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At American Express, we value your trust and respect your privacy. Explore our Privacy Disclosures

to learn more about our policies, principles, and notices.

Effective Date: September 25, 2018

At American Express, we are committed to safeguarding your privacy. We want you to know how we may collect, use, share, and keep information about you and the choices that are available to you.

When we provide American Express products or services to you, we may also give you specific additional details about how we will use your Personal Information. If you have an American Express product or service that is not provided by American Express (such as a card issued by one of our partner banks), please review the relevant privacy notice that covers such product or service or contact your product or service provider for information about their privacy practices.

This online privacy statement applies to American Express websites, online applications («apps») that run on smart phones, tablets, and other devices that link to this statement. It does not apply to those websites that have their own online privacy statements including the American Express Network website, amexnetwork.com.

Our websites and apps are not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly solicit data online from, or market online to, children under 13 years of age.

Since we may change this online privacy statement, we recommend that you check the current version available from time to time. If we make changes to this statement, we will update the “Effective Date” at the top of this page.

What information does this Online Privacy Statement cover?

  • Visit or use our website or apps;
  • Receive or reply to electronic communications from us;
  • View or click on our ads or other online content; and
  • Interact with us through social media websites and other websites and applications.

In this statement, we also explain how we may combine Online Information with Other Information and how we then use the combined information.

What information do we collect online and how do we collect it?

The types of information we collect depends on which product or service you use.

Sometimes you give information directly to us (or to our Service Providers). For example, you might give us your name, account number, email, mailing address, phone number, or date of birth when you:

  • fill out an online form or survey, including when you book travel with us;
  • register, log into or update the settings on your account using our online services;
  • enter a competition or register for a marketing offer;
  • or buy something on our websites.

We (and our Service Providers or Third-Party Ad-Servers) also collect information through Cookies and Similar Technologies. Most Cookies and Similar Technologies will only collect De-Identified Information such as how you arrive at our website or your general location. However, certain Cookies and Similar Technologies do collect Personal Information. For example, if you click Remember Me when you log in to our website, a cookie will store your username.

  • the device you use to browse our websites or to access our apps (for example, we may collect information about the operating system or the browser version and the type of device you use to open electronic communications from us);
  • the IP address and information related to that IP address (such as domain information, your internet provider and general geographic location);
  • browsing history on our website or in our apps (such as what you search for, the pages you view, how long you stay, and how often you come back);
  • how you search for our website, from which websites you link to our website, and which of our Business Partners’ websites you visit;
  • which ads or online content from us and our Business Partners you view, access, or click on;
  • your browsing and app use activities over time, and across other websites and apps, following your visit to one of our websites or apps (Service Providers or Third-Party Ad-Servers perform such activities on our behalf);
  • the likely associations among different browsers and devices;
  • whether you open our electronic communications and which parts you click on;
  • and the location of your mobile device (for example, when you use mobile websites or apps to register to receive location-based content).

We (and our Service Providers or Third-Party Ad-Servers) may also collect information made available through third-party platforms and apps (such as online social media platforms), through online databases or directories, or that is otherwise legitimately obtained. This information may be governed by the privacy notice(s) provided by the third party at the time of collection.

How do we use the information we collect about you?

  • deliver products and services, including to:
  • recognize you when you return to our websites or use our apps across multiple devices;
  • complete transactions;
  • tell you about updates to your accounts, products, and services;
  • update you about new features and benefits;
  • answer questions and respond to your requests made through our websites and through third-party websites (including social media);
  • use the location of your mobile device for location-based services that you may request;
  • determine how to best provide services to you and manage your accounts, such as the best way and time to contact you;
  • improve our websites or apps and make them easier to use;
  • advertise and market our products and services – and those of our Business Partners – including to:
  • present content or ads online that are tailored to your interests, including Targeted Advertising, across multiple devices; send or provide you with ads, promotions, and offers;
  • analyze whether our ads, promotions, and offers are effective;
  • help us determine whether you may be interested in new products or services;
  • provide location-based content and advertising personalization;
  • conduct research and analysis, including to:
  • better understand our customers and our website visitors or app users;
  • allow you to give feedback by rating and reviewing our products and services and those of our Business Partners;
  • produce data analytics, statistical research, and reports;
  • review and change our products and services; manage fraud and security risk, including to:
  • detect and prevent fraud or criminal activity;
  • safeguard the security of your information;
  • assess credit risks relating to our business, including to:
  • evaluate and process your applications for our products and services and manage your existing accounts; and
  • use it in other ways as required or permitted by law or with your consent.

