VyprVPN full review
VyprVPN is a VPN provider based in Switzerland (outside the 5, 9 and 14 eyes alliance countries) created by Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis in response to the mass surveillance and data collection carried out by the NSA.
VyprVPN has increased its prices exponentially without solving the recurring problems we noted in our last test.
- Difficulty getting around geographic blocks imposed by streaming platforms like Netflix and others.
- Few features.
- Limited number of servers.
The provider allows the connection of 5 devices simultaneously, depending on the subscription chosen.
VyprVPN Speed and Perfomances
We have checked a large number of servers around the world (see how we carry out our tests).
As with all the VPNs we test, we checked performance with 3 different sites Fast.com, Open Speed Test and Ookla.
Our VyprVPN checks started by measuring server connection times and connection failures, checking server locations and ping tests to look for latency issues.
We did not detect any connection errors during our tests. Connection times were very fast, between 2 and 5 seconds, and latency problems were almost non-existent.
All VyprVPN servers returned IP addresses corresponding to their locations..
Thanks to the WireGuard protocol, VyprVPN’s performance increased significantly compared to our previous tests.
The performance of the European servers was very good and the American servers suffered very little from the distance, especially the servers located on the East Coast.
The performance of the servers located in Asia and Oceania logically decreased due to the distance but the speeds remained sufficient for HD streaming.
In the end, VyprVPN provides a good level of performance if the WireGuard protocol is used.
VyprVPN : unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
As far as bypassing geographical restrictions set up by streaming platforms is concerned, VyprVPn has a very mixed record whether it is Netflix or Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+… We had to change servers many times to find one that works properly.
As for the speeds, they are pretty good, they allowed us to watch content in HD quality without lag or disconnection.
VyprVPN and Torrenting
Previously, the company had a procedure to lock your account if your IP address was reported for copyright infringement (DMCA).
In the past, many VyprVPN users have received notices of copyright infringement.
As, we do not appreciate what is ambiguous, we would urge you to be careful. If you still decide to download on torrent, avoid at least the servers located in one of the 5 eyes countries, United States in the lead.
During our tests the speeds were very good and stable.
The main features of VyprVPN
Once activated, Kill Switch, continuously monitors your connection for any change in status or IP address.
If it notices any change (e.g. your VPN connection fails or disconnects), it will instantly shut down your device or prevent the specified apps from connecting to the Internet (torrent client for example) until the VPN connection is restored or you close the VPN app.
VyprVPN supports the best protocols: OpenVPN, IKEv2 and the high-performance Wireguard. In addition, it adds its own protocol called Chameleon, which scrambles the metadata of OpenVPN traffic, making it more difficult for countries trying to prevent VPN connections from being used.
VyprVPN provides DNS leakage protection and the Kill switch feature to reduce the risk of data leakage in the event of a VPN connection loss.
VyprVPN states that it does not retain :
Your IP address
Your DNS queries
The time of the start and end of the connection
Your personal data
Your browsing history
In addition, in September 2018, VyprVPN enabled Leviathan Security Group to conduct an audit and produce a public report on its data retention practices, the results of which are available to all on the VyprVPN website.
The experts scrutinized a significant amount of parameters on the operation of VyprVPN and the extensive tests conducted (connection to servers, inspection of ongoing processes, review of source code, etc.) revealed only a few configuration errors that were quickly corrected afterwards.
The final result of this test was therefore particularly convincing.
This is good news. Let’s hope that more VPN providers will follow and replace their “no log” marketing strategy with concrete evidence from this type of independent audit.
VyprVPN : Ease of use
VyprVPN offers an application with a large amount of information in a graphic format. On the user interface, you can immediately connect to a server and let VyprVPN find the one that offers the optimal performance. However, you will also find a button that allows you to choose a specific server.
To select a specific server, you can either select one of the recently used servers, one of your bookmarked servers, or you can browse through all available options to view all server locations, which will open a new window.
This window allows you to select a server based on its location and browse through your favourites list. At any given time, VyprVPN will display the ping values for each server which will tell you how well a specific server is performing.
In the upper right corner of the application, you will find a small cogwheel icon that gives access to different options.
VyprVPN: Connection settings :
The Protocol tab: allows you to choose between 4 different protocols, including the Chameleon protocol of VyprVPN.
DNS: By default, VyprVPN will use its own DNS server and will automatically enable DNS leakage prevention. However, experienced users can also choose third party DNS.
In general, VyprVPN can be a little confusing for new users. It offers a fully usable user interface, but we have already seen VPN applications with more basic interfaces.
VyprVPN Mobile Application :
While VyprVPN’s Windows interface may have a design that may surprise, the Android application manages to display very similar functionality in a simple and aesthetically pleasing interface.
The opening screen displays your current location and IP address. It also gives you access to a few features (kill switch, blocking a malicious site, choosing to connect to the VPN automatically when you access an unsecured wifi network) and allows you to connect to a server very easily.
VyprVPN compatible devices
VyprnVPN offers a large number of compatible platforms:
*Only Windows, Android, MacOs and iOS support the WireGuard protocol.
The technical support of VyprVPN
The VyprVPN website provides instructions for configuration, troubleshooting and specific advice for the different types of devices it is compatible with.
If you do not find answers to your questions on the site, you can contact support by :
- Live chat (recommended as it is very fast).
VyprVPN : Prices and Payment Methods
3 different choices available with a 30-day money back guarantee.
VyprVPN offers 3 payment methods
- Credit card
Final verdict on VyprVPN
During our first test VyrprVPN gave us a good impression despite some major problems. These have not been resolved since, despite a very significant increase in their rates.
VyprVPN still suffers as much if not more, from difficulty in unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms. Its server numbers have not grown and torrenting is still subject to caution.
VyprVPN’s price-performance ratio is clearly unfavorable, its packages are among the highest on the market without any justification for its prices. As an example, for less, you can get ExpressVPN, the best VPN on the market.
- Authorised an independent audit of its operation
- Number of platforms available
- Based outside the jurisdictions of the alliance of 5, 9 & 14 eyes
- WireGuard and Chameleon Protocols
- No payment by bitcoin
- Ambiguous torrent policy