailored for a wider display.

You will find the same basic design and layout on the homepage and the process to change servers works in the same way.

AVG Secure Mac app

AVG Secure Mac app.

Underneath the details of your server location, you will find two further links. The first is listed as ‘Acceptable use policy'. This will open up a webpage detailing AVG's acceptable use policy for all its apps.

This policy is dated 2018, which is rather old and is a summary of things you aren't allowed to do on their apps, including hacking and any other illegal activities.

It is slightly odd that this is given such prominence on their app as there is no requirement for users to confirm they agree with the policy and most will probably never even look at the policy.

The other link says, ‘How does your VPN work?’.

This sounds really useful but actually just opens up a three-image flow chart which explains what a VPN does in extremely basic terms. On this page, there is a link which says ‘Set your Location' but this only takes you back to the homepage.

AVG secure server list

AVG secure server list.

We are not entirely sure what the purpose of these two links is. We could find no use for them and feel that the app would be much better adding things like the kill switch feature, a function to change protocol, or anything a bit more useful than this.

The only other feature on the desktop apps is a button that says ‘logged in' which is situated at the top right-hand corner of the app. Click on this and you get the option to log out and nothing else.

Like the AVG Secure VPN mobile apps, the desktop apps are simple, well designed, and user-friendly which is great.

They do the basics well, but the links at the bottom are a waste of time and effort and the lack of any other features is definitely a draw-back.

Other AVG Secure VPN apps

There are no other AVG Secure VPN apps available. It does not offer apps for Linux or Amazon Fire TV devices or any other operating systems.

The absence of apps for these devices is not that unusual, but normally a VPN would provide detailed manual workarounds to allow users of these devices to use their service.

For some reason, AVG Secure VPN has no such workarounds on its websites and our enquiries about these or whether more apps were under development received no response from their customer support team.

This leads us to the inevitable conclusion that AVG Secure VPN has no plans to introduce either new apps or manual workarounds for users of any other devices or operating system. So, if you want to use their VPN on these devices, you are out of luck.

Does AVG Secure VPN have any browser extensions?

No. As well as limited apps, there are also no browser extensions available for either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, or Opera.

If you want a VPN that you can use in your browsers or any others, you will need to choose a different one.

Does APG Secure VPN support VPN routers?

Again, sadly the answer is no.

Setting up a VPN on a Wi-Fi router is a great way to protect all of the devices in your home but it often does require a manual set-up. Unless of course, you go with a dedicated VPN router like an Invizbox 2, for example.

Unfortunately, AVG Secure VPN offers no such manual setups for any router or any other device. This means you will need to be technically competent to set it up.

Do the AVG Secure VPN apps have any other features?

No. They are simple and basic apps that look pretty smart and are easy to use.

But the functions and features they offer are minimal and there is nothing for more experienced VPN users to play around with.

How do the apps compare?

As basic, user-friendly apps, the AVG Secure VPN apps perform fine.

But these days, most premium VPNs have relatively simple apps that let those users who want to connect to their chosen server and then get on with other things.

These apps also manage to incorporate various other features that you can use or not as you see fit.

The absence of anything like this from the AVG Secure VPN apps means that while they are fine for beginners, most other users will feel there is something missing.

Streaming

Streaming

We have already discussed AVG Secure VPNs optimised servers for P2P downloads but there are also a number of optimised servers for streaming too. These are located in:

  • Germany
  • UK – Wonderland
  • USA – Gotham City
  • USA – New York
  • USA – Miami

You have probably noticed a couple of fictitious locations in that list.

These servers have been added to help AVG Secure VPN users access specific streaming services and, as you will see below, they can have the desired effect.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with Netflix?

AVG Secure VPN used to have a very patchy ability to unblock Netflix. But the introduction of its two new fictitious server locations has improved their performance.

If you want to unblock US Netflix using AVG Secure VPN, you can do so using their Gotham City server.

In our tests, it worked most of the times and while speeds were not always super-impressive, we generally managed to stream the content we wanted.

The UK-based Wonderland server should also be able to unblock UK Netflix too. We found its performance a little patchier but it still did the job more often than not.

If you want to unblock Netflix from other countries, AVG Secure VPN is not the VPN for you.

We tested other catalogues at random on their other servers and found that, while we got lucky once or twice, generally speaking, all other Netflix servers were blocked.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with BBC iPlayer?

The UK-based Wonderland server appears to have been set up with the BBC iPlayer in mind more than UK Netflix.

It performed very well with the BBC iPlayer and we had no trouble unblocking and watching content on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere.

Again, speeds were sometimes a problem but accessing the iPlayer itself was never an issue.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with Disney+?

Again, we found AVG Secure VPNs ability to unblock Disney+ hit and miss. The Gotham City and Wonderland servers are the ones to try and we did have success at times.

But we certainly wouldn't recommend that you rely on AVG Secure VPN to access Disney+.

If that is what you want from your VPN, there are much better and more reliable VPNs on the market that you can use.

Does AVG Secure VPN work with Amazon Prime?

No. We were unable to unblock Amazon Prime with any of the AVG Secure VPN servers.

Their customer support has seemingly confirmed this by telling users that Amazon Prime is one of those streaming services that block VPNs and the issue lies with them.

Netflix and BBC iPlayer also take steps to try and block VPN users but AVG Secure VPN manages to access them.

Their inability to unblock Amazon Prime is far more as a result of them not making an effort to do so than it not being possible.

Can AVG Secure VPN unblock other streaming services?

The optimized streaming servers on AVG Secure VPN are only based in the UK, the USA, and Germany.

If you want to unblock other streaming services in these countries, it is possible.

However, in our tests, the performance was mixed and there are other VPNs that are far more consistent and reliable at unblocking streaming services.

If you want to unblock streaming services from other countries, and AVG Secure VPN has a server in that country, it might be possible. But if that streaming service makes any effort to block VPNs, it is unlikely AVG Secure VPN will work.

Price and Plans

Prices and Plans

AVG Secure VPN offers three simple packages for users to choose from. The minimum sign-up period is one year, which is a bit unusual.

More common is the lower prices that are on offer if you sign up for longer.

Their current packages are:

  • 1 Year – £3.99 a month
  • 2 Years – £2.99 a month
  • 3 years – £2.99 a month

There is a 30-day money-back guarantee available to all users. This means that you can get a full refund within 30-days of signing up for AVG Secure VPN if you are not completely satisfied with their service.

AVG Secure VPN also offers a 7-day free trial.

AVG Secure prices

This is available with all of its apps and while you need to provide contact details, there is no requirement to enter any credit card details. This is a huge advantage.

Free trials are a rare thing with any VPN these days and we highly recommend taking advantage of it before committing any money to their service.

You can pay for AVG Secure VPN using Visa, Mastercard or American Express Credit Cards.

PayPal payments are also accepted but sadly, there are no online payment options available.

Privacy-conscious users will already be wary of AVG Secure VPN and the absence of a Bitcoin payment option is likely to put them off more.

How does the price compare?

AVG Secure VPN's prices are fairly low but we would have expected a much bigger discount for the 3-year plan.

The price on offer gives no incentive to sign up for more than two years and we wouldn't advise any readers to do so.

If the price is the decisive factor in a VPN, then AVG will be an attractive proposition. But the truth is that for similar money you can get a far better VPN that offers better security, privacy and speeds.

Verdict

Verdict

AVG Secure VPN is really something of a disappointment.

While we quite liked its user-friendly and simple apps, its ability to unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer, and low prices are always an attraction, it really doesn't have much else going for it.

Its privacy protections are extremely poor. AVG Secure VPN logs far more data than any premium VPN should and this alone is a reason most people should choose a different provider.

While security levels and encryption are fine, the lack of any flexibility over protocols is a let-down.

The server network is sparse and while server locations are adequate, the lack of numbers really impacts the service they can offer.

Speeds are reasonable but the lack of any obvious features or benefits to entice you away from more established VPNs is glaring.

