Since each of our last review, Avast has produced some sound improvements. The apps are certainly more consumer-friendly now support a range of protocols including OpenVPN, the industry-standard; the new beta Mimic process to circumvent VPN recognition and get you linked in VPN-unfriendly locations; and a destroy switch that automatically disconnects your system if your interconnection drops. Additionally, it updates the warrant canary tri-monthly to warn users of any gag orders (though we’ve found it’s never on top of modernizing, which is a minor worrying).
The Windows and Android software take up a bit more display screen real estate than some of the competition, but they have a clean style that’s simple to use, familiar from Avast’s anti-virus software. In addition, it has a pre-installed tutorial that walks you through the essentials and talks about how the features work. That supports a range of protocols across the program, with the exception of iOS devices which only have the IPSec and IKEv2/IPsec options. Additionally, it offers divided tunneling, Wi-Fi Threat Face shield and local network bypass. In addition, it lets you established your VPN location via a list, which is helpful if you need to change servers out and about or just for specific intentions like communicate.