VyprVPN Review 2020
|Price||$2.50/mo. (On a 2-Year Plan)|
|Servers||700+ in 70+ countries|
|Works in China||Only with old version of app|
|Compatibility||Windows, Android, Apple, Desktop|
VyprVPN has genuinely tried to shed off its reputation as a service that keeps detailed connection logs of all its users’ sessions. In addition to no longer indulging in this practice, the service provides users the strongest encryptions and protocols.
Other important features include unblocking Netflix, servers across the world that include the ability to unblock China albeit with a catch. At first glance, most users will find little to nothing wrong with the service as a whole.
The inability to provide support for torrents undoubtedly acts as the first major crack in the image that VyprVPN wants to create for itself. The service claims that the loss of some features previously available is because of its new and more secure practices.
However, it soon becomes clear through personal testimonies of current users that all these claims of reformation are part of a charade and that VyprVPN still logs all its users’. For users that want absolute transparency from their VPN provider and don’t want to worry about being logged and tracked any reason, PureVPN is the best alternative.
- Jurisdiction: Where Is VyprVPN Located?
- Security: Is VyprVPN A Safe Option?
- Leaks: Are Your IP, DNS & WebRTC safe?
- Servers: How Many Servers Does VyprVPN Have?
- Streaming: Can VyprVPN Unblock Netflix?
- Speed: How Fast Are VyprVPN Servers?
- Compatibility: What Devices Can I Use VyprVPN On?
- Pricing: Is VyprVPN An Affordable Option?
- Trustworthiness: What Do Other Users Say About VyprVPN?
Jurisdiction: Where Is VyprVPN Located?
VyprVPN is based out of Switzerland. The country is not a part of the 5/9/14 Eyes alliances. However, that being said, the country has a host of its own data retention laws that log information on all users to varying degrees.
Since Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, it is not a party to the privacy guarantees that the GDPR grants to all members’ citizens. While the country has long held a reputation for respecting the privacy of its citizens, it is hard to believe that there is no mechanism in place to have an overview of all its digital users’ online activities.
Security: Is VyprVPN A Safe Option?
Yes, the service has all the characteristics necessary to be a safe VPN provider. While the fact that the service operates out of an otherwise unsafe location, the provider has gone to great lengths to justify revision to its practices. Similarly, its impression encryption options further strengthen its case as a reliable VPN.
Reformed Logging Policy
The service itself claims that users don’t have to be worried about being logged thanks to a strict “no-logs” policy. However, it is important to mention that this policy came into effect most recently. Before that, VyprVPN was notorious for keeping detailed session logs on all users that contained info such as which server was connected, the total bandwidth consumed, incoming and outgoing traffic and which device was used to connect.
VyprVPN Encryption & Protocols
This is definitely one avenue where VyprVPN stands out as it has a wide plethora of protocols that enable it to provide the best protection for all users. As far as encryptions are concerned, users will be able to toggle between 128-bit and 256-bit encryptions.
As far as protocols are concerned, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and OpenVPN are all supported and customizable as per the users’ needs. Additionally, the service has its own proprietary Chameleon protocol that lets users bypass ISP throttling with extreme ease.
VyprVPN VPN VirusTotal Test
To be sure that the service and its installation files themselves are free from any unwanted malware files, I conducted a virus test. Using Virus Total, the entire service including all of the dedicated downloadable clients were scanned.
Here is the result:
As users can see, the service appears to be free from any sort of hidden malware or viruses making it a safe service as far as infected files are concerned.
Leaks: Are Your IP, DNS & WebRTC Safe?
Keeping users anonymous online is the primary objective of a VPN service. Hence, I wanted to see whether users are truly safe or not by carrying out a number of IP, DNS, and WebRTC tests, to check for potential leaks. Here are the results:
As you can see, the service does not have any major leaks that would worry users.
Servers: How Many Servers Does VyprVPN Have?
The service offers users access to 700+ servers spread across 70+ countries, including China. Users will be able to unblock most geo-restricted content on the internet thanks to these servers.
Does VyprVPN Support P2P/File Sharing?
I had to double-check but it seems that VyprVPN is incapable of supporting your torrenting. There are a lot of reasons why this could be happening. I would say that the lack of proper dedicated support for torrenting via SOCKS5 proxy or split tunneling is the key reason.
Considering how a lot of users rely on VPN services to partake in peer-to-peer online piracy. It is truly a disappointment that this service cannot provide any support for such activities.
Does VyprVPN Work in China?
Yes, but with several catches that users need to understand. VyprVPN’s support in China is a complete story on its own. The service apparently used to work properly until just a year ago. However, the service became one of the victims of Beijing’s round of crackdown on VPNs and it stopped working.
However, soon it became apparent that users that already had the service on their devices could continue to use the service regardless of whether they were in or outside China, provided that they don’t update the app. So, as long as users continue using an obsolete version of the app, it will work properly. However, doing so also means that an expat using the service to gain access to China, will not be able to benefit from the numerous additional features the service has added.
