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VyprVPN

March 2017 - Review, Packages & Deals

Our verdict

“VyprVPN is fast, simple, with great features and private enough for most”

8.6

RECOMMENDED FOR

  • Travel
  • Streaming
  • Unblocking
  • Sports

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chameleon protocol & NAT firewall
  • Excellent top speeds on best servers
  • Superb streaming performance

Works with

  • Netflix
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Kodi
  • HBO
  • Facebook
  • Google-Gmail
  • Gaming
  • Twitter

Top VyprVPN packages for March 2017

Premium

$10.50 $5.83 per monthsave 44%
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections
  • Connect to 70+ Countries
  • Cloud & Chameleon protocol
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Standard

$6.95 $4.08 per monthsave 41%
  • 3 Simultaneous Connections
  • Connect to 70+ Countries
  • NAT Firewall Included
View Package

TOP10VPN RATING

Recommended For

  • Travel

    Great range of servers spread across the globe is good news for travellers

  • Streaming

    Super speeds make streaming a breeze - even on major services

  • Unblocking

    Excellent choice for getting around the Great Firewall thanks to Chameleon protocol

VyprVPN Overview

Incorporated beyond the reach of US and EU jurisdictions in privacy-friendly Switzerland, VyprVPN has some strong privacy and security features that make it an appealing choice if this is your priority. At the same time, it clocks some impressive speeds in particular locations, such as the US, which means you won’t suffer slowdown as the price of your security.

You should be aware that Golden Frog do keep basic connection (not activity) logs for 30 days however (see our privacy review below for more info), which makes VyprVPN a little less appealing from a pure privacy perspective. Heavy torrenters might wish to look elsewhere. The apps are simple and easy on the eye while offering a degree of configurability and power features.

The range of locations is solid with the option of selecting specific US cities, which is great for optimizing your connection. A major plus point for VyprVPN is that it works in China, making it a strong choice for anyone affected by the Great Firewall. VyprVPN also works well with Netflix – a major plus.

What we like
  • Chameleon tech to get round the Great Firewall of China
  • Based in Switzerland - not subject to US/EU laws
  • NAT firewall included for additional security
What we like less
  • Logs data for 30 days (but it doesn’t retain activity details)
  • Mobile experience not as slick as it could be
  • Premium plan required for best features

SPEED & PERFORMANCE
9.5

VyprVPN peak speeds are very impressive. Our tests showed that connecting to the Dutch server will give you blistering speeds that can cope with ultra HD video without breaking a sweat. The oh-so important US connection speed is also pretty fast.

The UK connection speed isn’t in the same ballpark as the Netherlands server but it’s certainly top tier and more than fast enough for streaming, putting many rival VPN services to shame. VyprVPN has notably consistently high speed performance across its network.

Latency has improved in recent tests, making it increasingly appealing to gamers who like online multiplayer.

FeatureVyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Max download speed 69.57 (DE)61.14 (UK)46.57 (US)
Max upload speed 42.32 (UK)36.64 (FRA)36.14 (US)
Ping time 7ms5ms5ms
Unlimited bandwidth TrueTrueTrue
Average time to connect 10s8s13s
Reliability score 9.39.89.6
Tested and working with Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Kodi, HBO, Facebook, Google-Gmail, Gaming, TwitterNetflix, BBC iPlayer, Gaming, Torrenting, Facebook, Twitter, Google-Gmail, KodiNetflix, Facebook, BBC iPlayer, Torrenting, Twitter, Google-Gmail, Youtube, Kodi

Speed breakdown

SERVER LOCATIONDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
Australia23.6128.04
Brazil9.4826.87
France18.0227.08
Germany35.7128.95
Hong Kong5.757.53
Mexico69.3627.26
Netherlands25.6528.96
UK41.0030.31
USA38.4728.34

How do we test these VPN speeds?

  • We continuously test the performance of all our featured VPN providers to ensure you have all the latest information you need to choose.
  • We use the Ookla Speedtest tool on our fibre-optic line in central London, via our own paid-for VPN accounts to ensure the fairest results.
  • Our normal download speed is around 40Mbps, upload 18Mbps and ping 3ms and results are from London to the most popular global locations.
  • Our tests are intended to give you an idea of the range of connection speeds. The closer the server and faster your connection, the faster your speeds.

LOCATIONS
7.7

VyprVPN offers a very solid spread of locations with server locations in most key countries – with limited city selection in the US – but lacks the variety and breadth of leading competitors. Dynamic server switching is a nice feature that helps maintain performance as the VyprVPN app will ensure you are always on the best performing server in your chosen location without you having to compare server load, ping time and download speed manually yourself.