AVG is a big name in the anti-virus sector and is clearly hoping that will translate into the VPN market too.

But their VPN is way below the standard we would expect and our advice to all readers, no matter what your priority, is that there are far better VPNs out there than this, so don't waste your money.

We recommend considering ExpressVPN or CyberGhost VPN. If you have even more time, then take a look through our list of the 21 best services available right now.

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AVG Secure VPN Review

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WHAT’S IN THIS REVIEW?

While there are plenty of VPNs to choose from, no two providers are the same. And even if you pay a premium (fee) to use it, that doesn’t mean it’s worth the hype. For instance, take AVG Secure VPN. It claims to provide unrestricted worldwide access to content and encrypted online activity, yet, its invasive logging practices and barebones features leave much to be desired from users. 

Before we rank AVG Secure VPN overall, we’ll examine its service in detail to help you decide if it’s a service worth even trying. For this review, I took advantage of AVG’s free 7-day trial, which gave me full access to its service.

Overview

A byproduct of its parent company AVG, AVG Secure VPN is a simple VPN solution that works alright for casual users. However, as we’ll demonstrate below, there’s still much to be desired when it comes to this antivirus-giant-turned-VPN provider.

AVG Secure VPN is known for its decent speed performance and ability to unblock geo-restricted content worldwide, which are two key features that make a great VPN. The flip side to this coin is the intrusive practices AVG takes in collecting user data for the purpose of selling it to third-party organizations.

In this AVG Secure VPN review, you’ll learn how it stacks up to competitors and lends itself to some needed improvements in order to compete with more robust services.

About AVG Secure VPN

AVG Secure VPN is both a standalone product and somewhat of a “sweetener” for a bigger collection of antivirus tools offered in the AVG Ultimate antivirus bundle. The AVG Ultimate bundle has everything from internet security antivirus to PC TuneUp utilities.

As a subscription platform, AVG Secure VPN customers receive standard VPN features like state-of-the-art encryption, various VPN protocols, and a modified “no-logs” policy. AVG Secure VPN offers a small network of 60+ servers spanning 36 countries, and its app is compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

Acquired by its competitor Avast Software in July 2016, it is now headquartered in the Czech Republic. That location is a concern for online privacy seekers, in that EU data retention laws and intelligence-sharing agreements apply. Under those restrictions, a VPN could be subject to mass surveillance and could be compelled to hand over user data to authorities if served a court order.

Its parent company also owns Avast Secureline VPN with which AVG Secure shares a network. The ethical implications of this are obvious, but we couldn’t find much from Avast Software reassuring users of a clear difference between the two.

Our AVG Secure VPN review covers AVG’s standalone VPN product in great detail.

Pros & Cons

As we mentioned before, no two VPNs are created equal. Each provider differs in one way or another. So, we provide a cursory overview of the main pros and cons of AVG Secure VPN.

pros

To some extent, AVG Secure VPN provides standard features you’d expect from a premium VPN. We list the most notables below:

  • Military-grade AES 256-bit encryption
  • Simple to install and intuitive interface
  • Free 7-day trial with a quick no-credit-card-required download
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Worldwide, diverse server location selection
  • Works with Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS
  • No IP/DNS leaks detected
  • Successfully unblocks Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and more
  • Consistently fast connection speeds on most servers
  • Servers optimized for video streaming and P2P file-sharing
  • Automatic kill switch
  • Cheap monthly plan compared to other premium VPNs

cons

Even with its decent speed performance and streaming capabilities, AVG Secure VPN still comes with a few crucial disadvantages compared to larger VPN providers. We uncovered the main cons below:

  • No WebRTC leak protection
  • No cryptocurrency payment method accepted
  • No browser extensions
  • Lacking advanced ad-blocking capability
  • Different VPN protocols for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS and no option to switch
  • OpenVPN only available for Windows
  • IPsec for macOS is slow when switching connections
  • No third-party audit to confirm security claims
  • Questionable “no-logs” policy – keeps VPN connection logs with timestamps
  • Very small number of servers
  • Requires full payment of subscription upfront with no monthly payment option
  • Lack of additional security features, like ad blocker
  • Does not work in China

Features

AVG Secure VPN comes with most standard features one would expect with a premium VPN. However, don’t look for advanced features like ad-blocking or anti-malware protection. Those features are a part of AVG Secure Browser, which is a separate internet security suite altogether.

Still, AVG Secure VPN does come with the following:

Automatic Kill Switch

screenshot of AVG kill switch in settings

One of the only advanced features AVG Secure offers is an automatic kill switch. Once you download the app, all you need to do is activate it in the settings and it will remain on until you choose otherwise. A kill switch protects your device from experiences any IP or DNS data leaks in the event that you lose your internet connection. During testing, there were no IP/DSN leaks detected.

Mimic Protocol

AVG Mimic protocol

An interesting development we found is the Mimic protocol, which is AVG’s experimental VPN protocol developed by its own experts. According to AVG’s support page, Mimic “duplicates the connection to all websites you are visiting during your browsing session, providing fake information about who you are and where you’re coming from. [This makes] it impossible for anyone to identify you, track you or monitor you. In more technical terms, it mimics the VPN traffic, making it very hard for all types of tech to identify that it is traffic coming through a VPN.” Granted

Other premium VPNs like CyberGhost and Surfshark cost half the price of AVG Secure and offer many more advanced features you can tinker with.

Pricing

  • 1 Year: $4.99/mo.
  • 2 Years: $3.99/mo.
  • 3 Years: $3.99/mo.
AVG Secure VPN pricing and plans

AVG Secure VPN doesn’t provide much flexibility with its pricing structure. They only offer 1, 2, and 3-year subscriptions that are billed at the time of sign-up and automatically renew unless otherwise canceled. Prices increase once your first subscription expires, so the best savings lay with AVG’s longest 3-year plan.

If you want more bang for your buck, AVG Secure VPN allows users to bundle their VPN service with its AVG Ultimate internet security suite. Similar to Norton 360, the AVG Ultimate platform is a malware protection platform that includes AVG Secure VPN. It covers 10 devices and costs $119.99 per year (with an introductory price of $79.99 for the first year). Keep in mind that we do offer deals on AVG as they come through.

Additionally, AVG Secure VPN offers two ways for users to truly test out its service before fully committing: a 7-day free trial and a 30-daymoney-back guarantee. The 7-day free trial does not require a credit card on file and can be activated in less than two minutes with their helpful step-by-step guide upon sign-up. If, after a week, you do not wish to continue using AVG Secure VPN, your account will simply be inactivated. (I used the free trial and had zero issues signing up).

Its 30-day money-back guarantee applies to customer accounts once a person signs up for their service. If you decide that AVG is not right for you, you can request a refund if you cancel your subscription within the first 30 days of activating your account.

It would be nice to see more payment methods like an anonymous cryptocurrency option, however, AVG only accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express, and PayPal.  

All in all, AVG Secure VPN offers competitive pricing compared to other premium VPNs. Its free trial is also very helpful for users on the fence. For more anonymity, however, you’re better siding with a provider like IPVanish that takes crypto as payment.

Logging Policy

AVG Secure VPN promises a mostly anonymous experience for its customers, but its privacy policy is complex and confusing. It does state, however, that the service does not monitor the user’s full originating IP address, activity logs on the app, the services the user accessed while browsing, or any DNS queries initiated while connected.

What it does collect is the part of the user’s IP address that can be used to identify the internet service provider, but not the user. It also tracks the VPN server with a timestamp when the user connects and disconnects from the VPN. Plus, it records the total amount of data transmitted during the session.

For a premium-grade VPN, AVG Secure VPN has one of the most intrusive logging policies we have encountered. Not to mention, AVG must, by local Czech Republic law, keep VPN connection details on its users for at least 30 days. Its Privacy Policy notes that to satisfy a government order or legal court requirement, it will disclose users’ personal data to third parties.

