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Avast Secure Browser Review is a browser that puts the most emphasis on privacy and security, with features such as Bank Mode and anti-tracking technology. It has an integrated VPN, which lets you stay protected and access the internet quickly. It is based upon Chromium. This means that it appears, works and supports Chrome extensions.
Avast Secure Browser includes a variety of privacy and security extensions pre-installed. They include an adblocker, a antiphishing extension that allows for anti-tracking and fingerprint concealment, HTTPS encryption, extension guard, password manager, and even the ability double-check credentials on websites such as HaveIBeenPwned. All these extensions are available in the browser’s Security & Privacy Center. You can also modify each extension individually according to your preferences.
The ad blocker is robust, and the mode of strict blocking can be used to keep most ads out of sight. It also blocks flash files, which can help pages load faster. The browser is able to detect phishing websites and warn you of any scams. However this feature is not as powerful than Google’s Scam Alert.
The browser claims to be “track proof,” but this is actually a fancy way of saying that it uses the Do Not Track standard, which isn’t as secure as it should be. The browser’s anti-fingerprinting capabilities are also limited and only scrambles a small portion of the user agent string.