What Is a VPN?
Once your VPN is activated, all your network traffic travels through an encrypted tunnel between your computer and a server controlled by the VPN service. Nobody, not even someone on the same local network as you, will be able to see your online activities. Sites that try to identify you by your IP address see one of the VPN service's IP addresses instead. A VPN also hides your traffic from inspection by your Internet Service Provider. You need a VPN now more than ever, since ISPs can now sell anonymized user metadata to advertisers and third parties.
VPNs also help circumvent online censorship by letting users tunnel out to a country with freer internet laws. They are used every day by activists and journalists operating in countries with repressive internet controls.
Pricing and Features
VyprVPN offers two tiers: VyprVPN and VyprVPN Premium. VyprVPN costs $9.95 per month or $60 per year, and Premium goes for $12.95 per month or $80 per year. Both tiers offer a three-day free trial.
The lowest-tier VyprVPN plan allows up to three simultaneous connections and the upper tier up to five. That's unusual, as most VPN services offer five connections at the entry level, and some (such as TorGuard) offer additional connections for a prorated monthly fee. That's a big blow against VyprVPN's overall value. NordVPN offers six slots and costs only two dollars more per month. CyberGhost offers seven slots and IPVanish VPN provides 10, while Avira Phantom VPN and Windscribe VPN don't limit the number of simultaneous connections at all.
I keep a running average of the monthly cost for my top-rated VPN services, which currently stands at about $10.30. VyprVPN does come in below that threshold, but at the cost of simultaneous connections. TunnelBear, on the other hand, allows five connections and costs only 4 cents more per month. Meanwhile, Private Internet Access is only $6.95 per month and also allows five simultaneous connections.
As mentioned, VyprVPN does offer a free VPN service, but it's really more of a trial limited to just 1GB of data. After that, you have to choose one of the paid tiers to continue using VyprVPN. Other VPNs offer better free subscriptions. TunnelBear provides 500MB of data per month and AnchorFree allows 500MB per day. ProtonVPN, however, is the best free VPN because it has no data restrictions, and has a flexible pricing system to boot. Note that, like VyprVPN, ProtonVPN also restricts the number of simultaneous connections at the lower subscription levels.
Besides additional connections, the VyprVPN Premium tier also grants access to the custom Vypr Chameleon Protocol and VyprVPN Cloud. Vypr's 256-bit Chameleon protocol is designed to circumvent sites and services that block VPNs. The company says it is particularly useful in countries, such as China and Russia, where the government has enacted strict controls over internet access. TunnelBear and other VPN services offer their own branded versions of censorship-circumventing technology.
In the world of encryption, creating a new or proprietary protocol is a dangerous game. A small, unnoticed flaw could render it completely useless. But Golden Frog says it uses "the unmodified OpenVPN 256-bit protocol for the underlying data encryption." This is a good thing, as I'll explain a bit later.
VyprVPN Cloud, formerly called VyprVPN Server, is a more rarified tool. It's intended to supply an additional layer of security when accessing cloud server services, and it currently works with Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, and VirtualBox.
All tiers (including the free offering described above) include a NAT firewall, which blocks unrequested inbound traffic, such as bots scanning for open ports to exploit. It's a nice feature, one that is provided by most VPNs and even routers.
Golden Frog VyprVPN also provides its own DNS servers to protect users, under the name VyprDNS. That's useful, as a secure DNS server prevents DNS poisoning attacks. This is a feature I'm seeing in more and more VPN services, and I'm grateful for that.
Golden Frog allows all VyprVPN users to share files via P2P or BitTorrent, regardless of the server they are on. Some VPN services limit your P2P usage to specific servers.
VPNs have been around for a long time, and as a result there's more than one way to create an encrypted tunnel. I prefer OpenVPN, which has a reputation for being fast and reliable. It's also open-source technology, which means that it has been picked over for any potential security issues.
VyprVPN supports PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and OpenVPN at both pricing tiers. Only the company's custom Chameleon protocol requires the higher-priced plan. Both the Windows and macOS versions can use all four of the supported protocols. The Android app, meanwhile, uses OpenVPN or Chameleon, while the iOS app uses IPsec. Several VPN companies eschew OpenVPN on iOS as Apple requires you to jump through more hoops if you want to include it. However, I'd at least like to see newer IKEv2 used instead of the older IPSec.
Servers and Server Locations
VyprVPN has servers in 64 countries across the globe. That's a strong showing, surpassing many of PCMag's top-rated VPNs. I'm especially glad to see VyprVPN covering Africa and South America—two entire continents often ignored by VPN companies. VyprVPN also has servers in locations with notably repressive internet laws, including China, Russia, Turkey, and Vietnam.
ExpressVPN does, however, offer more geographic diversity, covering 94 countries. This is important because more server locations means more opportunities to spoof your location. It also means better odds of finding a nearby server while traveling; a nearer server will tend to be faster and have lower latency than one farther away.
The total number of servers offered by a VPN company is influenced by the number of subscribers. More subscribers need more servers to, well, serve them. Still, more is better, as more servers can mean less congestion and better internet speeds. VyprVPN has about 700 individual servers, which is on the low end among services I've reviewed. NordVPN currently boasts over 5,200 servers. CyberGhost, ExpressVPN, Private Internet Access, and TorGuard VPN have all surpassed the 3,000-server mark.
Some consumers are concerned about VPNs using virtual servers. These are physical servers that run several software-defined servers on them. The issue is that a virtual server can be configured to behave like a server in one country when it's actually, physically located in another. If you're concerned about where your data is flowing, this could be an issue. In a blog post, the company's CTO wrote that virtual servers are located within the listed country, excepting situations where that's not possible because of privacy or security concerns. That seems smart, and not sketchy.
Your Privacy With Golden Frog VyprVPN
Golden Frog has revamped the policy since I last read it, making it even more favorable toward customer privacy. The company says that it does not log your true IP address or the IP assigned by VyprVPN, nor does it log the start and stop time of your VPN session. That's more privacy than even some of the top VPN companies afford customers. The company also says it does not monitor traffic or web content of customers, which is exactly what you want to hear.
Notably, Golden Frog says that it requires a subpoena for identifying information in the event of a criminal case. The company also says that, in civil cases, it will neither sell nor provide information unless directed to do so by a court order. The company describes the information it would release in these circumstances as, "minimal information reasonably calculated to identify and no more." This strikes me as a good policy, although services that accept anonymous payments would have even less information to provide.
Importantly, a company representative explained to me that Golden Frog does not sell "what minimal information is logged" to third parties. That's excellent.
In addition to understanding its privacy practices, it's important to know where a company is headquartered or the legal jurisdiction under which it operates. Golden Frog is headquartered in Switzerland, which is reportedly not subject to mandatory data retention laws that affect VPNs. The company has written extensively about why it chose Switzerland as its base.
Some VPN companies have begun commissioning third party audits, to verify aspects of their product or policies. In 2018, Golden Frog had its no-log policy assessed, and released the results. NordVPN has done a similar evaluation, while TunnelBear has committed to releasing annual audits. I'm glad to see Golden Frog following this trend. Golden Frog is also one of the few companies that responded to the Center for Democracy and Technology's VPN questionnaire, and the only one to have updated its response for 2019.
Hands On With VyprVPN
In my testing, I installed VyprVPN on a Lenovo ThinkPad T460s laptop running Windows 10. The installation process is fast and easy, and I was up and running within minutes.
Once installed, VyprVPN presents a window showing your connection status, current IP address, and the time connected. It also displays the protocol being used to encrypt your connection (OpenVPN by default, except on iOS) and your firewall status. A handy graph shows network performance, and the large Connect button doubles as the button for selecting your server. It's easy to use and looks fine, but I am disappointed that in the year since I last reviewed VyprVPN, Golden Frog has not updated the look of the app.
I like the filters that can be applied to the server location list, however, as well as a built-in latency test. Most of the time, you'll know exactly where you want to connect, but this tool helps guide you if that precise location isn't available.
In addition to the network security tools, VyprVPN also includes a Kill Switch feature that can be configured to halt all web traffic, should your VPN become disconnected. If you're keen on this feature, it can also be found in NordVPN and TorGuard, among others.
You can activate the Kill Switch feature from the Settings menu. There's also an option to have VyprVPN activate automatically when you connect to an untrusted Wi-Fi network. You can also keep a list of trusted networks on which you don't feel VPN is necessary; VyprVPN won't activate when it detects them. I like this feature because it removes the burden of remembering to activate the VPN from the user. The Settings panel also lets you adjust some of the deep functionality of VyprVPN, which will surely please security wonks.
When you use a VPN you expect it to guard your private information, so I always check to see if it has actually changed my public IP address and secured my DNS requests. VyprVPN definitely secured my IP address, and in doing so obscured my ISP, too. The DNS test results from DNSLeakTest.com were more opaque. None of my ISP's DNS servers were used, but I did see some strange results. Golden Frog explained that this was expected behavior; a result of the nested DNS requests Golden Frog uses for increased anonymity.
Golden Frog VyprVPN and Netflix
Streaming video services, and Netflix in particular, have been very aggressive about blocking the uses of VPNs. That's because a VPN allows someone to appear to be in a different country, and potentially access content that is not licensed for viewing in that person's true location.
In mid-October, I had no trouble streaming content from Netflix while connected to a US-based VyprVPN server. In late November, I found I was unable to access Netflix while connected to servers in Australia, Canada, Japan, or the UK. Keep in mind that the situation might change by the time you read this. Blocking VPNs is a cat-and-mouse game, after all. The best VPNs for streaming Netflix could all end up blocked tomorrow.
Netflix doesn't seem to ban the use of VPNs, although it certainly takes a dim view of their use. In section 4.3 of the company's Terms of Service, Netflix doesn't directly state that you can't use a VPN, but it does say that you're only entitled to content within your primary country of residence, as well as stating that the company will attempt to verify your location.
Though VyprVPN brings many security features to bear, other services go further. NordVPN has specialty servers that offer double encryption and even access to the Tor network. Still others include ad blocking at the network level, and some antivirus-lite features. Golden Frog has not opted to include such features, which is fine. I'd much rather a company field a functioning but limited product, than a sprawling but troublesome one.
Speed and Performance
Using a VPN generally degrades your web-browsing performance, simply because your internet connection takes a more circuitous path. To get a sense for what kind of impact a particular VPN has on web browsing, I perform a series of tests using the Ookla speed test tool. (Note that Ookla is owned by PCMag's publisher, Ziff Davis.) For an exhaustive explanation of how I test VPNs, be sure to read my feature aptly titled "How We Test VPNs."
My testing showed that VyprVPN increased latency by 75 percent. It reduced download speeds by 90.5 percent, and reduced upload speeds by 93.4 percent. You can see how VyprVPN compares in the chart below with the top ten performers among the over 30 services we tested.
According to my results, HideIPVPN is the fastest VPNs on the market. However, I caution readers against choosing a VPN based solely on speed. For one thing, my results will likely differ from yours. For another, overall value and security features are far more important than the latency you might experience.
VyprVPN on Other Platforms
VyprVPN is available for Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS. You can also configure your Linux machine to use VyprVPN and install a special APK onto Android TV devices, further extending your protection. The company also provides an application for Tomato MIPS/ARM capable routers, so you can provide VPN protection to your router. This is a smart move, since the router, in turn, will protect every device that connects with it, yet use only one license doing so. TorGuard also makes its software available for streaming devices and routers, but it sells the hardware with the VPN software preinstalled. Even though that makes TorGuard's router solution expensive, I prefer it to VyprVPN's DIY approach.
A Strong VPN Option
Golden Frog VyprVPN is a worthy VPN choice. It brings a strong collection of security tools to the table, a simple (if a bit dated) interface, as well as numerous and globally diverse servers. We also approve of the lengths the company is going to ensure the privacy of its customers—something other services should note.
The issue is that the service is expensive and offers only three simultaneous connections at its entry-level tier. For excellent security at a better value, we recommend our Editors' Choice winners: NordVPN with its enormous server fleet, Private Internet Access with its unbeatable pricing, ProtonVPN with its flexible subscriptions, and TunnelBear with its friendly bear-centric interface.
Strong commitment to customer privacy.
Good geographic distribution of VPN servers.
OpenVPN and unique Chameleon protocol supported.
Limited free account.
Few simultaneous connections.
The Bottom Line
Golden Frog VyprVPN offers a unique VPN protocol along with support for many locations ignored by the competition. The company also has a strong commitment to customer privacy. All of this, though, comes at a hefty price tag that compromises overall value.
VyprVPN is a Switzerland-based VPN service that has undergone some major changes and improvements over the past few years – but it also has some noteworthy drawbacks.
In this new and updated VyprVPN review we put the service through extensive testing to answer some key questions:
- Does VyprVPN offer good performance throughout the server network (speed and reliability)?
- Are VyprVPN’s apps secure (no leaks)?
- Does it work with Netflix and other streaming services?
- Is VyprVPN a good value for the money considering all the latest test results?
All of these questions are answered in this VyprVPN review, with screenshots below to verify all results.
Here’s an overview of the pros and cons before diving into the details
- Secure and reliable applications with strong encryption
- Good speeds throughout the server network
- Obfuscation features to defeat VPN blocking (Chameleon protocol)
- Entirely self-owned and operated server network, including secure DNS (no third parties)
- User-friendly applications for many devices/platforms
- Located in a strong privacy jurisdiction (Switzerland)
- No cryptocurrency payment options
- Uses virtual server locations throughout the network
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VyprVPN speed tests
We’ll kick this VyprVPN review off with one of the most important questions: how does VyprVPN perform on servers throughout the network?
To answer this question I conducted numerous tests from my location in Europe with both nearby servers (Europe) and long-distance servers (Canada and the US). My baseline speed without a VPN was about 94 Mbps on the day I tested.
VyprVPN speed tests with nearby servers
All of the nearby servers in Europe I tested offered good speeds in comparison to my baseline. (Tests were conducted using OpenVPN 256-bit encryption.)
Germany – Here is the first test I ran with a server in Frankfurt: 80 Mbps download speed (about 85% of my baseline speed).
Luxembourg – Another nearby VyprVPN server in Luxembourg offered similar good speeds around 81 Mbps.
