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AVG Secure VPN Review

  • January 23, 2019

AVG Secure VPN creates a tunnel between your computer and the destination website. It is a necessary protection against hackers who want to steal your information.

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TOP FEATURES

  • 50 fast servers to choose from
  • Uses military-grade AES 256-bit encryption
  • Can connect up to 5 devices at once
  • FAST download speeds for streaming
  • Able to access almost any site you like
4/5

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Installation
4.5/5
Security
5/5
User Friendliness
4.5/5
Features
4/5
Support
5/5
Speed and Stability
4/5

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AVG is best known for its line of antivirus and Internet security products. However, it also offers a simple and secure VPN. When it comes to Internet security, it may seem redundant to you to have an antivirus, Internet security package, and a VPN.

However, hackers have become very clever at stealing your private information, particularly passwords and bank account numbers. Each of these products offers its own unique type of protection and they do not overlap. It is sort of like having three specialists on hand to do the job.

You may be wondering if AVG Secure VPN is as good as its competitors. We tested it, so let’s take a look at what they have to offer and how they perform.

  • Overview

There are three places where hackers may try to steal your personal information. One is when you access an Internet website. The next is as you are transmitting data through the many different routers and hubs through which your information must travel. The third is actually breaking into your system and installing malware. Antivirus is meant to protect your system from downloading malware or viruses. Internet security solutions help you to avoid clicking on websites that will redirect you to another site that steals your password. A VPN covers security as your data is being transmitted across the Internet. This is why you need all three security measures.

PROS

  • Interface is easy to understand
  • Does not slow download speeds significantly
  • Comes as part of a complete antivirus and internet security set of products
  • Affordable price
  • 30-day trial available
  • Fast and stable connection
  • Uses AES 256-bit encryption
  • Connect up to 5 devices at once

CONS

  • Not as many options to configure it yourself
  • Not as many server locations as other companies
  • No kill switch

BOTTOMLINE

  • This is a great antivirus software to use for beginners because there are not a lot of things to learn. It has fast speeds but does not have a wide selection of servers to choose from. It is a great software if you already have AVG antivirus products.

When it comes to performance, speed plays an important role, but there are many other things to consider before deciding which antivirus software you should try. Now, let’s examine some of the features and characteristics of AVG Secure VPN.

  • Compatibility

Compatibility is important. If you already have AVG antivirus and AVG Internet security, then you can be certain that AVG Secure VPN is compatible with your system. AVG VPN works on PC, Mac, Android, and will soon work on iOS systems. For windows, you must be running at least Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 or higher in either 32 or 64-bit. You must have at least 2 GB of free space on your hard disk and 1 GB of RAM. It can be used with Intel Pentium 4 or an AMD Athlon 64 processor, and it must support SSE2 instructions.

If you are on a Mac, you must be running MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer. If you are on an android device, you must have at least Oreo for your system to work with AVG. AVG for iOS is still under development and is expected to be released soon.

  • Interface Setup

The first thing that you want to make certain is that you are on the correct website. It should look like this.

This is especially important for this product because there is a company out there that is posing as AVG, but it is not. It is important not to download the software from a third-party website or a page that does not look like the one above.

Now that you are on the correct website, all you have to do is click the green button if you are on a PC, or navigate to your chosen device. After that, the website will walk you through an automated and simple download and set up process. The entire process only took less than 15 minutes and it was easy to understand.

If you have AVG as part of an entire suite of AVG products, the interface will look like this. When you want to manage or to on your VPN, you simply go to the Secure VPN icon.

  • Security Performance

The one thing that we did not like about AVG VPN is that it does not have a kill switch. A kill switch is an automatic code in the software that will constantly monitor your VPN connection. If the kill switch senses that you’re VPN is about to become disconnected, it will terminate your Internet connection before unit even know there is something wrong. This means that you do not have to worry about being on the Internet without your VPN engaged because of an accidental disruption in the service. This means that you will need to monitor your connection and disconnect the Internet if you see that the VPN has become disconnected.

One important thing to mention is that no IP or DNS leaks were detected. They do not keep any logs of your activity online. Even if a government authority were to ask them for those records, they do not have them, because they do not keep them.

You also need to know that AVG is located in the Czech Republic, which is a member of the Five-Eyes Alliance. However, because they do not keep logs of your activity, this should not be problematic. It may be noted that in their privacy policy they do keep logs of your connection times and other basic information that is needed to perform their service.

  • Connection Speed

The first thing for everyone is usually speed. However, we feel that speed is important, but it must be taken into consideration with all of the other factors when evaluating a VPN. There are several factors that can influence the speed of your service. First, the proximity and speed of the server that you are using can affect how fast you download, and whether you experience offering.

We are located in the US and have a system that typically averages 100 mbps downloads without the VPN. When we tested AVG VPN, we were still able to maintain speeds in the 90s on most US servers. On US servers, we found that we hardly noticed any type of slow down when using the VPN.

It was a different story when we tested the UK servers. The UK servers averaged about 70 mbps when connected to the VPN. When we tried tormenting from the London server are speeds went down to about 30 mbps. We felt this was a significant drop and it did cause buffering, frequent disconnections, and was an overall unreliable service. What we don’t know is if UK servers would perform better if you were located in the UK. However, it seems that the closer you are to the server, the faster speeds you get.

  • Features

The next thing you may want to know is how well you can connect to sites that you want to one block. For instance, if you have a Netflix or Hulu subscription in the United States and you are traveling overseas, you will need to be able to unblock services in order to access your content. AVG does offer some specialty services for streaming these types of services in the United States and the United Kingdom. They worked well with Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and a number of other platforms. One thing that we liked is that it worked just as well whether you were on a PC, Mac, or Android device. The service does allow torrenting and P2P sharing.

  • Final Opinion

Overall, we felt that AVG was an excellent service, even though it did not offer all of the features that its competitors do. We felt that it was especially a good deal if you purchase it with all of the other software that the service has to offer. The advantage in purchasing the VPN as part of the package is that you can be sure the software is designed to work with the other elements of the security system. One thing we did like is that it the system safe when using a public Wi-Fi service. As part of a complete security system, we would definitely recommend purchasing AVG Secure VPN as an add on to an otherwise excellent antivirus software program.

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