American Express has relationships with several third-party advertising networks and social media partners (also known as Advertising Partners) that allow us to serve you with targeted advertising that is relevant to you when you are on a third-party website. We only work with Advertising Partners who adhere to industry standards and provide you with the ability to opt out of such targeted advertising. We encourage you to learn more about targeted advertising and the choices you have by referring to the privacy statement and ad preferences of our Advertising Partners.

How do we share your information?

We may share Personal Information as requires or as permitted by law, with:

  • credit bureaus and similar institutions to report or ask about your financial circumstances, and to report or collect debts you owe;
  • regulatory authorities, courts, and governmental agencies to comply with legal orders, legal or regulatory requirements, and government requests;
  • our Service Providers, regulatory authorities, and governmental agencies to detect and prevent fraud or criminal activity, and to protect the rights of American Express or others;
  • the American Express Family of Companies;
  • our Service Providers who perform services for us and help us operate our business (we require Service Providers to safeguard Personal Information and only use your Personal Information for the purposes we specify);
  • financial institutions or Co-brand Partners with whom we jointly offer or develop products and services, in connection with those joint offering; or
  • necessary parties in the context of a sale of all or part of the American Express Family of Companies or their assets.

We only share Personal Information with third parties for their own use with your consent, or, if applicable, as otherwise described in the Business Card Privacy Notice.

We may transfer Personal Information to Service Providers or companies within the American Express Family of Companies throughout the world, for example, to process transactions and provide you with our products or services. Regardless of where we process your information, we still protect it in the manner described in this online privacy statement and according to the applicable laws.

How do we handle Aggregated and De-identified Information?

Aggregated Information or De-identified Information does not identify you individually; it helps analyze patterns among groups of people. We may share Aggregated Information or De-identified Information in several ways, for example;

  • for the same reasons as we might share Personal Information
  • with Business Partners to help develop and market products or services and present targeted content and Targeted Advertising;
  • with Business Partners to conduct analysis and research about customers and website visitors; or
  • with Third-Party Ad-Servers to place ads (including ads of our Business Partners) on various websites and apps, and to analyze the effectiveness of those ads.

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Avast Secure Browser — FAQs

This article answers questions related to Avast Secure Browser installed on Windows, Mac, and Android.

General

What is Avast Secure Browser?

Avast Secure Browser is a web browser with built-in security and privacy features to keep you safe online. The distinctive Security & Privacy Center includes a collection of tools and features that enable you to manage your online privacy, identity, and personal data.

You can download Avast Secure Browser directly from the Avast website.

How does Avast Secure Browser protect my security and privacy?

Avast Secure Browser includes a range of features and tools that are designed to maximize your online security, such as Bank Mode, Webcam Guard, and an improved version of Anti-Fingerprinting. All built-in security and privacy features are available in the Security & Privacy Center.

Avast Secure Browser includes a range of features and tools that are designed to maximize your online security, such as Webcam Guard and Anti-Fingerprinting. All built-in security and privacy features are available in the Security & Privacy Center.

Avast Secure Browser includes a range of features and tools that are designed to maximize your online security. Avast Secure Browser automatically encrypts your online data, blocks spies and ads, and allows you to connect to the internet via a VPN without sacrificing browser speed.

What’s included in the paid version of Avast Secure Browser?

The free version of the app automatically connects to the fastest VPN location possible for your device. When you activate the paid version of Avast Secure Browser, you can choose from our full list of VPN locations.

Download and Installation

What are the system requirements for Avast Secure Browser?

