VyprVPN Review 2019
Headquartered in Switzerland, VyprVPN made its way into the marketplace back in 2009. It is founded by Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis, who are also owners of the VPNs parent firm, “Golden Frog”. A global internet privacy and security solutions firm, which has its offices in Austin, Texas.
This is one reason, users are double-minded about trusting the provider; its prominent trace to an FVEY country, that to America! However, the VPN offers remarkable fast speeds, unblocking features, and advanced technologies like the Chameleon and VyprDNS, deeming it a good option.
For more information about VyprVPN, read this all-inclusive review containing critiques about its security, transparency, pricing, servers, performance, compatibility, and support.
VyprVPN offers the following current protocols: PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, and Chameleon. I recommend users to go for the last two, as they offer more protection and security.
For encryption, VyprVPN uses the AES-256-CBC ciphers coupled with HMAC SHA256 hash authentication and TLS-ECDHE-RSA-2048 for a handshake.
The control channel also uses a different variant of the military-grade encryption: AES-256-GCM ciphers coupled with HMAC SHA384 and TLS-ECDHE-RSA-2048 for a handshake.
VyprVPN offers Perfect Forward Secrecy via the Diffie-Hellman-2048 key exchange, which prevents the same keys from generating again, for keeping all data secure.
VyprVPN claims to have its headquarters in Switzerland, while its parent company is located in Austin, Texas, US. I do not need to elaborate on how dangerous this association can be for netizens.
It is important to realize too that Switzerland, although resides outside Five, Nine, and Fourteen Eyes countries, does not have favorable laws as many people claim.
From 2002 onwards, the government had allowed agencies to indulge in some data retention, in particular storing of emails for a six-month period for whatever reason.
Fast-forward to 2017, a new law from Switzerland now actually makes it a “cooperative” jurisdiction, which may pressure VPN services to reveal info, upon issuing a subpoena with a gag order.
This law, according to Swissinfo.ch, allows the FIS to indulge in targeted surveillance, bugging of private properties, phone lines, and wiretapping computers, which were previously disallowed.
VyprVPN did keep the following information for 30 days, after your last session: IP address assigned to the user, connection timestamps, and the total number of data consumed.
Now, I cannot really find the truth myself, until we see the provider tackling a case from the FBI/NSA/CIA. That is the only way we will know whether or not the provider records your information.
WebRTC/DNS/IP Address Leak Tests
It is always a great idea to learn more about the reliability and security of VPN services. In light of this, I decided to perform VPN tests relating to WebRTC/DNS/IP address leakages on VyprVPN.
The process took me a good 12 hours, where I checked almost all “virtual locations” of the Switzerland-based provider, from six different VPN testing tools on the internet:
- https://ipx.ac/run – Passed
- https://ipleak.net/ – Passed
- https://dnsleak.com – Passed
- https://browserleaks.com/webrtc – Passed
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/dns-leaktest/ – Passed
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/check-ip – Passed
The results you see below are from the test conducted on the Turkey server. The VPN did, fortunately, keep my original IPv4 public and private IP address safe from leaks.
According to the IP leak test, your IPv4 address and DNS is secure. However, the DNS test did reveal an additional Netherlands server, along with two unidentifiable addresses.
Considering that these addresses do not have any indication towards the DNS and IP I get from the local ISP, users do receive anonymity with the provider.
The DNS leak test did not show that I was using a Turkish server, but rather one located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This confirms my theory that the server is virtual.
I performed a WebRTC Test, after connecting to a Turkish server via the Chameleon Technology Protocol to check whether or not I remain secure.
It uses OpenVPN 256-bit encryption to offer maximum security. The results displayed no leakages at all. The local IP and public address are invisible.
To ensure the VPN actually offers strong anonymity, we decided to conduct another DNS and IP check test. As you can see, the results reveal that there were no gaps found in this test too.
The DNS addresses are the same as in the test conducted via IPLeak and they do indicate my true location, but do identify that VyprVPN is using Google DNS servers.
