Last modified March 8, 2012 by Paul Nash

VyprVPN Review

VyprVPN (https://www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn) is a VPN service that has been around since 2010 – making it one of the very first commercial VPN products that became publicly available for personal use. The Swiss VPN service provider is brought to you by Golden Frog – a company that is well-known for its rich history of elevating user privacy.

VyprVPN seems to be a favorite VPN service among VPN users across the globe. That being said, our goal in this article is to provide a detailed review of the overall VyprVPN product offering.

So, what’s all the fuss about VyprVPN? Let’s take a closer look at what VyprVPN has to offer in this comprehensive VyprVPN review.

Security and privacy features

First things first. Before even purchasing a VPN service plan, it is important to know the security features you are signing up for.

Data protection and logging privacy

Being based in Switzerland, VyprVPN generally complies with the Swiss laws and regulations regarding data protection. Switzerland’s privacy laws are actually favorable to VPN users because the Swiss constitution guarantees that user privacy is a priority.

In recent news, the Swiss and US government has reached an agreement (US-EU Safe Harbor Framework) that further guarantee the protection of data flow from the two said countries. Knowing the jurisdictions that VyprVPN complies with, it’s somewhat reassuring that the company does value user privacy.

In terms of logging practices, VyprVPN states that it collect and record certain user information for billing and troubleshooting purposes and also to keep its system up-to-date.

Connection logs are stored in the VPN client but are never sent to Golden Frog or VyprVPN. Among the information being stored are IP addresses (user IP and VPN server IP), connection durations (start and stop time sessions), and total data / bandwidth consumed.

VyprVPN assures the users that it only retain recorded data for 30 days.

VyprVPN product features

VyprVPN offers many VPN features and also some exclusive and proprietary technologies that is only available with a VyprVPN plan. The VPN service provider offer fast and secure connections through its own servers – yep, VyprVPN does not use 3rd party VPN server providers.

With its optimized global VPN network, VyprVPN can seamlessly provide fast and highly secure VPN connections.

VyprVPN now has over 73 server locations operating in 64 countries. Over 200,000 IP addresses are readily available for users to connect to – maintaining unrestricted internet speeds that is ideal for accessing streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.

The VPN service does not restrict or cap bandwidth usages. With VyprVPN, you will always have unlimited speeds, downloads, and even server switches.

Aside from the regular VPN client, VyprVPN also offers its very own Chameleon technology that prevents VPN blocking and throttling. The VPN client is also equipped with the VyprDNS feature, which automatically activates when you connect to the VPN network.

NAT Firewall can also be activated with the PRO and PREMIER plans. The added layer of security will make sure that suspicious programs and accesses are prevented from reaching your device or computer.

Pricing plans and promo

VyprVPN has made its VPN plans more personal and at a much affordable prices. VyprVPN now offer two main VPN plans which are the basic VyprVPN and the Premium VyprVPN Plan.

If you opt for the basic VPN plan, you can choose to be billed monthly or annually. If you choose the former method, you will be billed US$9.95 per month. You can save 50% if you opt for the annual billing which will only cost you US$60.00. With the basic plan, you get unlimited data usage and can use the account on 3 devices simultaneously.

The Premium plan comes with better features. For only US$12.95 per month, you can enjoy 5 simultaneous connections, unlimited data usage, your own dedicated cloud VPN server, and an exclusive access to the Chameleon technology. VyprVPN’s Premium plan can be purchased monthly or annually. Annual billing costs US$80 per year.

Users can pay with their credit card, Alipay, or with Paypal. We would also like to see the Swiss VPN company add other payment options such as Bitcoin so those who are looking to completely transact anonymously online can do so with ease.

VyprVPN has removed their old seven-day money back guarantee and now offering a three-day free trial. This implies that you don’t have to pay for the free trial, and if you desire to continue with the VPN service, you will be billed from the fourth day onward. Otherwise, you can terminate the service within the three days. You will still need to provide your payment details to activate the trial period though. VyprVPN promises to grant refund requests as long as they are reasonable. It would appear that there are not many complaints regarding refunds.

