VyprVPN Review

Switzerland-based provider VyprVPN boasts many great features, including a worldwide server network, strong encryption protocols, plenty of exclusive proprietary software, and great customer service. While its price is a little above average, I think its benefits justify the higher cost. Read on for a more detailed analysis in this VyprVPN review from, or click on the link below to try out VyprVPN now.
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Review of: VyprVPN
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Golden Frog

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On October 25, 2016
Last modified:March 7, 2017


Swiss provider VyprVPN boasts tough security and privacy measures, fast speeds, and a worldwide server network. Read this VyprVPN review to learn more.

  • ProsPROS
  • Fast speeds
  • Tough encryption
  • Great customer service
  • ConsCONS
  • A bit pricey if you pay monthly
  • Does not accept Bitcoin
  • No P2P support

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Pricing & Plans

VyprVPN has two personal subscription plans on offer: Pro, and Premier.
VyprVPN prices
Each plan boasts unlimited data usage, with features such as the number of simultaneous connections variying between the two. The Pro plan doesn’t come with Chameleon or a dedicated cloud server: so if these are features you would like, go for Premium.

Plan prices clock in at $5 per month for the Basic plan and $6.67 per month for the Pro plan (if you choose to pay annually). If you want to pay monthly, the premium plan will cost $12.95 per month and basic $9.95. As such, paying monthly makes the service fairly pricey.

You can pay for your VyprVPN subscription using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB or Alipay.
VyprVPN prices
I was disappointed to see that while VyprVPN accepts the most popular modes of payment, there is no option to pay anonymously. I’d be happy to see it accept Bitcoin or cash via snail mail in the future.

Video Review

We here at have put together a video review of VyprVPN for your viewing pleasure:


VyprVPN is owned by Golden Frog, a company founded in 2010 by Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis. Golden Frog claims to be passionate about online privacy and keeping a free and open Internet. This sentiment is reaffirmed by their decision to base the service in Switzerland, a country renowned for its favorable privacy laws.

VyprVPN boasts several exclusive features and plenty of proprietary technology. It claims to be the “World’s Fastest VPN” (a claim which I’ll investigate in the speed section of this VyprVPN review) due to being engineered to have the highest level of speed and security. Its speed is also given that extra bump thanks to the fact that VyprVPN owns and manages its own data and servers – no third parties involved!

Another speed-friendly feature of VyprVPN? Its Tier-1 server network, which includes 200,000+ global IPs, 700+ servers, and 50+ server locations across five continents.
VyprVPN servers
Other noteworthy features include easy-to-use Apps across platforms, no download caps, no server switching fees, multiple encryption protocols, a NAT Firewall, Chameleon Technology, and VyprDNS. Confused about what the latter two are? No worries, I’ll be going into more detail below.


Chameleon is proprietary technology of Golden Frog. It is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and supported routers.

Chameleon uses unmodified OpenVPN 256-bit encryption and works by scrambling OpenVPN packet metadata to ensure that it’s not recognizable via deep packet inspection. The result is an open and uncensored browsing experience, as users who enable the feature can bypass restrictive networks (such as those put in place by oppressive governments) without sacrificing security.
VyprVPN Chameleon
Best yet? Chameleon is included in the Pro and Premier accounts at no extra cost. It’s even included in the free trial!


VyprDNS is Golden Frog’s proprietary DNS software and is available exclusively to VyprVPN users. The zero-knowledge service was developed to increase user privacy and defeat censorship, and is built into VyprVPN.

If you’re wondering how VyprDNS differs from a third-party DNS service, Golden Frog explains it all in the simple graph below.
Something to keep in mind: VyprDNS cannot be used separately from VyprVPN. This is because when you connect to VyprVPN, you will automatically use VyprDNS.

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Security & Privacy

Being based in Switzerland takes VyprVPN’s security and privacy off to a great start. The country is famed for its strong privacy laws, including the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance (DPO). This makes it a safe zone within Europe and immune to its mandatory data retention laws. It also adds credibility to VyprVPN’s alleged no usage logs policy.

However, it must be noted that VyprVPN’s parent company, Golden Frog, is at least partially based in the US. As such, it is under US jurisdiction and subject to US laws. This is troubling, as under both the FISA and the Patriot Act, US companies can be compelled to hand over information, even if the data is stored overseas. This makes VyprVPN’s claims of absolute privacy grossly misleading, as it cannot completely protect users’ data like it claims to be able to.

