Avast Secure Browser Review

Avast Secure Browser Review

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Avast Secure Browser Review is a browser that puts the highest importance on privacy and security, with features such as Bank Mode and anti-tracking technology. It comes with a built-in VPN that allows you to stay safe and connect to the internet quickly. It is based on Chromium, meaning that it is similar to Chrome and supports Chrome extensions as well as its own set of security-oriented extensions.

Avast Secure Browser includes a variety of security and privacy extension that are pre-installed. This includes an adblocker, a antiphishing extension and an extension to block tracking and fingerprint masking, HTTPS encryption, extension guard, password manager, and even the ability double-check credentials on websites like HaveIBeenPwned. All of these extensions within the browser’s Security & Privacy Center. You can also modify each extension individually based on your preferences.

The ad blocker is robust and the strict blocking mode can be used to keep the majority ads out of view. It also blocks flash files, which can help pages load faster. The browser can also detect websites that are phishing and warn you of any potential scams however this feature isn’t as reliable than Google’s Scam Alert feature.

The browser claims to “track proof,” which is just an euphemism for the Do Not Track standard. The Do Not Track standard isn’t as strong as it could be. The browser’s anti-fingerprinting capabilities are also limited and only scramble a portion your user agent’s string.