Comparison

VPN.ac review vs. Avast SecureLine review

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

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

  • Privacy: VPN.ac has better privacy features than Avast SecureLine
  • Features: VPN.ac has less features than Avast SecureLine
  • Speed: Same quality
  • Countries:  VPN.ac has less countries available than Avast SecureLine
  • Security: VPN.ac has better security than Avast SecureLine
  • Price: VPN.ac is cheaper than Avast SecureLine
  • Compatibility: Same price
  • Support: VPN.ac 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.

NameVPN.acAvast SecureLine
IP addressYesYes
DNSNo Yes
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthNoYes
TimestampsYesYes

VPN.ac is located in Romania which is not 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 VPN.ac 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.

NameVPN.acAvast SecureLine
Kill-switchYesYes
Streaming (Netflix)NoNo
P2P traffic - torrentsLimitedYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, VPN.ac 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 VPN.ac was more on the 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 VPN.ac and Avast SecureLine use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameVPN.acAvast SecureLine
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP and IPsecOpenVPN UDP, IKEV2 and IPSec
IP leaksYesYes
DNS leaksNoYes

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. VPN.ac uses 256-bit and OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP and IPsec 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 VPN.ac 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 VPN.ac or Avast SecureLine is cheaper.

NameVPN.acAvast SecureLine
Price$3.75$6.66
Trial versionNoYes

6. Compatibility

VPN.ac supports 6 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:

NameVPN.acAvast SecureLine
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
Linux
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

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

NameVPN.acAvast SecureLine
LivechatNoNo
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoYes

Summary

VPN.ac ranked in our list on 51. position while Avast SecureLine. is on 66 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.