  • Windows 10 except Mobile and IoT Core Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 8/8.1 except RT and Starter Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 7 SP1 or higher, any Edition (32 or 64-bit)
  • Windows compatible PC with Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 processor or above (must support SSE2 instructions)
  • Internet connection to download the program and receive updates
  • Optimal standard screen resolution no less than 800 x 600 pixels is recommended
  • Apple macOS 10.15.x (Catalina), Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave), Apple macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra), Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra), Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan), Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite).
  • Intel-based Mac with 64-bit processor
  • Internet connection to download the program and receive updates
  • Optimal standard screen resolution no less than 1024 x 768 pixels is recommended
  • Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop, API 21) or higher
  • Internet connection to download the app and receive updates

How do I install Avast Secure Browser?

  1. Click the button below to download the Avast Secure Browser setup file, and save it to a familiar location on your PC (by default, downloaded files are saved to your Downloads folder).
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  2. Right-click the downloaded setup file avast_secure_browser.exe and select Run as administrator from the context menu.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Avast Secure Browser on your PC.
  1. Click the link below to download the Avast Secure Browser setup file, and save it to a familiar location on your Mac (by default, downloaded files are saved to your Downloads folder):
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  2. Open Downloads in the Dock.
  3. Double-click the downloaded file AvastSecureBrowserBetaSetup.pkg .
  4. Enter your administrator credentials, then click OK.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Avast Secure Browser on your Mac.
  1. Download and install the latest version of Avast Secure Browser from Google Play Store.
  2. Once installation is complete, tap Open to access the app.
  3. Tap Start Browsing to continue with the free version of the browser, or tap Go Pro to upgrade to the paid version.

How do I open Avast Secure Browser?

Double-click the Avast Secure Browser icon on your Windows desktop to open the browser.

You can open Avast Secure Browser in the following ways:

  • Click the Avast Secure Browser icon in your Dock.
  • Select GoApplications in your menu bar, then double-click Avast Secure Browser.

Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon on the Home screen of your Android device to open the browser.

Is Avast Secure Browser compatible with other browsers?

Yes. Avast Secure Browser is designed to function alongside your other browsers. You can import bookmarks and data from Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

Yes. Avast Secure Browser is designed to function alongside your other browsers. You can import bookmarks and data from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Yes. Avast Secure Browser is designed to function alongside your other mobile browsers.

How do I activate Avast Secure Browser Pro?

When you purchase Avast Secure Browser Pro via Google Play Store, your Pro subscription activates automatically on the Android device used for purchase. If you experience issues activating your subscription, or you want to start using your subscription on another device, refer to the instructions below to manually activate Avast Secure Browser Pro using your Avast Account:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings (the gear icon).
  4. Select My Account.
  5. Tap Login/Register.
  6. Enter the email address linked to your Avast Account, then tap Create Account / Login.
  7. Go to your email inbox and open the email from Avast Browser with the subject Instant login link for your private Avast Account.
  8. Click the Sign in to Avast Secure Browser link in the verification email.

You are now logged in to Avast Secure Browser with your Avast Account, and your purchased subscription should be active.

Features

What is the Security & Privacy Center?

The Security & Privacy Center is a console of tools and features that allow you to manage your online activity. Most features are enabled by default to offer our highest level of security and privacy. Via the Security & Privacy Center, you can personalize Avast Secure Browser by manually enabling or disabling certain features, and access tools such as Stealth Mode, Privacy Cleaner, and Hack Check.

To open the Security & Privacy Center, click the orange Avast icon in the top-right corner of the Avast Secure Browser screen.

The Security & Privacy Center is a console of tools and features that allow you to manage your online activity. You can personalize Avast Secure Browser by manually enabling or disabling certain features, and access tools such as VPN and Adblock.

To open the Security & Privacy Center, tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen, then tap the Security & Privacy Center icon.

What is Avast Antivirus?

Avast Antivirus protects you in real-time against viruses, malware, and other threats. Once installed, the antivirus runs silently in the background to prevent threats on your device.

The Avast Antivirus tile in the Security & Privacy Center detects if Avast Antivirus software is installed on your PC. Click Free Download on the Avast Antivirus tile to install it. Alternatively, if Avast Antivirus is installed, click Scan My PC to open the Avast Antivirus user interface.

