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VyprVPN

February 2017 - Review, Packages & Deals

Our verdict

“VyprVPN is fast, simple and offers great features but could improve its privacy policies”

8.2

RECOMMENDED FOR

  • Streaming
  • Travel
  • Unblocking
  • Sports

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chameleon protocol & NAT firewall
  • Works with Netflix with some tweaks
  • Excellent top speeds on best servers

Works with

  • Netflix
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Kodi
  • HBO

Top VyprVPN packages for February 2017

Premium

$12.95 $6.67 per month save 48%
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections
  • Connect to 70+ Countries
  • Cloud & Chameleon protocol
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Standard

$9.95 $5.00 per month save 50%
  • 3 Simultaneous Connections
  • Connect to 70+ Countries
  • NAT Firewall Included
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TOP10VPN RATING

Recommended For

  • Streaming

    Super speeds make streaming a breeze once you've tweaked your browser settings

  • Travel

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

  • 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 connection (not activity) logs for 30 days however (see our privacy review below for more info), which makes VyprVPN less appealing from a pure privacy perspective. Torrenters in particular should 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 making this a good choice for US sports fans affected by blackouts. 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 with Netflix if you tweak your browser settings to block location data leaks.

What we like
  • Chameleon technology to get round the Great Firewall of China
  • Based in Switzerland therefore not subject to US and EU data retention laws
  • NAT firewall included for additional security
What we like less
  • Logs data for 30 days (but it doesn’t retain activity details)
  • Getting Netflix to work is a bit fiddly for less advanced users

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 or accessing geo-restricted servers.

Feature VyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
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, HBONetflix, BBC iPlayer, HBO, Gaming, Kodi, TorrentingNetflix, BBC iPlayer, Torrenting, Sling TV, Kodi

Speed breakdown

SERVER LOCATION Download Speed (Mbps) Upload Speed (Mbps)
Australia 23.61 28.04
Brazil 9.48 26.87
France 18.02 27.08
Germany 35.71 28.95
Hong Kong 5.75 7.53
Mexico 69.36 27.26
Netherlands 83.99 29.86
UK 41.00 30.31
USA 38.47 28.34

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.

Feature VyprVPNNordVPNExpressVPN
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.

Feature VyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Support Quality 7.1109.2
Response time 7.212hrs 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 bit awkward to use
  • Accessing streaming sites can be fiddly
  • Desktop app is unpolished

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. Connecting to the more VPN-averse streaming services was also less than straightforward, requiring clearing of all browsing data, signing out of Chrome and blocking any apps from requesting location data in Chrome’s advanced content settings. Nevertheless, this trick worked, which is the main thing.

Is VyprVPN compatible with my device?

Feature VyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Windows TrueTrueTrue
Mac TrueTrueTrue
Linux Manual TrueManual
iOS TrueTrueTrue
Android TrueTrueTrue
Windows Phone FalseManual Manual
Blackberry FalseTrueFalse
Router Manual TrueManual
Kindle FalseTrueFalse
Games Consoles FalseManual False

PRIVACY
7.0

VyprVPN is a mixed bag for privacy. The good: brilliant features like NAT firewall for blocking unrequested incoming traffic, killswitch for your VPN connection drops and their proprietary Chameleon encryption that thwarts the Great Firewall of China plus they maintain their own DNS servers.

The not so good: they keep logs for 30 days and if you’ve been accessing copyrighted material, those logs will be handed over to content owners should they come knocking. It’s up to you to decide whether this matters or not.

Feature VyprVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
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
  • Works with Netflix (with browser tweaks)
  • NAT firewall included
  • Speedy and reliable
What we like less
  • Relatively expensive for the feature set
  • Could be more generous with simultaneous users on cheaper plans
  • Basic plan is lacking in value due to limited features

final score
8.2

“VyprVPN is fast, simple and offers great features but could improve its privacy policies”

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