Avast VPN vs ExpressVPN: Prologue
- What is Avast SecureLine VPN?
Avast SecureLine VPN is an online privacy and anonymity software developed by company Avast Software s.r.o.
Based in Prague, Czech Republique (a country in Central Europe), they have been working in the field of cybersecurity since 1988.
- What is ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN is also online privacy and anonymity software, which is developed by ExpressVPN International Ltd, registered in the British Virgin Islands.
Who Can Unlock Netflix?
ExpressVPN is the one that was successful at unlocking geo-blocked Netflix content.
Based in Morocco, the kids’show Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom is not yet available for me to watch.
When I try to access this kids’ show from Google without using any VPN, I get this reminder button waiting for me :
When I’ve used Avast SecureLine VPN to connect to a USA server, the reminder button switched to Play, but when I click it, unfortunately, Netflix shows me this error.
Directly after disconnecting Avast VPN and connecting my internet to a USA server using ExpressVPN, the button started showing and working.
At first, I thought there was something wrong with me, maybe I should clear my browser cookies or something similar. But I repeated tests and I was sure that the problem is from Avast SecureLine VPN.
Who is the fasted one
Avast SecureLine VPN was the fastest one during my tests.
- Before using the Avast SecureLine VPN:
- After using Avast SecureLine VPN (Portugal ~500 miles away from me):
Usually, after using VPN software, my internet speed decreases a little bit.
With Avast SecureLine VPN, it was even increased a little bit. But I count it as keeping the same because my internet service provider does not throttle my internet, which can explain the increase in internet speed.
- Before using ExpressVPN:
- After using ExpressVPN (Portugal ~500 miles away from me):
As you see, the decrease in download speed after using ExpressVPN is very minimum.
Who is really offering privacy?
Starting with Avast, the company is based in Czech, outside the 5-eyes alliance, which is a good thing for your privacy.
What is exactly this minimum data?
For Avast VPN, they collect timestamps of your connections, the subnet of your origination IP address, the IP address of the VPN server you are using, and the amount of data transmitted.
All these data are collected and stored for 30 days. Which they both do.
Reading the Avast VPN privacy page, it was written in the classic way, which let me feel that it was written to hide something.
When we compare just what we have now, Avast VPN collect timestamps of your connections (ExpressVPN, doesn’t), Avast VPN collects the subnet of your real IP (ExpressVPN, doesn’t), IP address of the used server (ExpressVPN, doesn’t).
More than this, Avast has already been removed from the Firefox store for breaking its privacy rules, because both of Avast browser extensions caught spying on users.
Unlike this, in 2017, the Turkish authorities tried to access data about an ExpressVPN user, they didn’t succeed because there is no information originally recorded, due to the technology named TrustedServer used by ExpressVPN.
From all of this, I feel that I am more private using the ExpressVPN service.
Who has the most coverage?
ExpressVPN does not have the highest number of total servers compared to all existing VPN companies, between this two it does.
ExpressVPN offers 3000+ servers in 160 VPN server locations across 94 countries.
Avast SecureLine VPN didn’t announce the number of total servers, but what we know now is that they cover only 54 cities in 34 countries.
Moreover, the majority of Avast VPN availability is focused only in Europe and the USA. Unlike its competitor, ExpressVPN has global coverage.
If we take the continent I live in as an example which is Africa, Avast VPN has only one server location in South Africa, ExpressVPN offers the same thing plus three other server locations (Algeria, Kenya, and Egypt).
Who is the Safest VPN provider?
In order to know which one is the safest, we should see the encryption used, the protocols, leak tests, and safety features availability.
For encryption, they both use the highest-standard one available right now, which is 256-bit AES.
If you don’t know, encryption is the thing that makes your information unreadable if they reach the hands of any person.
The available protocols I see in VPNs is :
– Lightway UDP: Optimized for speed, security and stability.
– OpenVPN UDP: Better for speed and security.
– OpenVPN TCP: Slower than UDP.
– IKEv2: Fast.
– L2TP/IPsec: Lower security.
To make things easy for you, the best well-known of all of these protocols which is OpenVPN-UDP is available with ExpressVPN for all of his server locations on all supported platforms.
With Avast SecureLine VPN, I’m not sure about the availability per location, but what I know is that this protocol is not available for macOS users.
- DNS & IPv6 leak test:
DNS & IPv6 leak test is a test when we can be sure about not leaking your connection real identity during a session.
Fortunately, both of this VPN software passed these tests with success.
Kill-switch is a very important feature that blocks your connection when it feels that your internet connection is about to drop.
With ExpressVPN, these features are available on all supported platforms. Unfortunately, Avast SecureLine VPN has it only for macOS users.
Who Is the Best for Torrenting
If we talk speed, they both offer great speeds,
One, as we’ve seen above, Avast collects more information compared to ExpressVPN.
Two, Avast VPN doesn’t offer the Kill-Switch feature for Windows users.
With usability, I mean how easy it is to use.
- Avast SecureLine VPN user interface:
- ExpressVPN user interface:
Both offer an intuitive user-interface.
For me personally, customer support is one of the most important things in any VPN, because electronic software are known for their instability.
Unlocking Netflix this month isn’t a guarantee to do it a month later, and this is why I prioritize the easiness of access to customer support.
I don’t know whether I am the only one who can see the 24/7 live chat as a necessity to get to customer support, I hate using a phone call to get support. This way, I’m obliged to do only one thing, which is waiting for the other person to answer my phone call.
With 24/7 live chat support, I can send drop them a question and when it’s convenient for me and I’ll check for it again when it convenient for me.
Long story short, they both have essential tutorials, but I found that the ones from ExpressVPN are more organized and easy to navigate.
Phone call support is only available with Avast SecureLine VPN.
24/7 live chat is available only with ExpressVPN, and it has proven its speed on more than one occasion.
During the writing of ExpressVPN review and this comparison, I contacted ExpressVPN support several times for information and they are quick to receive the question and answer it than if I asked the same question over the phone with Avast SecureLine VPN.
This is what is always stopping me from contacting Avast VPN support:
Multi-step form and the last one is this above.
Prices, Subscriptions, guarantees, and Free Trial
I prefer value over price because if something is cheaper and doesn’t work, for me it’s a loss compared to another pricier solution, and this is what happens in this comparison.
I only said this to give you my own opinion on this point, now let’s analyze subscriptions, prices, and guarantees.
For subscription plans, ExpressVPN offers monthly/bi-annually/annual plans.
For ExpressVPN, it offers plans for 1-year/2-years/3-years
The cheapest price per month ($3.99) is with Avast SecureLine VPN for a 2-years subscription.
With ExpressVPN, the cheapest price per month is $6.67, for the first 15 months.
Both offer 30-days money-back guarantees. I didn’t test them for a refund yet, but I feel that it will be much easier with ExpressVPN.
- Free trial:
Avast SecureLine VPN is the only one that offers a free trial for (7-days) that doesn’t require any credit card.
During my test of Avast VPN, I accidentally found a way to get a 60-days free trial. I’ve published a special article about it: How to (legally) Get a 60-Days FREE Avast SecureLine VPN Licence Key.
Avast SecureLine VPN vs ExpressVPN: The Winner Is …
Definitely, I will recommend ExpressVPN.
When we talk VPNs, privacy, security, and the ability to unlock streaming platforms like Netflix is what a great VPN software. And ExpressVPN has them all.