All of the nearby servers I tested in the Europe region gave me around 75 to 82 Mbps download speeds. Considering my baseline speed, these are good results.
VyprVPN speed tests with long-distance servers
Next up was testing long-distance servers in the United States and Canada from my location in Germany. As expected, due to the longer distance, the VyprVPN servers I tested in the US and Canada were not as fast as those tested in Europe.
New York – Testing VyprVPN servers in New York gave me download speeds around 63 Mbps.
Next up was the VyprVPN server in Chicago, which also gave me around 59 Mbps:
I also tested the VyprVPN Canadian server location (Toronto) and could get around 60 Mbps.
Considering the speed test results for the USA and Canada, VyprVPN isn’t a bad option, but there are probably better VPNs to consider. See for example my best VPN Canada page for more info.
If speed is your top concern, you may want to look at other VPNs, such as NordVPN.
What about reliability?
VyprVPN did pretty well in the reliability category:
- Connections were stable and the speeds weren’t too bad.
- No issues with applications bugs or timed out connections.
- Pretty consistent performance throughout the day.
Now let’s examine cost.
How much does VyprVPN cost?
VyprVPN is reasonably priced compared to most other high-quality VPN services. When you use this VyprVPN coupon, you can get VyprVPN for only $2.50 per month.
Here’s a breakdown of VyprVPN prices:
VyprVPN is a good option if you are looking for a cheap VPN service without cutting corners on quality.
Refund Policy – All VyprVPN plans come with a 30 day money-back guarantee, which is the best you will find in the VPN industry.
For a high-performance VPN with a large selection of apps, the prices are quite competitive when compared to other alternatives, such as ExpressVPN.
VyprVPN offers different payment options, including all major credit cards, PayPal, and Alipay. Unfortunately, there is no option to pay with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies at this time.
Does VyprVPN offer a free trial?
As of right now, VyprVPN does not offer a free trial.
In the past, VyprVPN used to have a three-day free trial. However, in July 2019, VyprVPN phased out the three day free trial option. Now, all plans come with a full 30 day money-back guarantee. This allows you to test out the VPN risk-free and cancel anytime within the 30 days to get a full refund.
There are other free trial VPNs – if that’s what you’re looking for.
VyprVPN offers VPN apps for a large number of devices. For this VyprVPN review I tested the different applications with Windows, Mac OS, and Android. Everything worked well without any problems to report.
VyprVPN has apps for many available apps.
In addition to the apps above, VyprVPN also provides support for other platforms. You can get more details on the VyprVPN website here.
Here are the main impressions I got from testing out the VyprVPN apps on Windows, Mac OS, and Android:
How many connections do you get with VyprVPN?
All VyprVPN subscriptions come with five simultaneous connections. This is about average in the VPN industry. However, some VPN do offer more. For example, IPVanish gives you ten connections and Perfect Privacy gives you an unlimited number of connections.
Here’s what the Mac OS desktop app looks like, with the locations screen on the right, sorted by ping (latency).
In the top right corner you can see that servers are grouped by geographic region and then ranked by ping.
You can also see there are two features activated in the VPN app:
- Kill Switch – This forces all internet traffic through the VPN. If the VPN connection drops, your internet traffic will be blocked and your real IP address will remain secure.
- Block Malicious Sites – This option filters/blocks a list of domains that are known to spread malware.
My overall experience in testing out the different apps is that they are simple and work well.
VyprVPN Android and iOS
Many people want a VPN that will perform well on mobile devices.
VyprVPN offers both an Android app as well as an iOS app.
Here is a quick look at the Android app (left) when connected to a VPN server in the Netherlands. On the right are the leak testing results (no leaks).
Another great feature of the Android client is the ability to selectively route apps on your device through the VPN on a per-app basis. This is often called a “split tunneling” feature.
VyprVPN also offers a good iOS app that I have used in the past, although did not thoroughly test for this review. Overall, VyprVPN is a good choice if you want a reliable VPN for using on mobile devices.
VyprVPN privacy and security test results
VyprVPN did well in all privacy and security tests.
I ran the Windows, Mac OS, and Android apps through some basic VPN tests to check for:
- IP address leaks (both IPv4 and IPv6)
- DNS leaks
- WebRTC leaks (which affects Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers)
- Kill switch (to see if it is properly blocking all traffic when the VPN connection drops)
Some users are wondering about IPv6 and how VyprVPN handles this, since they officially do not support IPv6. My tests found VyprVPN to effectively block IPv6 (no IPv6 leaks). Additionally, VyprVPN has implemented IPv6 blocking since version 2.7.8 released in October 2015:
IPv6 traffic is now blocked while connected to the VPN and while Kill Switch is enabled
VyprVPN Windows app – Testing a server in the United Kingdom with the new Windows app (no leaks were found):
Above you can see that the VyprVPN server is providing me with an IPv4 address, my real IPv6 address is blocked, and DNS requests are being handled by three different VyprVPN DNS servers.
VyprVPN Mac OS app – Testing a server in the United States with the VyprVPN Mac OS app (no leaks):
Although VyprVPN did not have any major issues, it is currently not ranked among the best VPNs for Mac. The big issue is not the app itself, but VyprVPN’s servers, which we’ll explain below.
It looks like VyprVPN also implemented an IPv6 fix since January 2016 version 2.8.5 with the Mac OS client, from the Mac OS changelog:
IPv6 no longer leaks location
As you can see above, the test results were good; I did not identify any leaks or problems.
VyprVPN passed all privacy and security tests:
- No IPv4 leaks
- No IPv6 leaks
- No DNS leaks
- Kill switch works well (all non-VPN traffic blocked)
VyprVPN for Netflix, Streaming, and Kodi
Even though Netflix actively blocks many VPNs, VyprVPN continues to work with Netflix.
That being said, you will most likely need to check with VyprVPN support to find the exact server(s) you should use to connect to US Netflix. See my guide on Netflix VPN services for additional information and streaming tips.
Due to VyprVPN’s good speeds and premium network, it is also a solid choice for other streaming services as well. With the latest update to this VyprVPN review, it is clear they are making an effort to provide continuous access to all streaming services.
VPN Obfuscation with the Chameleon protocol
VPN blocking is a growing problem in much of the world, especially where governments or institutions do not want people using VPNs to evade restrictions and censorship.
This is especially the case with:
- China, Turkey, Russia, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries
- Universities and schools
- Corporations (work networks)
VyprVPN offers an excellent obfuscation feature to defeat VPN blocking – it’s called the Chameleon protocol.
This is a self-developed OpenVPN protocol with 256-bit encryption that will blend in with regular internet traffic to defeat restrictions and blocking. It does this by encapsulating OpenVPN traffic behind regular HTTPS encryption.
The VyprVPN Chameleon Protocol can get through blocks and censorship efforts.
VyprVPN with the Chameleon protocol remains one of the best VPNs for China or any other restricted network situation, such as school or work networks.
VyprVPN no-logs policy
VyprVPN is officially a no logs VPN service that has been audited and verified by an independent third party. In November 2018 VyprVPN published a major audit that publicly certified it as a no logs VPN provider.
I carefully examined VyprVPN’s no logs audit and discussed the findings in the no logs VPN guide, along with other no logs VPN providers. Here were the basic findings:
- In September 2018, VyprVPN began working with Leviathan Security Group for consultation and auditing to become a fully no logs VPN service.
- In November 2018, VyprVPN released the audit results, which fully verified and confirmed that it is now a no logs provider.
VyprVPN is a zero log VPN Service. We do not record or retain any data when you use the VyprVPN Service.
We engaged a respected security firm to audit our zero-log policy so users have third party validation of our logging policies.
- We do not log a user’s source IP address (typically assigned to the user by their ISP).
- We do not log the IP address assigned to the user when using VyprVPN.
- We do not log connection start or stop time.
- We do not log a user’s traffic or the content of any communications.
- We are network neutral. We do not discriminate against devices, protocols, or application.
- We do not throttle or rate limit your Internet connection.
If you want more information on their logging policies, see the VyprVPN website here.
This is a huge improvement over their old policy of maintaining connection logs for 30 days. The no logs policy, secure apps, self-owned server network, and Switzerland jurisdiction make VyprVPN a solid choice for privacy-focused users.
Torrenting policy and procedures
Torrenting is another area where VyprVPN has updated and changed its official policy.
In the past, VyprVPN discouraged torrenting and any form of copyright infringement through downloading/sharing on their network. They would use the connection logs to forward DMCA notices to the offending user and close accounts for habitual offenders. This has all changed with their updated no logging policy.
VyprVPN no longer acts on any DMCA notices because they do not have any logs to connect copyright infringement to users, therefore they lack the ability to enforce any copyright claims. They also officially allow torrenting now on their network:
Just to be certain, I clarified VyprVPN’s torrenting policies with one of their representatives, who had this to say to me via email:
Non-logging prevents VyprVPN from knowing who downloaded what and when. In order to protect the privacy of our users, we do not log the IP address used by any user. If the copyright holder only provides an IP address as identifying information then it is impossible for us to associate a DMCA notice with any of our users.
The official Terms of Service includes a clause about copyright infringement, but this could not be enforced without logs. Therefore VyprVPN is now a good choice for those who want to torrent with a VPN.
VyprVPN’s server network is interesting, with both pros and cons.
To start off with the good, every physical server in VyprVPN’s network is physically owned by VyprVPN. This self-owned network generally has advantages (from a security standpoint) over renting servers from third parties. You can see this advertised on their homepage:
This is good, but there’s a catch….
VyprVPN uses virtual server locations
In our study of virtual server locations, we found that VyprVPN relies very heavily on virtual locations. What this means is that VyprVPN does not actually have physical servers in all the locations it claims. Instead, a VPN server that is advertised in Brazil, for example, is actually in Miami.
Here were some findings from the virtual server locations report:
- VyprVPN vaguely discloses that it uses virtual locations (in a 2017 blog post), but says nothing about their number or identity
- VyprVPN specifically discloses no virtual locations, but 59% are apparently virtual.
- Most of VyprVPN’s undisclosed virtual locations (41% out of 59%) seem to be in or near two cities (Nuland, NL and Singapore, SG).
You read that correctly. Approximately 59% of VyprVPN’s network appears to be composed of virtual locations. This is quite shocking and it’s on par with HideMyAss VPN.
While virtual locations do not necessarily present a security issue, it may affect people who are trying to avoid server in specific locations. Additionally, it is also noteworthy that VyprVPN does not disclose the number or location of these servers.
There are other VPNs that also utilize virtual locations, but in these cases, it is fully disclosed to the VPN user.
VyprVPN on a router
One trick to using a VPN on many devices, without exceeding your connection limit, is to use a VPN on a router. The router will count as one device, but it will extend the protection and benefits of a VPN to every device that connects to the router.
I tested out VyprVPN on an Asus router and found it to perform well.
VPN router app
VyprVPN also offers a VPN router app that simplifies the installation and setup process. One advantage of their app is that it lets you easily select how each device on your network connects – either through the VPN or your regular (unencrypted) connection.
Three other benefits of the VyprVPN router app are:
- The ability to switch between different VPN protocols, including PPTP, OpenVPN (160-bit & 256-bit) and Chameleon.
- The ability to connect to different servers in the network.
- Full protection from VyprDNS for all of your DNS requests.
Note: VyprVPN’s router app runs on Tomato firmware, therefore it can’t be used with all routers.
For an overview of VPN routers and all the different firmware options, see our main VPN router guide.
VyprVPN review conclusion
Overall VyprVPN is a high-quality, fast, secure VPN that performed well in testing for this review. It offers a great lineup of applications that are user-friendly, secure, and reliable. The live chat support is also helpful if you need assistance getting anything setup.
Now that VyprVPN is officially a no logs VPN service, and has been publicly audited, it is even better for privacy-focused users than before. Both NordVPN and ExpressVPN have also undergone third-party no logs audits and remain the two most popular VPNs.
If you want to give VyprVPN a try, the reduced prices below may not be a bad idea. You also get a 30 day money-back guarantee.
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For more information about other VPN services that passed all tests and are currently recommended, see my guide on the best VPNs services.
Although there’s work to be done performance-wise and it could be cheaper, VyprVPN is a well-rounded service with uncompromising security and dedication to privacy.
- Unblocks Netflix
- Has apps for lots of platforms
- Passed an audit
- Performance isn’t great
- Very short free trial
VyprVPN is a provider of VPN services based in Switzerland. It is one of the products of the prominent software and cybersecurity company Golden Frog, whose experienced founders have also brought us Giganews, Data Foundry, and Texas.net.
VyprVPN offers two plans - premium and basic. The premium plan is available under the monthly and yearly pricing options, at $12.95 and $6.67 per month, respectively. The annual plan is billed $80.00 every 12 months.
The basic plan can be yours at $9.95 if you choose the monthly, or $5.00 per month if you choose the yearly subscription option ($60.00 billed every 12 months). All of the plans are covered with a 30-day money-back guarantee if you encounter any unsolvable issues.
Payment is possible using credit cards, PayPal, and UnionPay. A free trial is available but is one of the shortest in the industry - you only have three days to test the service out and decide if it’s the right match for you. Even then, you still have to sign up for the service, you just won’t be charged for the first three days. If you don’t cancel your subscription within this period you will be billed for the entire plan.
VyprVPN also has subscription options for businesses, starting at $299.00 per year, as well as the cloud VPN starting at $349.00 per year. Both can be tried out for free but exact terms need to be communicated with the VyprVPN team.
If you choose to commit to this VPN provider, you will have a wide choice of apps at your disposal. They cover all the major platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, as well as routers, Blackphone, Anonabox, QNAP, and TVs. This is more than most other VPN services provide. All the clients are simple and straightforward.
And it doesn’t stop there. Most of the other platforms VyprVPN doesn’t have an app for are covered by simple manual setup guides. These include Boxee, Synology NAS, Blackberry, and more.
What you get
Getting a subscription will give you access to more than 700 servers at over 70 global locations. This is still a modest server network, as many of its competitors are known to offer substantially more. However, all the servers are owned and managed by the company itself, making it one of the few tier-1 VPN services in the industry. This allows them to operate without any third parties.