App Files Check
It is always a good idea to check the VPN app you are about to use for viruses. This is why I performed a virus check on all apps available from the Switzerland-based provider.
I have posted the results for two apps from the provider below. The .exe file for Windows is clear from all viruses, passing all 69 checks from the tool.
Same is the case with their .apk file for Android, .dmg file for Mac, and .ipa file for iOS. All apps were clear from viruses, passing all 60 and 70 tests.
Right after VyprVPN changed its logging policy from storing IP addresses, timestamps, and bandwidth consumed by users for 30 days to “zero logging”, they were subject to an audit.
This audit was conducted by Leviathan Security Group incorporate and is available for public viewing here: https://www.vyprvpn.com/audit.pdf
It reiterates all claims of anonymity, as VyprVPN is put to test for keeping users’ identity hidden at all times. Concerning other aspects of transparency, I am still awaiting a response from the provider.
As part of my most transparent VPN guide, I contacted over 180+ providers including VyprVPN asking them invasive questions about their owners, investors, and board of directors, etc.
- Where is your company headquarters? Could we get an address?
- Do you publish Transparency Reports/Warrant Canaries?
- If yes, how often? A link to a URL or PDF file would be helpful!
- Have your claims been audited by an independent third-party security firm?
- Why have you not been audited yet? Any reasons?
- Could we get some info on the owners behind the company?
- Do you guys have any investors and is the information available publically for users?
- Who are the Board of Directors of your company?
When it comes to pricing, VyprVPN offers numerous options to users. They typically have two plans available dissected further by duration: VyprVPN Basic and VyprVPN Premium.
The basic plan starts at $9.95/per month. To get a discount on this plan, you can opt for the yearly package, which reduces monthly costs to $5.00, billed $60 every 12-months.
Conversely, the premium plan costs $12.95/mo., but if you opt for the yearly package, you will only have to pay $6.67 monthly, totaling to $80 for every 12-months. Features of both plan include:
- Three simultaneous connections
- Unlimited data
- Free three-day trial
- Five simultaneous connections
- Unlimited data
- Free three-day trial
- VyprVPN Cloud included
- Chameleon Protocol (obfuscated servers)
VyprVPN Payment Options
VyprVPN offers a sufficient number of payment options, which includes most credit cards, PayPal, and AliPay. Sadly, they offer no support for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Specific options available with VyprVPN for purchasing a plan include:
- JCB Cards
- Diners Club Cards
VyprVPN Trial Period Review
The VyprVPN free trial is very uncomplicated. The duration of the trial is 3 days in which you can access all of the features of the VPN i.e. 70+ servers, dedicated apps, all supported protocols, etc.
However, the only downside here is that you need to provide your billing information to activate it. You will not have to be billed until the trial period ends. You can cancel anytime.
The Switzerland-based provider offers an expansive 700+ spread across 70+ countries worldwide. Many review websites claim VyprVPN is among the few that write and host their own servers and DNS.
However, I would like to identify that this is not true. Similar to other providers in the marketplace, VyprVPN too outsources its server infrastructure to other companies.
Not to mention, most of their servers are “virtual” and have traces to data centers located in the US, which means they are not the only party who has access to your private information.
Virtual Locations Testing
This section will elaborate on why I regularly got a “Netherlands” DNS when testing VyprVPN for leaks, while also identifying all the virtual servers available from the provider.
Below you can see results from CA Technologies’ App Synthetic Monitor Ping Test on VyprVPN’s Indian server. The tool pings the address to 90 monitoring stations worldwide.
The Round-Trip-Time (RTT) in all locations was extremely high, even in India– Bangalore, which has an avg. rtt of 121.415 ms. However, if you see below, Dubai has a min rtt of 1.921.
The tracert tool from CA Technologies’ App Synthetic Monitor, further verify these findings, displaying an rtt of 1.603 ms in Dubai. This means the server is actually not located in India.
You can see the end-point IP address is the same for this tracert tool, where I enter Dubai as the location, and in the normal CMD tracert test: 188.8.131.52.