By far, AVG Secure VPN’s logging and privacy policies pose the most significant risks to those who must have absolute online anonymity. Its security policy clearly states that the VPN both collects and stores users’ information, not only on its own servers but also when requested by third parties. Even if a third party agrees to protect the information, the risk is there and AVG Secure VPN’s privacy is not the best on the market.

Speed Stats

To my surprise, AVG Secure VPN performed quite well during our speed test analysis considering their small server network. I connected to more than half of their 60+ server locations to see how consistent its speeds were, but for the sake of brevity will share the gist of my results.

First, I always like to start by testing my baseline speeds without a VPN connection. You can see those below:

baseline speeds before testing AVG Secure

Then, I connected to the closest AVG Secure server, which the app automatically recommends based on your actual location. For me, that was a secure server in Dallas, Texas.

AVG speed stats on Dallas server

You can see that my download speeds didn’t really take that big of a hit considering the nature of VPN software. The worst of the worst apps typically slow down my connection speed by 75% or more. I was also happy to see that both my ping time and upload speeds improved once I connected to an AVG Secure server.

After my local tests, I took it international. Here were my speed test results while connected to its London, UK server and a Tokyo, Japan server:

AVG speed stats on Japan server
AVG speed stats on UK server

Take note of a few things. While my download speeds took a greater hit the farther away the server was (particularly the UK server here), my upload speeds stayed relatively consistent. My ping time did skyrocket, but even a lag of 142 ms is hardly noticeable once my connection is established for a few minutes.

All in all, AVG Secure performed very well for a VPN provider with an extremely small server network. I never experienced any server congestion from too many people being connected at the same time, and I was still able to stream 4K Netflix movies with no buffering or interruptions.

Server Locations & Network

The good news is that AVG Secure VPN services span the globe. The bad news is that each location is limited to one server in most spots (the US being a major exception with 16 total). All in all, AVG currently operates 60 servers across 36 countries. (Surfshark, fairly new to the market, already has thousands of servers in 63 countries by contrast.)  

AVG Secure VPN provides better coverage in Africa and South America than some other VPNs, which typically ignore those countries. AVG claims that it owns its entire network of servers, and none use virtual locations (proxies). A virtual location is a hardware server configured to play host to several software-defined servers.

Only after signing up for a subscription are you allowed to explore its server network. As of October 2021, these are the countries AVG Secure currently offers servers:

  • Australia (2)
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada (3)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany (2)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Singapore
  • Russia (2)
  • South Africa
  • Spain (2)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • The UK (3)
  • The US (16)

AVG Secure also advertises servers that are specifically optimized for video streaming and P2P file-sharing:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • London, UK
  • Miami, US
  • New York, US
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Seattle, US

Its parent company, Avast Software, owns both AVG Secure and Avast Secureline VPN, so their server lists are nearly identical. From our speed tests for each provider, however, AVG Secure did perform better. Speeds are consistently fast for the most part, but you’ll want to test connections on your own devices.

Streaming & Torrenting

Streaming & Torrenting Score

8/10

AVG VPN Secure accepts peer-to-peer (P2P) torrenting and streaming. However, websites have gotten so good at blocking and flagging VPN servers that it’s sometimes hard to know whose claims really hold water. Here’s what I experienced when testing AVG Secure VPN:

On Streaming

AVG Secure VPN advertises the ability to unblock streaming services with ease. It actually offers specialized streaming servers that help improve connection speeds while watching TV shows and movies in 4K. When I tested signing into Netflix from a UK server, it connected right away. The same happened with Hulu as well.

Netflix unblocked

In addition, I found that AVG’s North American servers worked really well to improve my speeds while streaming as well. For example, bypassing local blacked-out NFL games was fairly quick. While I live in Texas, I was able to hop onto a Los Angeles server in the Pacific time zone to spoof my location and enjoy an LA Rams game that was originally blacked out.

AVG servers optimized for video streaming include:

  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Gotham City, US
  • Miami, US
  • New York, US
  • Seattle, US
  • Wonderland, UK

On Torrrenting

AVG Secure VPN also provides a handful of servers specifically optimized for P2P use. They are listed as “P2P” in the app’s server list. Torrent services are located in the following locations: 

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • London, UK
  • Miami, US
  • New York, US
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Seattle, US

The not-so-good news is that since there are so few AVG Secure VPN streaming servers, users may experience a “We’re busy!” notice that might hinder them from connecting to a specific server location for some time.

Censorship

Don’t try to use AVG Secure VPN in China, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, or any other country that practices heavy internet censorship. The problem is that AVG has no stealth protocols or geo-blocking tools to assist in circumventing these countries’ firewalls. That makes its OpenVPN protocol quite easy to block.

Yes, AVG offers servers in Russia, but it still admits that it has to follow government restrictions in the area. That’s not a good sign.

AVG’s parent company Avast spokespersons also freely admit that their VPN won’t work in China because of Chinese government policies and regulations. That explanation, however, makes a virtue out of necessity, since many VPN services like ExpressVPN can defeat government censorship. If we’re comparing apples to apples, more established VPN providers like ExpressVPN – who are also cheaper than AVG Secure VPN – are better for those traveling to or living in government censored areas.

Platforms & Devices

AVG Secure VPN recently doubled its device connections per subscription, so users now get up to 10 simultaneous connections. Its app is compatible with four operating systems: Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer any browser extensions at this time.

AVG provides user-friendly downloading and installation instructions for each platform through its online AVG Support Center.

Here is a list of main platforms and devices AVG Secure VPN is compatible with based on the operating system you have:

Microsoft Windows:

  • 300 MB of hard disk space required
  • Windows 10 (must support SSE2 instructions)—Does not run on Windows Vista or Windows XP
  • Windows 8/8.1 (except RT, Starter Edition, and Windows 7 SP1 or higher)
  • Optimal screen resolution no less than 1024×768 Pixels

 Apple macOS:

  • 90 MB of available hard disk space
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra), 10.13.x (High Sierra), 10.4.x (Mojave), or 10.15 x (Catalina)
  • Optimal screen resolution no less than 1280×800 Pixels

Smartphones:          

  • Android Operating Systems running Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop, API 21) or higher
  • iOS iPhones or iPads running Apple iOS 11.0 or higher

In addition to lacking a browser extension, AVG doesn’t offer router, TV, or gaming console support. This leaves a bit to be desired, especially since AVG’s main selling point is its streaming capability and fast speeds. With few device and platform options, you’re limited on what devices you can stream your favorite shows and movies.

Encryption & Security

Despite its military-grade encryption, AVG Secure VPN’s logging and privacy policies raise sizable questions about a user’s overall security online. AVG is a decent VPN choice for users seeking basic protection on public WiFi networks, but we can’t recommend it to users that require airtight security and anonymity online.

We analyzed exactly what protocols and encryption standards it operates under and noticed some red flags worth pointing out. Mainly, users are limited to a single protocol when they download the app, yet the protocol you have varies depending on whether you’re connecting via an Android, iOS, macOS, or Windows device.

Here are the main components of AVG Secure VPN’s encryption and security practices:

AES 256-bit encryption

AVG Secure VPN uses the AES 256-bit encryption standard. AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) is the highest cloud encryption standard. It employs a single, varying length key with an algorithm working on a single block of data that encrypts and re-encrypts the data 10 to 14 times. AES meets all federal government requirements for the protection of health and financial data security.

OpenVPN for Windows

AVG Secure VPN only offers the tried-and-true VPN protocol, OpenVPN, for its Windows application. OpenVPN is the most secure and robust option on the market today, as it’s open-source code that’s been around for over two decades. Unfortunately, users outside the Windows ecosystem aren’t so lucky with their VPN security.

IPsec for macOS

For its Mac client, AVG uses the stable IPSec protocol, but it has the disadvantage of being easily blocked by firewalls—and it reduces connection speed. As I discovered during testing, there is one other protocol choice users can try out called Mimic. It’s a proprietary VPN protocol developed by AVG experts and is currently in testing phases. Users may connect to it at their own risk, as it’s clearly not as vetted as other protocols like OpenVPN, WireGuard, or IPsec.