This VPN is quite successful in bypassing the geographical bans that some popular streaming channels and websites impose. These include Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Hulu, SkyGO, and more. The same success translates into torrenting, although the provider doesn’t advertise this openly.
The premium plan allows you to connect up to five devices at the same time, while the basic plan limits you to three. However, you’ll be able to increase this number to unlimited by installing the service on a router. The premium plan also offers two extra features that aren’t included in the basic plan - VyprVPN Cloud and Chameleon Protocol.
VyprVPN Cloud gives you your own dedicated, cloud VPN server for DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and VirtualBox, with more platforms coming up.
The Chameleon Protocol is VyprVPN’s proprietary technology available in the provider’s apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and routers. Its role is to scramble OpenVPN packet metadata to protect it from being recognized in deep packet inspection. As a result, users can bypass restrictions on VPNs put in place by governments and ISPs. Chameleon is available at every VyprVPN server in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
In addition to its Chameleon protocol, VyprVPN employs traditional privacy mechanisms like the 256-bit OpenVPN (on Windows, Mac, Android, and with manual setup for other platforms), IKEv2 (on iOS), as well as L2TP/IPSec, and PPTP.
An encrypted zero-knowledge DNS service helps deflect malicious activities such as man-in-the-middle attacks and DNS filtering.
The commonplace kill switch keeps you safe from your data leaking into the wrong hands if the VPN connection is suddenly lost. In such events, the VyprVPN app will simply block your entire Internet access.
VyperVPN’s no-logs policy states that no personally identifiable information is collected or associated with VPN connections. This means the company doesn’t keep logs of IP addresses, VPN sessions, time logs, website visits, or any online activity while using its services. Minimal logs are stored locally on the client device and the user can choose whether to send them to VyprVPN as they can be used to repair app bugs.
Unlike many of its competitors, VyprVPN stands behind its words and has even enlisted an outside auditor (Leviathan Security Group Inc.) to back up these claims and issue report detailing its findings.
It is also very reassuring that the provider is headquartered in the privacy-friendly Switzerland, which doesn’t have any legislation forcing VPNs to collect any personally identifiable information on their users.
VyprVPN’s performance isn’t its strongest selling point. It can drop to a low 25-50Mbps locally on a 75Mbps connection in the UK and a measly 50-70Mbps on a super-fast 475Mbps line in the US. These results are a bit disappointing in comparison to some of the provider’s competitors.
If you have any questions or problems with using the service, you can consult the website’s support section for assistance. It contains setup instructions, troubleshooting, FAQs, etc. accompanied with a search option. If the articles there can’t help you with your particular issue, then live chat or email inquiry is the next logical step. The customer support team is on standby 24/7 and will answer all your questions in no time.
While VyprVPN can be a bit mediocre in its performance and pricing, it delivers in all other areas. It supports a long list of platforms and enables torrenting and streaming of popular geo-blocked content from anywhere in the world. It has proven its dedication to user privacy through an independent audit and is exclusively responsible for all of its servers. Overall, it is a neat privacy service that should satisfy most users.
Our score: 4/5
Client platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, open-source routers, Anonabox, Blackphone, Apple TV, Kodi, Android TV, Synology NAS
Supported protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and Chameleon
No. of servers: About 700+
No. of countries: About 63
Country of registration: Switzerland
Payment options: Credit cards, PayPal, Alipay
Real name necessary? No
Encryption protocol: AES-256
Data usage: Unlimited
Bandwidth usage: Unlimited
Max. no. of simultaneously connected devices: 3 or 5
Customer support: Email, live chat
In this VyprVPN review, I’ll do my best to list out all the advantages and disadvantages of this VPN service.
Switzerland based company Golden Frog (the parent company of VyprVPN) has been an integral player in the fight for online privacy since the inception of the internet.
According to their website, the company was founded in response to the Room 641a incident where the NSA was illegally surveilling citizens by tapping the AT&T network cables.
Allegedly, Golden Frog filed a formal complaint with the FCC to try and expose the issue to the public, but was ignored.
So they decided to take matters into their own hands…
Lead by Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis (relatives), Golden Frog and their 20+ employees have been on the frontlines of the battle for internet privacy in recent years and have built a strong reputation as one of the leading VPN providers on the web.
As such, I had pretty high expectations going into this review.
But the question still remains,
Does Golden Frog’s VyprVPN live up to the hype?
Let’s dive in and find out!
|OVERALL RANK:||#37 out of 78 VPNs|
|USABILITY:||Easy to use|
|LOG FILES:||Some Logging|
|LOCATIONS:||64 countries, 700+ servers|
|SUPPORT:||Live Chat & Ticket System|
|ENCRYPTION/PROTOCOL:||256-bit AES, PPTP, OpenVPN, IPSec & L2TP|
What Does VyprVPN Do?
VyprVPN’s primary mission, as stated on their website, is simple.
...protect your privacy online, secure your Internet connection and restore your freedom.
To accomplish this goal, they provide their users with access to the OpenVPN protocol (default) as well as PPTP, IPSec, and L2TP and they encrypt all of your data using the ultra-secure AES-256 encryption key (the same standard used by the FBI, CIA, and NSA).
But they don’t stop protecting your data there…
In recent years, draconian countries like North Korea and China have been cracking down on VPN users using something known as a ‘Deep Packet Inspection or DPI which scans metadata and searches for tell-tale signs that indicate someone is using a VPN.
Once they’ve caught onto your trail, these governments will begin to block or throttle your usage to ensure that you cannot successfully use a VPN for any purpose (legal or otherwise).
… Which is a big problem for many users.
In response to these recent crackdowns, VyprVPN developed a proprietary technology known as Chameleon™ that scrambles your metadata so that you can continue to use your VPN without getting picked up by the DPI scans.
If you’re using your VPN from a country like China, Russia, or Turkey, this can, quite literally, be a lifesaver.
Unfortunately, due to VPN restrictions by iOS, this technology is only available for Android, Windows, and Mac users (sorry iPhone users).
So far, things are looking great for VyprVPN…
But what about their logging policy?
With such a long and rich history of fighting for internet security and individual privacy rights, you would imagine that VyprVPN would provide a strict “Zero Logs” policy.
VyprVPN used to keep the following information for 30 days after your last session…
- VyprVPN IP address used by the user
- Connection start and stop time
- Total number of bytes used
However, when we checked their policy again in March 2019 we found that they had changed their approach — and we can now confirm that they truly keep no logs:
It’s also important to consider that, even though Switzerland resides outside of the five, nine, and fourteen eyes countries, their data retention laws and internet privacy policies aren’t as favorable as many people claim and they could pose as a potential issue for some users.
Is VyprVPN Fast?
In a word?
Here’s how it performed when we connected VyprVPN to an EU server.
Not too bad!
With a download speed of 74.48 Mbps VyprVPN slowed my connection by a little bit less than 24% which is more than acceptable.
However, some of their other servers didn’t fare quite as well…
US Server (New York)
- Ping: 131ms
- Download: 51.09 Mbps
- Upload: 3.17 Mbps
EU Server (Amsterdam)
- Ping: 42ms
- Download: 74.48 Mbps
- Upload: 35.88 Mbps
Asia Server (Hong Kong)
- Ping: 355ms
- Download: 54.29 Mbps
- Upload: 8.22 Mbps
UK Server (London)
- Ping: 53ms
- Download: 70.46 Mbps
- Upload: 37.47 Mbps
As you can see, VyprVPN’s EU servers are highly optimized and provide their users with rapid download and upload speeds.
… Their U.S. servers, on the other hand, leave something to be desired.
When I last reviewed VyprVPN it was the fourth fastest VPN out of the 70+ that have been reviewed here on thebestvpn.com
Times have changed.
Although VyprVPN performs just as well as it always has, there have been a number of new additions to the VPN marketplace that have knocked VyprVPN out of the ranking for the fastest VPNs.
The lackluster speeds of their U.S. servers have caused VyprVPN to drop from the 4th fastest VPN down to the 18th (which is a far fall indeed).
With companies like Private Tunnel and ExpressVPN performing considerably faster than VyprVPN, Golden Frog will have their work cut out for them in the coming months to bring their U.S. servers back up to par and compete with the other major players in the VPN marketplace.
Is VyprVPN Safe?
In order to double check the privacy and safety of VyprVPN, I ran a couple of scans using IP and DNS Leak detection software to ensure that all of my information was indeed being kept private.
Here were the results that I found…
After running more than four tests, I can safely say that I had no IP nor DNS leaks while using VyprVPN.
…Which is a big win.
I also decided to run a scan using VirusTotal to ensure that GoldeFrog wasn’t injecting any malware or adware onto my device.
Again, everything checked out and I am happy to report that VyprVPN appears, for all intents and purposes, to be a safe VPN provider.
Does VyprVPN work with Netflix?
Ever since Netflix began geo-blocking on customers using a VPN to access location restricted movies and TV shows, it’s become increasingly difficult to find a VPN provider that allows you to stream content from Netflix.
I tested out VyprVPN’s Netflix compatibility using their variety of different servers across the United States and EU.
… Here were the results that I got.
- New York Server: Works like a charm! Videos load fast and I was able to stream without any problems.
- Chicago Server: Just like the New York server, I had no problem connecting to Netflix using VyprVPN’s Chicago server.
- United Kingdom: Blocked
- Canada: Blocked
- Netherlands: Blocked
While I was a little bit disappointed that I couldn’t stream nor unblock Netflix from any of their EU server locations, this is still a “Win” for Golden Frog considering just how rare it is to find a VPN provider that still works with Netflix.
I was pleasantly surprised when I connected to their New York server and was able to load up John Mulaney’s Comeback Kid without so much as a 3-second buffer.
Is Torrenting Allowed?
Although VyprVPN and Golden Frog have kept fairly quiet regarding their opinion on P2P file sharing and torrenting, I was able to find the following statement on their help center.
And this seems great.
Heck, VyprVPN even allows their customers to use BitTorrent clients and claim that they don’t actively monitor any of your network activity.
But there’s a catch…
When I dug a little deeper I found that many GoldenFrog clients were having their account suspended due to copyright infringement notices and the support team responded to these suspensions with the following statement.
So even though you can technically torrent files with VyprVPN it’s important to note that if you break any copyright laws, you will likely have your account canceled or suspended (and unfortunately, there are no refunds).
What Devices Are Supported?
VyprVPN is compatible with all major devices including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
In addition to these basic devices, VyprVPN also allows you to anonymize your router, Apple TV, and Android TV.
At this time, it does not appear that VyprVPN offers browser extensions for Google Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer (but no one uses that anyways… Right?)
In addition, VyprVPN is not compatible with TOR (the Orion Router) or any other third party proxies so if you’re looking to add an extra layer of anonymity and security to your VPN experience, you might need to look at some other providers.
Is VyprVPN Easy To Use (Usability)
One of the areas where VyprVPN really shines is in its usability…
I’ve tested out dozens of VPNs and of the 70+ applications that I’ve used, VyprVPN is by far one of the simplest and smoothest to use.
After clicking a few buttons and agreeing to their Terms of Service, VyprVPN is instantly downloaded to your device and you’re brought to their easy-to-use home interface.
From here, it’s easy to access the settings menu and quickly change your connection, tunneling protocol, or DNS settings.
All in all, VyprVPN provides their customers with a simple and easy to use application that allows for effortless navigation and efficiency.
Servers & Additional Features
With more than 700+ servers spread across 70+ countries, VyprVPN offers their customers access to one of the largest networks and server parks that has ever been reviewed on this site.
In addition to this impressive figure, they are also one of the few VPN companies that write and host their own servers and DNS.
… Which is fantastic for user privacy.
This means that they own the ENTIRE network that you are using while connected to their VPN client and they are the only party who has any access to your private information.
Furthermore, they offer a fantastic killswitch feature which allows you to rest easy knowing that, even if you get disconnected from one of their servers (a problem I never encountered), all of your activities will be immediately shut down, preventing you or your information from being compromised.
Last, but not least
How is VyprVPN’s Customer Support?
One of the biggest improvements that VyprVPN has made since the last time I reviewed them is their customer support.
Previously, I was forced to endure more than a 14 hour response time (which was far from the advertised 24/7 support).
This time around, however, GoldenFrog seems to have gotten it right.
For the purposes of this review, I submitted three different support inquiries and received a response within ten minutes for each one.
Here’s a screenshot of my second support ticket inquiring about which UK servers might be compatible with Netflix.
Since this didn’t really answer my question, I followed up again and received the following response.
Although this wasn’t exactly the answer I was hoping to see, it was nice to see that VyprVPN had dramatically improved their response time even if the support team lacked some of the requisite knowledge to assist me in my inquiry.
More importantly, VyprVPN now offers live chat support for people who can’t afford to wait and want faster access to customer support.
VyprVPN Cost, Plans & Payment Methods
Unlike most of the big name VPNs on the market, VyprVPN doesn’t offer a “One Size Fits All” plan.
Instead, they offer two different subscriptions, basic and premium, to buy a VyprVPN:
The Basic Plan
- $60.00/year when you select the yearly plan ($5.00/mo)
- $9.95/mo for a monthly subscription
- 3 simultaneous connections
- Unlimited data usage
The Premium Plan
- $80.00/year when billed annually ($6.67/mo)
- $12.95/mo for a monthly subscription
- 5 simultaneous connections
- VyprVPN Cloud Included
- Chameleon Included
I’m not a fan of VPNs that offer basic vs. premium pricing plans but, for all intents and purposes, VyprVPN charges a fair price for their large server park, fast download speeds, and Netflix compatibility.
Since all plans come with a 3-day free trial (without bandwidth limit), VyprVPN does not offer refunds under any circumstances so be sure to test out their service as thoroughly as possible before committing to a yearly plan.
Luckily, canceling your VyprVPN trial or subscription is actually pretty simple, just follow the steps below:
- Log in to your control panel (URL)
- Click “Accounts” and then “Cancel Service”
- Answer why you want to cancel
And that’s it!
Considering how many VPN providers offer shady refund terms and hidden charges, it’s refreshing to see that VyprVPN is straightforward and transparent about the entire payment process.
One final note to consider is that VyprVPN does not offer any anonymous payment options.
…You can only pay with a debit or credit card, PayPal, or AliPay.
