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VyprVPN Review – perfect for Netflix

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VyprVPN is a strong player in the VPN market and is owned by Golden Frog. 

VyprVPN has an office in Switzerland, where privacy policies are very favorable. 

To ensure the best safety, Golden Frog makes and manages many of the technologies. For example, they have developed their own VPN protocol and manage their own server network, instead of renting servers from external parties. 

This means that this service quickly has an edge over other VPNs. Unfortunately, the speed you reach with their servers is not always as fast as they claim. This VPN does work with Netflix and torrents. Read on for our experience with this brand.

VyprVPN specs

  • Simultaneous connections: 3-5
  • Torrents: Yes
  • Netflix: Yes
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
  • Protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP / IPsec, PPTP, Chameleon
  • Log Policy: No logging
  • Servers: 700+ servers in over 70+ countries
  • Price: From $ 2.50 per month
  • Money back guarantee: 30 days

How fast is VyprVPN?

Every premium VPN must offer a high speed. After all, you don’t want to have to wait half an hour to watch a YouTube video. Most VPNs slow down your internet connection. This is because they redirect your internet traffic, which takes time. However, VPNs can also accelerate your internet speed: if your internet provider limits your bandwidth, a VPN helps to fight this. What about VyprVPN? We figured it out for you.

VyprVPN speed ​​test results

First of all, we looked at the actual speed of VyprVPN. We did this through testing on speedtest.net. We looked at the ping, download and upload speed of various VPN servers from VyprVPN. These tests were all conducted from the Netherlands.

Speed ​​measurement without VPN (speedtest.net)

Speed ​​test zero measurement

Above you can see the speed test results of our ‘naked’ internet connection, without VPN. We use this test as a blank measurement to compare the other results.

Speed ​with a VyprVPN Netherlands server

VyprVPN speed test Dutch server

These are the results of our speed test with the fastest Dutch server from VyprVPN. 

As you can see, the results are not very different from our blank test. 

The ping has even dropped a bit, meaning the response time is slightly faster than without this VyprVPN server. Both download and upload speeds have fallen slightly, but not dramatically. These are very good results for a VPN.

Speed ​​with American VyprVPN server

VyprVPN speed test American server

These are the speed test results of the fastest US VyprVPN server available at the time of testing. 

This was a server in New York. These results show that our speed has been highly affected. The ping has increased enormously.

 The download speed has dropped to less than 5 Mbps, which is a drop of more than 80%. The upload speed has also fallen sharply to just 10 Mbps. In other words, the American servers of VyprVPN slow down our internet connection compared to the Netherlands.

Speed ​​in everyday use

The speed test gives an indication of the speed of your connection in numbers, but the ultimate user experience is, of course, the most important. That is why we have tried VyprVPN in our daily life. Our findings are generally solid: the connection was a little slower than usual at times, but it often didn’t bother us much.

Browsing, streaming, Netflix and watching videos on YouTube went fine and fast. Depending on the day, a little more loading time was sometimes required, but this was not too long.

There were slightly more problems during gaming and downloading. While gaming went fine, the occasional loading can be problematic during multiplayer games. Downloading torrents was surprisingly slow, forcing us to wait twice as long for our download.

An advantage of the VyprVPN software is that the list of servers automatically indicates how fast they are. This way you can easily choose a good, fast server yourself. In addition, there is also the option to click on ‘Fastest Server’ to be automatically connected to the VPN connection that is the fastest for you at that time.

VyprVPN Speed conclusion

  • The Dutch servers of VyprVPN are very fast and hardly delayed our connection.
  • VyprVPN’s American servers cause a significant delay in your internet connection.
  • Browsing, streaming, Netflix and YouTube all work quickly.
  • We experienced some delays when gaming and downloading.

How secure is VyprVPN?

One of the most important aspects of a VPN is the security it offers. After all, many people purchase a VPN mainly because it provides extra online protection. 

It is important to check whether this is indeed the case, and how well a specific VPN, such as VyprVPN, protects your data and data traffic. 

That’s why in this section, we’ll look at the protocols VyprVPN uses, their logging policies, their kill switch, and the personal information they request from you.

Protocols

VyprVPN offers four different protocols. These are OpenVPN, L2TP / IPsec, PPTP and Chameleon. 

