VyprVPN Review

Verdict

VyprVPN is one of just a handful of services that backs up a no-logging promise with an independent audit, and this is genuinely admirable. Its monthly and 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 and can handle most video streaming services without detection, we weren’t impressed by its performance in data throughput tests, particularly in the U.S. Download performance in general has been a conspicuous issue across the past three rounds of testing.

Pros

  • Wide range of privacy and security features
  • Wide range of endpoint countries
  • No-logging policy is independently audited
  • Generally good streaming performance

Cons

  • Below-average transfer speeds

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £43.50
  • Three devices £6.90/month / £32.63 per year
  • Renewal billed at £43.50 for standard, £57.50 for Premium
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux command line, Android, iOS
  • VyprVPN Premium (five devices, Chameleon protocol, cloud VPN server you can deploy): £9.25 per month/ £43.13 per year
  • Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients

What is VyprVPN?

VyprVPN is a Swiss virtual private network (VPN) service with endpoints in more than 70 countries and with two different paid-for subscription tiers. It has a good range of security features and clients, plus support and documentation for plenty of devices and operating systems.

The company is currently offering discounted first-year subscriptions, but note that this means you can get hit by a renewal fee that’s over £10 more expensive.

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VyprVPN – Features and usability

A recent update to the VyprVPN client has given it a more polished look and feel. It has dispensed with throughput graphs, instead showing a violet uptime tracker, connection and disconnection buttons, and the endpoint country you’re in.

As before, 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 your choice of connection protocol and – for premium users – an obfuscated Chameleon mode that endeavours to hide the fact you’re using a VPN, tailored for use in countries with restrictive national internet connections, such as China.

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VyprVPN – Performance

Endpoints/VPN UK Netherlands United States
VyprVPN HTTP 77.84Mbps 89.52Mbps 23.36Mbps
VyprVPN FTP 73.81Mbps 87.69Mbps 24.23Mbps

VyprVPN has put in some disappointing speed test performances in recent months, and that remained the case this month. Fortunately, its connections are pretty consistent and – with the likely exception of the US – fast enough to provide decent performance for most online tasks.

UK HTTP transfers came in at 77.84Mbps (9.73MB/s), with FTP reading 9.22MB/s. In the Netherlands, we got an 89.52Mbps (11.19MB/s) HTTP speed and a 10.96MB/s FTP speed.

U.S. throughput was very poor, unfortunately. Following our usual retesting and optimisation attempts, the best HTTP download speed it was possible to get via an extremely high-speed connection was just 23.36Mbps (2.92MB/s), with FTP transfers of 3MB/s.

VyprVPN is currently one of the most reliable services around for video streaming: you should be able to watch Netflix U.S., BBC iPlayer, All 4 and U.S. version of Shudder without any trouble.

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Should I 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.

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 three-simultaneous-connection subscription costs £43.50 per year, or is available on a month-to-month basis for a very reasonable £6.90. It’s good value, with an excellent range of features, and currently the first year’s subscription is available at a discounted £32.63 – watch out for those renewal fees, though.

For those who need it, the £57.50 per year Premium subscription includes a cloud VPN server image that you can deploy to hosted servers on AWS, DigitalOcean and VirtualBox. VyprVPN has discontinued its three-day free trial, but a 30-day money-back guarantee is available for both packages, so you can be sure they meet your needs.

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Verdict

VyprVPN is one of just a handful of services that backs up a no-logging promise with an independent audit, and this is genuinely admirable. Its monthly and 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 and can handle most video streaming services without detection, we weren’t impressed by its performance in data throughput tests, particularly in the U.S. Download performance in general has been a conspicuous issue across the past three rounds of testing.

If you need more raw speed, Private Internet Access is great for both security and cost-conscious users, while video fans should look to NordVPN.

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