OpenSSL for Android and iOS

For its Android and iOS clients, AVG Secure VPN uses OpenSSL. This is an open-source software library for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN protocols. Again, you don’t have the option to switch to any other protocol.

DNS data-leak prevention with a kill switch

AVG Secure VPN prevents data leaks with a kill switch. An unstable internet connection can cause the VPN server to drop while the user continues transmitting data (which is known as a data leak). A VPN “kill switch” will detect disconnect and take the user offline to ensure that no data goes through the user’s connection unprotected. While testing, we detected no DNS or IP data leaks.

AVG’s encryption and privacy overall still need improvement and diversity. However, we’ve seen far worse than other VPNs we’ve tested.

Final Thoughts

AVG Secure VPN is both a standalone and add-on product for AVG Ultimate’s suite of web security products. Through a series of tests and prodding, I found AVG Secure VPN to be average.

It comes down to security and value for the money. Users who want to seamlessly integrate a VPN into their existing AVG Ultimate suite will like the extra VPN security feature running in the background. For those who only want a full-featured VPN with all the bells and whistles of geo-blocking and air-tight security, AVG VPN is a “middle-of-the-pack” performer, with some serious downticks in its logging and privacy policy.

Pros include AVG Secure VPN’s web privacy and location masking with AES 256-bit encryption. It is simple to install and works with Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows devices. The service includes a worldwide, diverse selection of servers with coverage in South America and Africa and was able to successfully unblock UK Netflix and Hulu during our testing. Moreover, I found no IP/DNS leaks thanks to AVG’s kill switch feature, and its P2P-optimized servers do help with connection speeds.

AVG Secure VPN has a relatively small inventory of servers, and it does not work in China or other countries with strong internet censorship practices in place. It has an inflexible yearly pricing structure, but it does provide a risk-free 7-day free trial and 30-day money-back guarantee to compensate. Looking for other options? Check out all the VPN deals available today from leading providers.

Finally, we appreciate that it has state-of-the-art encryption. That encryption meets federal government requirements for the protection of health and financial security data. AVG Secure VPN employs the OpenVPN protocol for Windows, but it uses less secure and robust protocols for Android, iOS, and macOS devices.

Our bottom line: AVG Secure VPN does what a VPN has to do to provide online security. It does not, however, offer anything special for how long its subscriptions are. Its logging problems and few payment options, along with its lack of additional security features make AVG Secure VPN weaker than these feature-packed VPNs available.

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AVG Secure VPN Review: Is It As Secure As Its Name?

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AVG Secure may be a name that captain chords fl studio - Free Activators familiar. Not the VPN itself but the first name that pops up - AVG. That is right; one of the most well-known names in the antivirus market has extended its reach towards privacy in the online world.

Although it’s the antivirus solution that immediately comes to mind when you hear “AVG,” the VPN promises to be an equally good deal.

The service comes with some useful features, but does it live up to AVG’s good reputation? Is it as secure as its name?

In this review, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about AVG Secure VPN and let you know whether it’s worth your time and money.

We should begin now!

Table of contents

What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG (including AVG Secure VPN) was bought by Avast Software SRO winrar for windows 10 July 2016. Avast has its own VPN services, including Avast SecureLine VPN and HideMyAss!

AVG Secure VPN is an app that allows you to connect to the Internet through secure VPN servers with the help of an encrypted tunnel. It can be used anytime you want to connect to the Internet with additional security and privacy and are specifically recommended once you’re connected to an unsecured wireless network.

What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG Secure VPN uses a similar backend infrastructure as Avast SecureLine VPN but has its unique client, features, and pricing plans. Its desktop client can be integrated with AVG’s other products if you use them. You can download AVG Secure VPN directly from the AVG website.

AVG Secure VPN usability

Supported devices

Like most VPN providers, AVG Secure VPN can be used across various devices. The paid version allows users to protect up to five devices at the same time, while the app can be used on devices supporting Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, iOS, and Android.

When it comes to those on the Windows operating systems, it’s officially available for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later. However, anyone using older versions like Windows Vista or Windows XP, can also use the app, because AVG offers the option to download older setup files.

For macOS, AVG Secure VPN can be installed on devices running Apple macOS 10.10.x Yosemite or newer. The app equivalent is available on mobile devices that function with Android 4.0 or later and iOS 9.0 or later. To simplify the user’s experience, the program works the same way on all platforms and even its design.

Unfortunately, AVG Secure VPN doesn’t provide any manual workarounds for other devices and platforms, such as Linux. Also, it’s incompatible with game consoles and streaming devices, as it cannot be installed on your router and it doesn’t have any custom VPN apps outside of the four listed above.

The same situation happens with browser extensions. Therefore, if you want to use a VPN for Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera, you’ll need to find elsewhere.

Apps

You can find the downloads for the four main devices on the homepage of AVG’s official website. Its desktop apps are simple to download and install. There are also basic setup avg secure vpn review within the FAQ page if you need extra help.

The custom apps are very user-friendly and well-laid-out, but far too basic. You’ll only see striped black on the main screen, and it only displays the user’s server location and a toggle switch that turns green when you have connected to a server. You can call us picky, but we’d like to see other features like the current IP address and connection speed.

You can choose the “Change Location” button to access the VPN server list. The app will open up a new window, which is a neat way of showing users all available servers. However, there is no way of saving your favorite servers to access them at a later date easily.

The “Optimal Location” is available for anyone that wants to connect to the fastest server, which is likely the one closest to your physical location.

AVG Secure VPN performance

Servers and locations

AVG Secure VPN’s server network is not very big, covering just 36 countries.

Unfortunately, AVG doesn’t list its server network on the website, making it uneasy to check whether or not the country you need is available before you buy.

Thankfully, its servers cover the most popular locations, such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and many Western European countries. There’re also three in South and Central America, eight countries available in the Asia Pacific, two in the Middle East, and one in Africa (South Africa).

AVG Secure VPN’s servers and locations

AVG Secure VPN enables users to drill down to city level in hma pro vpn license key 2020 android - Free Activators countries:

  • Canada (2)
  • Russia (2)
  • Germany (2)
  • Spain (2)
  • UK (2)
  • US (15)

City-level server choice is excellent for optimizing speeds and for accessing geo-specific content. The company’s selection of 15 cities in the US alone is impressive for a server network of this size.

AVG Secure VPN doesn’t reveal how many individual servers (or IP addresses) it provides, nor does it specify whether they are physical or virtual servers.

Speed

While AVG Secure is by no means the fastest VPN service in the world, you should expect decent download speeds. You won’t find any problems streaming HD content and downloading files with AVG Secure VPN.

However, keep in mind that your actual performance metrics will depend heavily on your own internet connection, your physical location, and the physical VPN server that you connect to.

We believe that AVG Secure will impress you with the speed that some of its Europe-based VPN servers offer. Again, AVG Secure may not be the fastest service in the world at the moment, but it can completely hang in there with top-level VPN competitors.

Streaming

In the past, AVG Secure VPN didn’t work reliably with Netflix. In reality, one customer support agent wrote on the Support Community forum, “This is an issue on the provider’s side and we can’t influence it.”

However, the team at AVG Secure has improved its Netflix accessibility a lot. You can now stream shows in a split second and with a small amount of buffering (if connected to a nearby server).

Other streaming services, like BBC iPlayer, HULU, or Disney+ also work adequately for the most part. However, you can’t use it to access Amazon prime Video in the US at all.

AVG Secure VPN security

  • Protocols: OpenVPN (TCP/ UDP), IKEv2/ IPSec, and L2TP/ IPSec
  • Encryption: AES-256
  • Security: Kill switch
  • Advanced features: No

AVG Secure VPN uses different protocols for each of its custom apps:

  • Windows and Android - OpenVPN, our preferred protocol for its balance between speed and privacy.
  • iOS - IKEv2/ IPSec, a new VPN protocol that is secure, fast, and capable of efficiently handling network changes.
  • macOS - L2TP/ IPSec, an older VPN protocol but still considered safe.