FeatureVyprVPNNordVPNExpressVPN
Server locations 7057145
Servers 7007901,000+
IP addresses 200,0002,00020,000+
Dynamic server switching TrueTrueFalse

Server locations

Most popular locations

  • Canada

  • Mexico

  • USA

    • Austin
    • Chicago
    • Los Angeles
    • Miami
    • New York City
    • San Francisco
    • Seattle
    • Washington D.C.
  • Australia

    • Melbourne
    • Perth
    • Sydney
  • New Zealand

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Luxembourg

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey

  • UK

  • Costa Rica

  • Panama

  • Argentina

  • Brazil

  • Colombia

  • Hong Kong

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Japan

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Singapore

  • South Korea

  • Taiwan

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam

  • Bahrain

  • Israel

  • Qatar

  • Saudi Arabia

  • UAE

See all supported locations…

CUSTOMER SUPPORT
7.5

VyprVPN has a rather threadbare support section on its website, lacking video tutorials or comprehensive help. Livechat support is decent, if a bit slow. Feedback elsewhere online on customer support is mixed, although should be taken with a pinch of salt.

FeatureVyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Support quality 7.1109.2
Email response time 7hrs 12mins12hrs 19mins46hrs
24/7 support TrueTrueTrue
Live chat TrueTrueTrue
Knowledge base TrueTrueTrue
Video tutorials FalseTrueTrue

EASE OF USE
8.2

What we like
  • Simple uncluttered app
  • Advanced options easy to manage
  • Changing servers is smooth
What we like less
  • Mobile apps a little fiddly
  • Desktop app is unpolished
  • Inaccessible settings during connection

VyprVPN has a simple uncluttered desktop app that while a bit raw, certainly prioritises clarity in its user experience. We can take or leave the graph showing network activity but it’s a nice touch. Choosing server locations is simple enough and works smoothly, although we aren’t fans of the separate window for the server list. Connection is relatively swift and pain-free with your new IP address displayed clearly on the main interface.

It’s not immediately clear that you can’t access most options while your connection is active, which is a bit confusing, however once you’ve figured that out, navigating the options is easy and we like the straightforward layout and explanatory language.

The mobile apps fare less well and we found them very fiddly to use, requiring multiple password entries, which is no fun if you have fat fingers and random strings as passwords. Otherwise the mobile experience is similar to desktop. We’ve seen recent improvements in ease of connection to the more VPN-averse streaming services. However, if you are still having issues, try this: clear all browsing data, sign out of Chrome and block any apps from requesting location data in Chrome’s advanced content settings.

Is VyprVPN compatible with my device?

FeatureVyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Windows TrueTrueTrue
Mac TrueTrueTrue
Linux Manual TrueManual
iOS TrueTrueTrue
AndroidTrueTrueTrue
Windows Phone FalseManual Manual
Blackberry FalseTrueFalse
Router Manual TrueManual
Kindle FalseTrueFalse
Games consoles FalseManual False

PRIVACY
8.3

VyprVPN is a strong choice for privacy, with a couple of caveats that most people will happily live with. We love brilliant features like NAT firewall for blocking unrequested incoming traffic, a killswitch to protect you during VPN connection drops and their proprietary Chameleon encryption that thwarts the Great Firewall of China. Another major plus is that they maintain their own DNS servers, which are zero logs (unlike many third-party DNS servers).

VyprVPN does keep a very minimal log of your connection metadata for 30 days before deleting it. They do however guarantee not to log or track any of your online activity. To their credit. they are completely transparent about what data they do temporarily collect:

  • Connect and disconnect time and date
  • IP address used to make the connection and that of the VyprVPN server selected
  • Total bytes transferred.

VyprVPN does not block any P2P traffic but has attracted some criticism for the way it manages privacy issues in this area. We spent time with VyprVPN talking through their internal processes and we’re happy that they are pro-user and can recommend them as a great VPN for privacy, regardless of whether you use P2P technology.

FeatureVyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Open VPN (Auto) TrueTrueFalse
Open VPN (UDP/TCP) FalseTrueTrue
PPTP TrueTrueTrue
SSTP FalseTrueTrue
L2TP/IPSec TrueTrueTrue
IKEv2 FalseFalseTrue
Proprietary Protocols TrueTrueFalse
Supports TCP Port 443 TrueTrueFalse
Supports Obfsproxy FalseFalseTrue
Supports Multihop FalseFalseTrue
Supports SSH Tunnel FalseFalseFalse
Supports SSL Tunnel FalseFalseTrue
Permits P2P TrueTrueTrue
Strongest encryption AES-256AES-256AES-256
First party DNS servers TrueTrueTrue
DNS Leak Blocking TrueTrueTrue
Killswitch TrueTrueTrue
Accepts Bitcoin FalseTrueTrue
Accepts Paypal TrueTrueTrue
Anonymous payment method FalseTrueTrue
Activity logging FalseFalseFalse
Connection logging TrueTrueFalse
Tor over VPN server FalseFalseTrue

VALUE FOR MONEY
9.1

What we like
  • NAT firewall included on all plans
  • Feature-rich Premium plan is great value
  • No issues with Netflix
What we like less
  • No Chameleon protocol on basic plan
  • Only 3 simultaneous connections on basic plan
  • VPN cloud server restricted to Premium plan

final score
8.6

“VyprVPN is fast, simple, with great features and private enough for most”

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