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VyprVPN is a Switzerland-based VPN service that has undergone some major changes and improvements over the past year.
Most notably, VyprVPN has transitioned to a 100% no logs VPN provider, with a public audit verification (explained below). They have also upgraded their server infrastructure to improve performance.
In this VyprVPN review I thoroughly examined and tested the service to answer the following questions:
- Does VyprVPN offer good performance throughout the server network (speed and reliability)?
- Are VyprVPN’s apps secure (no leaks)?
- Is VyprVPN a good value for the money considering all the latest test results?
All of these questions are answered in this VyprVPN review, with screenshots below to verify all results.
VyprVPN overview (pros and cons)
Extensive speed tests on servers throughout VyprVPN’s network found the performance to be good. I could regularly get near to my full bandwidth (baseline speed) with nearby VyprVPN servers. Long-distance speed tests were also solid and reliability was great (no connections issues).
VyprVPN’s updated applications offer a secure kill switch to block all network connectivity if the VPN connection drops. It will also block traffic when switching servers, thereby ensuring no data packets escape outside the VPN to the unencrypted internet. Extensive testing with both the Windows and Mac OS apps did not reveal any leaks or security issues.
In comparison to other VPN providers, VyprVPN is a bit unique because they physically own every server in their network. The network provides VyprVPN users with higher security, better speeds, and more reliability in comparison to some other VPNs.
If you want to give this VPN a try, they are currently offering a 25% discount coupon for both the basic and premium plans (below).
- Good speeds throughout the server network
- Secure and reliable applications
- Obfuscation features to defeat VPN blocking (Chameleon protocol)
- Entirely self-owned and operated server network, including secure DNS (no third parties)
- User-friendly applications for many devices/platforms
- Located in a strong privacy jurisdiction (Switzerland)
- No cryptocurrency payment options
- Basic plan does not include Chameleon (obfuscation) protocol
VyprVPN speed tests
We’ll kick this VyprVPN review off with one of the most important questions: how does VyprVPN perform on servers throughout the network?
To answer this question I conducted numerous tests from my location in Europe with both nearby servers (Europe) and long-distance servers (Canada and the US). My baseline speed without a VPN was about 94 Mbps on the day I tested:
VyprVPN speed tests with nearby servers
All of the nearby servers in Europe I tested offered excellent speeds. (Tests were conducted using OpenVPN 256-bit encryption.)
Germany – Here is the first test I ran with a server in Frankfurt: 81 Mbps download speed (about 85% of my baseline speed).
Luxembourg – Another nearby VyprVPN server in Luxembourg offered similar good speeds around 81 Mbps.
All of the nearby servers I tested in the Europe region gave me between 71 and 83 Mbps download speeds – very good results
VyprVPN speed tests with long-distance servers
Next up was testing long-distance servers in the United States and Canada from my location in Germany. As expected, due to the distance difference, all of the VyprVPN servers I tested gave me speeds around 60 Mbps, which corresponds to the increased latency (ping).
New York – Testing VyprVPN servers in New York gave me download speeds around 63 Mbps. The connection was reliable and consistently fast.
Next up was the VyprVPN server in Chicago, which also gave me around 59 Mbps:
I also tested the VyprVPN Canadian server location (Toronto) and could get around 60 Mbps.
These were good speeds considering the long distance between me and the North American server locations.
What about reliability?
VyprVPN was also very reliable in all of my tests:
- Connections were stable and fast
- No issues with dropped connections, buffering, or the application timing out
- Consistent performance throughout the day
If you value performance in a VPN, VyprVPN would be a solid choice based on all of the tests I ran.
How much does VyprVPN cost?
VyprVPN is reasonably priced compared to most other high-quality VPN services. When you use this VyprVPN coupon, it costs $3.75 per month for the basic/standard plan, or $5.00 per month for the premium plan.
VyprVPN is a good consideration if you are looking for a cheap VPN service without cutting corners on quality.
Refund Policy – All VyprVPN plans come with a 30 day money-back guarantee, which is the best you will find in the VPN industry.
For a high-performance VPN with a large selection of apps, the prices are quite competitive when compared to other alternatives, such as ExpressVPN.
VyprVPN offers different payment options, including all major credit cards, PayPal, and Alipay. Unfortunately, there is no option to pay with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies at this time. If you want to pay for your VPN with cryptocurrency (anonymously), NordVPN or VPNArea may be better choices.
Another drawback with the different pricing plans is that the “Basic” subscription does not include the Chameleon obfuscation protocol.
Does VyprVPN offer a free trial?
As of right now, VyprVPN does not offer a free trial.
In the past, VyprVPN used to have a three-day free trial. With this, you’d enter your billing information, and then you’d be charged at the end of the trial (unless you canceled your subscription in the trial window). If you took the free trial, there was no refund window (no money-back guarantee).
However, in July 2019, VyprVPN phased out the three day free trial option. Now, all plans come with a full 30 day money-back guarantee. So basically, there is no more three day free trial, but the 30 day refund window functions as a risk-free trial, allowing you to cancel any time and get your money back within the first month.
There are other free trial VPN services if that’s what you’re looking for.