You cannot toggle between VPN protocols as they’re baked into the AVG Secure VPN apps.

AVG Secure VPN uses strong AES-256-bit encryption, which is widely considered unbreakable. However, there are no advanced security features (such as split tunneling or multi-hop), but its recent addition of a VPN simple pdf merger - Crack Key For U switch for Windows and macOS is very welcome. If the VPN connection drops, the kill switch feature protects your data and information by blocking internet traffic and keeping your true IP address hidden.

AVG Secure VPN privacy and policies

AVG Secure VPN privacy and policies

Jurisdiction

AVG Secure is located in the Czech Republic, which is known for having no mandatory data retention laws. That means AVG Secure VPN is not legally obligated to store any user data for any length of time.

The Czech Republic is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which gives citizens greater control over how companies use their personal data, including name, location, email address, and IP address.

The Czech Republic isn’t a part of any surveillance alliances like 5-Eyes or 14-Eyes. However, it is included on the list of nations that are involved in “engaged cooperation” on computer network exploitation with 5-Eyes. Although we should emphasize that this involvement’s degree is unknown, this point may be a dealbreaker for most security-conscious users.

Logging policy

AVG’s Privacy Policy is quite long, but there’s a section dedicated to the VPN service, which clearly shows you what AVG Secure VPN logs.

The company states that it doesn’t monitor: activity logs (the apps/ websites/ services you use when connected), your full originating IP address, and DNS queries while connected.

Nevertheless, be aware that AVG Secure VPN will collect:

  • The individual VPN server’s IP address used by you
  • A timestamp when you connect and disconnect from the VPN
  • The total amount of data transmitted during your session
  • Your originating IP address’ subnet (a part of your IP address and can be used to identify your Internet Service Provider, not you personally)

All of these pieces of information are stored on the AVG’s servers for up to 30 days, or even longer in case they suspect you of breaching the Acceptable Use Policy.

Torrent policy

AVG Secure VPN allows torrenting and has some servers optimized for P2P use. They’re marked with a “P2P” in the server list and located in:

  • The UK
  • The US (New York, Miami, and Seattle)
  • The Netherlands
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany

The small number of P2P servers may be a potential issue if they become too crowded during peak hours, leading to lower speeds and stability problems. Therefore, if you’re a heavy torrenter, you may want to find a more torrent-oriented VPN.

AVG Secure VPN customer support

It’s true that AVG Secure provides 24/7 support for its customers.

However, this doesn’t tell the whole story.

There’s no live chat option, so if you want real-time help, you’ll need to reach support via phone, which is for paying customers only. This makes it challenging to get answers before you actually purchase the VPN service.

The online knowledge base and ticket system can give you the information you are looking little snitch crack article, but there are no alternatives to the quick replies live chat often offers. If you were thinking of asking more technical questions and paying for the pleasure, remember that one-time calls cost as much as one year of AVG Secure VPN.

In short, AVG Secure doesn’t make it easy (or cheap) for users avg secure vpn review contact them.

AVG Secure VPN pricing plans

AVG Secure VPN offers different pricing plans to make your choice easier, though there’s sadly no option to pay for a single month. You can choose from a one-year plan through a three-plan subscription, and they all include the same features.

  • One-year plan: $4.99/ month (billed $59.88 every 12 months)
  • 2-year plan: $3.99/ month (billed $95.76 every 2 years)
  • 3-year plan: $3.99/ month (billed $143.64 every 3 years)
AVG Secure VPN pricing plans

It is possible to purchase AVG Secure VPN using a debit/ credit card or PayPal only. There is no option to pay with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin for greater levels of privacy, nor international options like AliPay or WordPay. This limitation puts avg secure vpn review company well behind its competitors in terms of variety of payment methods

AVG Secure VPN is not free, but you can try out the software for seven days without paying a cent. No personal information, including your credit card, is required to participate.

AVG Secure VPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee but it comes with some restrictions. You’re only eligible for a refund if you use less than 10GB of data and you haven’t connected to the VPN service more than 100 times in total.

Pros and cons of using AVG Secure VPN

Pros:

  • User-friendly VPN apps for common platforms
  • Optimized VPN servers for torrenting
  • Unblocks Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  • Robust encryption
  • 7-day free trial
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • A limited server network (36 countries)
  • Limited customer services
  • Questionable logging policy
  • No cryptocurrency payment methods

Alternatives to AVG Secure VPN

Avast SecureLine VPN

Although Avast and AVG merged in 2016, they still offer products under each different name, and their VPN offerings are significantly different.

So, what makes Avast SecureLine VPN an excellent alternative to AVG Secure VPN?

  • Avast SecureLine VPN covers 55 cities in 34 countries
  • It provides unlimited bandwidth and server switching
  • Its speed is consistent
  • Its encryption is strong (AES-256)
  • It supports P2P

NordVPN

Since its inception in 2012, NordVPN has developed and become one of the most well-known security service providers, which has been trusted by more than 14 million internet users worldwide.

What makes NordVPN unique?

  • NordVPN covers an extensive range of servers and locations (with 5,400 servers in 59 countries)
  • It allows up to six simultaneous connections
  • Its performance is premium with fast speeds and available streaming content
  • Its privacy and security features are robust (with advanced features)
  • Its no-logging policy is verified
  • It provides excellent customer support

ExpressVPN

If you’re looking for a VPN service with outstanding features, ExpressVPN is there for you.

What makes ExpressVPN unique?

  • ExpressVPN is based in a privacy-friendly jurisdiction (British Virgin Islands)
  • It has a massive collection of servers on nearly all continents (3,000 servers in 94 countries)
  • It offers the highest level of encryption and advanced security features
  • It’s fully compatible with most of the devices
  • It’s more efficient in unblocking streaming sites
  • It provides 24/7 live chat support

The bottom line

AVG Secure VPN isn’t a bad VPN service, but we wouldn’t want to call it anything above “okay.”

It may work with streaming content and torrenting, but with a questionable privacy policy, limited server network, limited customer support, and payment methods, there are far better VPN services available for the same price or less.

If there is something you want to know more about AVG SecureVPN, please let us know! And don’t forget to regularly update our blog to receive the latest information about VPNs out there.

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AVG Review: Is This Antivirus Provider Worth Your Money?

AVG is an antivirus program from AVG Technologies, a Czech antivirus provider that was acquired in 2016 by yet another Czech antivirus company, AVAST Software. AVAST Software also offers its own antivirus program, Avast Antivirus. AVG became well known by provided its antivirus scanner for free as part of the Windows Vista Security Center. As a result, many people formerly used AVG’s free antivirus program. However, how well is AVG doing today compared to antivirus providers such as Kaspersky, Avira, Intego, or Bitdefender?

Packages and Prices

AVG has a free version called AVG Antivirus FREE. It also has AVG Internet Security, which contains most of the true antivirus functionality. In addition, there is AVG Ultimate, which as the name suggests, is an ultimate package. However, the extra functions in this package mainly consist of PC cleaners and the like, more useful tools than true security features.

Before going into details, we have provided you with an avg secure vpn review of the three versions’ features in the table below. For each subsequent version we provide the extra features the previous version(s) did not have.

AVG AntiVirus FREE
(Basic Features)
AVG Internet Security
(Extra Features)
AVG Ultimate
(Extra Features)
Realtime malware protectionAdvance firewallPC cleaning
Basic firewallAdded layer of protection against ransomwareStartup optimization
Virus scanningEncryption of folders to combat snoopingAVG Secure VPN
Protection of your webcam against access from external partiesBattery profiles
Protection against system takeover by untrusted appsAntitheft features
Phishing and spam filters
Protection against fake websites (prevents DNS leaks)

The packages offered by AVG (see below) include a free version, as well as paid AVG Internet Security and AVG Ultimate versions. The latter includes a PC cleaner and a VPN. Since these last two features are not standard in antivirus packages, we opted to review AVG Internet Security instead of AVG Ultimate. What’s more, when it comes to VPNs, we find that it is better to choose specialized VPN providers such as ExpressVPN or CyberGhost.

