VyprVPN isn’t one of those VPN services that blow you away with advertising and grand claims. Yet, despite appearances, this is one of the most capable VPN services on the market.
How does this small Swiss company manage to achieve that success? In this VyprVPN review, I’ll look into its safety, privacy practices, exclusive features, performance, and pricing. Continue reading, and you’ll quickly get the full picture.
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VyprVPN pros & cons
- Strong security features
- AES-256 encryption
- Great for unblocking streaming
- Strict no-log policy
- Good for torrenting
- Proprietary DNS servers
- Superb customer service
- Good connection speeds
- WireGuard support
- Split-tunneling on macOS
- Reasonable pricing
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Limited support for Linux
- Mixed experience with non-WireGuard protocols
- Limited iOS app
- No app for Amazon Fire TV
Is VyprVPN secure?
Strong security measures help you keep your connection free from intruders. Besides, if the service is respectful about your privacy (doesn’t keep records, and doesn’t share anything with third parties), you have good reason to believe it will let you remain anonymous. Here’s what VyprVPN has in store should you become their subscriber.
Encryption and tunneling protocols
When you install the VyprVPN client and connect to one of their servers, your connection becomes encrypted. VyprVPN uses AES-256-CBC encryption, which is one of the most secure ciphers. For this reason, it’s frequently used in various banking institutions and elsewhere.
When the connection is established, your authentication is processed with the SHA-256 algorithm. It takes plaintext data like your login name and password and scrambles it into hashed text, effectively hiding it. When you’re authenticating, the hashed values are all that’s needed. There’s no plaintext communication involved, so your identity is hidden.
You may also pick different tunneling protocols that will be best suited for particular use cases. There, VyprVPN has a handful of options: WireGuard, IKEv2, Chameleon, and OpenVPN.
WireGuard – true next-gen option, which is very secure yet much faster than other options.
IKEv2 – a go-to choice for a mobile device, fast, secure, and quickly resumes your connection if it becomes disrupted.
OpenVPN – their servers support both TCP and UDP versions, but VyprVPN clients will allow you to use only UDP, which is faster but less safe than TCP.
Chameleon 2.0 – will disguise your VPN traffic as regular encrypted traffic. Very useful when bypassing VPN blocks in restrictive countries.
The most impressive option is WireGuard. It works flawlessly and with high speed. Other tunneling protocols are hit or miss by comparison.
During testing, IKEv2, OpenVPN, and Chameleon sometimes failed to connect, displaying only the above error code, which you can find explained on their website. This may ruin your experience, so it’s probably best to stick with WireGuard.
The same reasons why you’d want to use a VPN apply to why you’d want to turn on your kill switch. It acts as a precaution for when your connection to the VPN server gets interrupted. If you don’t have a kill switch turned on, the connection will resume normally. So, your browsing will be routed directly through your ISP, which will then be able to tell what your activities were. It could also expose your real IP address when downloading torrent files, which could be everything the copyright holder needs to identify you.
VyprVPN even has several options for how the kill switch can be configured. You can set it up at the Application level and it will kick in if you’re logged in VyprVPN app and have it running. If VyprVPN loses the connection to a VPN server, this automatically blocks your entire Internet connection.
It’s also possible to set up the kill switch at the System level. After you enable this mode, even if the app isn’t running, you will not connect to the Internet unless you connect to a VPN server first. Keep in mind that logging out of the app turns off both kill switches.
You can even configure the kill switch to allow or block LAN traffic. It’s one of the most customizable implementations of this feature that we’ve seen. Just keep in mind that it’s not turned on by default, so you should toggle it in the settings. It’s available on the Windows, macOS, and Android versions of the app. If you’re an iOS user, the client has no kill switch.
Securely encrypting your connection tunnel isn’t the only thing VyprVPN does. When you connect to a server, all your Domain Server Names requests go through VyprDNS. They don’t keep logs on which users requested what IPs. This makes it much more anonymous than using Google Public DNS, or your Internet service provider’s DNS.