Sorry Bitcoin fans, if you want to pay anonymously, VyprVPN is not the service for you.
Do We Recommend VyprVPN?
Yes and no…
VyprVPN is a great VPN provider that offers their customers access to top of the line security features, a vast server park, Netflix compatibility and decent customer service.
However, their lack of anonymous payment options and legal concerns around torrenting files can pose as a serious issue for some users.
When you consider just how many excellent VPNs are in the same price range it’s hard to justify purchasing a VyprVPN subscription over one of their faster or more feature rich competitors.
At the end of the day, if your primary concern is security and anonymity, VyprVPN is one of the best services on the market.
However, if you are looking for the best all-around VPN that will give you the biggest bang for your buck then I’d recommend checking out our VPN reviews of NordVPN & ExpressVPN.
VyprVPN is a Swiss-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider that was founded in 2011. The provider claims over 2 million customers worldwide.
The provider bills itself as the “Most Trusted VPN Service,” and it offers a reliable way to protect your online activities from prying eyes while enhancing your access to blocked content around the globe.
I’ve assessed the provider’s claims by running it through a battery of tests, which revealed the answers to questions such as:
- How does VyprVPN prove its “most trusted VPN” claim? How well does it protect your online activities?
- What kind of job does VyprVPN do unblocking streaming content like Netflix and BBC iPlayer?
- How fast are VyprVPN’s connection speeds? Are they capable of streaming HD and 4K content?
Stay tuned, as I’ll answer these questions and many more. I’ll also deliver an overall look at the service’s offerings, including the “premium” level of service they offer.
Is VyprVPN for You?
VyprVPN delivers fast, well-protected connections, a strict no-logs policy (which an independent auditor has confirmed), and much more.
The provider offers two levels of service, both available in month-to-month and annual subscription terms. While both levels offer top-notch online protection, the premium tier of service offers additional security services.
A risk-free 3-day free trial, and a 30-day money-back guarantee, are both available for both subscription tiers.
VyprVPN is a valid option for users looking for just a bit more protection than usual while using the internet. The provider’s Chameleon protocol and self-owned and -operated servers add that extra layer of protection, although at a higher price.
|Tested Speed:||37.44 Mbps average download speed (independently tested)|
|Streaming Support:||HD & 4K HDR|
|Unblocks Netflix?:||Yes – for U.S. and U.K.|
|U.S. Streaming Services Supported:||Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify, others|
|U.K. Streaming Services Supported:||Netflix U.K., BBC iPlayer, others|
|Supports Torrenting:||Yes, allowed on all servers|
|Value for the Money:||5/5|
|Money-Back Guarantee:||3-day free trial and 30-day money-back guarantee|
- Streaming-capable connections
- Unblocks Netflix in the U.K. and U.S.
- Chameleon protocol helps hide VPN activity
- Kill switch protection
- Independently-verified “no-logs” claim
- No Bitcoin option
- Requires paying extra for some services
VyprVPN offers protection for the most popular device platforms. Mobile, desktop and even television platforms are all covered.
The service offers native app support for iOS, Android, Windows and macOS devices. It also offers an app to protect your Android TV.
No browser extensions are available. Router coverage is available for routers flashed with Tomato firmware.
VyprVPN’s apps provide outstanding protection. Users’ connections are protected with military-level encryption, as well as a kill switch. The apps can be set to connect whenever an untrusted Wi-Fi network is detected, and they can also block any malicious websites.
When connecting to the VyprVPN server network, you’ll be presented with 3 options. They include connecting to the fastest server, connecting to any servers you may have previously designated as a favorite, or connecting to any server location in the provider’s global network.
I found the app to work well and to provide reliable, fast connections that stood up well to whatever I threw at them. The app wasn’t hard on my devices’ system resources.
You can concurrently connect up to 3 devices (5 devices if you opt for the premium service level) to the VyprVPN server network using a single username.
At the time of this review, the VyprVPN server network consisted of 700+ servers in 64 countries. The provider owns and operates all of its server farms. (I’ll explain in the Security and Privacy section just what that means to you.)
The provider says it treats all of the traffic on its server network equally and doesn’t block any ports, meaning P2P file sharing is allowed on all of its servers.
VyprVPN’s knowledgeable support staff is available to answer questions around the clock, with 24/7 live support, a trouble ticket submission system and a searchable support library.
Arguably, one of the most popular uses for a VPN is to allow access to content in other parts of the world, content that would normally not be available in a user’s region.
This includes gaming content, as well as streaming video and audio content from such players in the industry as Netflix, Spotify, BBC iPlayer and many others.
In the early days of streaming and VPN services, it was a simple thing to unblock a streaming service by using a VPN.
However, as streaming providers faced increased pressure from content providers to restrict access from outside of designated areas, they began to block VPN users by blocking the VPN’s IP addresses from connecting to their streaming servers.
Now, one of the most important features to consider when searching for the right VPN provider is whether or not it reliably unblocks content from the major streaming providers.
VyprVPN’s unblocking powers are a mixed bag. When it comes to Netflix, the VPN does an acceptable job of unblocking content from both the United States and the United Kingdom.
The provider doesn’t have any designated streaming servers in place, so you may find that you need to try a few servers before you gain access. As far as other countries go, I tried Australia, France and Germany, and I was turned away by Netflix’s servers.
Amazon Prime Video in both the U.S. and U.K. proved to be accessible while using VyprVPN, as was BBC iPlayer in the U.K.
While testing streaming providers with this VPN, I found that streaming began almost immediately, with no stuttering or pixelation, which I’ve experienced while using some other VPN providers.
Security and Privacy
VyprVPN provides above-average protection for your online activities, offering a level of protection not found with most other VPN providers.
As previously mentioned, the provider’s apps offer a kill switch, the ability to connect whenever an untrusted Wi-Fi network is detected and the ability to block any malicious websites.
The provider uses military-level encryption to keep any third parties from detecting your online antics. The provider uses the OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP protocols. In addition, premium users have access to the company’s proprietary Chameleon protocol.
VyprVPN’s proprietary Chameleon protocol is available to premium subscribers. Chameleon works with the OpenDNS protocol to defeat VPN blocking by disguising it as normal internet traffic.
VyprVPN claims they keep no logs of any kind, and they have proven the veracity of that claim by having an independent audit performed on their servers. The audit showed that the provider keeps no logs of any kind.
Unfortunately, the provider does not accept Bitcoin or any other form of cryptocurrency, missing out on an opportunity to offer another layer of privacy protection.
However, the service makes up for it by offering protection not found with many other VPN providers.
VyprVPN owns and operates all of its own server farms, removing any third-party contractors from the equation, who might normally have access to your information.
Before I reveal VyprVPN’s connection speeds performance, I’d like to share with you the process we here at Pixel Privacy use to determine a provider’s download speed numbers.
A team of 3 of us perform all VPN connection speeds tests using a gigabit Ethernet connection on a server based in the U.S. We perform the tests using the Windows version of the provider’s app, and connect via OpenVPN over UDP.
We run the tests by connecting to 3 VPN server locations – in the United Kingdom, the United States and Hong Kong. For 3 days, we run the tests 3 times per day, with at least 4 hours in between each round of tests.
VyprVPN’s average connection speed of 37.44 Mbps should be up to handling any of your favorite online activities. Gaming, P2P file sharing, streaming HD video – all of these should be smooth sailing.
VyprVPN’s pricing scheme is a bit different from most VPN services, as they offer two levels of service, and they offer both of those tiers as a monthly and an annual subscription.
The basic VyprVPN subscription offers VPN protection for up to 3 devices. The basic plan brings a monthly charge of around the price of a video streaming subscription. If you subscribe annually, the charge is around half that per month.
In addition to the same VPN protection offered in the basic plan, the VyprVPN Premium plan covers up to 5 devices and includes the Chameleon Protocol and VyprVPN Cloud. The latter option offers users their own dedicated business VPN server (with a dedicated IP) and the ability to connect to existing apps and programs, like Salesforce.
VyprVPN Premium is a few more dollars per month than the basic plan. The annual premium plan also runs a few more dollars per month over the basic annual subscription option.
The basic subscription tier is the recommended option for single or family users, while small business owners might want to take a close look at the premium tier.
A 3-day free trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee are available for both plans.
VyprVPN is a mainstay in the industry and is part of Swiss company GoldenFrog.
It has revamped its service over the past couple of years, but I still had some concerns about security and privacy.
So is this VPN worth your money? How does it stack up against popular providers like ExpressVPN and NordVPN?
In this 2020 VyprVPN review, I ran VyprVPN’s desktop and mobile apps through some rigorous testing. Along the way, I sought to answer all the questions you might have about the service, including:
- How fast is VyprVPN?
- Can I stream popular region-locked content using VyprVPN (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and others)
- What is VyprVPN’s logging policy?
- Does VyprVPN work in China?
- Does VyprVPN offer value for money?
You’ll discover the answers to these questions and lots more in this review.
I’ve been using the VyprVPN apps to keep my internet activities away from snoopers such as my internet service provider and would-be hackers. I’ve used it for everyday tasks, including browsing, streaming, and downloading, and recorded my findings here.
You can see a brief summary of my experience below, but read on to find out more about what this provider has to offer.
VyprVPN is a solid all-round VPN, especially since it reformed its logging policy. It can unblock a selection of streaming platforms, making it a good option for those looking to watch geo-restricted content from abroad. It’s also a fairly reliable VPN for users in China.
VyprVPN key data
|OVERALL RANK: #10 of 42 VPNS|
|Average Speed *:||44 Mbps|
|Video Streaming Support:||4K UHD|
|Other Streaming Services:||Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Go|
|Encryption Type:||256-bit AES|
|Kill Switch:||Yes, desktop|
|Log Policy:||No identifying logs|
|Protocols:||ChameleonTM, OpenVPN, IKEv2|
|Value for Money||
|Lowest Monthly Cost:||$2.50|
|Money Back Guarantee:||30 days|
How does VyprVPN compare to other popular VPNs?
To help decide if this is the right VPN for you, it’s helpful to compare it to other top providers. Here’s an at-a-glance look at some of the main features offered by VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, and NordVPN. For more details about Express and Nord, you can take a look at our of the two.
VyprVPN Pros and Cons
Below is a summary of the strengths and weaknesses I discovered during the time I spent reviewing VyprVPN. I’ll cover these in more detail later.
- Owns it servers
- Doesn’t keep logs
- Provides strong security features
- Allows up to five simultaneous connections
- Offers a 30-day money-back guarantee
- Provides 24/7 live chat support
- Not the fastest VPN
- Relatively small server network
- Doesn’t accept bitcoin
Speed: How Fast is VyprVPN?
Like many other providers, VyprVPN claims to be the “world’s fastest VPN.” I’m always skeptical of such brazen claims so I was particularly keen to run our speed test tool over this provider.
I ran speed tests at various times of day on servers in North America, Asia, and Europe. VyprVPN’s average download rate was 44 Mbps across all times and locations tested. This is decent but is slower than many other VPNs we tested.
Here are the average speed test results for each region:
- North America: 41 Mbps
- Europe: 44 Mbps
- Asia: 47 Mbps
VyprVPN’s average speed is fast enough for SD, HD, and live HD streaming, and should even be okay for 4K UHD.
If location isn’t an issue, VyprVPN gives you the option to connect to the fastest server for your location. In the server dropdown list, you can see the ping speed for each server. This denotes the latency and shows how long it takes to send and receive a request from that particular server. You can sort the server list by speed (based on ping time).
Switching between servers rarely took more than a few seconds and I didn’t experience any dropped connections while testing. I was able to stream and play online games without any issues.
It’s worth noting that these tests should be viewed as a general indicator of the performance you’ll actually see when using these services. They’re by no means definitive as the nature of the internet means there is always room for random deviations. Depending on the speed of your internet service, you may see smaller or larger discrepancies.
Apps: Which devices work with VyprVPN?
A VyprVPN subscription allows you to connect five devices at a time. This provider makes apps for the following devices:
- Windows 7 and later
- MacOS 10.12 and newer
- iOS 10 and up
- Android 5 and later
- Amazon Fire TV
A notable omission here is Linux, although there aren’t too many VPNs that offer Linux apps, and VyprVPN can be manually configured with the OS.
Last time I reviewed it, the desktop VyprVPN app was a little dated. It has since undergone a makeover and now has a far more modern aesthetic. It’s lightweight and simple to navigate.
Once you’re signed up to VyprVPN, you have access to a network of more than 700 servers spanning over 60 countries. Servers are listed alphabetically by country by default, but you can sort them by region or ping time.
Startup options include launching the app every time you start your device or log in to your OS, and connecting to the VPN when the app launches.
I’ll discuss these in more detail in the security section, but other features include automatic wifi protection, a kill switch, and protocol selection.
The mobile app has a very similar look to the desktop version. It just has a pared-down settings menu, with the main features being automatic wifi protection and protocol options.
You can set up VyprVPN on select routers. This requires manual configuration, but enables you to protect every device on your home network. For routers on the Tomato MIPS/ARM Framework, a router app lets you select which devices to connect through the VPN and which use a direct internet connection (split tunneling).
Streaming, Netflix and Kodi?
Does VyprVPN work with Netflix?
VyprVPN works with Netflix US, as well as other libraries I tested, including Netflix UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan. It has definitely stepped up its streaming game since the last time I reviewed the service; last year, Netflix US was the only catalog that worked for me.
VyprVPN also works with lots of other platforms that impose geo-restriction measures. The streaming section of the VyprVPN website gives instructions for accessing the following sites (among others):
- Amazon Prime Video
- BBC iPlayer
- ITV Hub
- All 4
- HBO Now
This provider offers minimal support for Kodi, but it does work with the platform via manual setup.
Does VyprVPN allow torrenting?
VyprVPN does allow torrenting and provides users with unlimited data and bandwidth, and shared IP addresses.
This service doesn’t promote its use for P2P in the way that some VPNs do, but it does explicitly state on its FAQ page: “Because our service treats all traffic equally, peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic is allowed.”
In the past, there were reports that VyprVPN penalized users for torrenting, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. Note, however, that the VyprVPN terms of service prohibit “copyright, trademark, and patent infringement.”