OpenVPN is a very strong protocol that is always a good choice. 

In addition, Chameleon is a proprietary VPN encryption format developed by Golden Frog. This is based on OpenVPN, but the metadata is also encrypted.

 This makes it possible to bypass the Deep Packet Inspection (DPIs) of VPN traffic by governments and online video services such as Netflix. 

For example, other parties can no longer see that you are using a VPN so that you have less chance of blocking your VPN. This makes Chameleon a very safe and handy protocol. However, the Chameleon protocol is only available for VyprVPN Premium members.

Log policy and privacy

VyprVPN is a zero-logging VPN service. This means that they do not store any data about your usage. This has been tested with an external audit by Leviathan which showed that no identifiable logs are stored without the user’s permission. 

In their privacy agreement, Golden Frog explicitly states that VyprVPN does not store any information about:

  • Real (local) IP addresses
  • The IP addresses attributed to users
  • Connection times
  • Data traffic / the content of online browsing
  • DNS requests

In addition, they promise to be network-neutral, meaning they don’t discriminate against certain devices, protocols or applications. Also, they won’t artificially throttle your internet speed.

VyprVPN can ask you for personal data, such as your name, email address, telephone number, payment information, and address. This is mainly to offer you support and to keep you informed of the latest news. The collection of this information is only via forms, so you are free to share this information or not.

In the past, VyprVPN did keep logs, although this was also described in their T&Cs at the time. So they were very open about their policies. Since introducing their no-log policy, they have not been found to have violated the trust of their customers by secretly keeping logs. So everything seems perfectly fine here.

In addition, VyprVPN manages its own servers (including DNS servers) for optimal security and privacy. No third parties are involved in their services. As a result, the chance of a DNS leak is much smaller and they can guarantee your online anonymity better than many other VPN providers.

Kill switch

Kill Switch Off

VyprVPN also has a kill-switch. To activate it, go to the settings within the VyprVPN software.

Click the slider, and the kill switch is activated. If you want to turn it off, click again. In addition to simply turning the kill switch on and off, it is also possible to configure your kill switch. 

You can set that your kill switch is only activated while the application is running, so you can still browse without a VPN as soon as you close the application. The opposite is also possible: ensure that the kill switch works at all times, even if the application is not open.

What information does VyprVPN need?

When you create an account with VyprVPN, you must provide various personal data. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address and a password for your account. 

Moreover, you also have to leave payment details. Although you can create a different, non-personal email address and use a different name, your payment details will always remain tied to your person. 

You cannot use VyprVPN completely anonymously for the time being.

Conclusion security VyprVPN

  • VyprVPN works with OpenVPN, L2TP / IPsec, PPTP and Chameleon (a proprietary protocol).
  • Golden Frog manages all servers in their network themselves.
  • This VPN service has a no-log policy that is externally audited.
  • VyprVPN has a kill switch that you can configure yourself.
  • For a VyprVPN account, you must provide a first and last name, email address, password and payment details.

The user-friendliness of VyprVPN

In addition to the security and speed of a VPN, the user-friendliness of the software is also very important. Without workable software, a VPN can still be very secure, but it is still difficult for users to get started. Therefore, in this section, we look at the general usability of VyprVPN.

The VyprVPN website

The VyprVPN website is colorful and clear. The main page has a clear banner, so you can click directly to the order page. The menu at the top of the page also takes you directly to information about VPNs and the various features of VyprVPN. You will also find the installation software for various operating systems here.

All pages on the website have a lot of images. Unfortunately, this means that you get relatively little information about various topics. For this, you are often redirected to the FAQ.

VyprVPN homepage website

In general, the VyprVPN website is easy to grasp, although it may not have as much information on the pages as some users would like.

The installation process of VyprVPN

Installing the VyprVPN is very easy. Via “VPN Apps “, which you can find at the top of the homepage, you will immediately arrive at the right page.

How do I install VyprVPN

We downloaded the software on a Windows computer. This went as follows:

  1. Click the logo of your device’s operating system on the “VPN Apps ” page.
  2. Click on the blue button with “Download ”. Your download will now start automatically.
  3. Open the downloaded file and go through the steps in the installation wizard.
  4. Once the installation is complete, click “Next ” and then “Finish ”.
  5. The VyprVPN app starts automatically. Log in and you can start right away.