Device compatibility and performance

VyprVPN is compatible with numerous devices including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Chromebook and wireless routers. VyprVPN will also work on older phone models like Blackberry and Windows Phone but may need to be manually setup.

All major security protocols are supported by VyprVPN. You can use OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP or Chameleon (unmodified OpenVPN 256-bit).

Currently, VyprVPN has servers in the following countries: Canada, Mexico, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Marshall Islands, Algeria, Egypt, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Uruguay, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Bahrain, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

One of the benefits of using VyprVPN is that it allows unlimited switches between servers. This is actually an advantage on VyprVPN’s part, but there are no dedicated IPs. Dynamic IPs are offered to all their customers.

Traditionally, VPN companies chose to install several different server farms in a specific country or server location. For instance, if a company has chosen the UK as a server location, there will be multiple servers and IPs that will be identifiable to the user as uk1, uk2, uk3, etc. as the prefix to the server address or URL. VyprVPN, on the other hand, chose to install a single server farm with multiple clusters.

This ensures that the user will only have access to a single server address starting, like ‘uk1’, but behind that, you’ll find multiple clusters that will reroute traffic according to the load or speed/bandwidth deficit. VyprVPN claims that this automatic server re-routing and switching will reduce downtime, which will, in turn, have positive effects on the user-experience.

VyprVPN has done well in the speed tests. Realistically, one can expect speeds ranging from 40-60 percent of the available browsing speed. At best, we were able to reach around 69 percent of the maximum available browsing speed, making VyprVPN an above average VPN service provider in the industry.

Without VyprVPN

With VyprVPN (PPTP)

You can stream videos and enjoy a few medium-sized downloads at pace. But if you are really working on an extremely fast network, you will find that VyprVPN has its speed capped to cater to all of their customer demands (VyprVPN says that they offer unlimited speeds). In essence, the percentage of speed available loses its significance, but for the sake of privacy and security, the speed can be justified.

VyprVPN is quite reliable, but there have been instances when we have experienced drops in speeds. It can lead to extended website loading times, and you will also see timeout errors. This can be rectified by switching to a different server or changing your security protocol. If that doesn’t work, you can also try the customer service to see if there is any existing issue.

Installation and aftersales support

Installation is pretty straightforward. Just download the VPN client app and install it on your device. On Windows operating systems, the TAP adapter will need to be installed too in order for the VPN to work. Upon installing the VPN app, it will automatically ask permission to add the TAP adapter.

There are also specific apps for mobile devices that you can download and install on your device. Unfortunately, only Android and iOS users have this privilege. If you want to use VyprVPN on other devices, you can simply use the OpenVPN client and manually setup to make the VPN work.

There are tutorials to help you with installation and configuring the software, or you can also contact their customer care.

VyprVPN promises quality customer service, and all the correspondence is through email, live chat or ticket system. The live chat is available 24×7 and you can avail of round the clock assistance from the helpful staff. Other VPN providers claim they have live chat support when in fact it’s barely even online.

Support ticket systems are notorious for their reputation of being backlogged. It might take a while to get through to support using the email or ticket system. The fastest option for reaching customer service should be the live chat feature. Once you reach a representative, you will find them to be helpful and attentive.

Conclusion

VyprVPN is excellent for those who expect safe and reliable web browsing with greater protection from security issues. With the recent reduction in subscription cost, VyprVPN will give you the highest performance available on the market today. The application can easily launch upon login and run smoothly in the background.

VyprVPN allows you to enjoy unlimited usage and bandwidth, which is indeed a significant plus point to really commit to VyprVPN.

Product Summary

Pros:

  • Fast connections
  • Extremely secure
  • Straightforward installation

Cons:

  • Limited payment options
  • Only two VPN plans (monthly, annually)

More details about VyprVPN and special deals can be found on VyprVPN’s website. If you have any comments to this VyprVPN review, please express your opinions in the comment box below here.