The Avast Antivirus tile in the Security & Privacy Center detects if Avast Security is installed on your Mac. Click Free Download on the Avast Antivirus tile to install Avast Security. Alternatively, if Avast Security is installed, click Scan My PC to open the Avast Security user interface.

What is Adblock?

Adblock stops advertisements from loading on the webpages you visit, which improves the speed and safety of your browsing sessions. Adblock is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Adblock tile so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

To disable this feature, tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen, then tap Block Ads so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Password Managers?

Password Managers allows you to select a password manager to use in Avast Secure Browser. A password manager securely stores your passwords in one location, while you only have to remember one master password.

To select a password manager, go to the Security & Privacy Center, click the Password Managers tile, then use the drop-down menu to select which password manager you want to use.

What is Anti-Phishing?

Anti-Phishing blocks malicious websites and phishing attempts while you browse the web. It also prevents you from downloading potentially malicious content from the web, which may try to infect your PC. Anti-Phishing is enabled by default.

Anti-Phishing blocks malicious websites and phishing attempts while you browse the web. It also prevents you from downloading potentially malicious content from the web, which may try to infect your Mac. Anti-Phishing is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Anti-Phishing tile so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Avast SecureLine VPN?

Avast SecureLine VPN functions as a private tunnel through the internet, which encrypts your data and secures your connection when using public Wi-Fi connections, such as those in cafes or airports.

If you have not already installed Avast SecureLine VPN, go to the Security & Privacy Center, then click Free Download on the Avast SecureLine VPN tile to install it.

After installation, enable Avast SecureLine VPN by clicking the slider on the Avast SecureLine VPN tile so that it changes from gray (OFF) to green (ON).

To change the VPN location, click the Avast SecureLine VPN tile, then use the drop-down menu to select your preferred location. Changing the VPN location can be useful to bypass geolocation restrictions, or to access your favorite content while traveling.

What is VPN?

The VPN (Virtual Private Network) functions as a private tunnel through the internet, which encrypts your data and secures your connection. You can connect to the internet through multiple, simultaneous VPN connections, and assign a VPN location to each Avast Secure Browser Mode. Avast Secure Browser automatically connects to the fastest location server. To access all VPN locations, activate Avast Secure Browser Pro.

To enable the VPN in Avast Secure Browser, tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen, then tap VPN Browsing so that it changes from to gray (OFF) to green (ON).

To change your VPN location, you first need to activate Avast Secure Browser Pro. Once the app is activated, open the Security & Privacy Center, tap VPN Locations, and select your preferred location.

What is PIN lock?

PIN Lock allows you to keep your browsing history and data safely locked within Avast Secure Browser. After you enable PIN Lock and set your PIN, you cannot open Avast Secure Browser without it. If you lose or forget your PIN, Avast Secure Browser cannot recover your PIN for you.

To enable PIN Lock:

  1. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings (the gear icon).
  3. Select Security & Data Settings.
  4. Tap Set PIN code to set your PIN, then tap confirm.
  5. Use the drop-down menu next to PIN code timeout to define when Avast Secure Browser will prompt you for your PIN.

What is Fingerprint unlock?

If your device has a fingerprint sensor enabled, you can also use your fingerprint to unlock Avast Secure Browser. You can enable this feature when you set your PIN or via Settings.

To enable this feature:

  1. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings (the gear icon).
  3. Select Security & Data Settings.
  4. Tap the slider next to Fingerprint unlock so that it changes from gray (OFF) to green (ON).

What is Stealth Mode?

Stealth Mode is a privacy feature that prevents your browsing history from being stored, and deletes any tracking cookies or web caches you acquire during your Stealth Mode browsing session.

To open a web page in Stealth Mode, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click Launch Window on the Stealth Mode tile.

What is HTTPS Encryption?

HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) is a more secure version of the standard HTTP connection. HTTPS adds encryption that prevents others from eavesdropping, and helps ensure that you are connected to the intended server. The HTTPS Encryption feature in Avast Secure Browser ensures that each website you visit uses an HTTPS connection where supported. HTTPS Encryption is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the HTTPS Encryption tile so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Anti-Tracking?

