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Offline David1131

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Public Wifi: Secureline VPN vs. Firewall "Public" Setting
« on: July 02, 2020, 02:11:27 PM »
Hi guys! 

Just a bit confused, non-techie here.

Avast Secureline VPN is supposed to protect from hackers/snoopers when using a public Wifi network.

Likewise, Avast Firewall also has a "Public" setting to "keep hackers out" when using public Wifi.

So... is there any benefit using Secureline VPN when you already have Firewall set to "Public?"

Or... does it matter whether I set the Firewall to Public or Private, if I already have Secureline VPN?

Perhaps I only need one of them, and not both...

Appreciate your take on this!

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Re: Public Wifi: Secureline VPN vs. Firewall "Public" Setting
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2020, 07:03:23 PM »
My interpretation (as a non-avast firewall user is):
It is a different function, the Public Vs Private mode of the Avast Firewall is just a more strict policy in who is allowed to connect to your network (private only your local network).

See https://support.avast.com/en-eu/article/Antivirus-Firewall-FAQ and the 'How can I manage my Firewall profiles?' section.
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Re: Public Wifi: Secureline VPN vs. Firewall "Public" Setting
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2020, 06:42:54 AM »
So... is there any benefit using Secureline VPN when you already have Firewall set to "Public?"
Hi, see: https://www.avast.com/c-what-is-a-vpn
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