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VyprVPN is a reliable VPN service that provides a plethora of connectivity options. They offer numerous server choices all across the globe and provide a simple to use VPN service. Network speeds when connected to VyprVPN are very fast and stable.
Who are they? Where are they from?
VyprVPN is a subset of Golden Frog, an internet security company that is based in Switzerland.
Golden Frog’s words about their company:
Price / Packages
VpyrVPN currently offers four pricing plans.
- 1 Month: $9.95
- 12 Months: $60 – $5 per month
- 1 Month: $12.95
- 12 Months: $80 – $6.67 per month
All packages currently include the features listed below.
- 200,000+ shared IPs to hide behind
- 3 Day Free Trial
- Multiple Protocol Options (OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP, and Chameleon)
- 256-bit AES encryption
- 24/7 365 Customer Support
- Unlimited bandwidth
- NAT Firewall For Additional Security
- 3 or 5 simultaneous connections (standard vs. premium)
VyprVPN currently offers payment through the following methods.
- Major Credit Cards
The Ordering Process
VyprVPN uses a simple ordering process involving the input of a name, an email address, a password, country and the postal code, as well as payment info. Your payment method should not be charged until the three day trial period has expired.
Software & Connectivity
VyprVPN currently offers support for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android clients. The clients are simplistic in nature and allow for quick and easy connection across all platforms.
The tested client v126.96.36.19927 is stable and did not present major issues on Windows. Opening the client will incite a prompt for login and password. The main menu shows our IP, our connection status, the protocol used, and a speed graph.
The server selection is both fast and intuitive. You can filter by regions and latency, but the search function is limited to country. Protocol can be set in the options tab and provides many different options for connectivity.
As is customary, you can check the connection log and your current IP address location on the main menu. The software is easy to use but lacks certain relevant features, such as server load display.
If there is one thing to be concerned about, it’s the by default turned on option to automatically send VyperVPN non-personally identifiable app data such as button clicks and screens viewed to help improve VyprVPN. This is stated in their settings tab as can be seen in the screenshot below- Windows- Options (General).
After turning off this ‘feature’ and all other features, it seems like it’s still running in the background. The process is called VyprVPNService.exe and is constantly running in the background, even if you quit the application and disable autostart with Windows. On the tested Intel Core i5-2500K system, the process VyprVPNService.exe is constantly using around 2-3% of the CPU, with reports of 20% on some systems. Memory usage is around 60 MB.
On September 3, 2015 in a forum thread VyprVPN support answered to the concerned users what this process does. To this date (30-6-2017) the situation has remained the same. Throughout the years we have tested many VPN services and this is the first one with such unwanted behavior.
This directly leads to performance degradation and prevents the down-clocking of your CPU to it’s lowest state, which shortens the battery life of your mobile devices such as laptops. This issue has been going on for too long and if VyprVPN takes their users seriously, fixing this should be their priority.
Mac OS Client
The tested client v188.8.131.5285 is well-designed and did not present any issues on Mac OS Sierra. Upon logging in, this client prompts a multi-stage home screen with select setup options and features. This is a convenient way to quickly and easily customize your experience with the VPN from the start.
The client provides all the same features of the Windows version and is just as reliable. The settings menu provides a massive amount of configuration options as well. While the software is easy to use and well-designed just as the Windows version is, it still lacks standard features such as a server load list for assessing server capability.
The tested client v2.20.2 is intuitively designed and presents a wide range of server options. It is simple to use and connection can be established in less than a minute, from download of the application to connection. The client offers many settings and configuration options as well.
It was disappointing to note that through our testing, we could not establish connection to a server without receiving an error message. After multiple attempts with no success, it is possible that the application was simply experiencing issues at the time or is actually the victim of a larger software problem.
The tested client v2.17.1 is wonderfully designed and is indicative of what we have come to expect from VyprVPN. The software is very easy to use and provides a charismatic retro look in the design of the applications. The iOS client provides no connectivity issues or server problems, allowing for a quick and reliable VPN connection.
We used the iOS application over the course of many days and never experienced a problem with connection or speed. The settings menu also allowed for some decent configuration options.
VyprVPN currently offers PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN and Chameleon options. The table below offers a comparison between all the protocols and outlines their advantages and disadvantages.
Our standard and most reliable testing methods that we found are by downloading from the nearest and fastest HTTP or FTP link for 60 seconds and measuring the average and max transfer rate. Upload and ping tests are performed by the closest beta.speedtest.net server, the most accurate HTML5 speed test thanks to 3000+ servers worldwide.