VyprVPN doesn’t store any logs and desktop apps come with a built-in kill switch. There’s protection against DNS leaks, but WebRTC and IPv6 leak protection are not guaranteed.
Security, privacy, and logging
Many VPNs claim not to log but the reality does not always match the marketing hype. If you care about your privacy, you should care about your VPN’s logging policy.
We’ve had reservations about VyprVPN’s logging policy in the past, and I was keen to see if its recent improvements had addressed my concerns.
VyprVPN is based in Switzerland, a country known for its strong privacy laws. As such, there has never been any need for the VPN provider to retain logs of user data. However, until late in 2018, VyprVPN company policy was to record some identifying metadata including “the user’s source IP address, the VyprVPN IP address used by the user, connection start and stop time and total number of bytes used.”
Although IP addresses aren’t typically considered Personally Identifiable Information (PII), they can and have been used to identify individuals through their Internet Service Provider (ISP). As such, we try to avoid recommending providers that retain such logs.
Thankfully, VpyrVPN overhauled its policy in 2018 and now keeps no logs whatsoever. The company even subjected itself to an independent audit to prove that no logs are maintained.
A section of VyprVPN’s new logging policy.
When it comes to security features, VyprVPN offers standard protection plus a couple of extras:
- Strong encryption: VyprVPN uses 256-bit AES-CBC encryption with 2,048-bit RSA keys and SHA256 authentication. Perfect forward secrecy ensures that a compromised encryption key can’t be used to view past sessions.
- A kill switch (in the desktop apps): This will kill the internet connection should the VPN connection drop for some reason, to prevent data leaks. Note that this is disabled by default.
- Public Wi-Fi Protection: Enabling this will ensure your device connects to the VPN automatically whenever you connect to an untrusted wifi network.
- Protocol options: Choose between IKEv2, Chameleon, and OpenVPN, depending on your needs.
VyprVPN is different from most providers out there in that it owns all of its own servers. The norm for the industry is for providers to rent their servers from third-party hosting services. Owning its servers gives the provider greater control over security as well as ensuring reliable speeds and excellent uptime.
VyprVPN also uses its own private DNS servers, although the app does allow you to switch to a third-party DNS if you wish.
Protection against DNS leaks is built into the apps. The provider doesn’t claim to offer IPv6 or WebRTC leak protection, although I didn’t see any issues during my most recent testing.
IPv6 and WebRTC leaks are not a concern for most people, namely because not many people have IPv6, and also because not many webpages use WebRTC. What’s more, both IPv6 and WebRTC can be disabled if needed.
This service uses a NAT firewall which prevents unsolicited requests or data packets from entering your system, although these do have their limitations.
VyprVPN uses shared IP addresses. This means that every user connected to a given server is assigned the same IP address. This makes it more difficult for anyone trying to trace activity back to an individual.
One more feature that comes with a VyprVPN plan is VyprVPN Cloud. This is a deployment solution that gives you extra security when accessing cloud servers. It currently works with Digital Ocean, VirtualBox, and Amazon Web Service (AWS).
Does VyprVPN work in China?
Not many VPNs can escape detection from China’s internet police so I was interested to see if VyprVPN lived up to its reputation of evading the great firewall.
Indeed, one of the things VyprVPN is known for is its ability to work in China. It has run into some issues fairly recently, but at the time of writing, many users are having success using the VPN in China.
VyprVPN uses proprietary software, giving you the option of using Chameleon™ metadata scrambling technology. This helps to mask VPN traffic, making it less likely to be identified as such by the deep packet inspection technology utilized within China’s Great Firewall.
The provider recommends using Chameleon for Windows, MacOS, and Android. IKEv2 is recommended for iOS, and while iOS users have had problems using VyprVPN in China in the past, these issues have reportedly been resolved.
VyprVPN keeps users up to date on China issues (and other problems) in the service status update page on its website. Here, you’ll be informed if users in China are having issues and how they’re being addressed.
Is VyprVPN’s customer service any good?
Support documents are available in multiple languages including Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. If you need a quick response, live chat customer support is available 24/7 via the website. This is in-house, as is email support, which will be welcome news to more privacy-conscious users.
Via live chat, I got quick and knowledgeable responses on topics including security, privacy, payment, and more.
VyprVPN used to have two pricing tiers but has pared down to one. Since changing its plan structure, VyprVPN is more affordable than it used to be. The monthly pricing is fairly high at $12.95 per month, but there are steep discounts if you go for a longer term. A one-year plan costs $45 ($3.75 per month) and a two-year term is $60 ($2.50 per month).
VyprVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. You have a few payment options: major credit cards, Union Pay, and PayPal. I was disappointed not to see the option of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, as this can offer a little more privacy.
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Should I buy VyprVPN?
After thoroughly testing VyprVPN, would I recommend it to others?
In short, yes.
VyprVPN is definitely one of my top ten favorite providers, especially since it has retracted its old logging policy. However, there are some great alternatives available.
ExpressVPN is a bit pricier, but it’s highly secure and works in China. Express has the edge when it comes to streaming, as it boasts faster speeds and has an expansive network of servers in 94 countries.
If price is an issue, NordVPN is my top budget option. It offers a huge server network, lots of extra security features, and great unblocking abilities. It also works in China and offers great speeds.
Here’s a breakdown of how VyprVPN compares to two of the most popular services, ExpressVPN and NordVPN.
VyprVPN has many small issues, but it also gets a lot right: loads of apps, easy to use, decent value, unblocks Netflix with ease and is one of the few VPNs to confirm its zero-log status with a public audit.
- Publicly audited no logging policy
- Speedy live chat support
- Unblocks Netflix, iPlayer, more
- Low prices on the two-year plan
- Below average speeds
- Some Windows kill switch issues
- Support website articles lack detail
- No Bitcoin support
A popular Swiss-based VPN from the same stable of companies as US ISP Texas.net, Data Foundry, and top Usenet provider Giganews, VyprVPN has a decent-sized network with 700+ servers in more than 70 locations across 64 countries. These aren't solely focused on Europe and North America, either; VyprVPN has 14 locations in Asia, 5 in the Middle East, 7 in Central and South America, 2 in Africa and 5 in Oceania.
Even better, these servers are owned and managed by the company, allowing VyprVPN to point out that it 'operates 100% without third parties.'
Welcome features include unlimited data usage, a zero-knowledge DNS service, a customized Chameleon protocol to help bypass VPN blocking, and 24/7/365 support to keep the service running smoothly.
Wide platform support includes apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, along with routers, QNAP, Anonabox, Smart TVs and Blackphone.
If that's not enough, the website has more than 30 tutorials to help you manually set up the service on Chromebooks, Linux, Blackberry, Synology NAS, OpenELEC, Android TV, Apple TV, and via DD-WRT, AsusWRT, OpenWRT and more.
All this looks good to us, although there is one potential issue: VyprVPN doesn't have any browser extensions.
The website has the usual 'no logging' claims, but unlike most of the competition, you don't have to take these on trust. In 2018, VyprVPN had an independent audit to verify that it doesn't log or share anything about what you're doing online, including session logs, and you can read the report for yourself.
Improvements since our last review include the introduction of Chameleon 2.0, an enhanced version of VyprVPN's custom technology which should help you get online, even in China and other VPN blocking countries.
VyprVPN claims the upgrade includes 'VPN cloaking', making it more difficult for governments to see that you're using a VPN. Connections should be more reliable, the company says, and Chameleon is now available on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.
VyprVPN offers over 700 servers in more than 70 locations across 64 countries (Image credit: VyprVPN)
Plans and pricing
VyprVPN has streamlined its pricing structure recently, making it easier to see what you're going to get, and giving better value.
There's no need to choose between an underpowered standard plan and a more capable but relatively expensive Premium option, for instance: all plans now include all VyprVPN's features.
Monthly billed plans are a little expensive at $12.95, up from $9.95 last time.
The annual plan is significantly cheaper at a monthly $3.75, though, down from $5.
Even better, a new two-year plan cuts the price to just $2.50 a month. That's way better than most providers – even NordVPN's three-year plan is $3.49 a month – although it still can't quite compete with Surfshark’s $1.99 a month for two years of service.
Sign up and although you'll be asked for payment details, the company won't bill you for three days. Cancel from your web console before the time is up and you won't be charged anything, so this is effectively a short free trial.
Three free days isn't long, but it's three days longer than you'll get with most providers, so we're not about to complain. If you decide to carry on after the trial is up, and you run into any major issues, you're also protected by a 30-day money-back guarantee. A few companies give you more – Hotspot Shield and CyberGhost allow 45 days, for example – but 30 days should be long enough to identify any issues.
VyprVPN protects your privacy with 256-bit encryption and strong support for a variety of VPN protocols (Image credit: Golden Frog)
VyprVPN protects your privacy with well-chosen protocols and industrial-strength encryption. It supports AES-256-GCM and SHA384 HMAC by default, with TLS-ECDHE-RSA-2048 to provide Perfect Forward Secrecy. (That's a smart technique which ensures that a different key is used for every connection, so that even if an attacker obtains a private key, they would only be able to access data in that particular session.)
IKEv2 is also available, and on more of the apps since our last review (it's now an option on Windows, for instance).
Following many other services, VyprVPN has now dropped support for the older protocols, PPTP and L2TP.
As we've discussed, you can now also choose VyprVPN's Chameleon 2.0 protocol, maybe allowing you to bypass aggressive VPN blocking and get connected. It's a new option on the iOS app, too.
We don't attempt to test access from China, but VyprVPN is far more upfront about issues with its service than most providers, publishing details of any current problems on its Service Status page.
If you're having difficulties connecting to the service, unblocking particular streaming sites or anything else, the Service Status page usually has more info available. We can't say whether it includes every problem the company is experiencing, but it seems to be regularly updated with a lot of useful details, and the fact that it exists at all is a major credit to VyprVPN. We wish other providers would be as upfront about their service difficulties.
Back to privacy: VyprVPN provides an encrypted zero-knowledge DNS service, a handy way to avoid 'man-in-the-middle' attacks, DNS filtering and other snooping strategies. Works for us, although if you're less happy with the idea, the apps also allow you to switch to any third-party service (just enter whatever IP addresses you need).
Individual clients have their own privacy-protecting technologies, too, including options to defend against DNS leaks and bundled kill switches to reduce the chance of data leaks if the VPN connection drops. Check out the evaluations of the individual apps later in this review for more details.
VyprVPN keeps no logs on its users (Image credit: Golden Frog)
Even better, you don't have to take VyprVPN's word on this, as in September 2018 the company hired Leviathan Security Group to audit the platform and produce a public report on its logging practices.
The results [PDF] are available to all on the VyprVPN website, and make an interesting read. Experts will find a huge amount of detail on how VyprVPN works, and the in-depth testing performed by the auditors (logging in to servers, inspecting running processes, examining source code, and more).
Everyone else can simply check the executive summary, which explains that the audit initially found a few limited issues ('from inadvertent configuration mistakes'), but these were 'quickly fixed', and 'as a result, [the audit] can provide VyprVPN users with the assurance that the company is not logging their VPN activity.'
While that's great news, and still much more than the majority of VPN providers have done, we hope VyprVPN doesn't stop there. It's been approaching 18 months since this audit, plenty of time for new problems to have cropped up. TunnelBear now has annual security audits of its service (it's had three so far), and we'd like to see other providers do the same.
We used Ookla's SpeedTest and TestMy to measure VyprVPN's performance (Image credit: Ookla)
To understand the real-world performance of a VPN, we put every service we review through a series of lengthy tests.
Our VyprVPN checks began by firing up a custom script which connected to a sample of 50 VyprVPN servers via OpenVPN, measured connection times and recorded any connection failures, used geolocation to verify the server location, and then ran ping tests to look for any latency issues.
The service got off to a great start, with not a single connection error from any server. Connection times were consistent at six seconds, and latencies were as we'd expect for all locations.
VyprVPN's servers all returned IP addresses from their advertised locations. A very few servers may be physically based in other countries – VyprVPN's Maldives and Marshall Islands servers appear to be in Singapore, for instance – but they'll still give you Maldives and Marshall Islands IP addresses, and hosting them in Singapore should make for faster and more reliable connections.
Next, we connected to our nearest VyprVPN server from two locations – one UK, one US – and checked our speeds with the benchmarking sites SpeedTest and TestMy.
UK performance was good at around 64-68Mbps on our 75Mbps test line, a huge improvement on the 25-50Mbps we saw in the last review.
Unfortunately, US speeds were slower at just 35-50Mbps, disappointing for our 475Mbps test connection.
Our speed tests were run in April 2020, and with so many in coronavirus quarantine, it's possible that extra web traffic affected the result. How much that effect might be – well, that's open to question. VyprVPN results were below average for the last review, too, at 50-70Mbps. And despite the current situation, some VPNs we've tested recently have done much better – Windscribe hit 250Mbps and more just a few days ago.
Overall, it looks like VyprVPN performance probably lags behind the best of the competition. But it's enough for browsing, emails, streaming and most other tasks. You may well see better speeds in your locations, too, particularly in the post-coronavirus world, and it's worth checking the service out for yourself in this respect.
VyprVPN was able to unblock Netflix in all of our tests, so we didn't see any unwelcome error messages (Image credit: Netflix)
VPNs often sell themselves on their ability to access geoblocked sites, giving you access to content you wouldn't normally be able to view - VPNs for Netflix have become particularly popular.
To test VyprVPN's unblocking technologies, we connected to UK and US locations, then tried to access BBC iPlayer, US-only YouTube content, US Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
The BBC’s iPlayer blocks several VPNs, and with only one location in the UK, we weren't sure whether VyprVPN would be able to give us access to the site. But it did, and we were able to stream content without any issues at all.
US YouTube is unblocked by just about every VPN in existence, and sure enough, VyprVPN also bypassed its protection without difficulty.
US Netflix is far more challenging to unblock, but VyprVPN got us in immediately. We had success with Netflix Canada, Germany, and UK, too, although – as with our last review – France and Japan were blocked.
Disney+ proved more difficult, although we're unsure of the cause. The Disney+ site refused to display the login page with VyprVPN connected, something we've seen with other VPNs. This doesn't seem to be location-related, though, as if we accessed a Disney+ movie URL directly, and logged in from that page, we were able stream content without any issues.