Supported devices and platforms
VyprVPN offers VPN apps for a large number of devices. For this VyprVPN review I tested the different applications with Windows, Mac OS, and Android. Everything worked well without any problems to report.
In addition to the apps above, VyprVPN also provides support for the following platforms:
Here are the main impressions I got from testing out the VyprVPN apps on Windows, Mac OS, and Android:
With the premium subscription you will get up to five connections. The basic subscription comes with 3 connections.
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 that your real IP address does not get exposed.
- Block Malicious Sites – This option filters/blocks a list of 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.
VyprVPN Android and iOS
Many people want a VPN that will perform well on mobile devices.
VyprVPN offers both an Android app as well as an iOS app.
Here is a quick look at the Android app (left) when connected to a VPN server in the Netherlands. On the right are the leak testing results (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. Overall, VyprVPN is a good choice if you want a reliable VPN for using on mobile devices.
VyprVPN privacy and security test results
VyprVPN did well in all privacy and security tests.
I ran the Windows, Mac OS, and Android apps through some basic VPN 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)
Updated test results with new apps (September 2019):
Based on user feedback in the comments section, I decided to run new tests with the VyprVPN Windows and Mac OS clients to verify there were no IPv6 leaks. Officially, VyprVPN does not support IPV6. That being said, they do effectively block IPv6.
I verified my IPv6 connectivity without a VPN, then tested a fresh install of VyprVPN on Windows and also Mac OS and did not identify any IPv6 leaks (or any other leaks).
VyprVPN Windows app – Testing a server in the United Kingdom with the Windows app (no leaks):
No leaks were found with the VyprVPN Windows client.
VyprVPN has implemented IPv6 blocking since version 2.7.8 released in October 2015, as verified in the VyprVPN Windows changelog:
IPv6 traffic is now blocked while connected to the VPN and while Kill Switch is enabled
VyprVPN Mac OS app – Testing a server in the United States with the VyprVPN Mac OS app (no leaks):
It looks like VyprVPN also implemented an IPv6 fix since January 2016 version 2.8.5 with the Mac OS client, from the Mac OS changelog:
IPv6 no longer leaks location
As you can see above, the test results were good; I did not identify any leaks or problems.
VyprVPN passed all privacy and security tests:
- No IPv4 leaks
- No IPv6 leaks
- No DNS leaks
- Kill switch works well (all non-VPN traffic blocked)
Should you disable IPv6 when using VyprVPN?
As noted above, VyprVPN does not officially support or block IPv6, meaning you will not be using a VyprVPN IPv6 address when connected to their VPN. That being said, they do effectively block IPv6 in the Windows and Mac OS clients (based on my test results and also the changelog notes).
If you are worried about IPv6 leaks, you could block IPv6 on your system, which is pretty easy to do. Another alternative would be to use a VPN that automatically blocks IPv6 in all apps, such as ExpressVPN.
There are also a few VPNs that offer full IPv6 support, such as Perfect Privacy.
VyprVPN for Netflix, Streaming, and Kodi
Even though Netflix actively blocks many VPNs, VyprVPN continues to work with Netflix.
That being said, you will most likely need to check with VyprVPN support to find the exact server(s) you should use to connect to US Netflix. See my guide on Netflix VPN services for additional information and streaming tips.
Due to VyprVPN’s good speeds and premium network, it is also a solid choice for other streaming services as well.
VPN Obfuscation 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 other 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. It does this by encapsulating OpenVPN traffic behind regular HTTPS encryption.
VyprVPN with the Chameleon protocol remains one of the best VPNs to use in China or any other restricted network situation, such as school or work networks. (See the VPN for China guide for more of a discussion of obfuscation and VPNs that work well in China.)
Note: The Chameleon obfuscation protocol is only included in the premium plans, which start at $5.00 per month with the 25% discount coupon (not included in the basic plans).
VyprVPN no logs
In November 2018 VyprVPN published a major audit that publicly certified it as a no logs VPN provider. This is a major change; VyprVPN utilized connection logs for many years, but changed their policies to go completely no logs. (Many VyprVPN reviews online are outdated and still reflect the old logging policy.)
I carefully examined VyprVPN’s no logs audit and discussed the findings in the no logs VPN guide, along with other no logs VPN providers. Here were the basic findings:
- In September 2018, VyprVPN began working with Leviathan Security Group for consultation and auditing to become a fully no logs VPN service.
- In November 2018, VyprVPN released the audit results, which fully verified and confirmed that VyprVPN is now a no logs provider.
VyprVPN is a zero log VPN Service. We do not record or retain any data when you use the VyprVPN Service.
We engaged a respected security firm to audit our zero-log policy so users have third party validation of our logging policies.
- We do not log a user’s source IP address (typically assigned to the user by their ISP).
- We do not log the IP address assigned to the user when using VyprVPN.
- We do not log connection start or stop time.
- We do not log a user’s traffic or the content of any communications.
- We are network neutral. We do not discriminate against devices, protocols, or application.
- We do not throttle or rate limit your Internet connection.
