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VyprVPN Review 2018: Great Performance with Drawbacks

Lightning fast servers makes VyprVPN the most adorable service in the industry
Good
  • Faster Server and Connection Speeds
  • Multiple Encryption options
  • Round the Clock Customer Support (Live Chat)
  • Defeat VPN Blocking with Chameleon Protocol
  • Self-owned Servers. No 3rd Parties
  • Multiple Protocols for Encryption Including Chameleon Protocol
  • Risk-free 3 day Trial
Bad
  • Keeps Connection logs (erased after every 30 days)
  • No Anonymous Payment Options (Bitcoin etc.)
8.5
Good

If you think that simply having an antivirus is going to protect your computer, you are wrong. A VPN provides your devices with the kind of protection that no other software in the world can. It monitors the traffic that enters and exits your device to ensure your safety and anonymity with the help of an impenetrable tunnel. VyprVPN happens to be one of the most popular VPNs out there.

Since this VPN is based on Switzerland which is known for its privacy-friendly laws, you can be sure that you will get an ample amount of security. Among other popular companies that originated from Switzerland include US ISP Texas.net, Giganews and Data Foundry. Read along as we discover all you need to know in this VyprVPN review.

VyprVPN Pricing and DiscountPricing and Plans

VyprVPN offers you two different kinds of plans that you can choose from based on your needs. Both service plans offer you the opportunity to choose between either a monthly or an annual payment deal. The basic plan starts at $3.75 whereas with the premium plan, you get to play $5.00.

 

Basic vs. Premium Package

VyprVPN Basic

  • 3 simultaneous device connections
  • VyprDNS
  • 3-day free trial
  • Unlimited data

VyprVPN Premium

  • 5 simultaneous device connections
  • VyprDNS
  • Unlimited data
  • 3-day free trial
  • VyprVPN cloud option
  • Chameleon Protocol available

Payment Options

When you are subscribing to any of the packages offered by VyprVPN, you get to make your payment through the following options:

  • MasterCard
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Visa
  • JCB Cards
  • AliPay
  • PayPal
  • Diners Club Cards

Usability and Onboarding

Registration

The process of registering for VyprVPN seemed fairly simple to us. The homepage gives you the “Get Started” button. When you click on it, you enter information such as your name, email, location and certain billing information. Once you get through this, you will receive an email for confirmation.

Installation

  1. Downloading the Windows VyprVPN.exe file
  2. When the installation setup appears, click Next
  3. Agree to terms and conditions
  4. Choose several components to install and click Next
  5. Choose installation location and click Next
  6. The installation process begins
  7. Click finish

Using VyprVPN

Using VyprVPN is not a complicated process at all. If you are relatively new to all of this, let us explain to you how simple it is.

  1. Load VyprVPN
  2. Hit Connect
  3. VyprVPN will connect you to the fastest settings

VyprVPN Connection StatusConfiguration Options

In order to access VyprVPN’s configuration, we had to follow these easy steps:

  1. Click on the gear icon on the top right
  2. Click Options
  3. Choose connection settings

The connection setting options available are as follows:

  • Windows start up options
  • Kill Switch
  • Public Wi-Fi settingsVyprVPN Public Wi-Fi settings
  1. Choose encryption options as shown from the list below

VyprVPN Encryption Options

  1. Choose DNS settingsVyprVPN DNS Settings
  1. And other general settings such as sound, notifications and language
  2. Advanced configuration settings such as;VyprVPN Advance Setting Options
  • Verbosity
  • Route delay
  • TLS timeout
  • MTU

In this VyprVPN review, we recommend that if you have a little bit of experience with this sort of thing, that you toggle around with the advanced configuration settings until you find the best fit for yourself.

VyprVPN Servers

VyprVPN provides you with over 700 servers that are spread across the world in 70 countries. It provides its users with what can only be called one of the biggest networks of servers in the world. In addition to all that this VPN offers, VyprVPN also offers you servers and DNS hosting that they wrote and host themselves, which does wonders for user privacy and customer morale.

This essentially means that VyprVPN owns the entire network that users connect to when they use their VPN client. Since VyprVPN then becomes the only party with access to your private information, you can be sure that your data remains in safe hands.

Privacy

VyprVPN uses OpenVPN encryption protocol, the details of which are as follows.

Data Channel: AES-256-CBC cipher and HMAC SHA256 hash authentication.

Control Channel: AES-256-CBC cipher, RSA Handshake encryption, HMAC SHA hash authentication key lengths, and OpenVPN default settings.

You must keep in mind that these settings and values are defined different by each server, when we reached out to VyprVPN for a statement on this front, they were unable to clarify. We must also acknowledge that though this VPN provides a pretty secure encryption, an encryption is only as secure as its weakest link in the chain. That weak link in this case happens to be SHA1 authentication. Although this authentication is secure, it could do better.

