VyperVPN has a solid focus on security, wide OS support and plenty of features for both streaming and security seekers. It tends to be somewhat slow, but its three-year deal is great value.
- Wide range of privacy and security features
- Wide range of endpoint countries
- Good for streaming
- Mediocre HTTP speeds
- Unfair and confusing UK pricing
- Review Price: £12.95 per month
- Supports OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, WireGuard
- Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux command line, Android, iOS
Golden Frog’s VyprVPN is a virtual private network (VPN) service based in Switzerland, with endpoints in more than 70 countries. It has a good range of security features and clients, a solid track record for streaming, plus support and documentation for plenty of devices and operating systems.
It was one of the first VPN providers to back its no-logging promise with an independent audit, while customers in the UK can get a three-month subscription that breaks down to one of the cheapest average monthly fees I’ve ever seen. However, if you need to VPN to the US regularly, this one probably isn’t for you.
Pricing and subscriptions
Unusually, VyprVPN provides different pricing offers to users of different currencies and, right now, UK users can get a three-year subscription for just £47, compared to the $60 that users who pay in US dollars are offered. If you fancy this service, this is definitely worthwhile, as it’s just two pounds more than a one-year subscription, and works out to just £1.30 per month.
A 30-day money-back guarantee is available to help you decide whether VyprVPN is service for you. If you want a monthly subscription, look elsewhere, as a month of VyprVPN comes in at £12.95
Features and usability
The VyprVPN client is simple and polished, showing uptime, connection and disconnection buttons and the endpoint country you’re in.
You can easily connect to your choice of geographical endpoint location and save favourite endpoints. Click the Customize button and you’ll find a full range of advanced options to help you tweak the VPN to your precise needs, including protocol selection, automatic connection on start-up, automatic reconnection, automatic connection on public Wi-Fi networks, and a kill switch to prevent any traffic from being sent over an unsecured internet connection.
The protocols list also allows you to enable Vypr’s obfuscated Chameleon protocol, which tries to hide the fact you’re using a VPN, for use in countries with restrictive internet connections such as China, or on local networks that attempt to deter their users from concealing their traffic. This was once only available on Vypr’s discontinued Premium tier, but is now provided to all subscribers.
Vypr has been a no-logging VPN since 2018, when it had itself audited by Leviathan Security to prove that no personally identifiable information is collected on the service’s users – it’s probably about time for a new audit, though, to reflect any upgrades to clients or infrastructure. The company says it will carry out audits on a regular basis. However, like ProtonVPN, the company is bound by Swiss law, which has more power to compel ISPs to carry out logging on a case-by-case basis than some other countries.
VyprVPN has dedicated apps for a huge range of platforms, from Windows, macOS and Linux desktop PCs to smartphones, routers and NAS devices. Golden Frog also provides extensive documentation for correctly using its VPN service in a variety of scenarios.
VyprVPN – Performance
|Reference Group Average HTTP||179.7Mbps||160.13Mbps||91.805Mbps|
|Reference HTTP without VPN||604.8Mbps||544.8Mbps||700.8Mbps|
All of my testing was carried out on a virtual desktop physically located at a data centre in London with a high-speed internet connection. This testing setup produces results under optimal connection conditions. VPN clients are tested on their default settings.
VyprVPN uses the fast WireGuard protocol by default, but nonetheless posted the second-worst speed test result in the group from its New York endpoint server. Its UK and Netherlands speed test results where both below average, but entirely useable on a day-to-day basis.
VyprVPN is generally reliable for video streaming, and although its throughput can be on the slow side, even that US speed is sufficient for HD video streaming. Select endpoint servers with an orange or better latency speed are listed to ensure a stable connection.
Should you buy VyprVPN?
VyprVPN is certainly reliable, but it’s usually among the slower services I see when running these tests, and this round’s US performance is really poor. If you’re connecting from the UK to a UK or European endpoint, it’s certainly fast enough for general browsing and can handle most video streaming services without detection, so you don’t have to disconnect your VPN every time you want to watch TV.
The £47 three-month subscription deal is phenomenal, and that kind of value makes up for a lot, but if that’s your budget, I’d recommend Surfshark‘s two-year subscription for £44.12, as it’s similarly flexible and feature-packed, but a lot faster. For the security-minded, ExpressVPN is currently my top recommendation, if you’re not in a position to run your own VPN server. Otherwise, check out our Best VPN list for even more options.