There is one feature that some virus scanners have, but AVG does not. This is the vulnerability scanner, which allows you to recognize the weak points in your system. This feature is useful as it provides extra protection against hackers. Being able to identify for yourself where vulnerabilities lie is an added benefit.

AVG Internet Security costs $ 89.99 for a one-year subscription. If you need to protect multiple devices, a subscription for a maximum of 10 devices is available at a cost of $ 119.99 per year. There is no subscription available for less devices, but of course you do not have to use all ten devices.

Refer to the table below for an overview of features contained within each package and their associated prices:

AVG features comparison

Note: It appears that for marketing reasons, AVG charges a different price if you upgrade from the free software, compared to when you buy the software directly from the website. Also, during discount promotions prices can be significantly lower, as you can see in the above screenshot.

Do you want to subscribe to one of AVG’s packages right away? Click on the button below to go to the AVG website.

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Security: quality of the antimalware and antivirus features

VPNOverview uses a quality index to assess the security features of antivirus programs. The index is based on averages that take into account research results from AV-Comparatives, an independent testing agency for antivirus software.

Our calculations show that AVG scores above average when it comes to blocking malware. Only 0.3% of attacks used in the test managed to bypass protection, while the average for all the tested providers is 0.5%.

Nonetheless, 8 false positives were noted, which means that certain harmless files were identified as harmful by AVG. This is just below the average of 8.3. Consequently, thanks to a good security score combined with an average number of false positives, AVG gets an overall security score of9.0.

Free Version

AV-Comparatives’ score for the free version’s security features is the same as for the paid version. The difference in the two versions lies in the greater protection the paid version provides against fake websites and in the extra security features it offers. In the case of ransomware, for example, this means that a malicious file would need to overcome an extra hurdle to gain access to your files.

Privacy

Unfortunately, at the end of 2019, it became clear that an Avast subsidiary had resold millions of users’ data to third parties. This subsidiary has since been disbanded and Avast has made several promises that it would no longer collect or sell non-essential data.

We are, however, not fully convinced by their apologies and their promise to improve. After all, what would stop the Czech company from repeating the same trick, and then apologizing in about five years’ time for once again violating people’s privacy? We do not assume that it will happen again, but it did affect our final assessment. The figure for AVG’s privacy policy is therefore unfortunately a 3, partly because the scandal appeared in the media just recently.

Ease of Use

AVG is available in English, as well as 23 other languages. It supports the Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS operating systems.

Website and Software

The AVG website is user-friendly. On reaching the website, you immediately chris-pc game booster crack a button for downloading the free antivirus program. It is a bit more complicated to find the paid versions, which can be accessed via the menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This seems to suggest that, in the first instance at least, AVG wants to primarily attract users with their free version.

AVG Website Homepage

After downloading the installer, the AVG installation is self-explanatory. You download the installer from www.avg.com, click on the installer and the installation will complete by itself. If you have installed the free version, upgrading to the paid version can be done in just one click.

Once the avg secure vpn review is complete, using the software is very intuitive. The avg secure vpn review functions are accessible from the start screen, which works as a kind of central dashboard. From here you can run scans and click on AVG’s various components, including web and email protection.

As for the free version, due to commercial considerations, it has some irritating features. For example, messages often appear about files on your computer that might be at risk. If you then click the message, a pop-up appears from which you can download the paid version:

AVG Upgrade Choose Your Subscription

This is probably also the reason why paid AVG products are not shown on the website straight-away. However, while using the free version, you will get plenty of opportunities to switch to a paid subscription.

Basic Functionality

AVG’s free version provides you with real-time malware protection for your PC, along with the ability to run manual scans. Also included are a firewall for your browser and your internet connection. The free version’s dashboard looks like this:

AVG Free dashboard

Lots of Freedom for Users

As can be seen by the greyed-out sections in the image above, the paid version has an extra layer of ransomware protection, as well as an enhanced firewall for wireless networks. Furthermore, the paid version has a feature that protects you from apps that take over control of Mailbird 2.5.20.0 Crack - Free Activators camera and/or microphone.

A spam and phishing blocker are also included, in addition to protection against DNS hijacking. The latter prevents users from falling victim to fake websites when shopping online. An image of the paid version’s dashboard is provided below:

Printscreen AVG dashboard paid

Anti-Ransomware

AVG’s anti-ransomware feature works by individually shielding folders from outside attacks. What is handy about this feature, is that this protection is enabled by default for all folders. In this way, you will not accidentally miss a folder. However, you can also opt to determine for yourself whether a folder should be protected or not. So, it is still possible for you to do whatever you like with your files. If this were not the case, the feature would have overshot its goal by limiting your freedom.

Anti-Snooping

Other than stopping ransomware from accessing your folders, the program also has an anti-snooping feature, which protects confidential data from snoopers. There is also a handy feature for granting specific applications access to certain files. With this feature you can choose which programs can or cannot make changes to your files. So, if you only want to be able to open identity data with Office applications, you can specify this. Other apps will then automatically be denied access.

Customer Service

In general, AVG’s customer service is reasonably easy to reach. However, how easy this really is, depends on whether you have a subscription or not. You also need to enter several details before you are forwarded to the chat, which does not come across as very customer friendly. Once you are forwarded to the chat, however, your questions are answered within minutes.

Thanks to the combination of a good solution combined with a few hassles, we give AVG a 6.5 for customer service.

Final Assessment on Ease of Use

In terms of user-friendliness, AVG is a product with two sides. On one hand, all functions are easy to use and locate. The software is also pleasing to the eye, thanks to its good design, and the customer service is reasonable. On the other hand, the pop-ups and commercial messages can be a bit annoying. That is why we give AVG a decent 7.0 for ease of use.

Speed and System Load

In the free version, a smart scan takes less than a minute to run. In our case, a thorough scan took 11 minutes and 40 seconds. However, the speed of a thorough scan normally also depends on the amount of data on your hard drive. After all, the more files you have on your hard drive the more files that need to be scanned. The downside is that there is no progress bar for the scan, a feature that is often present in other virus scanners.

Besides security, user experience is of course also important. We have already discussed the software’s ease of use, but the amount of PC resources the software uses is also relevant. It would be very annoying if your antivirus program slows down your computer to such an extent that it is no longer useable.

When AVG is only running in the background, the software uses very few system Tally ERP 9 6.6.3 Crack With License Key Free Download 2021. The processor usage is rounded to 0%, ditto for the hard disk. The maximum RAM usage is around 180 MB, which is reasonable. Consequently, when AVG is idle (passive use), you hardly notice its presence in the background.

During a scan, processor usage goes up to about 10%, with some peaks as high as 14%. RAM usage remains more or less the same, but disk usage skyrockets. This makes sense, of course, as the files on the hard drive are being scanned for viruses.

In summary, AVG has combined excellent scan times with minimal issues when running in the background. However, it is somewhat unclear what exactly is being scanned. This results in a score of 8 points for AVG’s speed and performance.

Differences and Similarities in Performance Between Versions

The use of resources was somewhat higher in the paid version than the free version, which makes sense, as there are some additional functions running in the background in the paid version. The scan times for AVG’s paid version were comparable to those of the free version.

The free version’s software and ease of use is basically the same as the paid version. The only difference being that certain features are simply not available in the free version as you need to pay for these. In short, the difference between tableau product key free download - Free Activators free version and the paid version is not great. Even the popups for upgrades are still there when using the paid version, as there are plenty of other extra features that you can buy.

Assessment: Overall

AVG has a number of clear advantages, but also some clear disadvantages. See the table below for an overview:

AdvantagesDisadvantages
AVG’s full package offers complete protection with many different featuresThe constant pop-ups can be very annoying at times
The free version also provides excellent protectionAVG sold user data to other parties
AVG’s software is very user-friendlyGetting customer service can take a lot of effort

For our overall assessment, we combined together the scores for security (weighting 0.5), speed and system load (weighting 0.2), privacy (weighting 0.1), ease of use (weighting 0.1) and customer service (weighting 0.1). If the privacy score had been better at Avast and AVG, the score would have been well above 8, but in the end, it became a respectable 7.8. A summary of the scores is provided below:

  • Security: 9
  • Speed and system load: 8
  • Privacy: 3
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Customer service: 6.5
  • Overall: 7.8

Are you impressed with AVG’s features and quality, and would like to take out a subscription right away? Click on the button below to go to the AVG website.