Our Amazon Prime Video experience was much more straightforward, and we were able to view content when connected to both US and UK VyprVPN servers.
If you need to know more, VyprVPN has a support page with a lengthy list of the various streaming services it can unblock, and the company invites you to contact customer support if you have any problems connecting.
If you've ever used a VPN which promises it can 'unblock anything' on the website, but doesn't have the guts to list its supported services – and indeed tells you that it will not guarantee anything if you have any problems trying to unblock something – then you'll appreciate how much more helpful VyprVPN is.
The Service Status page we mentioned above is helpful, too (if you didn't click the link to take a look, do it now).
For example, a February 27, 2020 entry titled 'Disney+ Streaming Trouble' reads: 'Currently, our customers may have trouble streaming with Disney+ on our Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle servers. You should still be able to access Disney+ using our other United States server locations', and has been updated to say it's back up.
If that's typical of VyprVPN's support, it could be a major time-saver. If you're having streaming troubles, one glance at the page could tell you that this is a general problem, saving you spending ages tinkering with your setup or contacting support, and giving you advice on an immediate fix (changing server in the above case). It also lets you know when the issue is fixed. Great work all-round, then.
VyprVPN may not mention torrenting on its site but the company's VPN does support it (Image credit: uTorrent)
VyprVPN doesn't try to sell itself on its torrent or P2P support, and at the time of writing, the topic doesn't even rate a mention on its home or Features web pages - that's unlike a lot of services that make big of their credentials as VPNs for torrenting and torrents.
Sometimes this can indicate that P2P isn't supported at all, but digging deep into the support website, we found this promising statement:
"At Golden Frog, we have the utmost respect for your privacy. We do not monitor the content of your internet traffic through our servers or block the use of any ports. Because our service treats all traffic equally, peer-to-peer and torrent traffic is allowed."
This seems to be a general rule which applies to all locations.
The company used to have a procedure where it could lock your account if your DMCA address is reported for a download, but the DMCA Notices support article now says this:
"When a copyright holder or their agent reports copyright infringement by a user that is using our service through submitting a DMCA takedown notice, we will make every effort possible to assist. As VyprVPN is a no log VPN, meaning we do not log our users' activities when connected to our VPN service, we are unable to identify particular users that may be infringing upon the copyrights of others."
In other words, even if someone records a VyprVPN IP address as involved in some P2P-related activity, there's no way for the company to link that IP back to a specific account.
VyprVPN offers clients for most major platforms (Image credit: Golden Frog)
Signing up to VyprVPN is easy, and once you've handed over your details, the website points you to the company's Windows, Mac, Android and iOS apps, plus a host of setup guides for other platforms.
These aren't just links to files or app store pages. The VyprVPN website also gives you useful details on each app, including supported protocols, the minimum operating system version, and even a changelog. That's more interesting and useful than it might sound, as even if you've no development knowledge at all, you can look at something like the Android changelog and get a feel for how often the app has been improved, and when major new features have been added.
Client setup is straightforward, and follows more or less the same process for every other VPN app you've ever installed. Download and run the file, or find and install the app, follow the instructions, enter your username and password when you're prompted, and essentially, you're ready to go.
Experienced users should find it easy to set up other devices manually. The Android app is available as a plain APK file, for instance. The OpenVPN configuration files are also just a click or two away. These don't give you the control you'll often get with other VPNs, so for example there's no configuration wizard, and no choice of UDP or TCP connections. But they are at least sensibly named. VyprVPN's Singapore.ovpn will look far more straightforward on a server list than NordVPN's sg26.nordvpn.com.udp.ovpn.
If you need some assistance, the website has more than 50 tutorials to help you manually set up the service on Chromebooks, Linux, Synology NAS, OpenELEC, Android TV, Apple TV, and via DD-WRT, AsusWRT, OpenWRT and more.
These setup guides are, for the most part, relatively basic. Many are short, with only the bare minimum of text, and no screenshots (the Android TV guide says little more than 'you'll need the Android app, get it here or here'). They appear to cover the basics, though, and should get you connected with minimal hassle.
VyprVPN's Windows client offers a clean and streamlined user interface (Image credit: Golden Frog)
VyprVPN's Windows VPN client looks and feels much like a mobile VPN app: a simple opening window displays your connection state and preferred location, and you can connect or disconnect with a click.
A capable location picker lists available locations by country and city, includes ping times to give you an idea of distance, and provides a simple Favorites system to save your commonly used servers.
The client support only three protocols: there's OpenVPN, VyprVPN's proprietary Chameleon, and IKEv2 has been added since our last review. The less secure L2TP and PPTP have been dropped.
VyprVPN also includes a built-in kill switch in case your VPN connection goes down (Image credit: Golden Frog)
A built-in kill switch aims to protect you if the VPN drops. That's the idea, but it didn't always work that way.
If we killed an OpenVPN connection the kill switch kicked in instantly, blocking internet traffic, displaying a warning and giving us an option to reconnect.
If we manually closed an L2TP connection, though, the kill switch correctly stopped our internet access, but the client froze on a 'Disconnecting' screen. There was no notification, and because the interface had disappeared, there was no access to the Connect or Disconnect buttons, the settings or anything else. Which meant that our internet connection was now dead, and there was no way to fix it.
Closing and restarting the app didn't work (it just launched to the same 'Disconnecting' screen), but rebooting our system got us the regular client interface back and we were able to disable the kill switch manually.
While this wasn't a great experience, keep in mind that the problem shouldn't happen often (stick with OpenVPN for connections and it'll never happen at all), and at least VyprVPN got the core privacy issue right: the kill switch works correctly at all times, and your privacy is never compromised.
Bug reports can be made from within the Windows client (Image credit: VyprVPN)
A capable Settings dialog can configure the client to connect when Windows starts or the application launches. DNS leak protection reduces the chance of others snooping on your web traffic, and the kill switch is joined by an auto-reconnect system to protect you if the VPN drops.
That's just the start. VyprVPN doesn't just provide its own zero-knowledge VyprDNS service, for instance – you can switch it to any other DNS service you like. The client can also automatically connect VyprVPN when you're using untrusted Wi-Fi networks.
VyprVPN has dropped some of the geekier settings available in the older client (you can't set MTU size any more, for instance), but for the most part, the latest version works very well: it's fast, has a strong set of features and is generally easy to use.
This is the interface of VyprVPN's Android app (Image credit: Golden Frog)
VyprVPN's Android VPN app opens with an identical interface to the Windows build. In a tap or two you're able to connect to your nearest server, or choose an alternative from the same location picker as the desktop version.
The app has very similar settings to the Window version, too: a kill switch, DNS leak protection, startup and auto-reconnect options and the ability to use custom DNS settings.
Protocol support is more limited, with just OpenVPN and VyprVPN's own Chameleon to choose from.
Bonus features include optional URL filtering to protect you from malicious websites. Although we didn't test the effectiveness of the system, we noticed that it gives you more control than most competing services. If you hit a site on the blacklist, for instance, the system doesn't just block it. Instead, it displays a warning, and you can ignore this and proceed to the site if you're sure it's safe.
A Connection Per App feature enables customizing VPN usage by individual app (other services call this 'split tunneling'). Choose any installed app and you can set it to always use the VPN, or bypass it and use your regular connection.
The app isn't quite perfect – connection times were fractionally longer than usual, for instance, and we'd like to have IKEv2 support – but it's easy to use, with a decent feature list, and more capable than a lot of the competition.
VyprVPN's iOS app looks quite similar to its Android offering (Image credit: Golden Frog)
VyprVPN's iOS app shares much the same look and feel as the rest of the range. Use the service on any other platform and you'll immediately feel at home.
Most operations work just as they do with the other apps. A simple location picker makes it easy to find locations by name or speed, and commonly used servers can be saved as favorites for speedy reconnection later.
The iOS app doesn't include all the Android features. In particular, there's no URL blocking, and no kill switch. There are relatively few settings, too, although it is possible to set up the app to connect to the VPN whenever you access an untrusted wireless network, or automatically reconnect if the VPN drops unexpectedly, and you can set a custom DNS.
There's a major recent addition in terms of support for OpenVPN, as well as IKEv2. If you need more control, the VyprVPN support site has instructions on manually setting up OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2 and even PPTP connections.
As with Android, VyprVPN's iOS app isn't exactly packing any killer features, but it's likeable, easy to use, and a simple way to access VyprVPN from your iDevice.
VyprVPN's knowledgebase includes a great deal of helpful information, and it's even searchable (Image credit: Golden Frog)
VyprVPN support starts on its website, where a knowledgebase provides setup instructions, troubleshooting guidance and specific advice for various device types.
Browse the site and this looks impressive, at least initially. There are a lot of articles, including 37 covering issues with the mobile apps, and more than 50 covering manually setting up the service on a wide range of platforms.
However, this isn't quite as good as it seems. Many articles are very basic, often no more than 'how do I turn on feature x?', with a few lines of text to point users in the right direction. And even the setup guides are generally stripped back to the essentials, with few or no screenshots to help illustrate the points they're trying to make.
Still, there is some decent content here, and an accurate search system did a good job of finding relevant articles for all our test keywords.
Help is just a click away with live chat support (Image credit: Golden Frog)
If the website can't help, live chat is available to give you a near-instant response. We only raised one test question, but the support agent was talking to us within a couple of minutes, and gave a helpful and informative response.
Your final option is to send an email. We raised a simple product question and had a clear response within an hour.
VyprVPN support clearly has some issues, and it's not as thorough or in-depth as top competitors like ExpressVPN. The website does give you basic information on a wide range of topics, though, and with speedy live chat support on hand, it shouldn't take long to get helpful advice on any issues.
There's a lot to like about VyprVPN, all in all (Image credit: VyprVPN)
VyprVPN isn't the cheapest, or the fastest, or the most powerful VPN. But it's better than many, and there's plenty more to like here, from the wide platform support, to reliable website unblocking, and a detailed no-logging public audit which suggests this is a VPN you can actually trust.
VyprVPN is a popular VPN service created by Switzerland-based Golden Frog. This VPN has worked hard to establish itself as a trusted provider and advocate of internet privacy.
The provider has also been taking steps to improve its reliability, security, and quality of service based on customer requests. However, does VyprVPN really make the cut? Here’s a preview: when it comes to privacy, geoblocking, and price, VyprVPN makes the cut. It can unblock Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Hulu, but where it falters is speed (read on for specifics). Speedier VPNs like NordVPN could be a better choice for streaming and P2P sites.
Read on for a detailed review of VyprVPN’s features and performance:
Streaming – Does VyprVPN Work with Netflix?
If you’re buying a VPN to bypass geoblocks on popular streaming services like Netflix, VyprVPN is a great choice. The provider has been working on a big overhaul of their streaming service in an attempt to improve the VPN’s access to popular streaming sites in different parts of the world.
VyprVPN’s proprietary Chameleon technology prevents Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), which helps it escape geo-restrictions and VPN bans on popular streaming sites.
We were able to access US Netflix on multiple servers without a problem. VyprVPN also gave us excellent speeds on the US servers, which is perfect for HD streaming. The VPN was also able to successfully access other popular US streaming sites like Hulu and Amazon Prime.
VyprVPN’s UK server was able to access Netflix UK, ITV, Eurosport, and BBC iPlayer during our tests.
Its Canadian server allowed us to stream Netflix Canada, DAZN, MuchTV, and NHL.TV.
VyprVPN has made some recent upgrades to its German server. We were able to unblock Netflix Germany, DAZN, Eurosport, RTL, Sky Go Germany, ARD, ZDF, and Pro 7.
With other server locations, we had mostly positive results, but also found room for improvement. The majority of countries we tested were able to access Netflix, but some popular locations like France were caught by the VPN ban. We also weren’t as impressed with the speeds we got on European servers. If you’re looking for a more global streaming experience, try one of the best VPNs for streaming instead.
VyprVPN claims to offer “blazing fast speeds” on their network of 700+ servers in 60+ countries around the world. We ran our own speed tests with a starting speed of 70 Mbps.
We first used VyprVPN’s fast connect option to automatically connect to the fastest available server near our location. We got very impressive speeds of 50-60 Mbps.
However, not all servers in our area gave us the same speeds. We only got 10-15 Mbps on the Canada server.
Our speed tests in the UK and Germany both resulted in average speeds less than 15 Mbps.
Overall, we were extremely impressed with VyprVPN’s US servers, but we found inconsistencies in server speeds throughout the network.
Is VyprVPN Good for Torrenting?
VyprVPN has never banned torrenting, but in the past it wasn’t strongly encouraged. However, some recent policy changes have made this VPN much more torrent-friendly.
The provider’s recent transition to a strict no-logs policy means that VyprVPN is now able to offer a much stronger claim of privacy and anonymity than in the past. With no usage or connection logs on record, VyprVPN is unable to provide any information in response to DMCA requests. We will discuss this policy change in more detail below.
Security – Is VyprVPN Safe?
VyprVPN protects your internet connection with secure AES 256-bit encryption. The VPN also offers additional protection with extra security features like an automatic kill switch and a NAT Firewall to block malware.
One of VyprVPN’s best features is its proprietary Chameleon technology. With VyprVPN, not only do you get a choice of OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, and PPTP protocols, but you can also select the unique Chameleon protocol.
This feature offers all the security benefits of OpenVPN, but also scrambles your metadata to prevent DPI, VPN blocking, and throttling.
We detected no leaks during our security tests, which is good news for VyprVPN’s protection.
Does VyprVPN Keep Logs?
Near the end of 2018, VyprVPN announced its transition to a strict no-logs policy based on customer feedback. However, the provider didn’t stop there. VyprVPN also hired independent cybersecurity company Leviathan Security to perform a thorough privacy audit.
The results of the audit confirmed that VyprVPN does not collect any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) through its VPN service. With this move for transparency, VyprVPN became the first publicly audited No-Log VPN Provider.
Does VyprVPN Work in China?
If you’re looking for a VPN that can give you access to the free web during a trip to China, VyprVPN is an excellent choice.