Appearance and user-friendliness VyprVPN app

VyprVPN software client

The VyprVPN software has a very ‘typical’ appearance. It is similar to ExpressVPN. You immediately see which server you have chosen, with a large button underneath with ‘Connect‘. By clicking on the location (or clicking on ‘Servers‘ at the tabs at the bottom) you will see the list of servers. You can also choose to automatically connect to the fastest server. Once connected, the background of the software changes from gray to purple, giving it a more unique look.

You can view and adjust the settings under the ‘Adjust‘ tab. Determine if you want the public Wi-Fi protection and kill switch to be on or off, what protocol you use to connect, and whether you want VyprVPN to start up immediately with your computer. 

You can also indicate your DNS preferences and options for your TAP adapter here.

In addition, by clicking the three dashes in the top left corner, you can view your profile, get help from the help center, be redirected to the blog, and find more information about the software, such as the version you are using and licenses.

All in all, the VyprVPN app is very clear. You will not be overwhelmed by all options, but you can still manage and set a number of functions yourself. This makes for a very nice and user-friendly app.

Prices and payment options

As with many other VPN providers, the prices of VyprVPN differ depending on the time for which you take out your subscription. Do you opt for an annual subscription? Then you lose less on average per month than if you pay per month. Below you will find the subscriptions that VyprVPN currently offers.

VyprVPN prices current

As you can see, the cheapest VyprVPN plan is a 2-year plan of just $ 2.50 per year (paid $60 per 2 years). All these subscriptions can be used on 5 devices at the same time and also offer access to the “Chameleon protocol”.

VyprVPN also offers the option to take out a business subscription. This version of the VPN is specifically aimed at companies and their employees.

 You can conclude a free trial period for this. After this period you pay $229.00 per year for the regular business plan and $349.00 per year for the VyprVPN for Business Cloud package (including VyprVPN Cloud, dedicated IP, and dedicated server).

VyprVPN has several payment options:

  • Credit card
  • PayPal
  • UnionPay

Unfortunately, none of these payment methods are completely anonymous, so you are always obliged to provide personal and payment information to VyprVPN.

Customer service

VyprVPN’s customer service can be reached in various ways. First of all, you can directly ask a question to the ‘Golden Frog Bot’ on every page on the website. 

All you have to do is click on the live chat in the bottom right corner. If the bot does not know an answer to your question, you will be given the opportunity to contact the ‘real’ support.

VyprVPN’s live chat puts you in touch with employees who try to answer your question or issue. Where possible, they will redirect you to articles on their website.

VyprVPN customer service live chat

This live chat works very quickly. After requesting a live chat (where you must provide a name and e-mail address), you will have an employee on the phone in a few moments. This gives you a quick answer to your questions.

There is also the possibility to open a ticket. You can email your problems in a message via the website to support it. This is only possible in English. To submit a question, click on ‘Support‘ on the home page and then ‘Submit a request‘. 

You choose the category where your question belongs. Then enter your e-mail address, enter a subject and ask your question. You can also indicate your operating system and add attachments to better illustrate your problem. You can expect an email reply within a few days.

VyprVPN usability conclusion

  • The VyprVPN website and software are very clear and user-friendly.
  • Installing VyprVPN is quick and easy.
  • VyprVPN has a monthly, annual and 2-year subscription.
  • You cannot pay anonymously for your VyprVPN subscription.
  • The VyprVPN customer service has a bot, a live chat and a ticket system that works via email.

VyprVPN server network

The server network of a VPN is very important. With a large and wide network, you can unlock more content on the internet. After all, you have the choice to go online from all over the world, which increases your online freedom. On the other hand, a dedicated IP address can give you more security and consistency. You are much less likely that the IP address you use will be blacklisted.

In this section, we focus on the server network and the possibility of requesting a dedicated IP address from VyprVPN.

Number of servers and locations

VyprVPN has more than 700 servers in more than 70 locations. In addition, they have multiple IP addresses per server, so the number of different IP addresses from VyprVPN comes to over 200,000. This provider has servers located in North America, Central America, South America, Oceania, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition, servers and locations are constantly being added. Here are all the server locations available at the time of writing:

Server network VyprVPN

In addition, VyprVPN maintains its own server network, which means that all servers are within their own control. No other parties are involved. This is better for the security of the servers and (in theory) also ensures that the speed is more stable and better.