Visit AVG

AVG Antivirus – FAQs

Do you have a question you want a quick and clear answer to? Check the FAQs below and your problem may be solved in no time at all.

What does AVG cost?

AVG is available in three different packages, AVG AntiVirus FREE, AVG Internet Security for $89.99 per year and AVG Ultimate for $119.99 per year.

Note: For marketing reasons and to encourage you to upgrade, AVG seems to apply different prices if upgrading from the free version compared to the prices available from the website. There are also often discounts for first time buyers, for the first year only, as can be seen from the screenshot in the article.

How do I remove AVG?

In Windows 10, AVG can be removed as follows:

  1. Right-click the “Start” button in the bottom left hand corner of your screen to open the context menu
  2. Select “Apps and Features”
  3. The “Apps and Features” screen opens
  4. Select AVG Antivirus FREE or AVG Internet Security or AVG Ultimate
  5. Right-click “Uninstall”

For Mac, AVG can be removed by taking the following steps:

  1. Open AVG
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on AVG Antivirus or AVG Internet Security
  3. Click “Uninstall AVG Antivirus” or “Uninstall AVG Internet Security”
  4. Click “Uninstall”
  5. Enter your account details
  6. AVG is removed

Does AVG have a free version?

Yes, AVG Antivirus FREE is this provider’s free version. The package provides basic protection against viruses and malware. You can also upgrade from the free version to the paid version, called AVG Internet Security.

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AVG Secure VPN Review

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AVG's Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers decent network protection, and we like that it doesn't track users. But it can be pricey for a VPN that lacks key features found in less expensive software.

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4 out of 5 stars

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  • Money-back guarantee
  • Compatibility with multiple devices
  • Automation options

AVG Secure VPN quick overview

If you've ever noticed ads popping up for items you've recently shopped for online, you're probably aware that marketing agencies and businesses track your online activity. For those who'd rather keep their activity private and want added security when using a public Wi-Fi network, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) not only encrypts your connection to keep it private but also hides your location, giving you uncensored access to items that are location-specific.

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Pro BulletFree trial
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Con BulletMediocre encryption
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Security breach

In December 2019, a security researcher raised the alarm that Avast had collected user data through Avast subsidiary Jumpshot, reaching far beyond the tool’s performance needs. While the company claimed it anonymized all data, we were still concerned about the risk to users and rescinded our recommendation of Avast properties. Avast has since severed ties with Jumpshot, though we still hesitate to recommend the software until we can determine the effects with more confidence in our updated review.

AVG Secure VPN

Devices Covered

Unlimited

Supported Devices

Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android

Number of Servers

29

Encryption

AES 256-bit

Customer Support

24/7

Money-Back Guarantee

Yes

Hardware Connection Protection

Yes

Wireless Connection Protection

Yes

Kill Switch

No

Logs Users

No

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AVG Secure VPN works for PCs with Windows, Macs, iPhones, and Android devices. It uses a port-blocking evasion algorithm and bank-grade encryption to give you private internet access, even if you're using an unsecured network. With AVG's VPN service, you can easily switch your IP address with a click and show your location as being anywhere from Miami to Warsaw to Hong Kong. See how AVG stacks up against the best VPN Services.

AVG offers plans for multiple devices, but the plan you buy is device specific. So if you buy a VPN for your Mac, it will work only on Macs. If you want a VPN for PCs, you’ll have to get the specific Windows VPN. There isn’t an option that works for more than one kind of operating system.

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AVG offers a thirty-day free VPN trial of its service so you can try before you buy. If you do purchase the software and you're not happy with it, AVG offers a thirty-day money-back guarantee.

You can put Secure VPN software on as many computers as you like with one license. However, you can only use the VPN on one at a time.

Many AVG users report that their VPN software indicates that their license is only good for thirty days even though they've paid for a full year. This glitch can be resolved by going into Settings, clicking on "Account" and then clicking "Refresh license."

If you're interested in trying out AVG Secure VPN on your mobile device, you'll have to buy it first, but you'll get your money back if you decide not to keep it within thirty days of purchase.

AVG's VPN costs nearly twice as much as higher-rated VPN software products on the market.

In terms of user experience, simplicity is one of AVG's strongest features. But we'd prefer a little more complexity when it comes to private internet access.

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Pro BulletPeer-to-Peer (P2P) connections
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Con BulletSecondary VPN disruption

Many PC software applications fall short when they're converted to run on a Mac, but AVG's VPN was created using proprietary Apple programming, which means that it will run seamlessly on a Mac.

The VPN user interface is straightforward, with no complicated settings to confuse you.

AVG lets you make P2Ps through their data center connections, which means you can participate in anonymous torrent downloading on a secure network.

AVG offers a variety of handy customizable automation options for your VPN. It can automatically turn on whenever you're connected to an unsecured network, and it can start automatically when you turn on your computer or when you open the program. You can also enable and disable notifications that let you know when the VPN is working.

It does have a limited amount of servers, though. While 29 worldwide servers is sufficient for decent anonymity, it doesn't compare to top-rated Nord Avg secure vpn review 4,000.

And AVG Secure VPN doesn’t play well with others: if it detects that you're connected to another VPN, it may not work properly.

Protection and performance

We appreciate AVG's commitment to user privacy, but the Secure VPN lacks a few key security features that could leave you vulnerable, putting it behind the rest of the pack for VPNs.

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Pro BulletLight impact
Pro BulletHardwire and wireless security
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Con BulletDecember 2019 data breach
Con BulletSub-prime encryption
Con BulletNo kill switch
Con BulletWebRTC glitch

The biggest complaint among VPN users is that most VPN service providers track or "log" users' activity while they're using the VPN, making it feel less than safe. AVG has a no-log policy, which means your VPN browsing is completely private and ad-free.

Because VPNs encrypt traffic and data before sending them to a VPN server, they can often slow down your connection, but AVG Secure VPN doesn't seem to affect internet connectivity at all.

Note that you can use AVG Secure VPN to ensure privacy on both your hardwire and your wireless networks.

Now for the less-than-great features. AVG Secure VPN has a 256-bit encryption key, which isn't weak, but it's not the strongest out there. Other VPNs like Nord use 2,048-bit encryption.

VPNs aren't foolproof, and the second you lose your VPN connection, you'll also lose your privacy. Most VPNs have a kill switch built into the program that will automatically cut the internet connection if the VPN fails, but AVG doesn't come with this fail-safe.

WebRTC is a feature that is found in Windows, Mac OS X, and Android for browser B2B applications, and it can make your IP address visible even if you're using a VPN. AVG doesn't have a fix for this issue, but they are aware of it. They recommend disabling WebRTC in your browser or using a browser that doesn't use WebRTC, like Safari or Internet Explorer.

AVG Internet Security is an antivirus suite that protects your computer against malware infection, while AVG Secure VPN protects your online identity and activity from prying eyes. You can purchase them together to ensure both security and privacy.

Even though Avast and AVG merged in 2016, they still offer products under each name, and the VPN offerings are slightly different. Avast SecureLine VPN costs more than AVG, but it also has fifty-four server locations around the world, compared to AVG’s twenty-nine. Both VPN services use 256-bit encryption, and both have a no-logging policy.    

Browsing with your VPN turned on will change your IP address, which often triggers a warning from service providers like Gmail or Live Mail. This just means they’ve noticed that your account has been accessed from a different geographic location, which is actually a good sign, because it means your VPN is working properly. To resolve the situation, double-check that the server location you selected in AVG Secure VPN matches the one in the Gmail message and confirm it as your IP address.

