VyprVPN heavily emphasizes the fact that there are no third parties involved in their service. While many VPN providers resort to utilizing open-source clients and server providers, VyprVPN uses its own custom-developed software and runs on its own dedicated network of servers located across the globe. The said client is a delight to use: your current VPN settings are displayed upfront, while a diagram shows progress of your data flow. You are offered to connect always to the fastest server, or choose from a list where you can review any server’s status. The option menu is simple and features like VyprDNS or the NAT Firewall are summarized briefly, so users unaware of these extras can get a firm grasp on their purpose. Because the company writes all of its code in-house and manages its own servers, they are capable of maintaining the fastest connection without the need to compromise the speed, even for free users.
With VyprVPN, you can be sure to have access to the best connection types. You can choose between the standard options, namely the good old PPTP, which is fast but completely useless from a safety point-of-view, OpenVPN, which is the perfect setting for desktops, and L2TP that comes built-in with most desktops and mobiles. However, Golden Frog developed a brand new form of protocol, called Chameleon. It’s based on the 256-bit encrypted OpenVPN technology, with a literal twist in it. Chameleon scrambles the metadata, so it becomes unrecognizable for deep packet inspections. The speed remains the same, but you are able to bypass restrictive censorships created by governments, such as the Chinese one, corporations and ISPs.
VyprDNS helps you surpass DNS filtering, which is often used by public Wi-Fi providers, and keeps you safe from other third parties intercepting your DNS request to redirect you to a malware website. It defeats DNS censorship while protecting your online identity through a VPN at the same time. VyprDNS runs on the same secure server network used for its VPN service under the zero-knowledge policy, so no logs are kept, not to mention it’s convenient to be able to have the protection and functionality of both services at the same time.
Previously known as VyprVPN Server, this solution is mostly intended for businesses that want to bundle VyprVPN’s software and apps with their own server network and that of Golden Frog. You could use VyprVPN Cloud with Amazon Web Services, VirtualBox and other platforms to handle those VPN connections like you would use those of VyprVPN itself. This way you can also make use of a VyprVPN Business Cloud to run your dedicated VPN server and IP using the VyprVPN apps on mobile and desktop.
There is no VPN without a well-spread coverage of proxy servers across the globe. VyprVPN presents you a well-developed network of possible locations. There are several clusters in North and South America, Europe, Asia and even Oceania although Africa counts only with Egypt and Algeria, compensating withwith the Middle-Eastern servers, which are truly rare additions. VyprVPN offers you more than 70 countries. Other than the ever-popular places like USA, Hong Kong, UK and Australia, you are able to disguise yourself as the virtual citizen of such exotic cities as Vilnius, Warsaw, San José, Dubai, Bangkok and Mumbai.
The large pool of server locations means that you have access to more than 200,000 IP addresses. Coupled with the fact that VyprVPN doesn’t restrict your bandwidth, and allows unlimited switches between the countries, your possibilities are endless. After testing the speed of three different locations, we can confirm that VyprVPN keeps up a good pace. Switzerland was labeled as the “fastest” option, but Miami isn’t much behind it, contrary to the large distance. Vietnam was under heavy traffic during the test, but it still showed some acceptable results.
VyprVPN takes data privacy very seriously and ensures this through the use of complex encryption codes. They mainly use 256-bit coding, although PPTP is capable of only 128-bit encryption. Unfortunately, this number is quite low, considering that some VPN providers boast about their 4096-bit encryption. On the other hand, take into account that the higher the coding’s level, the slower your data transfer will be. VyprVPN’s main strength is undeniable the high speed connection, which is perfect even for HD video streaming. Most users are satisfied with the 256-bit coding, as long it prevents their personal data from being stolen. It should be mentioned that VyprVPN is the owner of all of its servers and uses their own network, thus there are no third parties who will be able to gain access to any confidential information on your VPN. The service also supports NAT Firewall with some plans, meaning that it blocks unrequested inbound traffic when you’re connected to VyprVPN. This feature is handy when you connect to the internet via wireless routers.