On the technical side of things, VyprVPN offers a number of protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP, and Chameleon. You can choose which one you’d like to use based on your preferred level of encryption and speed.

We here at would personally recommend OpenVPN and Chameleon. They both use tough 256-bit AES encryption and authenticate data with digital certificates, in addition to being fast and reliable. Chameleon, however, has an extra edge thanks to its defeat of deep packet inspection and masking of VPN traffic.

If you’d like to learn more about the different types of encryption, check out our helpful guide.

Another great VyprVPN security feature is its NAT Firewall, which blocks unrequested inbound traffic when you’re connected, therefore giving your Internet an additional layer of security.

The major caveat of VyprVPN? The provider is adamantly against P2P filesharing and torrenting, so users who are looking to use a VPN for this reason might want to look elsewhere. There is also the issue of the fact that VyprVPN keeps connection logs for up to 30 days. Not exactly uncommon in the VPN market, but something I’m not a fan of and hope to see Golden Frog do away with sometime in the future.
VyprVPN connection logs

The VyprVPN Website

The VyprVPN website is stylish, easy to navigate, and incredibly user-friendly. Much of the important information can be found either on the homepage or on links leading from it. In addition, its production information, resources, support, company information, privacy policy, and terms of service can be easily found at the bottom of the page.
VyprVPN website
Social media channels for both Golden Frog and VyprVPN – which include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram – are linked from their website and are regularly updated with company and industry news.


VyprVPN has a solid customer support system set up. In addition to an FAQ, a troubleshooting section, and manual setup instructions, they also have an active community which includes a forum full of Golden Frog members.
VyprVPN forum
If you can’t find the answer to our question in any of the above, VyprVPN has a support staff available 24/7, 365 days a year. You can get in touch with them through email (, via their online contact form, or by using their live chat.

To give VyprVPN’s customer service a test run, I decided to use their live chat option to inquire about encryption. After entering my details I sent my query and immediately received an auto-reply saying that my question was under review. I received a response within seconds which fully answered my question. In addition, I was prompted to contact them if I had any further queries. While the exchange felt more than a little robotic, it was a pleasant experience overall.

The Process

Signing Up

Signing up for VyprVPN is simple. To sign up for an account, you have to enter your name, email address, location, and billing information, including your chosen method of payment. Afterwards, you will receive a confirmation email and be directed to setup.

For this VyprVPN review, I opted for the 3-day free trial of its Pro plan.

The VyprVPN Windows VPN client

After downloading and setting up VyprVPN for Windows, I was immediately struck by how sleek and user-friendly the client is. It displayed the real-time details of my connection, IP address, time connected, VPN protocol and encryption, and status of my NAT Firewall.
VyprVPN Windows client
Clicking on the gear icon in the upper right corner and then on Options will take you to your configuration options. The first tab, Connection, allows you to setup things such as connecting on Windows start up, and a kill switch in case your connection drops. You also have the option to automatically connect to VyprVPN when using untrusted Wi-Fi networks – a must for those who use public Wi-Fi!
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The Protocol tab allows you seamlessly switch between encryption protocols, depending on your needs. As I said in the security section of this VyprVPN review, OpenVPN and Chameleon are by far our top picks for online browsing. L2TP/IPsec and PPTP are far less secure, and so we here at discourage individuals from using these.
VyprVPN protocols
The DNS tab allows you to select your DNS of choice, as well as enable DNS leak protection.
The General tab is for managing settings such as sound, desktop notifications, and language, while the Account tab allows you to update and logout. The Advanced tab is for configuring settings like route delay, verbosity, MTU, and TLS timeout. We’d recommend leaving these settings to people who are very experienced with VPN software. That, or to change them only under the guidance of Golden Frog experts. However, should you toy around with it and regret it, you always have the option to restore VyprVPN’s default advanced settings.

Performance (Speed, DNS, WebRTC and IPv6 Tests)

VyprVPN download speed
VyprVPN upload speed
Graphs show highest, lowest and average speeds for each server and location. See our full speed test explanation for more detail.

Tests for this VyprVPN review were conducted in Central Europe using a 30 Mbps connection as a baseline. On the whole I was impressed with the results. While I’m not sure they’re good enough to back VyprVPN’s claim that it’s the fastest VPN on the market, both European and US servers were speedy.

I’m happy to report that no DNS leaks were detected during my testing for this VyprVPN review. To check your own computer for both DNS leaks and WebRTC leaks, you can use You can also use to check for IPv6 leaks, or to run a mix of all the aforementioned tests. We here at strongly recommend you run these tests every so often to ensure the strength and security of your VPN.