Selecting servers close to you—preferably in the same country—will improve your connection speed, but that may not provide the full privacy or unrestricted access you’re looking for. If you want to access country-specific content, use a server located in that country. This will be easier if you have more server options available to you through your VPN.

VPNs are ideal for frequent travelers, especially those who frequently use public Wi-Fi or need to access American websites in countries where access is restricted. VPNs are also helpful if you prefer anonymous browsing or want to participate in unregulated online activities (like torrent downloading) and avoid government snooping.

If you already subscribe to AVG services and you want a name you can trust, then AVG Secure VPNmay be right for you. Its no-logging policy is a definite plus for those seeking privacy while browsing online, and its straightforward, easy-to-use interface is a great option for those who want something simple.

But if you're looking to go deep undercover, keep shopping around. There are other VPN providers out there with tougher encryption keys and more servers at a lower price. And we still hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Avast after its December 2019 breach.

How we evaluated AVG Secure VPN

To research our AVG Secure VPN review, we studied AVG's specifications and compared them with similar VPN products. We also read others' reviews on AVG Secure VPN and compared them with reviews for other VPN services. Visit SafeWise to find out more about our methodology.

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AVG Secure VPN

AVG Secure VPN is an app that makes it possible to securely connect to the internet through a VPN. This means you can not only evade geographic restrictions but also hackers interested in stealing your data while you’re connected to a public WiFi network.

Getting started with AVG Secure VPN is as easy as selecting a VPN server location. Once you’ve chosen a server to connect to, you can unblock apps, content, or websites with geographic restrictions in a matter of seconds. Not only that, but you can also keep your browsing hidden as you chat, email, or complete transactions to keep your private data secure.

The interface of AVG Secure VPN is simple and intuitive, and it just takes a couple of taps to modify your IP address and start a secure connection. While these features are only available during a seven-day free trial, you can extend the service for as many months or years as you need.

AVG Secure VPN is a great app that offers VPNs and proxy servers. Check it out, surf the web securely and anonymously, and watch geographic restrictions become a thing of the past.
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Virtual private network for PCs

AVG Secure VPN is a virtual private network software that adds another layer of security to your online activity. The AVG VPN is avg secure vpn review cross-platform application that is available on Android, Apple iOS, Mac, and Microsoft Windows PC desktops and mobile phone devices. While AVG offers a free trial, you will need to buy the subscription after a limited period of time.

What is AVG Secure VPN?

AVG Secure VPN will encrypt your connection to make sure that your confidential data is kept completely safe from hackers while you are on a private or public Wi-Fi network. Additionally, it will change your IP address to make sure that you are not being unwillingly tracked by HTTP cookies and websites.

You can avoid targeted advertisements by using the utility. You can connect to international VPN servers to unblock websites that are restricted within your country. A list of over 50 server locations that deliver streaming can be found within the “Streaming” tab in the server section of the user interface. While this software allows avg secure vpn review to play Netflix, users have reported that other streaming services are not available, such as Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

How do I use AVG Secure VPN?

The VPN service has a kill switch button to let you immediately block an unsafe interruption from escalating. You can turn the kill switch on by marking the box next to “Activate Kill Switch” within the “Network Security” tab in the settings. This VPN does not include a lot of customisation options.

AVG Secure VPN works with up to a total of 10 devices at the same time. The tool has a military-level encryption status of 256-bit AES standard to make sure that your information is not traced. The user interface has a simple design; you can easily turn on the VPN by clicking the button at the top of the screen.

You will see the current location that is set for your server within the center of the UI. If you want to change the destination, then you can tap the “Change location” link beneath the country and city name. A window will appear to let you scroll through lists of international servers: All, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and more.

Can AVG be trusted?

While the AVG Secure VPN app delivers highly secure encryption levels, the system will still log your information: operating system, software version, and the like. Although the amount of private information that AVG logs may not be as much as most free VPN applications, you can still download and install other VPN apps that have better a privacy policy and fewer logs like ExpressVPN and NordVPN.

Another aspect that makes AVG less desirable is the lack of customer support options. While you can call the customer service phone number, the website does not offer a live chat to let you quickly get help with issues.

Does AVG have a free VPN?

AVG Secure VPN is based on a subscription model that gives a temporary free trial to try before you will need to purchase the program. It does not require you to enter your payment information into the system to access the trial. Free VPN applications can be risky to use because the platforms often log your information.

This VPN is owned by the antivirus software company Avast. Additionally, Avast is responsible for the products: Avast Secureline VPN and HMA VPN. ExpressVPN and NordVPN are two of the best paid VPN alternatives to AVG Secure VPN.

ExpressVPN delivers the best user experience because of the easy-to-use interface. Additionally, ExpressVPN is known to have the quickest internet connection speeds available. While Express is completely anonymous and safe to use, NordVPN delivers optimal safety with the double protection feature that masks your IP address twice instead of only once. If you use Nord, then you may trade speed and simplicity for security.

Is AVG Secure VPN any good?

While AVG Secure VPN may not have the worst VPN review, the platform can improve protocols: customer support, privacy policy, and more. It will protect your personal information by encrypting your VPN connection. Additionally, your IP address will remain anonymous. You can choose from plenty of international servers to simulate the location of Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, among others.

The developers deliver new software updates on a consistent basis. Previous versions have increased the number of available devices, locations, and more features. The installation is available for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP operating systems.

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AVG VPN Review

AVG VPN extends the functionality of AVG’s antivirus software by allowing you to browse the internet privately and conceal your IP address. It doesn’t have any bandwidth or speed restrictions, so you can use the service across your devices as much as you want.

Although you can purchase AVG VPN as part of a larger AVG subscription, you can also purchase it separately. Here’s what you’ll pay for the initial term:

  • One year: $59.88
  • Two years: $95.76
  • Three years: $143.64

AVG offers discounts on the initial term, so your renewal price will be higher. On renewal, the cost is $89.99, $179.99 and $269.99 for one, two and three years, respectively.

Ten Simultaneous Connections Across Your Devices

Most VPN services allow you to connect up to five devices at once, but AVG VPN offers 10 simultaneous connections. That means you can have 10 devices actively connected to AVG VPN at once. For context, CyberGhost offers seven devices and TorGuard offers eight (both of these services rank among the best VPN providers).

AVG offers apps for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, so you can use it across your devices without any issues. Unfortunately, AVG doesn’t offer extensions for Firefox or Google Chrome, so you can’t use it on a Chromebook or exclusively through your browser.

Military-Grade Encryption

AVG uses AES-256 encryption for your connection. AES-256 is the cryptographic standard used by the U.S. government for highly sensitive information and is considered by cybersecurity experts to be impossible to crack. In short, AVG VPN comes with the security you need to keep your data safe.

Additionally, AVG doesn’t store activity logs. It logs some basic information about your connection, including timestamps of when you connect and disconnect and amount of data you transfer. It doesn’t log anything about what you do while connected, though, including your original IP address.

Part of AVG Ultimate

As we’ll get to next, AVG VPN doesn’t always measure up against the competition. However, it looks a lot more attractive as part of AVG Ultimate. AVG Ultimate bundles all of AVG’s services under one roof at a discounted price. It includes Internet Security, TuneUp and Secure VPN.

Internet Security is AVG’s antivirus package, and it includes protection for desktop and mobile. Beyond scanning for threats, Internet Security provides webcam protection, real-time threat detection and a firewall.

TuneUp boasts the ability to clean and speed up your devices. It does this by removing unnecessary and extraneous files, as well as updating programs and removing background processes. TuneUp is available on desktop, and AVG includes Cleaner Pro for mobile.

And, of course, there’s AVG VPN. AVG Ultimate is twice the price of AVG VPN alone, and that extra cost is worth it. As part of the security suite, AVG VPN turns from a Twixtor Pro 7.4.0 Crack+ Serial Key Free Download 2020 VPN provider into a useful security add-on with your antivirus software.

Источник: https://www.forbes.com/advisor/business/software/avg-vpn-review/

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