Anti-Tracking protects your privacy by preventing websites, analytics companies, advertising networks, and other web services from tracking your online activity. It also uses filters to completely remove web bugs, tracking scripts, and other information collectors from the sites you visit. Anti-Tracking is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Anti-Tracking tile so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Privacy Cleaner?

Privacy Cleaner clears your browsing history as well as other data stored in your browsers, such as cached images and cookies. This protects your privacy and clears disk space on your PC.

Privacy Cleaner clears your browsing history as well as other data stored in your browsers, such as cached images and cookies. This protects your privacy and clears disk space on your Mac.

To use Privacy Cleaner to clear your history, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click Launch Cleaner on the Privacy Cleaner tile.

What is Extension Guard?

Extension Guard prevents untrusted extensions (also known as add-ons and plug-ins) from being installed in Avast Secure Browser. This feature is enabled by default.

To disable Extension Guard, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Extension Guard tile so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Flash Blocker?

Flash-based content opens your PC to security vulnerabilities, takes up space on your PC, and can use a large percentage of your PC’s battery life. The Flash Blocker feature blocks Flash-based content from running on your PC, unless you choose to allow it. This feature is enabled by default.

Flash-based content opens your Mac to security vulnerabilities, takes up space on your Mac, and can use a large percentage of your Mac’s battery life. The Flash Blocker feature blocks Flash-based content from running on your Mac, unless you choose to allow it. This feature is enabled by default.

To disable Flash Blocker, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Flash Blocker tile so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Bank Mode?

Bank Mode provides a virtual desktop that acts as a safe and clean PC within your real PC. This protects against a potentially hijacked host or network, and prevents keyloggers and network-based eavesdropping from capturing any of your data. We recommend using Bank Mode each time you want to access a banking website.

To access Bank Mode, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click Open on the Bank Mode tile, or click ⋮ Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of Avast Secure Browser, and select New Bank Mode Window. To learn more about Bank Mode, refer to the following article:

What is Webcam Guard?

Webcam Guard gives you more control over which websites can access your webcam. Each time a website you visit tries to access your webcam, a notification appears asking you to Allow or Keep blocking the website. This feature is enabled by default.

To temporarily disable Webcam Guard, go to the Security & Privacy Center, then click the slider on the Webcam Guard tile so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Anti-Fingerprinting?

Websites and ad networks can use your unique browser configuration, referred to as your browser fingerprint, to track you. Your browser fingerprint is comprised of data related to your device configuration, browser, and history of your online behavior, which is continuously stored while you interact with webpages. Anti-Fingerprinting helps disguise your digital fingerprint to prevent websites from identifying and tracking you without your consent. This feature is disabled by default.

To enable Anti-Fingerprinting, go to the Security & Privacy Center, then click the slider on the Anti-Fingerprinting tile so that it changes from gray (OFF) to green (ON).

What is Hack Check?

Hack Check is a feature within Avast Secure Browser that allows you to check if your email address has been involved in a data breach. This service uses Pwned Passwords technology in combination with Avast’s internal database of stolen email addresses to check for possible leaks.

To use this feature, open the Security & Privacy Center, and click the Hack Check tile. Type your email address into the text box, then click Check to ensure none of your login details have been compromised.

To disable this feature from displaying notifications in your browser, open the Security & Privacy Center, select the Hack Check tile, and click the slider so that it changes from green (ON) to gray (OFF).

What is Video Downloader?

The Video Downloader feature allows you to easily download video and audio content from your favorite sites.

To use this feature, click the Video Downloader icon in the top-right corner of Avast Secure Browser, then select Download next to the video you want to download.

Video Downloader allows you to easily download video and audio content from your favorite sites. All the videos you download are encrypted and stored in the Media Vault.

To use this feature, tap the Download icon that appears in the search bar when a video is detected. You can then rename the video file, define a folder location where you want to download the video, and tap Save.

What is Media Vault?

When you download media files, Avast Secure Browser encrypts the files and stores them in your Media Vault. You can only decrypt and access downloaded media using our built-in media player.