Other Platforms

In addition to the standard Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android support, VyprVPN is also compatible with many TVs and routers. These include Android TV, OpenELEC, Apple TV, and Tomato.

Setup instructions for each supported platform can be found by navigating to their dedicated pages via these icons, which are found on the VyprVPN homepage.
devices supported by VyprVPN

Mobile Devices

VyprVPN has mobile apps that support iOS 8 and higher, and Android 4.0 and higher. Specs for each include VyprDNS and 3rd party DNS. Unfortunately for Apple fanatics, the Android App is considerably better-developed than its iOS counterpart. The Android App offers automatic or manual port selection, while the iOS App offers neither. Moreover, the Android App offers both the OpenVPN and Chameleon protocols, while iOS is restricted to IPsec.

Other/ Free Services

VyprVPN Server

Currently in its beta phase, VyprVPN Server is an easy to use Cloud VPN that is available for a limited time with Business, Pro, and Premier accounts. In short, it provides a secure access point that protects your connection and safeguards your Cloud infrastructure.
VyprVPN server
The VyprVPN Server’s flexible design means that you’re not locked to any proprietary system or platform. Moreover, no hardware is required. It is also quick and easy to set up, configure, and deploy – uncommon for VPN servers! Once connected, it secures your cloud deployments so that you don’t ever have to expose your servers to the public Internet.

While VyprVPN Server may seem to have mostly corporate appeal – it provides a secure access point through which your employees can access your company’s internal network – it can also be used at home for remote access.

The Cloud platforms that are currently supported by VyprVPN Server are DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services, and VirtualBox. However, Golden Frog notes that more are on the way. The minimum server hardware is 1 GB memory, and applications are available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Protocols are quite impressive – OpenVPN, IPSec, and Chameleon – and Pro and Premier are understandably limited to one server while Business plan users can have unlimited.

Need some more convincing? Check out VyprVPN Server’s key features.
VyprVPN server features


Cyphr is VyprVPN’s answer to private messaging. Accounts are free to create for both Android and iOS. Once downloaded, all you have to do is generate your public and private key pair and you start sending encrypted messages.
VyprVPN Cyphr
Cyphr is a zero-knowledge messaging App, which means that only you and whoever you’re chatting with can read, decrypt, or share your messages. This is due to the public and private key pair generated by Cyphr, which protects your conversations from being seen by third parties, your cellphone provider, and even Golden Frog.

Sadly, Golden Frog does still need to collect some metadata for their messaging service to work. However, they clearly state what is collected and for how long in the Cyphr section of their website.
VyprVPN Cyphr data retention
Cyphr works by sending your messages through multiple layers of security. It starts with a public key verification stamp that is added by Cyphr every time you send a message so that the recipient knows that it’s from you and not an imposter. Afterwards, Cyphr protects your message with symmetric key encryption so that it cannot be read by third parties. Cyphr will then use your friend’s public key to deliver your message into their mailbox. The message is then opened using private key decryption – only your friend has the private key to the mailbox so only they can unlock your message.

Like VyprVPN Server, Cypr is still under development. Golden Frog promises that more features are on the way, including multi-device support, desktop Apps, and rotation of encryption keys.

VyprVPN Review Conclusion

I liked

  • Keeps no usage logs
  • Based in Switzerland
  • Tough encryption
  • Worldwide server network
  • Fast speeds
  • Exclusive features and proprietary software

I wasn’t so sure about

  • No P2P support
  • Above-average pricing
  • Does not accept any anonymous payment methods
  • Keeps connection logs for up to 30 days
  • Parent company at least partially based in the US

I hated

  • Nothing

Let’s sum up this VyprVPN, shall we? Swiss provider VyprVPN a great solution for users who don’t want to sacrifice privacy for speed. It has a server network that spans the globe, a number of strong protocols on offer, and its software is a breeze to setup and use. Best yet, its sleek client is largely identical across platforms. While a large amount of trust is necessary when using VyprVPN, as the majority of its software is proprietary and its parent company is at least partially based in the US, I’d personally put my faith in the provider. This is due to its decades of experience, great reputation, and outspoken commitment to customer privacy. See how VyprVPN performs for yourself by trying out the 3-day free trial of any one of their plans.

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Katrina Power Canadian writer currently living in Hungary. Avid lover of travel, technology, politics, fashion, and French music.

