avast is among the top-rated security suites in the field. It’s powerful on desktop and mobile device protection as well as scanning for malware. It also has a number of other features like an anti-theft system and software updater. Sandboxing technology is also included that scans for unknown files before they are run on your device or computer.
Avast’s interface is clean and simple. The dashboard shows all of the tools that the suite can provide, with clearly defined icons. The menu bar and settings are clearly labeled and any issues that arise appear in a message tab on the dashboard. Avast’s comprehensive scan has minimal impact on system performance, and the suite scores high in protection tests against various types of malware, like ransomware.
Avast, however, was in the news in the late of 2019 and into 2021 when it began collecting and selling user data through the feature called Jumpshot. Thankfully, Avast has halted this practice. It affirms that it no longer collects any personal information of users to be used for marketing.
Avast offers a range of subscription plans for individuals and companies. The basic home plan gives protection for up to five devices. Paid options offer more coverage as well as additional features, such as an account manager for passwords or ad blocking. Avast’s business plans have even more flexibility and other security features such as an encryptor for internet traffic as well as an USB port monitor to block the use of unauthorized removable storage, and a virtual private network to ensure secure browsing.