VyprVPN Review

VyprVPN

BestVPN.com Score 8.7 out of 10

Summary

Founded back in 2010 by Carolyn and Ron Yokubaitis, Golden Frog is a US-based Internet conglomerate that has both VyprVPN and the optimized gaming network Outfox in its portfolio. VyprVPN is a no logs VPN based in Switzerland that implements strong OpenVPN encryption, a killswitch, DNS leak protection, and an obfuscation/stealth feature (called Chameleon). VyprVPN is a premium, top-of-the-range VPN, that is the first to have published a full independent audit of its zero-logs service. In this VyprVPN review we take an in-depth look at this VPNs security, speed and ability to unblock services such as iPlayer and Netflix US.

VPN Stats

  • Server Locations 70
  • Average Speed 31.7 Mbit/s
  • Simultaneous Connections 5
  • Jurisdiction Switzerland

Likes

  • Strong encryption protocols and policies
  • Worldwide server network
  • 24/7 customer support
  • PayPal now a payment method
  • Proprietary Technology & exclusive features

Dislikes

  • Basic plan does not come with stealth (Chameleon) so if you need this get premium
  • WebRTC IPv6 leak in Windows

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Price

Basic vs. Premium

VyprVPN Basic

  • Three simultaneous connections
  • Unlimited data
  • Free three-day trial

VyprVPN Premium

  • Five simultaneous connections
  • Unlimited data
  • Free three-day trial
  • VyprVPN Cloud included
  • Chameleon Protocol (obfuscated servers)

VyprVPN Payment Options

VyprVPN allows a large number of payment options. This includes most credit cards, Alipay and PayPal. Sadly, VyprVPN does not accept Bitcoin payments or any other cryptocurrencies. When purchasing a subscription with VyprVPN, users can also choose to pay with:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Amex
  • Discover
  • JCB cards
  • Diners Club cards

Unblock Netflix?

Netflix
iPlayer

VyprVPN is one of the few VPN services that consistently provides access to a large number of online streaming services. Netflix US and Netflix UK can be unblocked. The UK's BBC iPlayer, Channel 4, and ITV Hub can also be accessed. This makes VyprVPN an ideal choice for people who want to unblock streams.

Features

Port forwarding
Total servers 700
Countries 70
Simultaneous connections 5
Bare metal or virtual servers A combination
Router Support
Allows torrenting
Port selection

VyprVPN is a fast VPN  that unblocks a lot of desirable content from around the globe. In addition, VyprVPN provides customers with a variety of useful features. Premium customers can use the proprietary obfuscation protocol Chameleon (stealth mode). VyprVPN’s features include:

  • No logs VPN (verified by 3rd party audit)
  • High levels of speed and security
  • No third-party involvement in the service
  • 70+ server locations
  • Apps for all populer platforms
  • Worldwide server network
  • No restrictions or download caps
  • Unlimited switching of servers
  • High-end encryption & multiple protocols
  • Premium access to Chameleon
  • NAT firewall included
  • 24/7 customer service
  • VyprVPN Cloud - permits you to set up a static dedicated IP (premium subscription only)

The most notable thing about VyprVPN is their ability to provide you with the ultimate package when you combine all of their exclusive features and proprietary technology. If you want more information on the security that VyprVPN’s proprietary technology can offer you, make sure you continue reading below.

Chameleon

Chameleon is a proprietary VPN technology created by Golden Frog's developers. It is the firm's version of VPN stealth mode/cloaking. It provides the ability to explore the internet in a “truly open and uncensored” way. Chameleon is proprietary (unlike Obfsproxy and Stunnel - more common forms of VPN cloaking). We can only presume that like those other technologies it disguises OpenVPN traffic as regular HTTPS in order to cloak VPN use. However, it is possible that it is doing more because it claims to be able to evade Deep Packet Inspection (DPI).

Chameleon lets you bypass government, corporate, and ISP firewalls that prevent you from accessing content, or which slow VPN traffic down to a snail's pace (bandwidth restrictions). Even better, you are able to do so without sacrificing your security. Chameleon is available to Premium members that use Windows, Mac, Android or a router.

VyprVPN Cloud

VyprVPN Cloud works with DigitalOcean, VirtualBox VMS, and AWS. It permits premium subscribers to set up a server in another city/country that they can connect to and get the same IP address (static IP) each time.

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Speed and Performance

Hover your mouse over the graph below to see the results for the five fastest VPNs in the world right now.