OS, Device Support
VyprVPN supports a wide array of devices and operating systems. Users can access the service and its VPNs using the free desktop applications available for Windows, Mac or Linux, while iPad, iPhone and all Android enabled devices each have their own mobile application as well. Besides, Golden Frog also developed manual setup solutions for additional devices. The service is fully compatible with most smart TVs, including Android TV, OpenELEC/Kodi and Apple TV. For those who wish to protect their entire home network, we have good news: VyprVPN created a program especially for routers on the Tomato MIPS/ARM framework. Accessing VyprVPN through your router would extend the secured data flow to every home automation devices and game consoles of yours.
No matter which platform you choose, you can expect a fast and easy installation. Both the iOS and Android applications come with features designed to make the smartphone user’s life easier. The client runs quietly in the background, ensuring that your personal data and privacy are safe at all times. In case the connection drops from some reason, the program will automatically reconnect as soon as possible, so you don’t have to bother. Even better, VyprVPN starts on its own when you establish connection with an unknown Wi-Fi, beginning the encryption of your data streaming.
VyprVPN has a very straightforward pricing policy. You have two options to choose from: you either have your subscription fee billed on a monthly basis, or go for the lengthier version and opt for a whole year. The former case allows you to be more flexible with your commitment time, while the latter provides a reasonable discount on the price. But keep in mind that VyprVPN has a zero refund policy, meaning that cancelling before the end of the service will not result in a refund. So, if you wish to determine whether you want to use this VPN, take advantage of the free trial. It costs you no money upfront, and after a brief registration you can access VyprVPN for three days, without any limitations.
After your initial trial period ended, you get the chance to continue by subscribing to one of the paid plans, enjoying PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and OpenVPN 160/256-bit encryption as protocol options, besides having both VyprDNS and NAT Firewall features available too.
With this being said, the standard plan is the one simply-called VyprVPN which offers 3 simultaneous connections and unlimited data usage for $9.95, if billed monthly, or $60 per year if you opt for the annual subscription, which is the same as dropping the monthly price to about half ($5.00 per month).
If you want to go all stealth mode, the richest offer is called VyprVPN Premium. With up to five simultaneous connections and the benefits of VyprVPN Cloud and the Chameleon protocols included, VyprVPN recommends this plan for the VPN power user and those living in countries under high pressure of government restrictions. The price to pay for all this is $80 per year – about $6.67 per month for those who like to think in monthly costs –, or $12.95 if you prefer single monthly payments, which will raise your annual cost to $155.40 per year. VPN users who seek a customizable VPN solution and are compelled by the Chameleon protocol shouldn’t hesitate too much about paying a little extra each month to enjoy the Premium features. Last but not least, VyprVPN still offers a 25% off discount via seasonal special deals, so make sure to check their promotions regularly.
Golden Frog takes care of their customers’ problems diligently, as they operate a 24/7 live chat on their website. Alternatively, you can ask the support team’s help by submitting a ticket. VyprVPN’s support members have proven to provide prompt and adequate answers to inquiries of all kinds, both via live chat and email. The possible answer might be answered in their FAQ section, although it doesn’t have all too many topics. Both Golden Frog and VyprVPN can be found on Facebook and Twitter, posting self-made articles and news regularly. VyprVPN’s site is well-structured, informative and upfront about all details. Going through the different topics might be edifying, even if you don’t plan on using the service.
VyprVPN has rightfully earned its reputation as an innovative, fast and dependable VPN provider. You can choose from a large number of international IPs, except for Africa, which is a small miss in its server network. The extra features, such as the VyprDNS and the Chameleon protocol are well implemented, and they run simultaneously with the IP routing. They also add real value to the service, preventing harmful redirections and unlocking restricted content. Most devices and operating systems are supported, and they are accessible via their respective clients, developed by Golden Frog itself. Their standard VyprVPN plan at $5.00 per month billed annually is a good deal for the basic user, though having access to the unique Chameleon protocol in the standard plan would be something we’d stand up for. Some people might also find it annoying that there are no refunds even if you cancel an unfinished service, something that the company compensates by offering a 3-day free trial of both plans, even the top-notch one. Regardless, VyprVPN is a well-developed service worth a try, especially for businesses and professional users.
- Business solutions
- VyprDNS & VyprVPN Cloud
- Fast speed
- Chameleon protocol
- VyprVPN Cloud
- No refunds
- Few servers in Africa