Comparison

TunnelBear review vs. Avast SecureLine review

⏳ Short on time? Here’s the overall winner.

The better choice between TunnelBear and Avast SecureLine is Avast SecureLine. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: Same quality
  • Features: TunnelBear has less features than Avast SecureLine
  • Speed: TunnelBear is faster than Avast SecureLine
  • Countries:  TunnelBear has less countries available than Avast SecureLine
  • Security: TunnelBear has worse security than Avast SecureLine
  • Price: TunnelBear is cheaper than Avast SecureLine
  • Compatibility: Same price
  • Support: TunnelBear has less options to contact support than Avast SecureLine

1. Privacy

I’ll start with a comparison of the most important aspect of any VPN - privacy. During review I will consider whether VPN logs anything (IP address, traffic, DNS logs, bandwidth, or any type of timestamps) and the jurisdiction of VPN’s country of origin.

NameTunnelBearAvast SecureLine
IP addressYesYes
DNSYes Yes
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthYesYes
TimestampsYesYes

TunnelBear is located in Canada which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries while Avast SecureLine is located in Czech Republic which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries.

It’s important to note that If you are like me and you will be using VPN only to unblock GEO-restricted content, privacy will not be that important factor but it’s still essential for any VPN.

2. Features

The next category I want to compare are features of TunnelBear and Avast SecureLine such as kill-switch, unblocking of streaming, support of P2P traffic (torrenting). I am a heavy user of various streaming platforms so for me it’s important whether VPN unblocks major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or BBC. I don’t do much torrenting but it’s always good to use a VPN while doing so. If this is an important factor for you, definitely look for a VPN which supports P2P traffic.

NameTunnelBearAvast SecureLine
Kill-switchYesYes
Streaming (Netflix)NoNo
P2P traffic - torrentsYesYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, TunnelBear has kill-switch, doesn't support streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside Avast SecureLine has kill-switch, doesn't support streaming services, and supports torrenting.

3. Speed

Being hidden behind VPN shouldn’t limit the speed of your connection. I’ve measured the speed of each VPN against a 100mbps connection - which should be sufficient for any activities including heavy streaming in 4K or downloading large files.

In my test TunnelBear was more on the below average side while Avast SecureLine had average speed. If there were no limits in speed on a 100mbps connection, I consider VPN a “fast” one. If the speed is limited somehow but still achieving decent values, I categorize it as “average”. The “slow” is usually used for VPNs which limit your bandwidth significantly.

4. Security

I will start by comparing the type of encryption TunnelBear and Avast SecureLine use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameTunnelBearAvast SecureLine
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN, IPSec and IKEv2OpenVPN UDP, IKEV2 and IPSec
IP leaksYesYes
DNS leaksYesYes

The most important factor of a VPN service is a strong encryption of the traffic which is forwarded through the VPN servers. The most common encryption types in cryptography are SHA encryption or AES encryption which are not really comparable against each other. There might be different lengths of encryptions (eg. 128-bit, 256-bit, 2048-bit) and while usually the higher is the better, for most use cases you will be fine with any encryption. Watch-out if there is no encryption at all. TunnelBear uses 256-bit and OpenVPN, IPSec and IKEv2 protocol and Avast SecureLine uses 256-bit and es 256-bit and OpenVPN UDP, IKEV2 and IPSec protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and TunnelBear had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while Avast SecureLine had No IP leaks and No DNS leaks. 

5. Price

Probably one of the most important decision factor for the majority of users will be price. Shocking? Not really. We all love to compare things and I am not different. It’s always good to get the best value for your hard-earned money, isn’t it? So let’s see whether TunnelBear or Avast SecureLine is cheaper.

NameTunnelBearAvast SecureLine
Price$4.99$6.66
Trial versionYesYes

6. Compatibility

TunnelBear supports 5 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Avast SecureLine on 10 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameTunnelBearAvast SecureLine
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
Linux
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with TunnelBear or Avast SecureLine you can reach out to their support via:

NameTunnelBearAvast SecureLine
LivechatNoNo
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoYes

Summary

TunnelBear ranked in our list on 88. position while Avast SecureLine. is on 66 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.