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VyprVPN Review

2018/10/11

VyprVPN is an excellent Switzerland-based VPN service provider with a great network performance as well as a large worldwide server selection.

 

VyprVPN History

Founded back in 2010 by Carolyn and Ron Yokubaitis, Golden Frog is a global internet privacy and security solutions company that offers a multitude of services, from VyprVPN and VyprVPN Business to optimized gaming network Outfox.

By basing the VPN in Switzerland – a country known for strong privacy policies – VyprVPN appears to be in a place that cements its dedication to digital privacy and an open internet. However, it is worth noting that Golden Frog (which owns VyprVPN) is based in the US. For this reason, it seems reasonable to presume that at least some of VyprVPN may fall under US jurisdiction.

 

Price

VyprVPN offers two different service options: Basic plan or Premium plan, each of which you can pay for either monthly or annually.

Basic vs. Premium

 - 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

  •     VyprVPN Cloud included

  •     Chameleon Protocol included

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Payment method

VyprVPN offers a multitude of payment options like most of credit cards, Alipay and PayPal. When purchasing a subscription with VyprVPN, you can use any of the following to pay:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB cards, Diners Club cards, Alipay, PayPal. Unfortunately, VyprVPN does not accept payment in Bitcoin. In the future, hopefully VyprVPN will consider adding Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency options to keep up with their rise in popularity.

 

Privacy and Security

VyprVPN uses the following OpenVPN encryption:

Data channel: an AES-256-CBC cipher with HMAC SHA256 hash authentication.

Control channel: an AES-256-CBC cipher. RSA handshake encryption and HMAC SHA hash authentication key lengths are undefined client-side, so we will assume modern OpenVPN default settings (RSA-2048 and HMAC SHA1).

Note that it possible these values are defined differently server-side, but VyprVPN was unable to clarify the situation when asked. Perfect forward secrecy is provided by a Diffie-Hellman-2048 key exchange.

This is a secure setup although encryption is only as secure as its weakest part. In this case the encryption’s weakest part is its SHA1 hash authentication. However, it is worth noting that SHA1 is secure: so VyprVPN does meet our minimum secretion standards and is secure.

 

Avg. download speed

The speed differences are notable, both the upload and download speed is reasonable and do not affect the browsing experience.

When you search for a VPN, fast speed is an extremely important factor. You want your streaming services to work well and without annoying buffering and your browsing experience to be smooth. Moreover, it is known that in general, Internet speed drops when using a VPN, so it's important to try and find a VPN that still offers good speed even when using VPN services. We check the speed when connecting from the US to the UK, as it's half across the globe. It is a big distance, so keep in mind that closer locations may provide better speed and latency.

Internet speed without a VPN shows your general Internet Service Provider download and upload speed. On the other hand, it is known that you lose speed when using a VPN service. So be sure to take into consideration if your speed drops too much.

Our benchmark speed test (without a VPN) clocked in with a 98 Mbps download speed and a 53 Mbps upload speed:

Here’s how it performed when we connected VyprVPN to an EU server.

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.

 

Number of servers

VyprVPN offers 70+ worldwide server locations across 6 continents. With 700+ servers and 200,000+ global IPs, connections are always available.

 

Supported devices

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.

VyprVPN compatibility

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.

 

Ease of Use

It’s pretty simple to install and use. Just download it, run the file and follow the instructions. Once it’s installed, open and press the big blue button on the screen that says Connect. Select the location of the server you want and you’re good to go. (Note that if you’re looking for speed, it’s best to connect to a server closest to your location.)

 

Customer Support

With around the clock customer service that operates 365 days of the year, and an active community in the official Golden Frog forum, VyprVPN’s overall customer support system is considered above average.

You can get in contact with VyprVPN’s customer service team by email ([email protected]), an online contact form, or by using their website’s live chat. While gathering more information on VyprVPN’s log policy, I was also able to give their customer support system a test run.

Submitting a query is easy – you enter your details and connect to a live chat representative. After a few seconds of waiting, I received a helpful reply to my inquiry. In addition, I was also given contact details in case further communication was necessary.

Overall, the experience was helpful and user-friendly.

 

Disadvantage

No Bitcoin options


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