However, I was surprised to see the service showed data going through Amazon and Google’s servers during DNS leak checks. The customer support agent explained that most of these servers are not named VyprDNS not to be identified. This is useful from the standpoint of a VPN service. This makes it harder to tell that the user is connecting through a VPN.
Furthermore, they are also using the DNS relay system. So, in this sense, VyprDNS is using other DNS server hostnames to create an additional barrier. The DNS leak check websites can only see the last members of the relay where hostnames are being borrowed. However, when pinged, these servers will give a completely different IP resolve. This proves that they are not simply routing your data through Google’s servers, which would defeat the purpose of a VPN.
Finally, each VPN server that you connect to has its own associated DNS server. This means that you’ll avoid issues like connecting to a particular country and getting localized results from a completely unrelated country. You cannot use VyprDNS separately from their client.
This isn’t only empty promises. They even had an independed audit performed to check the execution of their no-logs policies. It’s a lengthy document that you can find here. In short, they do keep some log events, such as when a particular disk drive was full or crashed. However, this data is mostly harmless and not related to user identification.
Logs that can be used to identify the user (like VPN termination node triggers or kill switch activations) are not recorded.
Public Wi-Fi Protection
If you’re frequently connecting to unknown networks, you’re taking a risk. You can never be too sure who’s also on it or who manages it. VyprVPN has a simple but effective solution for it.
If you trust your home network and only need a VPN elsewhere, you can use their Public Wi-Fi protection feature. Just set the program to automatically connect to the VPN when you’re connected to an unknown or untrustworthy network. If you frequently visit the same coffee shop, you can set it up in such a way that the VPN turns on only when you’re there.
It’s very convenient and saves you the hassle of opening up a VPN and clicking every time you’re unsure about the network’s safety.
Malicious Site Block
Just as the name implies, this feature protects you from malicious links. When you’re connected to VyprVPN, it will block all websites that appear on their malware domain blocklist.
However, this isn’t a hard block. Suppose you accidentally stumble upon a malicious site when browsing. In that case, you will be shown a table with a warning about the potential harm.
While some antiviruses would not even let you choose, VyprVPN is pretty loose in this regard. You can click Proceed anyway and go right through. Sometimes even harmless websites can accidentally be flagged, so it’s nice that VyprVPN is letting you choose. Sadly, the feature is only available to macOS users.
Connection per App
Connection per App is what VyprVPN calls their split-tunneling feature. Their implementation lets you choose which apps you want to be routed via VPN, while the rest of the traffic will go through your regular network.
The data that goes through your regular network won’t be encrypted, but if you’re using a VPN for specific goals, it might make sense. Suppose you’re mainly using VPN for Netflix. In that case, you can set up a connection per their app. If your main objective is torrenting, set up split tunneling on your torrent client. That way, you get much better speeds when, for example, playing songs from Spotify or downloading game files from Steam.
Plans & pricing
VyprVPN used to have different plans with different feature tiers. However, all the features will be available to all users. Awkwardly, they haven’t updated their pricing webpage, so whether you pick VyprVPN Standard Plan or VyprVPN Premium Plan, you’ll be directed to the same landing page with identical prices.
In reality, it’s only one plan that gives access to 5 simultaneous connections. The main difference will be the in plan length as it significantly affects the price. The longer your subscription, the less you will be paying when calculating the monthly amount. It’s worth noting that you will be instantly charged the whole amount if you pick a plan for three years.
The shortest term is a one-month subscription that costs $12.95. Suppose you’re planning on using a VPN for longer. In that case, it’s worth considering a longer subscription rather than paying for one month every time the subscription runs out. If you opt in for a year, the subscription costs $45.00, or $3.75 over twelve months. The best deal is the longest option. It costs $60.00 for three years, or $1.66 a month.
If you decided to buy a VPN and choose between a yearly or three-year option, pick the longest one. For $15 more, you’ll get service for an additional two years. Considering the added features, they do offer great value.
The only thing lacking seems to be payment options. You can’t pay using cryptocurrencies. There’s only regular credit card options, PayPal, and UnionPay. This isn’t optimal for a service trying to be so focused on privacy.