Pasting this IP into the BGP Tool kit from Hurricane Electric Internet Services revealed that the original server data center is based in the US!
The only good thing is that VyprVPN actually reveals the usage of virtual servers, so it is all good. In addition to their Indian server, here are the other fictitious server locations found with VyprVPN.
Torrenting & Obfuscation
Luckily, the provider does offer a StealthVPN a.k.a. an obfuscation feature. I had a representative of mine test the service in China too (as part of our 80+ provider’s analysis), and it worked smoothly!
It does so through the advanced obfuscation method in a self-developed protocol known as the “Chameleon Protocol”, which even bypasses VPN bans in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt.
With regards to P2P/Torrenting, I conducted a test on IPLeak.net, which requested downloading a magnet link and then assessing the background behind the network.
As you can see, the results show that my identity is protected, revealing a different IP from my actual location and address, indicating strong anonymity.
This is a good sign even though VyprVPN and Golden Frog are not very transparent or public about their opinions surrounding P2P/file sharing, just an ambiguous statement when questioned regarding it:
At Golden Frog, we have the utmost respect for your privacy. We do not log or retain any information from VPN sessions, or block the use of any ports. Because our service treats all traffic equally, peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic is allowed.
Upon digging deeper though, I came across this email (after many users reporting that their accounts were suspended from VyprVPN).
Even though you can torrent files via VyprVPN, it is imperative to understand that breaking any copyright laws could likely get your account canceled or suspended.
Might I mention, this is a good way to prevent YOU from paying hefty DMCA notices, all the while protecting VyprVPN too, from revealing your user activity.
One of the main reasons to invest in a VPN solution is to circumvent geo-restrictions and content limitations, imposed by streaming websites around the world.
To check if VyprVPN works smoothly for unblocking VoDs, I connected to a US server and then headed straight to Netflix.com for checking their complete database of titles.
Now, bear in mind that movies like “ALI G INDAHOUSE” are only available in the US, so when I accessed it without VyprVPN, I could not get the “play” button (screenshot above).
However, once I connected to a US-server from VyprVPN and reloaded the page, I immediately unblocked the movie and was able to stream it smoothly.
I tested VyprVPN’s performance by performing a speed test on different servers. For this activity, I decided to use the infamous Speedtest by Ookla for VyprVPN’s UK, US, Germany, France, and Russian locations.
All tests were conducted on a 50Mbps connection. For the US, I got the highest 30.96Mbps to download and 28.70Mbps upload and for UK 30.6Mbps Download and 26.46Mbps upload.
For the France server, the speeds were quite good too. I received 30.55Mbps download and 30.16Mbps upload. For Germany, the results were not much different.
I received 29.61Mbps download and 28.45Mbps upload. For Russia, I received 24.85Mbps download and 24.39 Mbps upload, which is still quite good.
This gives VyprVPN an average speed of 28Mbps download and 25Mbps upload on your 50Mbps connection, which is quite remarkable, to say the least.
P.s. if you observe the “provider” names in front of each server, you can also notice that UK displays “Powerhouse Management”, while the other three Germany, France, and Russian servers display “UNUS”.
Both of these are providers based in the US, confirming my theory that VyprVPN’s servers are actually located in data centers from the US!
VyprVPN offers “Chameleon Technology” specially built encryption protocol by VyprVPN that is meant to bypass VPN blocking on geo-restricted websites.
It scrambles your metadata and works on OpenVPN-256 bit protocol (Unmodified), making your VPN traffic look like standard HTTPs traffic, fooling VoDs and DPI attacks.
There is even VyprDNS available, which focuses on unblocking websites, adding a secure and personalized DNS into your computers’ readable address.
Other features include Automatic Kill Switch, Public Wi-Fi Protection, 5 Simultaneous Connections, NAT Firewall, and 3-day free trial for testing!