The VPN’s proprietary Chameleon technology provides all of OpenVPN’s security but also scrambles your metadata to prevent your VPN use from being identified. This protocol is great for bypassing restrictive censorship in China and other countries that don’t allow free access to the internet.
VyprVPN has also been working to improve their server reliability in this part of the world after some recent problems with their Hong Kong server. They have significantly improved the speed and reliability of many of their Asian servers.
Price and Value for Money
The premium tier allows you to take advantage of Chameleon technology, one of VyprVPN’s best features, you also get a total of five simultaneous connections. Standard tier offers three simultaneous connections and you don’t get access to Chameleon.
The premium tier offers unlimited bandwidth and access to all server locations around the world. You can choose between monthly, yearly, and bi-yearly subscription plans too.
VyprVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on its plans. You can pay using: credit cards, Alipay, and PayPal. There is no option for Bitcoin, so if you’re particularly concerned about maintaining your privacy, this could be a problem for you.
Is VyprVPN Compatible with my Device?
VyprVPN is compatible with all major platforms. The provider offers a generous number of dedicated apps, and there are also set up guides to manually configure the VPN on a variety of other platforms.
VyprVPN is fully compatible with the following devices:
- Smart TV
- Tomato, DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and ASUSWRT routers
- Synology NAS
The VPN’s features are similar across platforms. You can connect up to three simultaneous devices with a basic plan, and five simultaneous devices with a premium subscription.
VyprVPN Customer Service
In the past, we have had complaints about VyprVPN’s lack of live chat service and slow response times. However, we were pleased with the improvements that VyprVPN has made to their customer service.
You can now contact support through an email request form or their 24/7 live chat service. We had positive experiences with the VyprVPN customer support team on both platforms. Our email request through the website was answered within 20 minutes, and we got a response from the live chat service within several minutes. Both methods are responsive, polite, and helpful.
The VyprVPN website also provides some great resources to help with common issues. You can find an FAQ page, troubleshooting guides, set up tutorials, and some general information about VPNs and online privacy.
The VyprVPN native Windows app is simple to install and straightforward to use. When you open the app for the first time, it automatically selects the fastest server for you to connect to.
The app’s main screen displays your location and connection status at the top. Below this, there is a simple interface that allows you to open the server list or settings menu.
Options include the ability to autoconnect when you connect to untrusted wifi, an automatic kill switch, and advanced malware protection.
Displays the VyprVPN app’s connection status interface.
At the bottom is a large connect button that is blue when you are disconnected and transparent while you are actively connected. Pressing this button will automatically connect you to your most recent server location.
You can also click on the location directly above the connect button to manually select your server from a list of locations. There is also an option to quickly connect to the fastest available server.
One convenient feature is the way that the server location list displays a measure of connection speed for each location, so you know what servers will give you better speeds. A smaller ping means faster speeds.
The VyprVPN interface is user-friendly and set up in a way to provide easy access to important features.
VyprVPN and Wireguard
Wireguard is one of the newest technologies in the VPN world and is available on the latest release of VyprVPN 4.0 Beta for iOS, Mac, and Android operating systems.
Wireguard is an open-source protocol that provides VPN users with the highest level of security and privacy as possible. It also helps to increase speeds. Its features include a much slimmer codebase – which mean VyprVPN apps are faster and more responsive. Wireguard also includes much stronger encryption. All the features of Wireguard equate to a faster, safer, and more reliable VPN.
After these recent changes, we can now recommend VyprVPN for anyone looking for online privacy, torrenting support, and the ability to bypass censorship and streaming geo-restrictions.
VyprVPN can unblock Netflix. However, when it comes to speed there is a lot of room for improvement. Ideally, we would like to see more consistent fast speeds across servers and anonymous payment options. We tested and rated the top 5 fastest VPNs, and concluded that ExpressVPN won out in that category.
The parent company of VyprVPN is Golden Frog.
Golden Frog has built a reputation as a pioneer in the field of online privacy. They have been doing this since the Internet started.
Golden Frog was founded in 1994. The company’s creation was a response to the Room 641a Incident. It came to light that the National Security Agency was surveilling US citizens illegally, which they did so by tapping into the network cables of AT&T.
According to reports, Golden Frog brought this to the attention of the FCC. Their goal was to make the security issue public. Even though they filed a complaint with the FCC, their complaint was ignored. So they made the bold decision of taking matters into their own hands.
Since then, the parent company behind VyprVPN has been a leader in the battle for Internet privacy. They have built a reputation as one of the world’s best VPNs because of the work they’ve done in this field.
- Fast speeds
- Enhanced security
- Chameleon protocol to defeat VPN blocking
- Self-owned and self-operated server network
- Easy to use application that works on a variety of platforms and devices
- Kill switch feature to protect your privacy
- No-Log Policy
- Torrenting allowed
Plans and Pricing
Most VPN services offer a free plan with limited services and a paid plan that offers more services. VyprVPN is different in that they have multiple paid plans as opposed to a one-size-fits-all plan.
The basic subscription plan provides:
- Unlimited data
- Up to three connections
If you purchase the plan for the entire year, it is $60, or $5 per month. The same plan will cost you $9.95 per month if you purchase it with a monthly subscription.
The premium plan provides:
- Five simultaneous connections
- Chameleon protocol
- VyprVPN Cloud
If you purchase the plan for the entire year, it’s $80, or $6.67 per month. A monthly subscription will cost you $12.95 a month.
There are pros and cons to having basic and premium subscription plans. On the positive side, you only pay for what you need. VyprVPN offers a fair price for their services. The downside with the basic plan is that you are paying for a VPN, but you’re not getting all of the services the company offers.
The one good thing about VyprVPN is that all of their packages come with a three-day free trial. During the trial, you’re able to use the service with no bandwidth limitation. It is important to read the fine print. VyprVPN does not give refunds of any kind under any circumstance. So we recommend you taking advantage of the three day trial and testing out the service as thoroughly as possible. Once you commit to the your plan, there’s no going back.
If you do not like the trial service, canceling your VPN is easy. Simply:
- Log into your control panel URL
- Under accounts, click “Cancel Service”
- Provide a reason for the cancellation
VyprVPN allows payment with PayPal, AliPay, and major credit cards. There is no option to make an anonymous payment using cryptocurrency or gift cards, like some other VPNs. This could be a source of concern for individuals who are looking for a VPN that provides complete privacy.
The business option that VyprVPN offers is a little bit more expensive, but it’s perfect for entrepreneurs, journalists, and individuals who work while abroad. It gives you access to work with your team on multiple servers or within the cloud.
On the positive side, the fact that VyprVPN does not offer refunds means that there is no shady or questionable refund policy. There’s no hidden fees and no tricks to cancellation. Like it if you buy it, because you’re stuck with it for the year.
Can You Trust VyprVPN?
VyprVPN and its parent company, Golden Frog, are committed to providing their customers with the ultimate in privacy. This is why they base their company in Switzerland. The VPN and any customer data is protected by Swiss data laws.
Switzerland is a country that’s known for privacy and data protection laws. It is part of the national structure. Switzerland is an independent country. They don’t belong to the EU, they are neutral in many political affairs, and they do not belong to 5 eyes or 14 eyes surveillance.
This is one of the reasons Switzerland was chosen as the home of this business. The owners of VyprVPN are from Texas and have been fierce advocates of online privacy and mass surveillance.
When it comes to privacy, VyprVPN stands out because they own and manage their VPN server network. There are no third parties. VyprVPN has 100% control over all of the hardware, the code, and the network their platform runs on.
A number of good VPNs will use a third-party DNS. This is problematic because third parties can log your DNS requests, which gives them access to your browsing history. VyprVPN protects your DNS requests by encrypting them and preventing third-party snooping.
If there is a criminal investigation, Golden Frog cooperates with law enforcement agencies. They do require a subpoena before they give information that would identify their clients. They claim to provide only a minimal amount of information to identify the client and nothing more. By law, Golden Frog cannot tell their clients if they are being investigated by governmental authorities.
VyprVPN’s Logging Policy
VyprVPN is committed to protecting your privacy via its secure network.
Does VyprVPN Allow Torrents?
VyprVPN has fast servers. This is key to having a seamless torrenting experience. Torrenting is allowed on all VyprVPN servers. There are no bandwidth limitations, and there is no limit on server switching. VyprVPN has more than 700 servers and more than 200,000 IP addresses at its disposal.
VyprVPN’s chameleon feature makes encrypted traffic look like it’s regular SSL. This makes it easier for you to circumvent firewalls and other software designed to block VPNs.
The company uses AES – 256 to encrypt traffic. This means that any information you send or receive is unbreakable by brute force attacks.
How Fast Is VyprVPN?
VyprVPN, like most VPN services, claims to be the fastest in the world. However, according to our test, that’s not exactly true. The good thing is that just because they are not the fastest in the world does not mean they are bad. In fact, we were pleased with the speeds this service provides.
When selecting the closest server, the following was the result:
You can clearly see that even while using VyprVPN, the download numbers are fast enough for browsing and streaming video in high definition. This may not be your go-to service for torrents, but as we will discuss, torrenting is not always a good idea with this service.
VyprVPN offers speeds that are close to a no VPN connection speed. This puts it on par with, if not better than, the majority of top-performing VPNs.
VyprVPN’s Customer Service
Some companies view customer support as an unnecessary expense. Good companies view customer support as an investment in their customers. The only way to get a good feel for a business’s customer support is to interact with them. We imposed a series of questions to get a better feel for how VyprVPN views customer support.
We like the fact that you can get in touch with their customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year via the live chat feature on their website.
VyprVPN takes customer support seriously. When you are using a VPN, you are not just buying the service. You need someone to provide you with the customer support or tech support you need when you need it.
VyprVPN does not offer phone support. However, their live chat option is quick and effective. They address your issues in real-time.
VyprVPN also offers support ticketing from the app. There is a ticket system connected to their live chat. They have a support team that provides assistance in their forum. In every way, VyprVPN shows that they are concerned about their customers’ well-being and see customer support as an intricate part of their overall business model.
Where Are VyprVPN’s Servers Located?
VyprVPN has more than 70 server locations around the world.
All of their servers offer IP’s that are geo-located based on the city that is listed. There are two ways that VyprVPN obtains this goal. Either their server is physically housed in the location or they use a virtual server, which gives the appearance of being housed in that location.
VyprVPN usually does not have physical servers in countries that have restrictive Internet policies. Instead, their virtual servers allow them to keep the encryption gateway out of the hands of dangerous governments and provide users in those countries in country IP access.
At times, they will use virtual servers as a way of testing new locations with the goal of deciding where new physical servers should be deployed based on customer usage. The three goals that VyprVPN has when they select locations for their servers are performance, security, and IP location.
There are a number of factors that VyprVPN takes into consideration when selecting where to have their physical servers or where to place virtual servers. Regardless of where the infrastructure is located, VyprVPN promises to only store customer information physically in Zürich, Switzerland. This is where their company is physically located and incorporated.
Device and Platform Support
VyprVPN offers support for a number of devices. These include Mac, Windows, Android, and a whole host of other services and applications.
VyprVPN offers a VPN router app and it’s very easy to set up and use. Once the app is on your router, you can connect a number of devices to it. This extends the power of your subscription. If you have a subscription for three devices, your router only counts as one.
However, every single device in your home that connects to your router will enjoy the benefits of having a VPN. You are able to specify whether a particular device will have an encrypted or unencrypted connection.
VyprVPN is a VPN provider that gets almost everything right. Its focus on privacy is apparent: it offers a proprietary protocol that works well in China, and it can break through streaming blocks like they never existed. That said, VyprVPN’s limited server locations and slow speed keep it from being the best VPN.
In this VyprVPN review, we’re going to take a look at the VPN’s recently updated website and app, while also judging its features, speed, security and more. Along the way, we’ll compare VyprVPN to elite VPN services, such as ExpressVPN and NordVPN, seeing how well it can stand up to the providers that dominante the space (read our ExpressVPN review).
Surprisingly, VyprVPN holds up well. Although it’s still missing a few critical pieces, VyprVPN gets most of the way there, and does so with a low monthly cost. The VPN is not perfect, and we’ll explain why, but it’s certainly worth a look. You can try it yourself with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Easy to use
- Audited no-log policy
- Chameleon protocol
- Inexpensive annual plan
- Breaks into Netflix
- Android TV app available
- Native router app available
- No native Linux app
- High monthly price
Alternatives for VyprVPN
As we’ll get to in the “user-friendliness” section below, VyprVPN has a very streamlined interface. Despite that, the development team managed to cram in a ton of features. From startup options to DNS settings, the VPN is highly configurable. That said, it’s missing a few features that services like TorGuard offer (read our TorGuard review).
The range of startup settings allow you to automatically connect to the VPN when you turn on your machine, as well as automatically connect on public WiFi networks. Moving down the list of essentials, VyprVPN also includes a configurable kill switch. You can set the kill switch to block traffic on your entire connection or only on specific apps.
Additionally, you can fiddle with some advanced settings, such as what DNS servers you want to use and the TAP adapter that establishes the connection, but it’s fairly standard fare. We’re disappointed, though, that VyprVPN removed so many advanced settings in this most recent version of the app.
In previous versions, you were given fine control of your connection, down to the route delay time and verbosity of the connection log. These settings are now gone. Although most users won’t miss them, it’s a bit disappointing for us techies.
Linux, Routers and More
VyprVPN’s features are great, though they’re a bit stock. What isn’t stock is platform support. Sure, VyprVPN covers Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, but the big addition is Android TV.
VyprVPN is one of the few VPNs with an app designed specifically for smart TVs, which is huge. VPNs are often used for streaming, and with an Android TV app, you can protect the device you’re likely using for streaming.
There’s one big problem with its platform support, though. VyprVPN doesn’t have a native app for Linux, which is absurd. Nearly all top-tier VPN services have a native Linux app, so there’s no excuse for VyprVPN. You can get the service running on Linux through a manual installation, but that’s a hassle.
Thankfully, VyprVPN makes up for that with a router app. Like nearly all VPNs, you can install VyprVPN on your router. However, it has a dedicated app available for MIPS- and ARM-based routers, allowing you to configure your connection settings and choose which devices use the VPN tunnel.
