| Switzerland based VyprVPN is a well-established VPN provider that has always invested heavily in its technology. From a verified zero logging policy and a friendly, feature rich, multi-platform client to hundreds of speedy self-managed servers and support for many popular streaming services, VyprVPN delivers on just about every front.|
- Verified no logging for complete privacy
- Excellent selection of protocols and encryption settings
- Hundreds of servers with great location diversity
- Intuitive, easy to use multi-platform client
- Unblocks Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and others
- Allows P2P and torrent traffic
- Hosts own servers (no 3rd parties)
- No way to pay anonymously
- VPN obfuscation not available on the Basic plan
Much like nearly every other providers, VyprVPN claims to be the world’s fastest VPN. There can, of course, only be one fastest service and unfortunately for VyprVPN, they’re not it. At least according to my tests.
The good news is that not being number one doesn’t automatically make you bad. And such is the case with VyprVPN. Their speeds can’t touch competitors like PureVPN or CyberGhost, but for most users will be more than sufficient.
VyprVPN also has something going for them that many other providers don’t, and that’s consistency. With a few exceptions (which, considering the much bigger geographical distance to those locations, weren’t that far off), every server I connected to gave me stable 50+ Mbps downloads and 40+ Mbps uploads.
To me, that kind of performance is a sign of proper load balancing. And, considering VyprVPN chooses to develop their entire infrastructure in-house, I’m not surprised to see it.
50 Mbps downloads may not be the quickest, but are more than fast enough for browsing and streaming high definition video (where 5-8 Mbps is all that is needed).
Even if you’re an active torrent user (something VyprVPN does allow) or plan on downloading large files, these speeds will serve you quite nicely. In fact, based on world averages, the average VPN user won’t even be able to reach 50 Mbps in the first place, since their own internet connection will cap them first.
On the subject of your own internet capping your VPN speed, please note that I do run a rather fast connection (much speedier than what any VPN server can do) intentionally.
By being faster, we get to see the actual maximum performance each provider can offer instead of my own ISP’s speed limit minus some percentage to account for encryption overhead and the extra distance my data has to travel to reach the server.
And, if you are curious how well (or not) VyprVPN did relative to other providers, please take a peek at my list of the top performing VPN services.
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Top rated VyprVPN is owned by Golden Frog, a Swiss-based company which has been around since 1994. Golden Frog also provides several other online services and was founded with the intent of building tools that will help preserve online user privacy and provide a secure Internet experience. VyprVPN fits right in.
End to end, VyprVPN always has and continues to use proprietary in-house technology. That’s certainly not the easiest route to take initially but has big payoffs in the long term. Now that the technology is mature, VyprVPN can effectively maintain complete control over its service and be responsive to their users’ needs every step of the way. This flexibility is something few other VPNs can provide.
Privacy and Security
As mentioned above, VyprVPN is based in Switzerland. That’s a good thing.
Switzerland is a country which has a long history of respecting personal privacy and has a strong legal framework to back that up. Better yet, Switzerland also has agreements with the US, EU, and many other countries, which extends its privacy protection past its borders.
As far as security, VyprVPN implements all connection protocols you should need: OpenVPN L2TP/IPsec and PPTP. They also offer a proprietary protocol called Chameleon (which is only available on the more expensive plan).
Chameleon has two advantages over all alternatives: it blocks deep packet inspection and masks VPN traffic so that it cannot be identified as such. These are both very nice to have features in countries where the government is less than keen on allowing VPN usage.
You can pick any of the four available protocols depending on your encryption level and connection speed needs. Personally, I recommend either OpenVPN or Chameleon. Both are quicker than the other choices, and both offer pretty much impossible to crack 256-bit AES encryption. Chameleon and OpenVPN also allow settings a custom port.
The VyprVPN client is intuitive and easy to use. It’s also compatible with just about every device and platform I can think of (even including the privacy-centric Blackphone).
Features expected from top-tier VPN providers are all there. These include a kill switch and the ability to specify custom DNS services (if for whatever reason there’s one you prefer over VyprVPN’s version).
The client software allows for a good amount of control over when traffic should go over the VPN and when it shouldn’t, which is configurable on a per-app basis. You can even require an app to use a VPN connection. This neat little feature will prevent you from unintentionally running specific software when the VPN is disconnected. VyprVPN can also be configured to automatically connect when your device is using an untrusted wifi, protecting your form accidentally putting your device and data at risk.
Unique to VyprVPN is their Chameleon protocol which prevents deep packet inspection and disguises traffic so that it cannot be identified as VPN traffic. It can be a very useful feature in countries where the government restricts VPN use. Do note, however, that you will need the higher end package to gain access to Chameleon.
The one shortcoming that jumped out at me is the inability to select to which server you want to connect. You can only specify the country, and the best server is then picked automatically, presumably based on a combination of factors like current load and physical distance.
Personally, I prefer to be able to make that decision myself. Connecting to a server halfway across the country just because its load is low is not ideal for performance. I wonder if this is why VyprVPN speed is what it is.
VyprVPN’s service is pretty light on restrictions. Just like every other VPN provider, they do limit the number of concurrent connections. Depending on which subscription plan you choose, that number is 3 or 5. It’s also worth noting that VyprVPN Cloud and the Chameleon protocol are only available on the more pricey plan.
Torrent and P2P usage are allowed. And other than the usual list of bad things one can do on the Internet but shouldn’t (as outlined in VyprVPN’s Terms of Service), you’re free to use your VPN subscription how and when you please.
Support staff at VyprVPN is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are reachable via live chat, email or an online contact form. For those who prefer it, there’s also a VyprVPN community forum that is full of helpful members, including many Golden Frog employees.
Overall, support seems knowledgeable and responsive, albeit sometimes I couldn’t shake the feeling I was talking to a robot. Still, when I tested response time and competence, I received answers which fully answered my questions within minutes. So bed manners aside, they get the job done.
The VyprVPN website is also set up with a helpful FAQ and troubleshooting page. While they provide manual setup instructions, I found them not as detailed as those offered by some competitors. So if you have a more obscure device and are running into issues, you may end up either on the community forum or talking to one of the support staff.
The first time you subscribe to VyprVPN, you will be eligible for a three day free trial. Be sure to make good use of that time and evaluate whether the service meets your needs since, unlike just about every other provider, VyprVPN does not do refunds.
VyprVPN’s servers span a very impressive 64 countries. All in all, that’s 700+ pieces of hardware at 73 locations. All this hardware is entirely owned and managed by VyprVPN too. There are no 3rd parties involved. Keeping everything in-house helps ensure both privacy and performance.