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23 Jan 2019 16:00

Avast SecureLine VPN Updated to Include Android TV Support

Tech security company Avast has released improvements to its Avast SecureLine VPN in a new patch

David Hughes
By David HughesStaff Writer

On January 21, Prague-based tech security firm Avast (also the owner of VPN HideMyAss!) released a new version of its popular VPN, Avast SecureLine.

Going by the designation Avast SecureLine 5.4.10305, the fresh update aims at improving the overall user experience of the VPN app.

This latest version now features support for Smart TVs running Android TV, as well as support for Nvidia Shield TV and Mi Box. This means added security against hackers and privacy for your big-screen experience alongside the app’s unlimited bandwidth. These are welcome additions to the app, which is already also available for iOS, Windows and MacOS.

Avast Secureline scored 7.1 when we tested it, and we found it to be a solid VPN for beginners. Its new update includes easier customization for connection settings, VPN access via the notification panel, and overall enhanced stability and minor bug corrections.

It has also enhanced support for Android 8.1 Oreo – the latest version of the mobile operating system which rolled out earlier this month.

One of our issues with the app was the lack of manual customization options which, by the looks of this updated version, Avast seems to have gone some way towards rectifying.

If you’re looking to primarily use your VPN for streaming, be it via Android TV, Apple TV or any other device or platform, be sure you pick a provider that strikes a good balance between speed and security.

In addition to a kill switch, which severs your internet connection should the VPN cut out, don’t forget to ensure that your choice also guarantees access to your favourite streaming services.