VyprVPN VS NordVPN
Here is a feature by feature comparison between VyprVPN and NordVPN:
|Protocols||OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and Chameleon Protocol||IKEv2, PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP, DoubleVPN and SSTP|
|Encryption||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key|
|Added Features||Nat Firewall, VyprVPN cloud and Cyphr||SmartPlay, Onion over VPN, CyberSec, and Automatic Kill Switch|
VyprVPN VS CyberGhost
Here is a rundown of the feature comparison between VyprVPN and a leading service provider i.e. CyberGhost
|Protocols||OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and Chameleon Protocol||PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec|
|Encryption||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key|
|Added Features||Nat Firewall, VyprVPN cloud and Cyphr||Automatic Kill Switch|
I really wanted to see more in terms of browser support, like a dedicated Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera extension, but those were missing.
Not to mention, they also offer an Android TV app for the convenience of users. So while it does not offer browser extensions, the overall compatibility is still quite good!
How to install/connect VyprVPN for Windows
Windows is the most popular OS out there and using it with a VPN can enhance your security on the platform manifold. VyprVPN comes with a streamlined, compatible app for Windows. This app is perhaps the best among all the apps that this provider offers. It is agile, the options are easy to access and the user interface is clean and smooth. Here’s how you can get it installed on to your system:
Subscribe to a pricing plan at VyprVPN and obtain user credentials
Now visit its app repository page and click on the option for “VyprVPN for Windows”
This will commence the download. After the setup file has been downloaded, install it on your system
Once the installation is complete, launch the app and enter your user credentials
Select a server you prefer the most and hit “Connect”
VyprVPN is up and running on your Windows OS
Ensure that you are running the latest version of Windows to avoid any problems during the installation process
How to install/connect VyprVPN for Android
In recent times, the Android OS has consistently been the target of malware attacks, virus strains and other security risks making it imperative for users to add a VPN in order to increase the protection levels. If you are to choose VyprVPN to protect your device, then here’s how you can install VyprVPN’s dedicated Android app in a stress-free way:
Buy a subscription with VyprVPN and acquire a username and password
Run over to the app repository page and scroll down to find “VyprVPN for Android”
Clicking on this link will redirect you to the app’s download page on Google Play. You can also visit Google Play directly and search for “VyprVPN” to land at the same page
Download the app and commence the installation
Launch the Android OS app on your smartphone
Now you will be required to enter your user credentials to proceed further. This requires your Golden Frog Username and Password
You can now easily access the server list and choose a preferred location you wish to connect to
Click Connect and VyprVPN are now working to protect your anonymity online!
How to install/connect VyprVPN for the router
VyprVPN will only work on routers which meet its hardware requirements. If your router matches the pre-requisites, then flash it with appropriate firmware and follow these steps to get the VPN installed:
To begin with, you will need to log in to your router’s firmware
Now click on the option for “Tools”
Scroll down to find “System Commands” and click on it
Now enter these commands depending on the type of router you have and your personal CPU’s architecture
For MIPS Routers:eval `wget -q -O - http://www.goldenfrog.biz/downloads/VyprVPN/router/app/tomato/mipsel/install.sh`
If you receive an error, try this command instead:eval `wget -q -O - http://dl.succentric.com/downloads/VyprVPN/router/app/tomato/mipsel/install.sh`
For ARM Routers:eval `wget -q -O - http://www.goldenfrog.biz/downloads/VyprVPN/router/app/tomato/arm/install.sh`
If you receive an error, try this command instead:eval `wget -q -O - http://dl.succentric.com/downloads/VyprVPN/router/app/tomato/arm/install-succentric.sh`
Once you’ve successfully entered the command, click on “Execute”.
The VPN is now installed. Refresh your Browser/tab and enter your VPN user credentials > Select a server > Click on “Connect” > Start browsing the internet.