To access Media Vault, tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen, then tap Downloads. Your encrypted files are organized by type. Tap a file type to access the contained media files, then open your chosen file using Avast Secure Browser’s built-in media player.

What is Nuke?

If you visit a website that you don’t want to save data for, even if this data is encrypted, you can use Nuke this site to destroy all the saved data associated with that domain.

To Nuke the data associated with a visited site, go to the site you want to nuke, tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen, then tap Nuke this site.

How can I manage inactive tabs in Avast Secure Browser?

The Performance settings section in Avast Secure Browser allows you to boost the performance of your PC by suspending inactive tabs in Avast Secure Browser. To access this feature, open Avast Secure Browser, go to Menu (three dots) ▸ Settings, then scroll to the Performance section. Configure the options below according to your needs:

The Performance settings section in Avast Secure Browser allows you to boost the performance of your Mac by suspending inactive tabs in Avast Secure Browser. To access this feature, open Avast Secure Browser, go to Menu (three dots) ▸ Settings, then scroll to the Performance section. Configure the options below according to your needs:

  • Improve computer performance: Suspends open, inactive tabs after a specified time period, which improves the performance and speed of both your browser and device. Click the slider so that it changes from gray (OFF) to green (ON).
  • Advanced performance settings: Define Avast Secure Browser’s actions when your device is plugged in or running on battery, specify how long inactive tabs stay open before Avast Secure Browser suspends them, and specify applications or websites that will never be suspended.

How do I check if a site’s connection is secure?

When visiting different websites with Avast Secure Browser, you can check the security of a site’s connection:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser and navigate to a website.
  2. Locate the icon that appears to the left of the web address:
    • Lock icon: Indicates that the site’s connection is secure.
    • Information icon: Indicates that the site is not secure or more information is available.
    • Warning icon: Indicates that the site is not secure or dangerous.
  3. Click the icon you see to view a summary of the site’s connection.
  1. Open Avast Secure Browser and navigate to a website.
  2. Locate the Lock icon, which indicates that the site’s connection is secure.

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Which Android permissions does Avast Secure Browser need?

The following permissions are necessary for Avast Secure Browser to run properly on your Android device:

Mandatory permissions

  • Full network access: Ensures Avast Secure Browser’s VPN can fetch, retrieve, and connect to either Wi-Fi or mobile network connection.
  • View network connections: Ensures Avast Secure Browser can detect when your device is offline and adapt the network connection.

We recommend granting the following additional permissions to take advantage of all features in Avast Secure Browser:

Optional permissions

  • Storage: Allows you to save, open, and manage downloaded files outside of Media Vault, and to allows you to share saved files via Avast Secure Browser.
  • Photos/Media/Files: Allows Avast Secure Browser to encrypt your data, and access your file storage to save your downloaded files.
  • Camera: Allows Avast Secure Browser to read camera input when a QR or bar code is scanned.

What are the Browser Modes?

An Avast Secure Browser Mode groups your tabs and browsing activity into a sandbox, applying privacy settings specified to best suit each Mode type. You can open and create as many Modes as you want at any time, which allows you to quickly organize and access your favorite sites or connections. By default, all tabs open in Private Mode.

Modes included in Avast Secure Browser:

  • Private (Default) Mode: your default Mode in Avast Secure Browser, which automatically blocks ads, encrypts your DNS queries, and deletes any tracking cookies or web caches you acquire during your Private Mode browsing session.
  • Leave No Trace Mode: prevents your browsing history from being stored and deletes any tracking cookies or web caches you acquire during your Leave No Trace browsing session.
  • Encrypted (VPN) Mode: enables VPN, DNS over TLS, Do Not Track, Block Ads, and Block Trackers during your Encrypted (VPN) Mode browsing session.
  • Custom Mode: create a Custom Mode that is tailored to your needs by telling Avast Secure Browser which features to enable and disable during your Custom Mode browsing session.

To open multiple Modes:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Tap the square tabs icon at the bottom of the screen to see the open tabs in your current Mode.
  3. Touch and drag the screen down to view all open Modes.
  4. Tap the green + icon at the bottom of a Mode preview to add the new Mode, then use the drop-down menu at the top of the settings to select your Mode type.
  5. Tap Create Mode to confirm.