Streaming: Can VyprVPN Unblock Netflix?
VyprVPN can unblock Netflix with complete ease. I tried connecting to several libraries of Netflix from around the world, including the US library. There was no major geo-restricted content that remained blocked thanks to VyprVPN.
Speed: How Fast are VyprVPN Servers?
While the service’s server count is neither inadequate nor overly impressive, I wanted to judge them based on their speed.
Here are the results:
Compatibility: What Devices Can I Use VyprVPN On?
There was one major avenue that does not support VyprVPN i.e. The Onion Router (TOR). As users that consider it to be the most important element when ensuring complete security for their connections, this may be too big an issue to overcome.
Pricing: Is VyprVPN An Affordable Option?
As far as the different payment plans are concerned, the service also offers the traditional 3 plans that most users opt for i.e. the monthly, yearly, and 2-Year plan.
- Monthly ($12.95 per month)
- 1-Year ($3.75 per month/$45 one-time per year)
- 2-Year ($2.50 per month/$60 one-time per year)
VyprVPN Payment Methods
Users will be able to pay for any of these plans by using their VISA/Mastercard debit and credit cards. Similarly, other cards from American Express, DISCOVER, JCB, and UnionPay are also supported.
Some of the more innovative ways of payments include PayPal as well. However, I was a bit disappointed to learn that the service does not support Bitcoins or any other form of cryptocurrency as well.
VyprVPN Refund Policy
The service offers a 30-Day Money-Back guarantee. Over the years, I have found this to be the optimum time frame allowing users to thoroughly use the service and still get a refund if they feel like the service isn’t fulfilling their needs.
Trustworthiness: What Do Other Users Say About VyprVPN?
I have always held the belief that two different customers can have entirely different experiences with a particular service. Hence, not to rely on solely my own experience, I head over to Trustpilot and Reddit to see what other users feel about the service. Additionally, I also looked over their customer support to see how the service performs when it comes to being truly user-friendly.
Here’s what I found out:
VyprVPN Trustpilot Review
The service appears to have a mediocre “Average” rating on Trustpilot. What makes this exceedingly worrisome is the fact that a mammoth 44% consider the service to be Bad, and just 40% consider it Excellent.
I am usually apprehensive about giving too much weight to ratings that have been done by too few users. At 144, I believe this doesn’t truly reflect the kind of service VyprVPN is. However, looking at the trend and common problems raised in some of the reviews, I don’t think this rating will get much better anytime soon.
VyprVPN Reddit Review
Considering how Redditors enjoy a famous reputation as being straightforward and honest, almost to a fault, I was particularly interested to see what the community feels about the recent change in their logging policy.
As a user indicated, logging info and any subsequent changes to a provider’s policy is extremely hard to verify. Other than the provider’s own word, there’s no other way of judging how true a claim really is.
Additionally, users also cast a shadow on its ability to stream as they revealed the company’s past record of locking up entire user accounts once they find the user engaging in piracy. I was otherwise on the fence about the service, but reading some of the other customer experiences with the service, I feel as if the service is far worse than I had initially imagined.
VyprVPN Customer Support
In most other VPNs, I start this section by commenting on whether the service in question offers 24/7 live chat support or not. However, I’m admittedly confused about this service as the live chat does exist. However, instead of an actual person, there is a bot that greets users.
When I tried asking it questions, it did not give straight forward answers and instead sent me links to other similar questions asked in an otherwise thorough FAQ section. In case a user has completely unique queries, the service has an email service that should give them an elaborative answer they’re looking for.
I was not expecting much from a service that has had a reputation for letting its users down through its logging practices. When VyprVPN decided to do away with these logging policies, I was initially brought around.
However, as several other users have indicated the issue of logging runs far deeper than VyprVPN appears ready to reveal. The very fact that users still receive DMCA notices for streaming outside their region should be indicative that the service is still not secure.
This where PureVPN stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition as it has a strict “no-logs” policy that shields users from any online prying eyes. Additionally, being based in the British Virgin Islands adds to its ability to provide complete digital anonymity to all its users, making the best choice as far as safe VPNs go.
Do I Recommend VyprVPN VPN?
No, there are far too many gaping holes in the service’s operation that cast doubt on its ability to properly protect its users.
I should note that I found the service’s encryptions and protocols to be one of the best ones on the market. Together with the ability to unblock Netflix, it adds to the service’s claim of being a user-centric VPN service. Initially, even I was convinced of the service’s commitment towards redeeming itself from its past history of logging.
However, it took only a few scrolls of public forums to find out that it all seems to be a marketing gimmick as the service continues to log its users’ activities. What tip the scales firmly against the service for me was the lack of support for torrents. Users would be highly advised to instead go for a reliable name like PureVPN that is transparent in how it handles users’ privacy.