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January 28th, 2014

avast! SecureLine protects your Android or iPhone from cybercriminal surveillance

post-enEven with precautions like complex passwords, limiting what you share on Facebook, and avoiding banking on unsecure WiFi networks, we know now that our online  searches, websites we visit, and emails we send can easily be snooped on by cybercrooks. Public WiFi at the local coffee shop or airport is convenient, but it’s not safe. Cybercrooks can easily access and steal your personal data when you connect to these unprotected networks.

“Unfortunately hacking isn’t a complicated process – there are tools available online that anyone can easily use to steal personal data,” says Ondrej Vlček, Chief Technology Officer at AVAST. “We created avast! SecureLine VPN to allow users to browse the web anonymously and safely, especially while using open WiFi.”

AVAST has offered a VPN service with all of AVAST’s free and premium products. Now we have avast! SecureLine for Android and updated for iOS devices, so you can securely use your PCs, smartphones, and tablets on unsecure WiFi networks while traveling or in your favorite cafe.

“Hackers target public hotspots, where it’s easy to follow every move that users of the WiFi connection make, allowing them to access emails, passwords, documents, and browsing behavior,” said Vincent Steckler, Chief Executive Officer of AVAST Software. “Open WiFi is not going away – we just need to make sure there’s a more secure way to connect, which is why we offer avast! SecureLine VPN for PCs, iPads, iPhones and Android devices.”

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How avast! SecureLine protects your data and identity

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.  avast! SecureLine VPN creates a private ‘tunnel’ through the internet for your data to travel through, and everything – your web browsing history, your email, your IMs, your VOIP, everything –  inbound and outbound through the tunnel is encrypted. Even if your data is intercepted, your identity is protected, since avast! SecureLine masks your IP address.

IMG-georestrictionsmFor those of you interested in technical specs, here are the highlights:

  • avast! Secureline VPN is using OpenVPN protocol.
  • The encryption used is 256bit AES.
  • Communication on all ports is encrypted.

BONUS Feature: Those of you who live or travel in parts of world without access to foreign services and restricted content (NetflixPandora, etc.) will now have a solution with avast! SecureLine. :-)

How to get avast! SecureLine

avast! SecureLine VPN is available as a monthly subscription for $2.59 or as a yearly subscription for $19.99 for Android on Google Play and for $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year for iOS in the Apple App Store.

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