Every VPN requires testing to verify it is working efficiently. VyprVPN is no exception. In order to provide you with the most accurate information possible, we used a scientific server-based speed test methodology. Our system tests VyprVPN three times a day to give you up to date speed test results. We test its UK, US, Australia, and Hong Kong servers. Below are its download results for January and February of 2019.

As you can see from the graph above VyprVPN download speed performance is right in range with many other premium services on the market.  VyprVPN’s average download speed came in at 31.7Mbit/s, while the maximum download speed came in at 88.1 Mbit/s. 

This is excellent and means that VyprVPN is perfect for doing data-intensive tasks like streaming and downloading via P2P. To test your own VyprVPN connection speeds, visit a website such as www.speedtest.net.

Leak tests

BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst) 88.1
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average) 31.7
IPv4 leak detected?
WebRTC leak detected?

We recommend performing leak tests on a somewhat regular basis to stay on top of things. During our tests, we found no IPV4 leaks, DNS leaks, or WebRTC leaks. This is good news and means that the VPN is providing privacy from your ISP.

However, it is worth noting that an IPv6 WebRTC leak was discovered on Windows. that means you will need to disable IPv6 in your Network and Sharing center (very easy and completely solves the problem). 

To test your own VyprVPN for leaks, visit websites like ipleak.net, test-ipv6.com, and/or doileak.net.

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Privacy and Security

Kill Switch
Obfuscation (stealth)
Self-hosted/Proxied DNS Yes

VyprVPN is officially based in Switzerland, which is great for privacy. However, its parent firm Golden Frog does have offices in Austin, Texas which may raise alarm bells to the anti-NSA VPN users. On the whole, however, we consider this to be a highly private VPN with an excellent array of privacy features. Thanks to its full third-party audit - it is the first VPN to ever completely prove the efficacy of the privacy on its servers! 

Encryption Protocols

PPTP
L2TP/IPsec
SSTP
IKEv2
OpenVPN
Other protocols Chameleon

VyprVPN offers several different protocols that operate at various levels of speed and encryption. The current protocols offered by VyprVPN include PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, and Chameleon for premium members. At BestVPN.com, we recommend either OpenVPN or Chameleon. VyprVPN uses the following OpenVPN encryption:

Data channel: an AES-256-CBC cipher with HMAC SHA256 hash authentication. The handshake on the data channel is TLS-ECDHE-RSA-2048.

Control channel: an AES-256-GCM Cipher, with RSA (TLS-ECDHE-RSA-2048) handshake encryption, and SHA384 HMAC authentication.  

Perfect forward secrecy is provided by a Diffie-Hellman-2048 key exchange.

This is robust encryption that will protect your digital privacy and, despite some of the comments that have appeared under this review regarding HMAC SHA1 authentication: VyprVPN only ever falls back to that less robust setting depending on the user's system. This is entirely normal. There is always fallback on cipher suites as what is actually supported depends on the user's system. 

We list the max settings supported by the VPN because most modern systems can and will support the max cipher suite settings. Thus complaints about VyprVPN using SHA1 for authentication are unfounded, because a) it doesn't (it only falls back to it in rare cases), and b) HMAC SHA1 is secure anyway.

See our detailed guide for more information on the different types of encryption.

User Experience

Windows
MacOS
iOS
Android
Linux

VyprVPN is available to Windows, Mac, iOS and Android users. In addition, VyprVPN is also compatible with most TVs and routers. This includes Android TV, OpenELEC, Apple TV and Tomato.

To find information on the setup for specific platforms, navigate to VyprVPN’s VPN Apps page.

The Windows client

The VyprVPN Windows client is a fully featured VPN app that has a killswitch and automatic WiFi protection (useful if you happen to connect to an unsecured WiFi network while on the go). Speeds are excellent and this VPN will unblock a lot of content. However, we did discover an IPv6 WebRTC leak - so you will need to disable IPv6. 

The Mac client

The Mac OS X client is fully featured with DNS leak protection and a killswitch. We discovered no leaks whatsoever. This makes this client ideal for tasks such as downloading via P2P. The Mac client gives users a choice of L2TP/IPsec or OpenVPN (160-bit and 256-bit) encryption. Users can also connect with the stealth protocol "Chameleon" to bypass firewalls and VPN restrictions in countries like Iran and China. 

Mobile Compatibility

VyprVPN offers support for many Android and iOS devices. That being said, Android is much more compatible with VyprVPN than iOS.

