avast! SecureLine VPN – WiFi security and privacy shield
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
With the recent breaches in security including iOS 7’s bug, which had an Open SSL vulnerability (easily hackable background monitoring), and the very recent Heartbleed scare, which has affected thousands upon thousands of websites, its become more difficult to protect yourself and your information these days.
Even if you think your password is complicated enough that no one will be able to hack into your accounts, you can never be too sure. avast! SecureLine VPN, developed by AVAST software, on the other hand, wants to ensure that you can feel safe when browsing the internet.
Concept and Functionality:
A VPN is a Virtual Private Network which allows you to work on a public network privately. Therefore, the purpose of SecureLine VPN is to protect you from data theft by using a virtual encryption “tunnel” to secure your public Wifi connections.
If you’re using a private network that needs a Service Set Identifier (SSID), you won’t need to use SecureLine VPN. But if you’re in a public place such as Starbucks or Denny’s (or even my college campus), it’s probably a good thing to turn on SecureLine VPN just to be extra careful.
Setting it up doesn’t require too much effort on your part. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the screen after downloading the app. First, you’ll need to install the SecureLine VPN as a profile and then turn on your VPN under Settings so that it will be fully functioning.
Once you do that, you won’t need to do anything else. In addition to keeping you protected, this VPN will also help to lower your data usage.
There’s no doubting that being able to freely and securely surf the web is cool, but another really helpful feature that SecureLine VPN comes with is the ability to access servers located in multiple countries.
For example, when Turkey first blocked Twitter in the country, no one could access it. It deprived people of the right to speak out through this platform and made international news.
With this app, on the other hand, if you find that you aren’t able to access certain websites because of the server you’re on (due to government blocks or geo-restrict content), that’s no problem. With SecureLine VPN, you can choose to use servers in the United States (i.e. Seattle, San Jose, Miami, etc.) or even servers in Singapore, Amsterdam, Paris or Prague.
Also, because it encrypts communications it will go a long way towards keeping you secure from hackers and other potential threats.
avast! SecureLine VPN is extremely helpful, especially when you’re never quite sure whether you’re protected or not. Though the app is free for the first seven days of the trial, once it’s over, you will have to choose either a monthly ($2.99/month) or yearly ($19.99/year) subscription if you want to continue to use SecureLine VPN.
Though a lot of us are reluctant to pay for software, if you really care about privacy when using your mobile phone or tablet, for less than two dollars a month (if you buy the annual subscription), you can continue to use SecureLine VPN which is not a lot to spend at all. It’s a great deal for a very helpful app.
avast! SecureLine VPN requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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