VyprVPN for Torrenting

VyprVPN does allow legal peer to peer fire sharing. But we would recommend that you don’t use it for your torrenting needs, especially if you are a frequent Torrent user. If you do use it, you will soon come to realize that your account at VyprVPN will immediately be in violation and will therefore be disabled. This will then be followed with a DMCA notice that you will receive in your inbox.

Speed Test Results

If the question is whether or not this VPN is fast, the answer is a big yes. When we ran a benchmark speed test without VyprVPN, we received 98 Mbps in download speed and 53 Mbps in upload speed.

 

Speed Test without VyprVPNWhen we connected VyprVPN to the EU server, following were the benchmark speed test results.

Speed Test with VyprVPNNow, if that isn’t good, we don’t know what is!

VyprVPN provided us with a download speed of 74.28 Mbps. Though using VyprVPN slowed down the device we used it on.

However, there are some servers that didn’t fare as well, such as US server based in New York, EU server based in Amsterdam, Asia server based in Hong Kong and UK server based in London.

Though it is a noticeable fact that VyprVPN proves to be a worthy competitor in the market as it always has been, there a few VPNs in the market that have knocked VyprVPN to the lose its 4th spot in the ranking for the fastest VPN in the world. The reduced speeds provided by the US based servers of VyprVPN have caused it to drop down to 18th instead of its previous spot.

Since there are VPNs like Private Tunnel and ExpressVPN in the market that have been providing a much faster service, there is a lot that VyprVPN has to live up to if it plans on earning its spot back on the list of top 10 VPNs in the world. We recommend to VyprVPN that it starts this journey by fixing the US based server.

Customer Support

To judge a VPN’s customer support service is not an easy task to accomplish. Reading reviews online either show that the users who comment are either anecdotal or simply naïve. But as a bias judge, we tend to look at a particular VPN like VyprVPN in terms of customer support as an investment instead of as cost.

As far as this review goes, VyprVPN passes the customer support test when in comparison to the kind of support its competitors provide. With VyprVPN, you can access customer support round the clock through the live chat feature provided on their website. When you pay as much as you pay for VyprVPN, you pay the amount knowing you will get your money’s worth by having all of your queries answered in a timely fashion.

Though VyprVPN does not provide you mobile support feature, you can take advantage of community forums, FAQ section and email option. There is a support ticketing direct option in the app where you get the option to automatically include app logs as well as shown below.

VyprVPN Customer SupportSupported Devices

VyprVPN supports platforms such as Android, Mac, iOS and Windows. Moreover, it is also compatible with most routers and TVs out there, which includes Android TV, Apple TV, Tomato and OpenELEC.

Mobile Compatibility

With VyprVPN, you get support for several Android and iOS devices. That being said, Android happens to be more compatible with this VPN than iOS, as our tests revealed.

Android

  • 4.2/5 rating at GooglePlay
  • Android 4.0 or higher
  • Third party DNS + VyprDNS
  • Automatic and manual port selection
  • OpenVPN and Chameleon protocols

iOS

  • 4.4/5 rating at iTunes
  • iOS 8 or higher
  • Third-party DNS + VyprDNS
  • IPSec protocol

Logging Policy

One of the most consistent complaint that users have from VyprVPN is that it keeps connection logs that date back to 30 days. For frequent torrent users or people who want to retain their anonymity as they browse online, this isn’t the most ideal situation. When it comes to a VPN, trust is the most important factor. The less data a VPN has about you, the easier it becomes for you to trust its service. When it comes to VyprVPN, this becomes little difficult given that most VPNs out there have a zero logs policy but VyprVPN does not. This VPN defends itself by making a few points.

Firstly, it allows multiple users to connect with just one IP address. This means that even if any logs were accessed, it would be difficult for authorities to pinpoint a particular search item and tie it to a user.

Secondly, the VPN keeps connection logs and not activity logs. Since this only includes how many times a user logged into the VPN service, it might be a bit difficult to hold a user accountable for anything.

Thirdly, VyprVPN has so far been completely transparent with users regarding its logging policies. While other VPNs in the market claim that they give you complete anonymity, it is visible through their policies that they do keep data for research purposes. This in turn means that they can use it, should they wish, which is not the same case with VyprVPN.

VyprVPN Logging Policy

Unlike its competitors, VyprVPN can offer you complete anonymity. They are however rather transparent about it all so that you get better performance as a result. All VyprVPN wants is for users to know what they are getting into, before they actually do.

We wouldn’t call it a ideal, but rather a trade off. For added security, we recommend that you combine Tor with any VPN that you use.

Final Thoughts

VyprVPN proves itself to be a worthy VPN in the market. It brings you with a wide range of security tools, an interface which despite being rather dated works easily, worldwide servers as well as a strong logging policy. There are a few features that VyprVPN needs to work on in order to gain back its initial spot, which is why we would rate it a 8.5 out of 10.

Allena Dominus
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Started her career as a Product Manager, Allena now reveals the ins and outs of digital world, social media, IoTs, smartphones and much more.

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