I was recently contacted by one of the managers from VyprVPN in Austin, TX and asked if I was interested in writing a VyprVPN review. A lot of people are asking this right now – what is VyprVPN? Since this is a common question I was very interested to review their product.
Firstly, let me apologise for the word play with fasssssst. I couldn’t resist that! You will find out during this review that it is indeed very fast!
A VPN is a Virtual Private Network, designed to protect your privacy and when connected to it you are assigned an IP address to that particular country. VyprVPN is one of these providers.
I was kind of curious to see how they would actually fare with my other reviews of VPN providers so when they contacted me directly, I thought it was a great opportunity to write that review!
If you have read my previous VPN reviews you may know that I was contacted by Ivacy VPN to write a review for them so to get another direct request from another VPN company was quite pleasing.
Without further ado, let’s get started…
Product: VyprVPN by Golden Frog
Multi-logins: Up to 5
Best features: Speed and Chameleon encryption
Guarantee: No money back but there is a VyprVPN free trial
My overall rating: 8.5/10
This review will cover the following topics:
- Golden Frog, the Company
- Main Features of VyprVPN
- The Speed Test
- Servers by Country
- VyprVPN Price and plans
- Endorsements and Features
Golden Frog, the Company
VyprVPN are owned by Golden Frog who are incorporated in Switzerland. They chose to register the company there due to the favorable privacy laws that Switzerland operate under.
Switzerland actually have a legal frame agreement in place which is written to protect your privacy. Article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution guarantees this.
The Federal Supreme Court agreed in 2010 that IP addresses were personal and should not be used to track anyone’s browsing history online, without prior consent of the individual.
I’m starting to like VyprVPN already.
Main Features of VyprVPN
- 256-bit data encryption and Chameleon scrambling
- Unlimited server switching and bandwidth with 700+ servers
- No data logs and VyperDNS service
- Up to 5 simultaneous connections with great apps across multiple platforms
- 3 day free trial and 24/7 Online Customer Support
Data encryption and Chameleon:
256-bit data encryption is one of the best methods and offers high-end protection against your ISP’s prying eyes or third-party snoopers. VyprVPN have something called Chameleon technology which then scrambles the data a second time to offer a double layer of protection.
It is designed to defeat bandwidth throttling and DPI (deep packet inspection). This sounds complicated and it probably is but it also sounds impressive. This technology has been proven to help in places like China, Turkey, Russia, India and Syria where internet censorship is in place.
Chameleon technology is available in the Pro and Premier subscriptions only. The Basic subscription doesn’t include this. It is compatible with Android, Windows and Mac and can be used on your router.
Server switching and unlimited bandwidth:
You can easily switch between 200,000+ IP addresses for great connectivity. Switching servers is unlimited and so is the bandwidth.
Typically, a free VPN will only offer limited bandwidth. It’s only when you have a subscription that you can enjoy full functionality. They have 700+ servers Worldwide and own all of them.
Some VPN providers will host on someone else’s server but with VyprVPN they claim to own and operate them all and also write their own code.
No data logging and VyprDNS service:
HUGELY important. Some VPN providers maintain data logs for their own personal use. This could be to see how many people connect to the different servers, or for other survey purposes.
For example, they may use the data to check if some servers don’t get used then they would drop them and focus on other areas.
This is a big No-No for me! The last thing you want is a record of your browsing history lying around somewhere. There is no point in having a VPN if this is the case.
VyperDNS (Domain Name System) is their own domain which makes it easier to guarantee that no logs are maintained. Internet users normally rely on their ISP (Internet Service Provider) DNS or third-party DNS which could be set up to record your data, even if you use a VPN.
I wasn’t aware of this DNS problem so this was one of these “good to know” moments.
Multiple connections and Apps:
You are allowed up to 5 simultaneous connections depending on which package you sign up to. There is also a feature called NAT (Network Address Translation) firewall which is available on the Pro and Premier packages. The NAT firewall provides another layer of protection.
Pro subscription – 3 simultaneous connections + NAT firewall
Premier subscription – 5 simultaneous connections + NAT firewall
The Apps support all of the major platforms including Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, TV and Router. The App is pretty cool. It shows your IP address with country. It also has a toggle for connecting on untrusted WiFi and also a kill switch.
The kill switch is designed to break your connection with your ISP in the event of a dropped VPN connection, for one reason or another. Sometimes this can happen.
There is a speed graph and a connection log page too.
For the Customer:
They offer a 3-day free trial up front. Again, this is hugely important. I always get frustrated when I see some companies not offering this. It’s like buying a car isn’t it? You would want a test drive in it first.
