VyprVPN formerly logged customer IP addresses but in November 2018 parent company Golden Frog introduced VyprVPN’s new no-logging policy backed by an independent audit. VyprVPN’s annual and bi-annual subscription fees are great value compared to most of its rivals and it provides plenty of connection and security features. However, although it’s fast enough for most purposes, we weren’t impressed by its performance, particularly in the U.S.
- Wide range of privacy and security features
- Wide range of endpoint countries
- Can stream US Netflix and BBC iPlayer
- Slow UK and US transfer speeds
- Review Price: £45.44
- UK pricing: £9.81 per month, £34.08 per year, £45.44 per two years
- Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux command line, Android, iOS
- Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
Golden Frog’s VyprVPN is a Swiss virtual private network (VPN) service with endpoints in more than 70 countries. It has a good range of security features and clients, plus support and documentation for plenty of devices and operating systems.
It’s one of just a handful of services that backs up a no-logging promise with an independent audit, but it’s been consistently slow in most recent speed tests. Strong streaming performance and a recent refinement of its great value subscription fees aren’t enough to make up for a sluggish performance from UK and US endpoints.
It has recently done away with its two-tier subscription model to give users a simpler and generally cheaper range of options.
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VyprVPN – Features and usability
The latest iteration of the VyprVPN client is simple and polished, with a distinctive violet uptime tracker, 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. There’s still a full range of advanced options available to help you tweak the VPN to your precise needs, including automatic connection on start-up, automatic reconnection, and a kill switch to prevent any traffic from being sent over an unsecured internet connection.
Other settings include a choice of connection protocol and an obfuscated Chameleon mode that 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.
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VyprVPN – Performance
As a comparison, average HTTP download speeds for the entire January 2020 VPN group test, measured from a test system in the UK with a high-speed fibre connection, were 81.41Mbps from UK endpoints, 89.42Mbps for the Netherlands and 43.02Mbps from the US.
If you want to connect to the Netherlands, you’re in luck: you can expect zippy download speeds of over 100Mbits. However, if you’re in the UK and connecting to either a UK or US endpoint, whether that’s for day-to-day privacy or accessing geo-locked services, everything slows to around 25Mbps, even on an extremely fast fibre connection that normally clocks over 450Mbps.
VyprVPN is generally reliable for video streaming. Unusually, I couldn’t convince All 4 that I wasn’t on a VPN this time around, but could convince US Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and the US version of Shudder without any trouble. Although its throughput is on the slow side, it’s sufficient for HD video streaming.
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Should you buy VyprVPN?
VyprVPN formerly logged customer IP addresses but in November 2018 parent company Golden Frog introduced VyprVPN’s new no-logging policy. This is backed up by an independent audit carried out by Leviathan Security to prove that no personally identifiable information is collected on the service’s users. The company says that 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.
There’s no longer a three-connection subscription tier. Instead, the former Premium five-device tier has been made the standard for all subscribers, priced at £9.81 per month, £34.08 per year, or £45.44 per two years. A 30-day money-back guarantee is available to help you decide whether VyprVPN is service for you.
VyprVPN’s annual and bi-annual subscription fees are great value compared to most of its rivals and it provides plenty of connection and security features.
However, although it’s fast enough for general browsing and can handle most video streaming services without detection, we weren’t impressed by its performance in data throughput tests, particularly in the US and UK. Download performance in general has been a conspicuous issue across the past four rounds of testing.
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