VyprVPN Review and Test Results 2017
VyprVPN is a Switzerland-based VPN service that performed very well in testing for this review. Extensive testing of their Windows, Mac OS, and Android apps did not identify any leaks, bugs, or problems. They are one of the few VPN providers that actually owns every server in their VPN network (no renting from third parties). Aside from more security, this also provides you with excellent speeds and reliability, based on my testing.
The main drawback with VyprVPN is that they maintain connection logs. However for some, this may not be a deal-breaker. VyprVPN is very transparent about their policies (no dishonest or contradictory claims) and all connection data is deleted after 30 days.
In terms of value, VyprVPN also does quite well. They offer a 25% discount on annual plans, which brings the price down to $3.75 a month, making this one of the cheapest (high quality) VPNs you will find. Every subscription also includes a 3 day free trial, which allows you to test VyprVPN before being charged.
- Entirely self-owned and operated server network, including secure DNS
- Excellent network security
- Great speeds and reliability
- Features to defeat VPN blocking (Chameleon protocol)
- User-friendly applications for many devices/platforms
- Minimal connection logs (no activity, erased every 30 days)
- Torrenting (P2P downloads) discouraged
*with 25% discount
Passed all tests.
Pricing and discount
With the 25% discount, VyprVPN offers a good value. For a high-performance VPN with a large selection of apps, the prices are quite competitive.
Here are the main differences between the two plans:
- Connections – 3 with basic / 5 with premium
- Chameleon Protocol – This is a self-developed OpenVPN 256-bit protocol designed to defeat VPN blocks and hide the fact that you’re using a VPN. The Chameleon protocol would be a good option for defeating VPN restrictions with universities/schools, corporate networks, internet service providers, or countries like China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Qatar, etc.
- VyprVPN Cloud – This option is just a separate VPN server that can be operated with a third-party host.
VyprVPN offers different payment options, including all major credit cards, PayPal, and Alipay.
VyprVPN and user privacy
VyprVPN offers some unique benefits over other VPNs in the areas of securing customer data and protecting your privacy.
VyprVPN is owned and managed by Golden Frog GmbH, a company based in Meggen, Switzerland. This puts VyprVPN and all customer data under Swiss laws.
Switzerland is an excellent jurisdiction for privacy, with data protection legislation being incorporated into the national legal structure. It’s a country that is fiercely independent (not a member of the EU) and also not a member of the infamous 5 Eyes or 14 Eyes mass surveillance alliances.
As they discuss on the About Page, Switzerland was carefully chosen as the legal jurisdiction when the company was initially founded. The owners of VyprVPN are in Texas (USA) and have a long history fighting for online privacy and combatting illegal mass surveillance.
VyprVPN was created in response to the infamous Room 641a scandal, where the NSA (US government spy agency) was conducting illegal mass surveillance using AT&T’s network.
Total network control (no third parties)
One big advantage with VyprVPN is that they own and manage 100% of their VPN server network. This cuts out all third parties and better secures your data and privacy.
Many VPNs rent servers from third parties. This a problem because these servers are often logged by the host (landlord). That puts your information in someone else’s hands, even when the VPN claims to be a “no logs” service. But with VyprVPN, they maintain 100% control over the hardware, the network, and the code, removing all third parties from the equation.
VyprDNS – Encrypted DNS without logs
Many VPN services also rely on third party DNS. Just like with servers, third parties will log the data. VyprVPN provides their own DNS services, called VyprDNS – see here for an explanation. This self-owned and operated system better protects your DNS requests (browsing history) from third party snooping.
Supported devices and platforms
VyprVPN offers apps for a huge number of devices (more than other VPNs I have tested). They also support a variety of different platforms and routers.
The main thing to keep in mind is the connection limitation, which varies depending on the pricing plan you choose:
- Basic plan ($3.75) gives you 3 connections
- Premium plan ($5.00) gives you 5 connections
One trick to using a VPN on many devices, without exceeding your connection limit is to use a VPN on a router. The router will count as one device, but it will extend the protection and benefits of a VPN to every device that connects to the router.
See this step-by-step VPN router guide for instructions on setting up VyprVPN with a compatible Asus router. And for an overview on VPN routers with all the different options, see the VPN Routers Resource Guide.
VyprVPN app testing
VyprVPN offers user-friendly apps that performed very well in testing for this review. There were never any problems with the app crashing, freezing up, or leaking data. I tested VyprVPN apps on:
- Mac OS
Here’s what the desktop app looks like, with the locations screen on the right, sorted by ping (latency).
In the top right corner you can see that servers are grouped by geographic region and then ranked by ping.
You can also see there are two features activated in the VPN app:
- Kill Switch – This forces all internet traffic through the VPN. If the VPN connection drops, your internet traffic will be blocked. This ensures your real IP address does not leak out of the VPN tunnel.
- Block Malicious Sites – This option filters/blocks a list domains that are known to spread malware.
My overall experience in testing out the different apps is that they are simple and work very well. Given that most VPN apps don’t work well – and often leak user data – VyprVPN further distinguishes itself from the crowd in this area.
Here is a quick look at the Android app (left) along with leak testing results on the right (no leaks).
Another great feature of the Android client is the ability to selectively route apps on your device through the VPN on a per-app basis.