The test is performed with a 300 / 30 Mbps cable connection in the Netherlands, Hague. Speed tests with VyprVPN active are conducted through the VPN server “Netherlands, ams-a02” on the OpenVPN UDP protocol. Keep in mind that the max upload speed is only 30Mbps, meaning the VPN could potentially be faster than projected, depending on internet bandwidth.
Download link used: http://ftp.snt.utwente.nl/pub/os/linux/ubuntu-releases/16.10/ubuntu-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso
Results without VPN
- Server Ziggo
- Ping 10ms
- Average Upload 31 Mbit/s
- Average Download 314 Mbit/s
- Maximum Download 321 Mbit/s
Results with VyprVPN
- Server Netherlands, ams-a02
- Ping 12ms
- Average Upload 30 Mbit/s
- Average Download 190 Mbit/s
- Maximum Download 202 Mbit/s
The above results are achieved with the OpenVPN (UDP) protocol. Other protocols reach much lower speeds in our testings. On average, most servers get around 100 – 200 Mbps, depending on the server load. The speed is mostly stable.
The test is performed with a 300 / 30 Mbps fiber connection in Spain, Madrid. Speed tests with Windscribe active are conducted through the VPN server “Spain – Madrid – es1.vpn.goldenfrog.com” on the OpenVPN UDP protocol. Keep in mind that the max upload speed is only 30Mbps, meaning the VPN could potentially be faster than projected, depending on internet bandwidth.
Download link used: http://ftp.udc.es/ubuntu-releases/16.10/ubuntu-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso
Results without VPN
- Server Adamo
- Ping 2ms
- Average Upload 32 Mbit/s
- Average Download 313 Mbit/s
- Maximum Download 324 Mbit/s
Results with VyprVPN
- Server Spain – Madrid – es1.vpn.goldenfrog.com
- Ping 45ms
- Average Upload 9 Mbit/s
- Average Download 68 Mbit/s
- Maximum Download 76 Mbit/s
The above results are achieved with the OpenVPN (UDP) protocol. The speed is mostly stable but is largely inconsistent with speeds achieved when not connected to a VPN.
The test is performed with a 300 / 30 Mbps wireless connection on the United States’ East Coast, from “Duke University” in Durham, NC. Speed tests with VyprVPN active are conducted through the VPN server “USA- New York” on the OpenVPN UDP protocol. Keep in mind that the max upload speed is only 30Mbps, meaning the VPN could potentially be faster than projected, depending on internet bandwidth.
Download link used: http://mirror.math.princeton.edu/pub/ubuntu-iso/yakkety/ubuntu-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso
Results without VPN
- Server Duke University
- Ping 23ms
- Average Upload 24 Mbit/s
- Average Download 330 Mbit/s
- Max Download 331 Mbit/s
Results with VyprVPN
- Server USA- New York
- Ping 40ms
- Average Upload 22 Mbit/s
- Average Download 147 Mbit/s
- Max Download 169 Mbit/s
The above results are achieved with the OpenVPN (UDP) protocol. The speed is very fast and the connection is reliable as well, making for excellent VPN connectivity.
VyprVPN currently offers over 200,000 IP addresses on more than 700 servers in 70+ countries, and new servers are added daily. At the time of writing the following server locations are available:
|Country||Server Locations||Country||Server Locations|
|Costa Rica||1||Czech Republic||1|
|United Kingdom||1||United States||8|
The connection speed is very quick on most servers and the connection is very reliable. Through our testing we never experienced a single connection drop or application failure. Server load lists confirm that many servers are nowhere near full capacity, allowing for a reliable connection every time.
Level of Privacy
VyperVPN logging policy:
IPv6, DNS and WebRTC IP Leak Test
We tested for IP leaks at https://ipleak.net. VyprVPN did not leak our IP through WebRTC and IPv6. It also did not leak the DNS address of our ISP. This is consistent with company claims.
Golden Frog provides a FAQ on the VyprVPN website, which will probably answer most of your questions about the software or the account management. Issues while using their software can be solved with the provided 24x7x365 support service with Live Chat or email options.
When testing VyprVPN’s Live Chat service, we received a friendly reply in less than ten minutes. This reply fully answered our inquiry and the service is an excellent option for receiving immediate help on issues that you may possibly encounter.
- No IP leaks
- Number of servers and mostly good speeds
- Works well in China
- Low yearly price
- Interface navigation could be improved
- Android application would not connect
- VyprVPNService.exe causes constant CPU usage
Summary: VyprVPN is a reliable VPN service that provides a plethora of connectivity options. They offer numerous server choices all across the globe and provide a simple to use VPN service. Network speeds when connected to VyprVPN are very fast and stable.