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22 responses to “VyprVPN Review

  1. It is terrible. Thirst of all there app doesn’t work with my both android devices and support couldn’t help me. And now they block my account of the reason of copyrights. I only downloaded torrents.
    Of course they don’t want give my money back.
    How could they know it +was I if they have zero-knoleges???

    1. Hi Just upset user,

      VyprVPN does not permit torrenting copyrighted material, and makes no claim to zero-knowledge (it keeps extensive logs).

  2. Hi, I recently used vypr vpn and interested about chameleon protocol. Can you give me other vpn services which have same protocol like chameleon?

  3. I just downloaded this service to give it a try. Upon launching the program I was asked to registered with an e-mail and password. I immediately got an e-mail that my information was denied, and they asked the location that I registered from. The account control panel indicated that it was under fraud investigation. When talking to live chat, the rude employee “Terr…” told me in a cold manner your account was denied and we can’t offer you this service. When I asked to know the reason (i just registered with an email!) he said we don’t tell the reason why deny requests, you should look to another service, and closed the chat session. That is no way to treat not just your customers, but ordinary people who actually took the time to download and install your service. And to be honest there are so many cheaper and better VPN services out there, I can’t understand how you can afford to.

  4. It is not stated on the main page, but only when going to my PayPal payment site it seemed that the plans advertised as “billed annually” are actually 2-year subscriptions without an earlier canceling option!?!
    So I stopped the purchase, since I found this to be quite a rip-off. Can anyone comment if I understood it correctly? Thanks.

    1. Hi Marco,

      Hmm. So I just started to signup for an annual Premium account, and it when it gets to the payment bit, it says I will be charged $88 annually. Which is right. So not sure what happened in your case…

  5. “This sentiment is reaffirmed by their decision to base the service in Switzerland, a country renowned for its favorable privacy laws.”
    The quote above is completely false. Switzerland has awful data retention laws, which have been in place since 2002. Switzerland no longer has any secrecy with banking either as they have literally handed over the names of thousands of account holders to US, German, and other EU officials. Switzerland is absolutely not “renowned for it’s favorable privacy laws.” There are even articles written about this exact topic on this website: “Switzerland passes severe new surveillance laws”

    Just wanted to offer this correction. Switzerland is NOT a country of “favorable privacy laws.” Those days are long gone!

    1. Hi Dave,

      According to its ToS,

      “Copyright Infringement and Illegal Content

      Golden Frog prohibits the use of any of its services to publish or share illegal content. Golden Frog takes copyright and other intellectual property rights very seriously, and we encourage you to do the same. You are responsible for determining the legal status of any intellectual property you use or copy through any Golden Frog service. Golden Frog cannot and does not review the information flowing through its services. You agree to not transfer copyrighted works through the service without the express permission of the copyright holder.

      Golden Frog is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation and any reported criminal online content from the Internet Watch Foundation will be removed immediately. Golden Frog will terminate in appropriate circumstances subscribers who are repeat infringers of either unlawfully copyrighted material or otherwise illegal content. See the Golden Frog Copyright Policy for information on how Golden Frog handles notices of copyright infringement. The Golden Frog Copyright Policy is incorporated by reference.”

      So it might allow torrenting, as long as its legal! Just today I published a comment from a reader who received a legal complaint from a copyright holder after using VyprVPN…

    Hello I am using VyprVPN since a couple of years. And the review here, does not repeat my experiences with this service. VyprVPN was always the most stable VPN service I have ever tried/used and the average speed is great. Especially also by traveling in different countries, you can always rely on this service. So it has my full recommendation so far!

    1. Hi marten,

      Um. I think the reviewer’s experiences are pretty similar to your own. In my experince, VyprVPN is fast and reliable, but given the logs it keeps and the fact that whatever it says, the parent company is subject to US laws, I would not choose it if privacy was my primary concern.

  6. Hello! My name is Liz and I am the VP of Sales & Director of Marketing at Golden Frog (VyprVPN). If anyone has questions or feedback, I will be keeping an eye on this review to ensure we address. Thanks much,

    1. Liz –

      I’m having a bad experience with Golden Frog and would really appreciate your help. I’ve been working with customer support but they are not able to resolve the issue for me.

      I cancelled my account online, so I can no longer log into the site. However, I’m still getting charged every month for a service I’m not using. Your customer support insists me that I can only cancel the account through the control panel but they don’t understand my explanation that I’m not able to log into the control panel.

      Would you be able to help me or connect me with someone in your team who can?

      Thank you!

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