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VyprVPN Review

Well-established, user-friendly and solidly secure, VyprVPN seemed to be evolving before my eyes. Recent glitches in streaming mentioned on the Internet did not affect my usage and software updates appeared soon after set up.


VyprVPN is online services provider Golden Frog’s entry in the virtual privacy network (VPN) market. Founded in 2009 by Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis (veterans with nearly a quarter century of Internet experience, each) Golden Frog is incorporated in Switzerland with headquarters in Austin, Texas. Along with listing core values like advocacy, innovation, ease of use, quality and ownership of all its servers, hardware, DNS and networks, Golden Frog frankly states it cannot promise Internet anonymity, but that it will improve your online privacy and security.


Pricing and Plans

VyprVPN offers a 3-day free trial and a menu of three paid plans – basic, pro, and premier – each with a choice of monthly or annual billing. Each plan gives you simultaneous connections and unlimited data. Pro and premier provide protection from deep packet inspection (DPI) except on iOS devices.

VyprVPN does not accept BitCoin but does accept third payments via Alipay.


Features

Set up

Installing VyprVPN on an unfamiliar computer using a much newer OS than I’m used to caused some initial Stump the Old Guy befuddlement, but was quickly resolved without pestering the young people or resorting to lengthy online chats with customer support.

Manually changing server

Here again, I made this way harder than I needed to. Reading right past “Fastest Server” and “Show All Server Locations” on the drop down menu under the VyprVPN icon on the toolbar, I chose “Show VpyrVPN,” then puzzled a minute away until I figured out I needed to click on the location icon on the right side of the blue “Connect Fastest Server” button to pull up a list of more than 700 servers. Pretty sure any problems were a “Me” thing.

Changing settings

Are easy. Use the drop down menu to “Show “VpyrVPN” and use the little switchy thingys on the control panel if all you need is connect to your motel’s shady Wi-Fi, block malicious sites or turn the kill switch on and off, on and off, on and off. You’ll need to use the drop down menu for fancier stuff like switching security protocols or a whole bunch of advanced choices I don’t understand.

Speed

While tests showed significant drops in PING and download speeds, I didn’t notice any problems at all when streaming movies/TV on BBC’s iPlayer or Netflix.

Customer support

Confirmation Email for my account took longer than I expected, but I got an immediate response when I contacted customer support.


Tests

PING of 75 is bad news for gamers. Download speed dropped by 65%. Uploads largely unchanged, dropping 6%.

Testing on mobile

VyprVPN worked just as well on a mobile device as on my desktop, streaming BBC vids without a hiccup and connecting to various servers with no trouble whatever.


Privacy

Golden Frog incorporated in Switzerland to take advantage of that country’s favorable privacy laws, which protect your personal data and prohibit using your IP address to track your Internet usage.

That said, although VyprVPN does not log your DNS requests it DOES log time stamps, bandwidth, IP addresses, and DOES NOT permit you to use BitCoin.

VyprVPN cooperates with all Fourteen Eyes countries. And, although it has servers in four countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam) that are considered Enemies of the Internet by Reporters Without Frontiers, none have jurisdiction over VyprVPN.

Have to provide CC and some personal info not only for a subscription but also for a free test.


Security

Adds an extra layer of security to state of the art AES-256 cipher with RSA-2048 handshake encryption. However, VyprVPN only offers OpenVPN and its proprietary Chameleon meta data scrambling technology if you pay extra for its Pro and Premier plans. The basic plan uses less secure PPTP and L2TP/IPsec protocols. Of particular interest, if you’re using your mobile device is the extra protection the company’s NAT firewall puts between you and malicious traffic. VpyrVPN owns its own servers and gets a top SSL rating.


Website Blocking

Despite dire warnings all ‘round the InterWebs, I had absolutely zero issues viewing TV shows and movies on my employer’s desktop (other than spending time watching TV shows and movies when I probably should’ve been doing other things). Ditto for BBC on iPlayer (This new series “Taboo” looks very cool). Lots of yada-yada-yada on the website, but, apparently, SmartDNS kicks in without you having to do anything, which was nice for a NeanderTech like me.


Final Thoughts

VyprVPN provides solid security, a promise of extra security from prying eyes and an ease of use that I greatly appreciated. Perhaps VyprVPN’s best feature is an intangible – I learned more about VPNs in an hour or so on its website than I did during a day spent Googling info about IPs, DNSs, AESs and a whole bunch more alphabet soup acronyms. I expect that regular use of VyprVPN’s could turn me into something of a VPN super sleuth.

4.0

Pros:

  • Protected by Swiss privacy laws
  • Top tier plans provide extra layers of security
  • Best plan offers 5 simultaneous connections
  • All plans have unlimited data

Cons:

  • Significantly slower PING could be an issue for gamers
  • Difficult to pay for service anonymously