Can you get VyprVPN for free?
VyprVPN isn’t one of those services that offer a free version. So, if you want to use them, you’ll have to open up your wallet.
Still, if something rubs you the wrong way while you’re using their service, you can always ask for a refund, as they have a 30-day money-back guarantee. So, you’ll have plenty of time to test the service to see how it works for you. You can also opt for a 3-day free trial for Android and iOS users, but you’ll have to provide your payment details.
Speed and performance: How fast is VyprVPN?
|United States (NY)||106/277/40||107/260/20||103/43/14||115/33/13|
|United States (LA)||167/266/246||164/167/11||165/50/16||171/1.34/9|
|United States (FL)||140/285/289||140/106/15||140/38/11||139/25/10|
Baseline: 1ms/300mbps download/300mbps upload
When choosing a server, you’ll always see its ping times, which quite accurately reflect what you may expect. These will be affected by the server’s proximity to your location more than anything else.
VyprVPN download speeds take advantage of the Wireguard tunneling protocol. The speed drop was biggest when connecting to Australia, which was ~ 64% compared to the baseline. However, when connecting to Europe, the UK’s drop was ~1% from the baseline, which shows this protocol’s capabilities. Even when connecting to the US, the worst decline was ~11%. So, if you’re going to be connected with WireGuard, there’s little sense ever to turn off VPN. If you pick a closer location, the speed drops will be negligible.
If you’re planning on using other tunneling protocols, you’ll get much bigger speed reductions. Chameleon or OpenVPN are the worst contenders. The latter peaked at almost 99% reduction when connecting to L.A., and the former reduced the speed up to 90%. Still, considering what other benefits Chameleon brings, it might not be a dealbreaker. The same excuse doesn’t apply to OpenVPN. There’s no point in using it if you have WireGuard. The same goes for IKEv2, although its speeds are much better than OpenVPN’s.
The upload speeds were mixed. There were even some cases when even WireGuard flopped, reducing the speed up to 86-99% while having only 3% drops in other locations. Other protocols struggled just as much, Chameleon being the slowest. IKEv2 and OpenVPN performed a little better, but again, if you have the luxury of picking either of the tunneling protocols, go with WireGuard.
VyprVPN might not seem that impressive if we consider that they only have 700 servers. Some giants like Private Internet Access have more than 20,000. Does it mean that VyprVPN is worse based on this metric alone?
It depends. A larger server fleet means that each server’s load can be lower because the userbase is better spread across their locations. However, the implementation is important. The VyprVPN setup includes their own DNS, and they own every one of their VPN servers. It means that they can provide much better maintenance of their infrastructure. So, it’s a different approach.
When it comes to country coverage, the numbers are quite modest. They have the most servers in Europe, ~29. Then, the Oceanic region and Asia follows with ~12 countries and the Americas with ~8 countries. Africa and the Middle East have the worst coverage. However, they still do have some strategically placed servers, so there are options even in such cases.
VyprVPN for Streaming
VyprVPN is one of the best VPNs for streaming. It efficiently unblocks geographically restricted media services, so you can catch up with TV series or movies as soon as they come out.
It’s possible to unblock Netflix with great speeds. I didn’t experience any hiccups or long buffering. Everything worked as if you aren’t using a VPN. That is if you’re connected using WireGuard. When connected with IKEv2, the service displayed the “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy” error. So, if you’re having issues, try to pick a different tunneling protocol and try again.
Netflix isn’t the only service that VyprVPN is capable of unblocking. There was no trouble with BBC iPlayer as well, and I saw no errors. As you would expect, unblocking region-restricted YouTube videos also went smoothly.
Most surprisingly, VyprVPN unblocked DAZN, one of the streaming services many VPNs struggle with. This victory marks VyprVPN as one of the top contenders for streaming not only in terms of connection speeds but in the scope of what it can unblock.