VPN providers that don’t recognize this aspect are missing a big opportunity to get new customers. It also shows potential customers that they have confidence in their own product.
Another crucial requirement is 24/7 customer support. Not everyone is comfortable with using a VPN and may not fully understand how to set it up. To be honest, nowadays they are really simple to use and don’t take a lot of understanding.
However, online customer support is a pre-requisite in my eyes. 24/7 is even better.
This is the bread and butter of any VPN provider. If it doesn’t stand up to the speed test it’s not good. For this test, I connected to OOKLA Speed Test with my Android device (phone) on 4G in Malaysia (my adopted country) and the results are shown below.
The important result I always look for is the download speed. This is used for browsing, emails, accessing Facebook, etc.
In Malaysia my 4G signal can be a bit patchy and inconsistent so it was important for me to be as quick as possible when testing again, after connecting to the VPN. I wanted to do a speed test for the UK and USA servers on VyprVPN.
I went to the website and found the correct VyprVPN download for my Android phone. I then connected to VyprVPN UK server through the app and performed another Speed Test with OOKLA. The results are also shown below.
I then connected to the USA server in Austin, TX (the VyprVPN HQ) and performed another Speed Test. The results are shown below.
As you can see, when compared to the normal 4G download speed (with no VPN) of 3.34Mbps, both the UK and USA connections are actually faster.
This has happened before when I have tested VPN speed but the normal rule of thumb is to allow 8 to 10% reduction when connected to the VPN. I was pleasantly surprised with these test results.
On both UK and USA results, the carrier and server both say Digi and Kuala Lumpur respectively but don’t be confused by this. This is why I showed the connection log with Public IP Location on the right side of the images.
Note: I later downloaded the App on my Mac at home and connected to the UK server. When I was connected I tested it with BBC iPlayer and it was a big success! You can find more information on my BBC iPlayer review by clicking here.
Servers by Country
|Canada – Toronto||Australia – Melbourne||Austria – Vienna|
|Mexico – Mexico City||Australia – Perth||Belgium – Brussels|
|USA – Austin||Australia – Sydney||Bulgaria – Sofia|
|USA – Chicago||New Zeland – Auckland||Czech Republic – Prague|
|USA – Los Angeles||Marshall Islands – Majuro||Denmark – Copenhagen|
|USA – Miami||Luxembourg|
|USA – New York City||Africa||Finalnd – Helsinki|
|USA – San Francisco||Algeria – Algiers||France – Paris|
|USA – Seattle||Egypt – Cairo||Germany – Frankfurt|
|USA – Washington, DC||Greece – Athens|
|Asia||Iceland – Reykjavik|
|Central America||Hong Kong||Italy – Rome|
|Costa Rica – San Jose||India – Mumbai||Latvia – Riga|
|Panama – Panama City||Indonesia – Jakarta||Liechtenstein – Schaan|
|El Salvador – San Salvador||Japan – Tokyo||Lithuania – Vilnius|
|Macau – Macau||Netherlands – Amsterdam|
|South America||Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur||Norway – Oslo|
|Argentina – Buenos Aires||Maldives – Male||Poland – Warsaw|
|Brazil – Sao Paulo||Pakistan – Karachi||Portugal – Lisbon|
|Colombia – Bogota||Philippines – Manila||Romania – Bucharest|
|Uruguay – Montevideo||Singapore||Russia – Moscow|
|South Korea – Seoul||Slovakia – Ljubljana|
|Middle East||Taiwan – Taipei||Spain – Madrid|
|Bahrain – Manama||Thailand – Bangkok||Sweden – Stockholm|
|Israel – Tel Aviv||Vietnam – Hanoi||Switzerland – Zurich|
|Qatar – Doha||Turkey – Istanbul|
|Saudi Arabia – Riyadh||UK – London|
|UAE – Dubai||Ukraine – Kiev|
VyprVPN Price and Plans
As previously mentioned there are 2 regular pricing plans – Pro and Premier.
However, if you click on the banner below you will be entitled to 50% off the first month.
Endorsements and Features
- New York Times
- Reddit. I did find a complaint from someone who was using VyprVPN for torrents. Their account was locked after the company received a complaint. I wouldn’t recommend you use it for any of the torrents that are mentioned in the Reddit post.
- The Verge
- ARS Technica
So to conclude, what is VyprVPN and is it fassssst? (sorry again)
It’s a very fast and powerful VPN that I have no hesitation in recommending as one of the top VPN providers for using Worldwide. It certainly isn’t slow that’s for sure.
I hope you have found this review informative. I would love to hear from you. Your opinions are important to me so please feel free to leave a comment below.
- Craig, UK TV Services Abroad.