Individual Mode settings are customizable when you create a new Mode, or via the Security & Privacy Center.

How do I change the default search provider?

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click ⋮ Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the Search engine section.
  4. Click the drop-down menu next to Search engine used in the address bar and select your preferred search engine.
  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Tap the Search icon in the address bar on the Avast Secure Browser homepage.
  3. Select your preferred search engine from the drop-down menu.

To define a search engine only for your current Mode, open the Security & Privacy Center, tap Secure Private Search Engine, and select your preferred search engine from the drop-down menu.

How do I reset Avast Secure Browser settings to default?

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the ⋮ icon (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen, and click Advanced.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen again and click Restore settings to their original defaults, then select Reset settings to confirm.
  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings (the gear icon), and select Security & Data Settings.
  4. Tap Reset Avast Browser.

How do I pin applications to the Bank Mode taskbar?

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the ⋮ icon (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select New Bank Mode Window.
  3. Click the + icon on the Bank Mode taskbar.
  4. Select the application you want to add, then click Open.
  5. In the Add Application dialog that appears, click Add to confirm.

The application’s icon appears on the Bank Mode taskbar. Click the relevant icon to launch your application. To remove an application, right-click the application’s icon and select Unpin this program from the taskbar.

How do I configure Bank Mode to open automatically?

To manually set a website to open automatically in Bank Mode:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Go to the Security & Privacy Center.
  3. Click the Bank Mode tile, then select Advanced settings.
  4. Click Add next to Automatically open Bank Mode on the following websites.
  5. Type the website’s URL into the text box, then click Add.

To remove a website from the list, click the icon (three dots) next to the relevant website, then select Remove. Your changes are saved automatically.

How do I change the browser’s language?

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the icon (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen, and click Advanced.
  4. Scroll to the Languages section, and click Language.
  5. Click Add languages.
  6. Tick the box next to your preferred language and select Add.
  7. From the Advanced Settings screen, click the icon (three dots) next to the added language, and tick the box next to Display Avast Secure Browser in this language.
  8. Click Relaunch to start an Avast Secure Browser session in your preferred language.

How do I clear my browsing history, cookies, and cache?

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Go to the Security & Privacy Center.
  3. Click Launch Cleaner on the Privacy Cleaner tile.
  4. In the new Privacy Cleaner window that appears, select your preferences.
  5. Click Clear data.
  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings (the gear icon), and select Security & Data Settings.
  4. Tap Reset Avast Browser.

How do I make Avast Secure Browser my default browser?

To make Avast Secure Browser your default browser, go to the Security & Privacy Center. If a banner appears at the top of the screen, click Make Default. If a banner does not appear, Avast Secure Browser might already be your default browser.

To ensure Avast Secure Browser is your default browser:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the ⋮ icon (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the Default browser section, where Avast Secure Browser is your default browser should be visible.
  4. If Avast Secure Browser is not your default browser, click Make default.

To make Avast Secure Browser your default mobile browser:

  1. Open your device Settings and go to Apps.
  2. Tap Avast Secure Browser.
  3. Select Browser app.
  4. Ensure Avast Secure Browser is selected.

How can I import bookmarks and settings from my other browsers?

Avast Secure Browser allows you to import browsing history, bookmarks, saved passwords, cookies, and more from your other browsers. Syncing browser data is especially useful if you want to use different browsers for different activities without sacrificing your customization. To import browser data:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the icon (three dots) in the top-right corner, then select Settings.
  3. In the Bookmarks and Settings section, click Import bookmarks and settings.
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select the browser you want to import data from, then tick the boxes next to the data types you want to import.
  5. Click Import, then click Done to confirm.

You can import browser data from Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

You can import browser data from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

How can I change my DNS?

Avast Secure Browser comes with built-in DNS options, which you can assign for each Avast Secure Browser Mode. To change the DNS, open the Security & Privacy Center, tap Secure DNS over TLS and select a DNS from the drop-down menu or Add Custom DNS. at the bottom of the list.

