Avast Passwords: Is It Worth It?

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    Avast is known for their antivirus software, SafeZone browser, and Secureline VPN.

    Avast Passwords is their manager add-on to all of these other consumer-oriented internet security products.

    The tool is a decent option to store sensitive data, like strong passwords, credit card details, and secure notes inside their password vault protected by military-grade encryption.

    But does it offer anything else or is it all you get?

    Let’s compare the pros and cons in this in-depth, hands-on Avast Passwords review.

    Avast Passwords Pros

    #1.Good Overall Usability

    My overall experience with Avast was terrific, and I just breezed through all the functions.

    However, getting started with the tool was not at all pleasing. The initial installation process is pretty tedious, and the app takes way longer to install than other similar programs.

    In my case, it took me more than 20 minutes to finish the entire installation process. And part of this delay is because of the free anti-virus that comes along with the password manager.

    But on the other hand, that’s a blessing in disguise because you’re getting two products in one package. And this anti-virus is the first thing you see when you launch the app.

    avast first screen

    You can either run a test scan or go straight to the ‘Privacy’ section and select ‘Passwords’ among the different panels and click ‘Get Started’.

    avast get started

    It’ll then ask you to add a browser extension. Go ahead and do that. Otherwise, the auto-fill and password generator won’t work.

    And once you’ve done that, you are ready to start storing secure passwords and other details. Either import your unique passwords or click ‘Add Manually’.

    avast save password

    Next, fill all the details and finally, click ‘Save’. It’s that simple!

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    Now, following the same procedure, you can add credit card details and notes, too.

    #2. Fast Autofill

    The auto-fill function of Avast Passwords is much quicker than many of the advanced programs.

    Once you open a site whose credentials are stored in the vault, it automatically fills the details for you. So, all you need to do is hit that ‘login’ button.

    avast auto fill

    Similarly, while creating a new account on any app, you can notice the orange ‘Key’ icon on the password field. That is to help you come up with strong, random passwords automatically.

    avast password generator

    And the automatic password generator can suggest up to 30 characters long passwords, which are literally impossible for anyone to guess.

    So, I would recommend going for the most complex combinations. Because, eventually, it’s Avast who’s going to do the hard work of remembering those passwords.

    #3. Basic Password Strength Validation

    There is no detailed password report (more on that in the ‘cons’ below).

    But they still give you a basic indicator on the form capture feature when you go to add a site:

    avast password checker

    These different colors indicate the level of strength. For example, if it shows red, your password is weak. If it’s orange or green, your password is moderate or strong, respectively.

    #4. Desktop and Mobile Apps, Plus Browser Extensions Available

    With zero restrictions on device compatibility, Avast is a perfect tool for most major apps.

    It works across Windows and Mac. And mobile devices are also covered with iOS and Android apps.

    Syncing your main username and password across any app is no problem. So you’ll get real-time protection on a device.

    The other bit of good news is that while there is the standalone Avast SafeZone browser product, they also provide a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, too.

    #5. A Complete Internet Security Suite with “Avast Ultimate”

    Look:

    Cyber crime is only going to get worse. That means every single Internet browser needs protection and help.

    We can quibble about whether I’d recommend Avast Passwords as the best password manager out there (spoiler: I don’t).

    But the fact that Avast does provide an easy solution for Internet security with their suite of products is overall a good thing for non-technical consumers.

    So you can at least rest assured that this Avast Passwords works well with their other “Avast Ultimate” products suite, like:

    • Antivirus program
    • Malware protection
    • Secureline VPN (for Wi-Fi network protection)
    • Avast Cleanup Premium
    • Smart scan
    • Software updator

    Avast Passwords Cons

    #1. No Two-Factor Authentication

    Avast Passwords is excellent in doing basic jobs but fails drastically in terms of security.

    Due to the lack of any multi-factor or two-factor authentication, your account is always prone to unauthorized access.

    #2. No Sharing or Family Account Plans

    You can’t share your account or passwords with other people unfortunately. In comparison, 1Password has both family and business-oriented plans so sharing secure passwords with other people is no problem at all.

    It also doesn’t work offline, either.

    Usually, you’d think these types of limitations would only show up on a free option like the open source Keepass. But in this case, even Keepass throws in a few of these features for no additional cost.

    #3. No Strong Password Audit

    Once again, as I mentioned in the ‘Pros’ section, there is no account audit report available at all. It can show you only the strength of your password. And that’s it!

    It can’t spot repeated weak passwords or alert you of any security breach that other password managers usually do.

    Avast Passwords Plans & Pricing

    Avast has a free and a paid version of its password manager.

    The paid version costs $19.99/year and can be paid via credit cards or PayPal.

    avast pricing

    avast payment methods

    However, Avast didn’t add any special features to this paid license, and also, there isn’t any money-back guarantee offer.

    Do I recommend Avast Passwords?

    No, I don’t recommend Avast Passwords.

    Here’s why:

    • It can do only entry-level stuff like store and fill login details
    • It lacks many vital account features like two-factor and multi-factor authentication, security audit, and more.
    • The paid version has nothing special in it to be honest. So there’s not a huge incentive to upgrade.
    • There are much better password managers out there that offer way more than this tool.

    Dashlane password manager or LastPass are better alternatives in our opinion. You can compare those two here.