How to install/connect VyprVPN for Mac
If you are a passionate Mac user and want to get a VPN to protect you in the online domain, then here’s how you can start VyprVPN download and get its dedicated Mac app installed in under 3 minutes (Only OSX 10.0 or higher supported):
Go to VyprVPN’s website and check out the pricing plans available
Choose one that suits you’re the best
Obtain your personalized user credentials
Visit the Mac app download page on VyprVPN’s website and download the setup file
Install the setup file on to your system
Enter your user credentials when the app is launched
Find a server from among the hundreds listed that you want to get connected to
Click on Connect and VyprVPN will now start running on your Mac!
How to install/connect VyprVPN for iOS
For iOS fans, whether they are using the iPhone or iPad, VyprVPN can be a great option for you to acquire in order to protect your anonymity online.
Here’s a rundown on the easy installation process of VyprVPN on iOS:
Select a pricing plan on VyprVPN’s website and pay for it
Now you will get your user credentials. Store them safely as you will be needing them later on
Go to the app repository page on VyprVPN’s website
Here, select “VyprVPN for iOS”
This will provide you with a link “Download from app store”. Click on this and then download the setup file from the iTunes store
Install the file on your device and launch it
Enter your user credentials > Select a Server > Hit “Connect”
VyprVPN is now running safely on your Device
How to install/connect VyprVPN for QNAP
One of the most impressive things about VyprVPN is that it offers dedicated app support for a wide variety of extremely niche devices, making it easier for the user to install VyprVPN on them in stress-free manner. QNAP is one such niche device for which you don’t generally find dedicated VPN apps, but VyprVPN does offer one.
Here’s a step by step process of installing VyprVPN on your QNAP device:
Open App Center on your QNAP device.
In the search bar, type “VyprVPN”.
Once the app has been found, install it on to your device.
When the installation has ended, you can easily access your VyprVPN app from the main menu.
Enter user credentials and then go for selecting a server that suits your requirement.
Click on Connect and VyprVPN is up and running on your QNAP device.
How to install/connect VyprVPN for Blackphone
Blackphone is one of the few Smartphone in the market built with privacy in mind. This phone ensures that your communication remains private and your data is kept safe. If you want to further enhance the security layer on this phone, you can install VyprVPN through its dedicated app:
Buy a subscription plan with VyprVPN.
Secure User credentials.
Go to Google Play Store and search for “VyprVPN”.
Download and Install the app.
Launch the VyprVPN app > Enter username and password > Select a server > Click Connect.
VyprVPN is now working on your Blackphone!
How to install/connect VyprVPN for TV
In recent times, there has been an exponential increase in the number of people switching their conventional TVs for Smart TVs and the reasons are obvious. Smart TVs can play all kinds of digital content like Netflix and also provide the option for switching to IPTV from conventional cable.
But, one big hindrance you would face in enjoying your Smart TV to the fullest is in accessing geo-restricted content on streaming websites like Hulu and Amazon Prime. VyprVPN can allow you to easily bypass these stifling geo-restrictions and watch your favorite content from anywhere.
The best way to initiate VyprVPN download and install it for TV is through sideloading (APK method). Here’s how it’s done:
Choose a pricing plan at VyprVPN, pay for it and obtain user credentials.
Using your browser either on your phone or on your desktop, go to VyprVPN’s website and head over to the app repository page > VyprVPN For TV > Download APK.
This is the APK setup file you have just downloaded. Extract it onto a separate drive so that you can easily proceed further.
Launch your Smart TV > Settings > Security & Restrictions > Turn On “Unknown Sources” from Off.
You have just given an explicit permission to your TV’s system that it now can install files from outside the Google Play Store.
There might a warning that you will be prompted with. Click on “OK”.
Now you need to Search on Google Play for “ES File Explorer Manager” and install this app on your system.
Plug in the drive in which you stored the APK files on to your Smart TV.
Just after plugging in your drive, there will be a prompt asking you whether you want to open the files in the drive through your ES File Explorer. You need to give it the permission it requires to move on further.
Now when the drive folder is opened, you need to go to “Local” on the ES File Explorer. Scroll down till you find the sub-folder where you stored the APK file and click on it when found. This will now begin installation.