Can I encrypt or decrypt files that are already stored on my device?

Yes. Avast Secure Browser automatically encrypts all the files you download, but you can also encrypt files from local storage by moving them to your Media Vault, and decrypt any files in your Media Vault that you want to share.

Encrypt and save files to the Media Vault

  1. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select Settings (the gear icon) ▸ Media Vault.
  3. Select the Local Storage tab. If prompted, tap Allow to grant the access permission.
  4. Touch and hold the files you want to encrypt, then tap Encrypt (the shield icon).

The encrypted files are now available in your Media Vault via the Avast Vault tab.

Decrypt and share files from the Media Vault

  1. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select Settings (the gear icon) ▸ Media Vault.
  3. Ensure the Avast Vault tab is selected, and tap the file type you want to decrypt.
  4. Touch and hold the files you want to decrypt, tap More options, and decrypt using one of following options:
    • Decrypt and share: Select an app to share the file with.
    • Decrypt to: Select a folder on your device where the decrypted file will be stored.

How can I switch a website from mobile to desktop view?

To view a website in desktop view:

  1. Open the website you want to see in desktop view.
  2. Tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Swipe for more options, and tap Desktop version.

The website is now in desktop view. To revert back to mobile view, follow steps 1-2 above, then tap Mobile version.

Does Avast Secure Browser protect me against DNS leaks?

Yes. Avast Secure Browser ensures that all traffic is sent through your VPN, which secures both your location and data. Additionally, you can run our DNS leak test to verify that traffic is not leaking from your private network.

Test your browser for DNS leaks using our browser privacy test:

Troubleshooting

What should I do if Avast Secure Browser crashes or won’t open?

If Avast Secure Browser crashes or doesn’t open, try the troubleshooting steps below:

  1. Close Avast Secure Browser and reopen it.
  2. If the issue persists, close Avast Secure Browser and restart your PC.
  3. If Avast Secure Browser still doesn’t open, try uninstalling then reinstalling it.
  1. Close Avast Secure Browser and reopen it.
  2. If the issue persists, close Avast Secure Browser and restart your Mac.
  3. If Avast Secure Browser still doesn’t open, try uninstalling then reinstalling it.
  1. Close Avast Secure Browser and reopen it.
  2. If the issue persists, force stop Avast Secure Browser by opening your device Settings, selecting AppsAvast Secure Browser, then tapping Force stop.
  3. If Avast Secure Browser still doesn’t open, try uninstalling then reinstalling the app.

What should I do if Bank Mode does not load properly?

To use Bank Mode, Avast Antivirus needs to be installed and running. If you have trouble loading Bank Mode, try to restart Avast Secure Browser. If the issue persists, update your Avast Antivirus software to the latest version and restart your PC:

  1. Open Avast Antivirus.
  2. Select ☰ MenuSettingsGeneralUpdate.
  3. Click Check For Updates under Your application is up to date.
  4. When the update is complete, restart your PC.

Why can’t I access the Security & Privacy Center?

The latest version of Avast Secure Browser, which contains the Security & Privacy Center, is not supported on Windows versions Vista and older. For security reasons, we recommend updating your operating system to the latest version of Windows. After you update your PC, you can install the latest version of Avast Secure Browser.

How do I recover my PIN?

To protect your data from being compromised, Avast Secure Browser does not store any user data, including your PIN code, on your mobile device or our servers. Because your PIN code is the first line of defense if someone steals your device, only you can manage or disable it.

To manage your PIN settings, tap the Avast Secure Browser icon at the bottom of the screen, tap Settings (the gear icon), and select Security & Data Settings.

If you lose your PIN and want to continue using Avast Secure Browser, you can uninstall the app from your Android device, then reinstall it.

How do I uninstall Avast Secure Browser?

For detailed uninstallation instructions, refer to the following article:

  • Avast Secure Browser 80.x for Windows and Mac
  • Avast Secure Browser 4.x for Android
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education — 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise — 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise — 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate — Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

  • Apple macOS 10.15.x (Catalina)
  • Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave)
  • Apple macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)

  • Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop, API 21) or higher

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