Android 

  • Support for Android 4.0 and higher
  • VyprDNS and third-party DNS
  • Automatic/Manual port selection
  • OpenVPN & Chameleon protocols

iOS 

  • Support for iOS 8 and higher
  • VyprDNS and third-party DNS
  • IPsec protocol

Customer Service

Free trial Yes - 3 days
24-hour support
Live chat support
Money-back Guarantee

With around the clock customer service that operates 365 days of the year, and an active community in the official Golden Frog forum, VyprVPN’s overall customer support system is considered above average.

You can get in contact with VyprVPN’s customer service team by email (support@goldenfrog.com), an online contact form, or by using their website’s live chat. While gathering more information on VyprVPN’s log policy, I was also able to give their customer support system a test run.

Submitting a query is easy – you enter your details and connect to a live chat representative. After a few seconds of waiting, I received a helpful reply to my inquiry. In addition, I was also given contact details in case further communication was necessary.

Overall, the experience was helpful and user-friendly.

Final thoughts

VyprVPN is a great choice for those that seek an easy to use VPN for daily use. With servers that spread across the globe and a user-friendly interface, VyprVPN is a great option for VPN beginners. When purchased annually VyprVPN is not expensive, and if you are happy with just three simultaneous connections the basic plan is a bargain. Considering what you get in terms of privacy and security - VyprVPN can be considered excellent value for money. The fact that it unblocks services like Netflix US and BBC iPlayer is a testament to the reliability and performance of its service.

VyprVPN can be used for most data-intensive tasks, and because it is no logs it is ideal for Torrenting via P2P. If you’re still not convinced, you can test the VPN yourself by using their three-day no-risk free trial -  it is available for all of their plans. An outstanding VPN that has proven its no logs policy with a full independent audit. Outstanding!

Written by: Ray Walsh

Ray Walsh is the no.1 VPN & no.4 Internet Privacy authority in the world according to rating website Agilience.com. Ray's expert digital privacy opinions have appeared in The Express, Washington Post, the Scottish Herald, and CNET to name a few.

36 Comments

  1. Korsko

    on December 16, 2018
    Reply

    Just t make things clear, I´m a customer of VyprVPN and didn´t want to blame the service for no reason. I got in contact with support and different support agents provided me with the same info: They still use SHA1 and are going to add support in the future but they have no ETA (mail from VyprVPN two weeks ago): "While our cert does use SHA1, we are looking to upgrade to SHA2. Our engineering team is currently reviewing this process and will have that updated in the future. I am sorry as I do not have an ETA on when this will be". If you have any further questions, please let me know! ... Golden Frog Support Team Regarding the control channel you state above that they use gcm encryption. VyprVPN told me that they use cbc and that they will add gcm in future. Again, i didn´t want to make a wrong impression here, but if the encryption settings you state under Privacy and Security are correct a proof would be appreciated. If you check the OpenVPN configs which are provided by VyprVPN on their webiste and open them with an editor you get the following line: tls-cipher TLS-DHE-RSA-WITH-AES-256-CBC-SHA. So in my view theres no Elliptic Curve as you state in your review. regards Korsko

  2. Korsko

    on December 5, 2018
    Reply

    Hi, are there any news referring to the SHA Authentication? I can´t believe that they still use SHA1. Regards

    1. Korsko replied to Korsko

      on December 7, 2018
      Reply

      I got respsonse from support and they admitted to use SHA 1 for authentication. Is VyprVPN still recommended under this condition? I mean SHA 1 is considered insecure for over 2 years. I can’t believe that a privacy service still uses such outdated configurations!

  3. Brad

    on December 1, 2018
    Reply

    VyprVPN is now a no log VPN and doesn´t hold connection and activity logs anymore. See here: https://www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn/audit.pdf

  4. Anon

    on November 30, 2018
    Reply

    Vypr is the worst. 1. I registered with them using another VPN service at the time. They told me I had to disconnect from my VPN, so they could log my current IP. 2. Their software caused my Windows machine to become infected with malware immediately upon installation . I could not remedy it and had to pay Microsoft to do a complete wipe and install. Microsoft said the malware was “deep, and their tools were ineffective at removing it too.” I complained to Vypr and requested a refund. They flat out refused and stated their software does not contain malware. 3. They do not offer Bitcoin. 4. They recently had their service audited for logs and they were caught logging. I nave no idea why BestVPN stands behind this company. Their continued support has me becoming skeptical of BestVPN.

    1. douglas replied to Anon

      on December 3, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Anon, Um... I would say the no-logs audit actually looks very good... https://www.goldenfrog.com/blog/no-log-vpn-service

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