VyprVPN also offers a great iOS app that I have used in the past, although did not thoroughly test for this review.
VyprVPN is an excellent choice if you’re looking for secure, leak-proof VPN apps to use with Android or iOS.
VyprVPN privacy and security test results
VyprVPN did well in all privacy and security tests, without any problems to report.
I ran the Windows, Mac OS, and Android apps through an extensive round of tests to check for:
- IP address leaks (both IPv4 and IPv6)
- DNS leaks
- WebRTC leaks (which affects Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers)
- Kill switch (to see if it is properly blocking all traffic when the VPN connection drops)
Here were a few of the results.
Testing a server in the United Kingdom:
Testing a server in the United States:
Testing a server in Australia:
All of the servers I tested were secure and did not leak any data.
Kill switch tests: I also tested out VyprVPN’s kill switch function, to make sure all internet traffic was being properly blocked when there was no VPN connection.
The kill switch worked perfectly in all my tests.
VyprVPN passed all privacy and security tests on Windows, Mac OS and Android:
- No IPv4 leaks
- No IPv6 leaks
- No DNS leaks
- No WebRTC leaks
- Kill switch works well
VyprVPN passed all tests without any problems to report.
VyprVPN speed test results
VyprVPN also performed very well in the area of performance – speed and reliability.
Connecting to the “fastest server” in my location (Western Europe), I could typically get between 70 and 100 Mbps.
I also tested connection speeds to US servers from my location in Western Europe. Despite the long distance, the speeds were excellent – usually between 60 and 100 Mbps.
Based on all my tests, VyprVPN offers very fast and reliable speeds.
If you need bandwidth for streaming media or other activities, VyprVPN is worth considering.
Defeat VPN blocking with the Chameleon protocol
VPN blocking is a growing problem in much of the world, especially where governments or institutions do not want people using VPNs to evade restrictions and censorship.
This is especially the case with:
- China, Turkey, Russia, Iran and many Middle Eastern countries
- Universities and schools
- Corporations (work networks)
VyprVPN offers an excellent obfuscation feature to defeat VPN blocking – it’s called the Chameleon protocol. This is a self-developed OpenVPN protocol with 256-bit encryption that will blend in with regular internet traffic to defeat restrictions and blocking. (See the details here.)
Each time a user connects to VyprVPN, we retain the following data for 30 days: the user’s source IP address, the VyprVPN IP address used by the user, connection start and stop time and total number of bytes used.
We retain VyprVPN session data for 30 days to use with billing issues, troubleshooting, service offering evaluation, TOS issues, AUP issues, and for handling crimes performed over the service.
The key point here is that your connection data is being logged and stored for 30 days. While logging is certainly not an advantage, for many people it may not be too concerning after closely examining the policies.
Here is more clarification from the VyprVPN website (Golden Frog is the parent company):
What Golden Frog Does Not Collect From VyprVPN Sessions:
- Does not log a user’s traffic or the content of any communications
- Does not perform deep packet inspection of your traffic, except where requested by the customer for firewall purposes.
- Does not perform shallow packet inspection of your traffic, except where requested by the customer for firewall purposes.
- Does not discriminate against devices, protocols, or applications. Golden Frog is network neutral.
- Does not throttle your Internet connection.
- Does not rate limit Internet connection.
No torrenting and P2P downloads
VyprVPN’s policies also discourage torrenting. For most people, this doesn’t matter. But if you enjoy torrenting, you should look elsewhere – see the Best VPNs for Torrenting guide.
Many VPNs discourage torrenting, not because they have a problem with it, but because they don’t want to get sued by the music/movie industry for copyright violations.
Based on my research and feedback from RestorePrivacy readers, people who torrent with VyprVPN may get their account blocked for copyright violations. But from everything I’ve read, customer information is never handed over to third parties for copyright issues. (Your privacy remains secure.)
One of VyprVPN’s best features is that they own and exercise 100% control over their entire server network. As explained on their About Page, VyprVPN is fundamentally distrustful of third parties, due to the risks they pose to customer data and your privacy. Consequently, they do not rent any servers from third parties, which is a very good thing.
While owning 100% of their network better protects your privacy, it does create some drawbacks in terms of server locations. VyprVPN offers a good lineup of servers, but they also explain in this post that they can’t have physical servers in some countries that don’t meet their standards.
In such cases, the server locations may not line up with where the server is actually located. They refer to these examples as “virtual server locations”. You can read more about this here.
Ideally, VyprVPN would have premium physical servers in every country (no fictitious locations). But there will always be a tradeoff between more locations and higher network standards. They try to take a middle ground here with their current setup.
VyprVPN Review Conclusion: Recommended
Overall VyprVPN is a high-quality, fast, secure VPN that performed well in testing for this review.
It offers a great lineup of applications that are user-friendly and secure. VyprVPN’s server network is the highest quality and remains completely under their own control (no third parties).
The final consideration is value – what you get for your money. For $3.75 a month (basic plan) VyprVPN has a lot to offer. In comparison to other high-quality VPNs that passed all the privacy/security tests, VyprVPN is among the least expensive. You can also pick up a 3 day free trial with the link below if you want to test it for yourself.