Interface and ease of use
If you’re using Linux, you won’t get WireGuard support. The app itself runs as a terminal and is available for Ubuntu and Mint distributions. It may work on other Debian-based distributions, but your success will be hit or miss. If you’re planning to use this VPN on Linux, you are not getting your money’s worth.
On Windows and macOS, your experience will be much more streamlined and won’t scare off VPN novices. Visually they are identical but somewhat different when it comes to features. The most notable difference is that the macOS version has split tunneling while the Windows version doesn’t. That’s a significant drawback, as it’s one of the most useful and requested features.
What’s also included in the macOS that the Windows version lacks is a malware blocker. Arguably, this isn’t as huge a dealbreaker, but I wonder why they didn’t bother to implement it.
Neither app has a map, as they aim to take up as little of your screen space as possible. You can find the server to connect to by browsing the list sorted by country, region, or speed (shows the locations with the lowest latency servers). So, lack of a map isn’t a dealbreaker.
Overall, this has to be the first case when the macOS version is better equipped than the Windows counterpart. So, if you’re an Apple user, you will have the best VyprVPN experience that you can get. Windows users should evaluate other options, as lack of split tunneling is a hard pill to swallow.
If macOS surprisingly had more features than the Windows version, there are little surprises with iOS and Android. The latter app is significantly better-equipped than the former.
The only features that the iOS app has are Public Wi-Fi protection, automatic reconnect, and protocol selection. There are no protocol cuts – WireGuard is available on iOS. However, there’s no split-tunneling or a kill switch. Though, the real culprit here is Apple with restrictive policies for developers creating the apps. That said, if you’re using iPhone, the client won’t blow you away.
On Android, VyprVPN has its ultimate form. You can find split tunneling, a kill switch, and you can use another DNS provider if you’re not satisfied with VyprDNS. There are also settings to start a VPN connection when your phone restarts automatically. The only feature that the Android version lacks is the IKEv2 tunneling protocol, which isn’t a loss when you have Wireguard, OpenVPN, and Chameleon.
The interface of both apps is identical and has few differences from their desktop counterparts. It’s minimal but intuitive, and there’s hardly a need for the map. Their country list with latency information pays off.
VyprVPN doesn’t have the most diverse suite of customer support options. They have a pretty extensive knowledge base on their website and a 24/7 live chat. That’s basically it.
However, their live chat works wonderfully. I was able to connect to a customer support agent after a minute of waiting. Although the question was quite technical (the reason why DNS leak tests show Google’s hostnames), the resolution was swift. I wasn’t referred to someone else, but I did have to leave my contact details (email) to begin the chat. The agent instantly explained how their setup works.
So, if you have questions or run into any issues, you will be able to find help rather quickly.
You can also inform them about the bugs directly from the app, by going into the support section. Overall, customer support is one of their stronger selling points.
Is VyprVPN worth it?
VyprVPN is one of the best VPNs we’ve tested so far. The apps provide plenty of options. Sometimes, they even introduce features that have never been available on some platforms. Split tunneling on macOS and Android’s connect on start are VyprVPN’s highlights.
It’s also impressive that the service successfully implemented WireGuard in their infrastructure. With it, you get top of the line speeds and safety. The other protocols returned more connection errors and had worse speeds. If you’ll be using only WireGuard, it’s a perfect service. If you need a diverse (and error-prone) protocols portfolio, consider yourself warned.
Otherwise, the service can be a handy addition when unblocking geo-restricted websites and improving your overall online safety. Plus, the superb customer support, and affordable prices, really do make it a worthwhile recommendation.
Is VyprVPN good for torrenting?
Yes. In the past, VyprVPN was very critical to P2P connection. However, now you can download torrent files with this VPN. It works with all their tunneling protocols, but the speeds never exceeded 5MB/s (40mbps).
Does VyprVPN work in China?
There will be periods when the VPN will work just fine in China and periods when it won’t. It’s almost impossible to cover this in the review due to sudden changes. Your best bet would be to contact customer support. They will provide you with the latest information.
Is VyprVPN free?
No. VyprVPN doesn’t have a free version. However, they have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you want to test out the service for a while, you can purchase it and then refund it.