Dedicated IP address

At VyprVPN you have the option to work with a dedicated IP address. This means that you use one fixed IP address, which is different from your local IP address. This way you do not have to verify your identity every time you try to log in to your e-mail, for example. However, keep in mind that using a static/dedicated IP makes it easier for other parties to track your online behavior.

VyprVPN’s dedicated IP option is only available if you take a Premium subscription. It is part of VyprVPN Cloud. By the way, VyprVPN Cloud is an extra service that offers more security when working with public or personal cloud servers.

VyprVPN server network conclusion

  • VyprVPN has 700+ servers in 70+ server locations.
  • With the Premium subscriptions of VyprVPN, it is possible to use a dedicated IP address.

VyprVPN capabilities

VPNs also have all kinds of extra options. For example, a VPN quickly has an advantage if the service works with Netflix. The safe downloading of torrents is also important for many users. In this section, we will discuss the features that VyprVPN offers.

VyprVPN and Netflix

By the way, VyprVPN not only works for streaming Netflix but also for many other streaming services. Think of Amazon Prime, HBO GO, Hulu and so on. These services are also only available with specific VyprVPN servers. These are the servers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany.

COUNTRY AVAILABLE STREAMING SERVICES WITH VYPRVPN
United States Netflix, Amazon Prime Now, HBO Go / Now, MLB.tv, WatchESPN and ESPN +, YouTube, Spotify, Crunchyroll, DAZN, NFL Gamepass, and Hulu
United Kingdom Netflix UK, Amazon Prime Now UK, TVPlayer, Channel 4/5, Eurosport, ITV, NFL Gamepass, Sky GO, Sky Sports UK, and Hulu
Canada Netflix Canada, DAZN, NHL.TV, MuchTV, CBC and Hulu
Germany Netflix Germany, DAZN, Eurosport, RTL, Sky Go Germany, ARD, ZDF, Pro 7 and Amazon Prime Germany.

VyprVPN and torrents

In addition to streaming, VyprVPN also allows you to safely download torrents

VyprVPN supports P2P networks, so you can remain anonymous even while downloading. Unfortunately, in our experience, this takes a little longer than usual. Download speeds turned out to be slower than we used to, which meant we had to wait more than twice as long before downloading a file.

NAT Firewall

The NAT Firewall is built into your VyprVPN software. This is an extra layer of protection for your internet connection. For example, incoming data traffic is automatically blocked if it is not directly requested by the user. If you use VyprVPN, you automatically benefit from this extra protection.

With this firewall, VyprVPN ensures that external parties cannot send malicious data traffic to your computer. It is an added line of defense that will be placed in front of your computer’s firewall. This is especially sensible when using public Wi-Fi connections.

VyprVPN capabilities conclusion

  • VyprVPN can unblock various streaming services on its US, Canadian, German and English servers, including Netflix.
  • You can safely download torrents with VyprVPN, although the download speed is not always optimal.
  • VyprVPN has a built-in NAT Firewall that works as an extra layer of protection for your data.

Verdict

In general, VyprVPN is a good VPN provider that has regained trust after its initial logging policy, in which data was collected. 

They can guarantee their logging policy by means of an independent audit: VyprVPN no longer stores identifiable information about its users. 

They also have a server network of a reasonable size, where they manage all servers themselves. This is good for safety. Plus, with their own Chameleon protocol, they have a good, unique profile focused on protecting customer data. You can also use VyprVPN with Netflix and during download.

Unfortunately, VyprVPN’s servers were not always as fast as we wanted. We experienced some problems while gaming and downloading. 

We also experienced occasional delays during other activities. In addition, some options, such as the dedicated IP address, are only available when you opt for the more expensive Premium subscription and there is no option to pay anonymously.

Despite these factors, VyprVPN still remains a good VPN that scores quite high in our general overview. This provider will protect your data well and offers useful extra options that can significantly improve your internet experience.

PROS CONS
Unblocks Netflix US Sometimes speed delays
Torrent is possible Some options available only for Premium subscription
Shows speed per server No anonymous payment options
User-friendly software
No logs
Own protocol (Chameleon)

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