VyprVPN Features Overview
Starts from$ 250per month
PayPal, Credit card, UnionPay
Worldwide server amount
Android, iOS, Android TV
Can be installed on routers
Can access Amazon Prime Video
VPN protocols available
IPSec, OpenVPN, L2TP, Chameleon, IKEv2
Enabled at device startup
Malware/ad blocker included
VyprVPN used to have a confusing pricing structure, with a more expensive plan including its Chameleon protocol and a cheaper one with only the essentials. Thankfully, it has done away with the two tiers of service in favor of a single subscription available in multiple durations. Now it’s one of the cheapest VPNs out there.
The price still can’t rival the best free VPN, Windscribe, but it beats most other services (read our Windscribe review). On the annual end of things, VyprVPN is cheaper than ProtonVPN and Surfshark, with an attractive two-year option for only $15 more. The monthly price isn’t very good, but it’s still cheaper than Astrill, at least.
For the price, you get five simultaneous connections, which is fine considering you can install VyprVPN on your router. As far as simultaneous connections go, five is usually the baseline. It’s not a bad thing, but VyprVPN didn’t make the cut in our best VPN for multiple devices guide.
When it comes time to pay, VyprVPN accepts PayPal, credit cards and UnionPay, but not bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency. There’s really no way to buy the VPN anonymously, which is disappointing. Crypto is the standard for anonymous payment, with some services, such as Mullvad, going as far as to accept cash (read our Mullvad review).
Does VyprVPN Have a Free Trial?
In addition to overhauling its pricing structure, VyprVPN has done away with its three-day free trial in favor of a refund policy. Previously, you could sign up for an account and use the service for three days free of charge. As we’ve seen with services like Astrill, though, these trial periods are hard to enforce without some sort of device fingerprinting.
It’s disappointing there isn’t a trial period, but in its place is a 30-day money-back guarantee. Instead of a mere three days, you have a full month to try it out. You’ll have to spend some money upfront, but that’s better than only trying the service for three days and potentially running into some sort of device fingerprint (read our Astrill review for an example of that).
VyprVPN’s redesigned site and app has done wonders for the service. Miraculously, VyprVPN has managed to remove the rough edges from its former app while retaining most of the character. It’s now easier than ever to use, with a streamlined checkout process, to boot.
The Windows application has a familiar form factor to other popular VPNs. It’s laid out like a smartphone app, similar to ExpressVPN’s local application. Out of the box, VyprVPN selects the fastest server for your location. All you need to do is click the large “connect” button to protect your connection.
Outside of the main screen, there are two tabs: “customize” and “servers.” The server list is easy to get around, with VyprVPN offering multiple filtering options and showing the latency next to each entry, but we like its settings screen more. A combination of icons next to each setting and an overall spacious design makes this setting menu feel more accessible than most.
That said, the app isn’t perfect. There’s a severe lack of information on the connection screen. VyprVPN shows the location you’re connected to and session time, but nothing else. Furthermore, when you have the “fastest server” option enabled, it doesn’t show what location you’ll be connecting to.
Thankfully, that’s a small issue, and one that’s easy to look past, given how well the app is designed otherwise. VyprVPN doesn’t pull any punches with its usability, and it doesn’t need to. The app is familiar, it ensures users are connected quickly and it doesn’t go too far down the rabbit hole of settings.
VyprVPN has never been the fastest VPN service, and when testing it this time around, things were no different. Inconsistent speeds across the network and large drops in download speeds lead to a sluggish experience overall. It’s serviceable, as long as you’re not doing anything too network-intensive, but otherwise, it’s not great.
|Chicago (Fastest Server)||18||33.51||14.04|
The tests above were run with OpenVPN and AES-256 encryption using VyprVPN’s own DNS servers. This is the configuration that comes out of the box, and it’s what we use to compare providers.
As you can see, VyprVPN takes a hefty tax on the download end of things, though it’s not consistent across locations. For example, Chicago performed better than New York, while the Netherlands was better than both of them.
Whenever we see poor performance, we investigate the protocol first (read our CyberGhost review for another example of a service that doesn’t take kindly to OpenVPN). We switched over to the Chameleon protocol — more on that next — and reran the first few tests.
|Location:||Ping (ms)||Download (Mbps)||Upload (Mbps)|
|Unprotected (St. Louis)||9||446.25||21.69|
|Chicago (Fastest Server)||18||52.63||6.92|
Thankfully, there was a performance improvement in Chicago and New York, nearly doubling the OpenVPN download speed. This is strange, though, because Chameleon is essentially just OpenVPN. Latency shot up in the New York location, as well, so if you’re going to use VyprVPN for gaming, it’s best to stick with OpenVPN.
Finally, we ran a third series of tests using IKEv2, which is usually much faster than OpenVPN. Sure enough, we came out with massively improved results, with download speeds well above 100 Mbps in Chicago and New York, and just shy of that mark in the Netherlands. If you need speed, IKEv2 is the best option.
|Location:||Ping (ms)||Download (Mbps)||Upload (Mbps)|
|Unprotected (St. Louis)||9||446.25||21.69|
|Chicago (Fastest Server)||17||196.77||18.97|
VyprVPN isn’t fast, with mediocre OpenVPN performance and inconsistency between locations. IKEv2 solved all of our problems, though, delivering much higher download speeds and a gradient across locations, which is the behavior we expect. We’ll retest and update this review with WireGuard results once it’s released on Windows. Based on what we’ve seen from other services, WireGuard should perform much better than OpenVPN.
IKEv2 with IPSec is a fine choice in the majority of situations, which we’ll get to in a minute. However, we’ve seen much better performance from OpenVPN with other services (read our Private Internet Access review for just one example).
VyprVPN installs with the cocktail of VPN security we’re always looking for: OpenVPN with AES-256. As we saw in the speed tests, this isn’t the best choice for squeezing the most performance out of VyprVPN.
However, when it comes to security, OpenVPN reigns supreme (read our VPN protocol breakdown for more on that). Beyond that, you can use IKEv2 paired with IPSec and VyprVPN’s own Chameleon protocol (more on that in a moment).
When paired with IPSec, IKEv2 is just as secure as OpenVPN when it comes to encryption, able to use AES-256 and even newer ciphers, like ChaCha20 (read our description of encryption for more on those two). However, because it encrypts in the IP layer and not the transport layer, it’s more susceptible to firewall blocks.
Between the two, OpenVPN is generally considered more secure, given that it’s open source and handles like standard SSL/TLS traffic. Given its poor performance, though, you might want to switch over to IKEv2.
This is where a newer protocol like WireGuard would come in handy, which multiple other services have already started implementing (read our NordVPN review for one example). VyprVPN has WireGuard in its beta release, though that’s only on iOS at the moment.
Thankfully, you can use IKEv2 without too much risk. We ran DNS leak tests for OpenVPN and IKEv2, and in both cases, there were no redirects to our ISP. That said, we noticed that VyprVPN’s DNS sends requests to multiple private companies with cloud infrastructure, most notably Amazon and DigitalOcean.
Torrenting With VyprVPN
VyprVPN earned a high spot in our best VPN for torrenting guide on the back of its excellent security. The speeds are rough, but VyprVPN doesn’t treat peer-to-peer traffic any differently than it would other traffic. Because of that, you’re free to torrent on any server you like, unlike NordVPN and CyberGhost, which restrict torrenting to a certain set of locations.
Even with the slowdown, it’s better to have VyprVPN enabled while torrenting than to not. Torrenting is illegal in most countries, and after a few DMCA notices from your ISP, you’ll be susceptible to fines. As long as you’re connected with a VPN, though, you’ll be fine. Your ISP won’t have any way of knowing what you’re doing online.
VyprVPN in China and Other High-Risk Countries
We can talk about OpenVPN and IKEv2 all day, but VyprVPN’s main attraction is Chameleon. This proprietary protocol uses the guts of OpenVPN for negotiating the connection and handling encryption. However, each packet passes through an obfuscation layer, too, scrambling the metadata inside.
For countries with strict censorship, such as China, that’s huge. The manual censors in these oppressive countries can often detect a VPN connection through a process known as “deep packet inspection” (DPI). The Chinese government, in particular, monitors traffic around the clock, blocking anything it deems harmful to Chinese citizens (this usually includes VPN traffic).
VyprVPN earned a spot in our best VPN for China guide on the back of its Chameleon protocol. By scrambling packet metadata, Chameleon offers all the security benefits of OpenVPN without the risks of being caught by a censor inspecting packets.
Although it’s always a risk to use a VPN in countries with deep-internet monitoring, VyprVPN is a better choice than most other options.
In short, VyprVPN doesn’t know your source IP address, destination IP address, browsing history, traffic contents or anything else. Furthermore, VyprVPNoffers its VyprDNS servers, which don’t keep logs, either.
We encountered some DNS requests going to third parties, though. We don’t know for sure, though we’d assume these requests are to cloud nodes that VyprVPN maintains and rents from a larger company.
Your VPN connection is private, but VyprVPN still has some information about you on record. Namely, its parent company, Golden Frog, holds your name, email, billing country and postal code on record. This information is necessary for payments, but it wouldn’t be if VyprVPN accepted anonymous payment methods.
That said, Golden Frog is based in Switzerland, which might be the most privacy-friendly country in the world. With strict laws protecting user data on the books, there’s little risk in trusting Golden Frog with some basic information.
Does VyprVPN Keep Logs?
VyprVPN knows nothing about your VPN, which was proved through a third-party security audit. Unlike IPVanish, which claimed no-logs only to be caught lying later, VyprVPN truly knows nothing about what you’re doing online (read our IPVanish review).
At most, someone could figure out that you signed up for VyprVPN, but not that you used it, much less how you used it. Even that’s unlikely, given how strict privacy laws are in Switzerland. In short, you shouldn’t worry about VyprVPN logging data.
VyprVPN had no problem breaking into streaming platforms. On the first try, we broke through to Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix and BBC iPlayer. VyprVPN is certainly among the best VPNs for streaming, though you should take into account its often sluggish speeds.
We started our streaming tests on OpenVPN. However, after a few lengthy loading times, we quickly switched to IKEv2, which was much faster and just as capable of bypassing VPN blocks. Netflix was responsive on both protocols, though, which is why VyprVPN earned a high spot in our best VPN for Netflix guide.
Despite the slow speeds on OpenVPN, we enjoyed the streaming experience with VyprVPN. Unlike NordVPN, where you have to sift through a list of servers to find one that works, VyprVPN just worked right away. That said, we recommend switching to IKEv2 if streaming is your main concern.
VyprVPN With Kodi
In addition to the streaming giants, VyprVPN works well with Kodi. Although using Kodi isn’t illegal, streaming copyrighted content without a license is, so it’s best to use a VPN when browsing one of Kodi’s many add-ons. Thankfully, it’s easy to protect your Kodi sessions with VyprVPN.
You can, of course, install it on your router, but VyprVPN is among the few VPN services to offer an Android TV app. That means you can install Kodi and VyprVPN on, say, your Nvidia Shield, just like you would on your phone. It’s a painless setup process, making VyprVPN an ideal Kodi VPN.
VyprVPN maintains more than 200,000 IP addresses assigned to over 700 servers around the world. The vast majority of locations are in Europe, though VyprVPN has a decent spread in Asia, the Middle East and South America, which don’t usually receive the same treatment as North America and Europe.
Not all of those locations are physical, though. Like the HideMyAss VPN, VyprVPN uses virtual servers in restrictive and remote countries (read our HideMyAss review). These locations provide you with a local IP address, but the server itself is located in another country.
We’re not opposed to virtual servers, but it should be clear which locations are virtual and which are physical. As it stands now, there’s no way to tell which type of server you’re connected to in-app. Furthermore, VyprVPN doesn’t maintain a list of virtual locations on its website, so there’s really no way to know if the location you’re connecting to is physical or not.
With VyprVPN’s redesigned website, the support area is much more accessible. A live chat icon follows you around the site, and you can easily navigate to the knowledgebase using the “support” button on the homepage. This is customer support in its best form: accessible and easy to understand.
The knowledgebase is excellent, filled with articles that range from setting up VyprVPN to managing your account. No matter where you are in the knowledgebase, you can get additional customer support by clicking the “need assistance” button at the top of the screen. That’ll open live chat, which initially has you speaking with a bot.
We don’t care too much for support bots, but VyprVPN knows what it is: a glorified search bar. The bot will redirect you to some knowledgebase entries based on your question. Thankfully, you can quickly click through to speak with an actual support rep, and we found them to be very helpful during our testing.
There’s email support, too, as well as a community forum. The forum is a little cluttered, as it groups all of Golden Frog’s customers into a single area, but it’s still nice to have around.
Any gripes we have with customer support are so small that they really don’t matter. Golden Frog clearly understands the mechanics of customer service, giving you plenty of support options and letting you choose between them rather than forcing you to use one resource before accessing another.
VyprVPN has improved considerably since the last time we tested it. The app looks much nicer, the website is way easier to use and the pricing is streamlined. Unfortunately, not all aspects of the service have improved. Speed still puts a huge damper on what is otherwise one of the better VPN providers around.
Thankfully, you can circumvent the speed issues with IKEv2, at least until VyprVPN releases WireGuard for every platform. VyprVPN isn’t quite there yet, but it’s a service to keep an eye on in the future.
Do you plan on signing up for an account? Let us know about your experience in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading.
Is VyprVPN Good for Torrenting?
VyprVPN is traffic agnostic, meaning you can torrent on any of the servers in its network. That said, its slower speeds aren’t ideal for large downloads.
How Much Does VyprVPN Cost?
VyprVPN costs $12.95 per month and includes protection for up to five devices. You can save on the monthly cost with a long-term subscription, though. An annual subscription runs $45 every 12 months, and a biennial subscription costs $60 every 24 months.
How Secure Is VyprVPN?
VyprVPN is a highly secure virtual private network that uses OpenVPN with AES-256 encryption. You can also use VyprVPN’s proprietary Chameleon protocol, which offers the same level of encryption as OpenVPN while scrambling packet metadata.
Great security, but some speed issues.
VyprVPN has been around for a long time and been through several massive changes. The latest round has brought an improved app and less rude customer service, though speed issues remain. Read our fully updated VyprVPN review for the details.