The move to adopt a no-logging policy is commendable, and VyprVPN's prices are attractive, too. Average speeds recorded in our latest round of tests suggest you may get a faster service elsewhere, but if you place more value on security than speed then this may not be a deal-breaker.
- Plenty of privacy and security features
- Wide range of endpoint countries
- No-logging policy is independently audited
- Provides international access to Netflix
- Below average transfer speeds
- Failed to stream BBC iPlayer
- Review Price: £43.50
- VyprVPN (3 devices): £6.90 per month / £43.50 per year
- Clients for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
- VyprVPN Premium (5 devices, Chameleon protocol, cloud VPN server): £9.25 per month / £57.50 per year
- Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
What is VyprVPN?
VyprVPN is a Swiss virtual private network service with endpoints in more than 70 countries and two different paid-for subscription tiers. It has a good range of security features and clients, support and documentation for plenty of devices and operating systems.
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VyprVPN – Features and usability
VyprVPN has a clean and simple client that will by default connect you to the fastest available server, and which shows a traffic and speed graph so you can get an idea of how your connection is performing at a glance. You can also connect to your choice of geographical endpoint location and save favourite endpoints.
It includes plenty of options to help you tweak the VPN to your precise needs, including automatic connection on startup, automatic reconnection, and a kill switch to prevent any traffic from being sent over an unsecured internet connection.
Other settings include your choice of connection protocol and – for Premium users – an obfuscated Chameleon mode that endeavours to hide the fact that you’re using a VPN, tailored for use in countries with restrictive national internet connections such as China.
VyprVPN – Performance
This round of testing saw one of VyprVPN’s worst performances to date. It’s still fast enough to match the speed of your average home ADSL connection, but it’s slow compared to VyprVPN’s historical test scores, coming in below average against a strong field of rivals.
US connection speeds were up a little on last year’s tests at 3.19MB/sec (25.52Mbps) over HTTP and 2MB/sec (16Mbps) via FTP. In the UK, we got 6.17MB/sec (49.36Mbps) and 7.29MB/sec (58.32Mbps) for HTTP and FTP respectively, while the Dutch server produced oddly disparate performance at 7.53MB/sec (60.24Mbps) for HTTP web traffic and 9.35MB/sec (74.8Mbps) over FTP.
Video streaming was generally good: we were even able to watch All 4 from UK endpoints, and US endpoints gave as access to Netflix, as well as less demanding services Shudder and Crunchyroll. We had no luck streaming BBC iPlayer from the UK this time, however.
It’s worth noting that VPN speeds recorded are snapshots of how they performed at the time of testing. VyprVPN is typically faster than these scores indicate.
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Why buy VyprVPN?
VyprVPN formerly logged customer IP addresses, but in November 2018, owner Golden Frog introduced VyprVPN’s new no-logging policy. This was 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.
VyprVPN provides 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.
A standard simultaneous connection of three devices costs £43.50 per year, or is available on a month-to-month basis for a very reasonable £6.90. It offers good value, with an excellent range of features.
For those who need it, its £57.50 per year Premium subscription includes a cloud VPN server image that you can deploy to hosted servers on AWS, DigitalOcean and VirtualBox. A three-day free trial is available for both packages, so you can be sure they meet your needs.
We’re thrilled by Golden Frog’s move to turn VyprVPN into a no-logging service, and especially its choice to commission an audit, which ideally complements its wide range of security features. It’s also very good value compared to its major rivals, whether you’re subscribing for a month or a year.
However, although it’s fast enough for most purposes and can handle most video streaming services without detection, we weren’t impressed by its performance in our data throughput tests this time around.
If you need more raw speed, and don’t mind the lack of a logging audit, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is similarly priced and quite a bit faster.
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