This is a huge improvement over their old policy of maintaining connection logs for 30 days. The no logs policy, secure apps, self-owned server network, and Switzerland jurisdiction make VyprVPN a solid choice for privacy-focused users.
New torrenting policy and procedures
Torrenting is another area where VyprVPN is now completely different with their new policies.
In the past, VyprVPN basically discouraged torrenting and any form of copyright infringement through downloading/sharing on their network. They would use the connection logs to forward DMCA notices to the offending user and close accounts for habitual offenders. This has all changed with their updated no logging policy.
VyprVPN no longer acts on any DMCA notices because they do not have any logs to connect copyright infringement to users, therefore they lack the ability to enforce any copyright claims. They also officially allow torrenting now on their network:
Just to be certain, I clarified VyprVPN’s torrenting policies with one of their representatives, who had this to say to me via email:
Non-logging prevents VyprVPN from knowing who downloaded what and when. In order to protect the privacy of our users, we do not log the IP address used by any user. If the copyright holder only provides an IP address as identifying information then it is impossible for us to associate a DMCA notice with any of our users.
One of VyprVPN’s best features is that they own 100% of their server network. So why does that matter? A self-owned server network means:
- More network security since servers are not rented from data centers or being shared with third parties
- No third-party logging (rented virtual servers are often logged by the data center)
- Better performance and more control
As explained on their website, VyprVPN remains fundamentally distrustful of third parties due to the risks they pose to customer privacy and security. They exercise 100% control over their server network infrastructure, which distinguishes VyprVPN from other VPN services:
While VyprVPN does not offer quite as many locations as ExpressVPN or NordVPN, they clearly put an emphasis on quality and network security. Nonetheless, they still have a presence in many locations around the world.
VyprVPN on a router
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.
I tested out VyprVPN on an Asus router and found it to perform well.
VPN router app
VyprVPN also offers a VPN router app that simplifies the installation and setup process. One advantage of their app is that it lets you easily select how each device on your network connects – either through the VPN or your regular (unencrypted) connection.
Three other benefits of the VyprVPN router app are:
- The ability to switch between different VPN protocols, including PPTP, OpenVPN (160-bit & 256-bit) and Chameleon.
- The ability to connect to different servers in the network.
- Full protection from VyprDNS for all of your DNS requests.
Note: VyprVPN’s router app runs on Tomato firmware, therefore it can’t be used with all routers.
For an overview of VPN routers and all the different firmware options, see the VPN router guide.
Another unique aspect with VyprVPN is that they are a very transparent company. With many VPN services, it’s difficult to find any information about the owners, operations, policies, etc.
However, with VyprVPN, all of the information below is clearly available on their website:
- Company owners (Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis from Austin, Texas)
- Company jurisdiction (Switzerland)
- Company history (created in 2008 in response to illegal NSA surveillance operations)
- Exact logging policies explained in detail, with the first-ever public audit to validate their “no logs” claims
VyprVPN was also featured by the Center for Democracy and Technology as a service meeting their transparency and trustworthiness standards.
VyprVPN and user privacy
There are three main reasons I consider VyprVPN to be a solid choice for privacy:
1. Switzerland jurisdiction
VyprVPN is owned and managed by Golden Frog GmbH, a company based in Meggen, Switzerland. This puts VyprVPN and all customer data under Swiss data protection and privacy 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 their website, Switzerland was carefully chosen as the legal jurisdiction when the company was initially founded. The owners of VyprVPN, Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis, are in Texas (USA) and have a long history fighting for online privacy and combatting illegal mass surveillance.
The company background is also quite interesting. VyprVPN was created in response to the infamous Room 641a scandal, where the NSA (US government spy agency) was utilizing AT&T’s network for mass surveillance and large-scale data collection. You can get more information on the VyprVPN website (see the About page).
2. 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 cheap virtual servers, which are often shared with other parties. Aside from the security risk of sharing virtual servers with other parties, many of the servers are also logged by the data center (host), even when the VPN itself claims to be “no logs”.
VyprVPN maintains 100% control over the hardware, the network, and the code, thereby removing all third parties from the equation.
3. No logs
As we’ve already discussed, VyprVPN is a no logs VPN service. It is also the first VPN service to ever go through a public audit process to verify their no logs claims. (Note: NordVPN was also audited around the same time to verify their no logs claims, but unlike with VyprVPN, the results are not publicly available.)
VyprVPN review conclusion
Overall VyprVPN is a high-quality, fast, secure VPN that performed very well in testing for this review. It offers a great lineup of applications that are user-friendly, secure, and reliable. VyprVPN’s server network is composed entirely of self-owned servers to eliminate all third parties and maintain the highest standards for data security.
Now that VyprVPN is officially a no logs VPN service, and has been publicly audited, it is even better for privacy-focused users than before. Both NordVPN and ExpressVPN have also undergone third-party no logs audits, and are also very popular.
The new reduced prices also make VyprVPN a great value when compared to other high-quality VPN services. With the coupon below you can get VyprVPN for only $3.75 per month (basic) or $5.00/mo (premium), and all plans come with a 30 day money-back guarantee.
For more information about other VPN services that passed all tests and are currently recommended, see my guide on the best VPNs for 2019.
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