There will be some permission prompts. Grant Access to all of them and don’t deny any permissions or the file won’t install properly.
VyprVPN is now installed on your Smart TV through the APK file.
Now all you need to do is to enter your username and password, select a preferred server location and hit on connect.
Now you are using VyprVPN on your Smart TV! Enjoy the latest in entertainment wholeheartedly without worrying ever about geo-restrictions.
How to install/connect VyprVPN for Anonabox
Anonabox is a special kind of a router that makes it easier to leverage all forms of online security tools like VPN. This router is different from its peers because of its intense focus on protecting user privacy and enabling the easy access to novel things like Deep Web through Tor in a much more streamlined manner.
If you have recently bought your very own Anonabox Router (Only Pro and Tunneller work with VyprVPN), then here’s how you can get VyprVPN installed on it:
Visit http://192.168.19.84:1776/ to access your router.
Now you need to initiate Login by entering “Root” as the username. There is no need for a password here.
If you have to update your Firmware on Anonabox, then skip this step or do it here.
In the “Services” Tab, you will see an icon named “VyprVPN”. Click on it
Proceed to check the box for “Enable VPN”.
Now enter your user credentials, i.e. your VPN username and password.
Choose your preferred server location according to your current needs.
You will be now required to select the protocol. Go for OpenVPN 256.
Now you will see an option titled “Save and Apply”, click on this to retain and enforce the changes you just made.
In VPN Status, you can easily check whether the VPN has turned on or not. It will be turned on after these steps.
VyprVPN is now working on your Anonabo router!
It is not about offering a feature just because everyone else has it. Real support is about adding value to the user experience. However, VyprVPN fell well short in this regard.
The alleged 24/7 live chat feature that is offered on VyprVPN’s website, does not work at all. I tried to post a query and spent a good 2 hours waiting for the reply.
It is not that the reply came, but I closed that tab altogether. Other support options you have available include a “Navigation” bar, which you can use to add queries and receive relevant results.
On this support page, VyprVPN also posts recent updates and notices about its service. For instance, the team informed that they were investigating the issue surrounding their Chameleon Protocol on May 22.
What is the VyprVPN cloud?
This is an Enterprise Security Solution for those who access private or public cloud servers. To put it more easily, it is a VPN server deployment solution for businesses.
It provides business users with an easy to use, VPN tool for cloud resources, and enhancing their security apparatus, especially in a time where cyber attacks are getting more common!
Does VyprVPN Offer Dedicated IPs?
You can find many search queries on Google regarding VyprVPN and its dedicated IP offerings. However, the second we reviewed the actual provider, we realized that they strictly say they use dynamic IPs.
You can even find this in their FAQs on the support page, where the provider claims that they do not offer support for static/dedicated IPs. The confusion, we believe, stems from its VyprVPN Cloud service.
This product is only available to businesses, who are looking for a secure VPN solution. It typically offers startups or large corporations to select whether or not they want a dedicated server for privacy.
How do I Cancel My Subscription to VyprVPN?
Canceling your Golden Frog VyprVPN subscription is quite easy and this is how you can get it done:
- After logging in to your Golden Frog account, go to “Control Panel”.
- On the left-hand side menu, select “Accounts”.
- Scroll down, find “Services”, and click on “Cancel Service”.
- Select an appropriate reason for canceling the subscription.
- Now click on the “Confirm Cancellation” button!
Would I recommend using VyprVPN?
Yes, the VPN is a great choice for those seeking a budget friendly and easy-to-use option for daily-use. You have a good number of servers, strong encryption, ability to download torrents, and even unblock VoDs like the US Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
It passes all checks for what a VPN actually comes in handy for, BUT there are some areas of improvement too; there needs to be a more proactive support team and the VPN should stop using virtual locations purchased from DATA CENTERS IN THE US.
That is the only way the provider can further improve its credibility in the marketplace, as its association with a Five Eyes Alliance is already suspicious. Ultimately, because of this very reason, I would leave trusting the provider up to users themselves.