VyprVPN Review 2018
VyprVPN are one of the industry leading VPN services offering a good service with a few rough edges.
- Very well designed apps.
- Completely free 3-day trial.
- Registered in Switzerland.
- Works well in China.
- Custom Chameleon VPN protocol.
- Good spread of server locations.
- Not the fastest provider.
- 30-day connection log retention.
VyprVPN is one of the leading VPN providers in the industry and is trusted by thousands of users across the globe.
As one of the largest VPN services on the planet it can be difficult to keep up with the competition. VyprVPN has been a leading VPN service in the past and received praise both from ourselves and other sites.
However, with so much competition in the market we’ve been taking a look at the VyprVPN service in 2018 to find out if they’re still up there with the best VPN services.
Read on to find out what we thought.
VyprVPN changed their package set-up last year which really improved their offering. However, they still differ from most other providers.
It’s standard to offer one package varying only in subscription length. VyprVPN does things a little bit different and have two packages available that can vary in subscription length.
The first package is simply called VyprVPN which allows you to connect on 3 devices and offers the standard range of VPN protocols.
The second package called VyprVPN Premium includes all that of the standard package but allows you to connect on up to 5 devices at the same time. It also features an additional unique VPN protocol called Chameleon and VyprVPN Cloud which we’ll explore in more detail throughout this review.
The prices for both packages and subscription lengths are as follows:
- 1-Month @ US$ 9.95 p/m (~ £7.12)
- 12-Months @ US$ 5.00 p/m (~ £3.58)
- 1-Month @ US$ 12.25 p/m (~ £8.77)
- 12-Months @ US$ 6.67 p/m (~ £4.77)
While there isn’t too much difference in price you should consider if you’ll actually make use of the additional features of the higher priced package.
VyprVPN offers the standard range of VPN protocols which includes PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN.
On their higher tier package they offer an added protocol called Chameleon. It’s based on OpenVPN but has disguised headers which should, in theory, allow you to bypass restrictive internet firewalls. So much so that it works well in China.
VyprVPN claims to store no logs of your activity. What you do while connected to the service remains private. The websites you visit, the movies you stream, the services you access. There are absolutely no logs of this information.
The service however does store connection logs which includes:
- Your home IP Address.
- The VPN IP Address you’re assigned.
- Connection start and stop time.
- How much data you transfer.
These connection logs are retained for 30-days. While VyprVPN claims not to store any of your activity details it should be pointed out that your actions can be linked to you in certain cases.
When using VyprVPN you’re the only user assigned a particular IP Address at a particular time. If that IP Address is associated with an action, let’s say, downloading a torrent file then it’s easy to finger you for that action.
Retaining these types of logs for 30-days is excessive and is one of the longest in the industry. If you’re dead against logging or for such long periods then you may want to consider other providers such as those listed in our Best Logless VPN Guide.
From 2016 – 2017 VyprVPN added an incredible 16 countries to their service. However, from 2017 to 2018 they added no new locations.
The current total for VPN servers in countries stands at 64 countries.
VyprVPN have an excellent spread of server locations and North & South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East are all well covered. In fact the only continent that is under-resourced is Africa.
On a whole the even spread of locations is much better than many providers. Coupled with that fact is the availability of multiple cities in some countries. VPN servers in 8 cities in the United States alone and more surprisingly 3 across Australia which includes Perth which is a rarity.
VyprVPN offers two packages that vary in their concurrent connection availability.
The standard cheaper priced package known simply as VyprVPN allows you to connect on 3 devices concurrently.
If you need more than that then there is a higher-priced package called VyprVPN Premier that allows you to connect on 5 devices concurrently.
The higher priced package is priced similarly to others VPN providers so the amount of simultaneous connected devices is fair and comparable to the competition.
Other Notable Features
One of the standout features of the VyprVPN service is the fact they offer a completely free 3-day trial.
This isn’t a common feature amongst VPN services who often hope to lock your payment in first with the promise of a money back guarantee if you’re unhappy.
There is a catch to the free 3-day trial and that’s that you will need to enter some payment details. If you don’t like the service and you forget to cancel then you’ll be charged anyway.
However, saying that it’s really easy to cancel, it’s not as if it’s hidden away to make it hard. If you like the service then you don’t need to do anything and you’ll be charged for your first subscription period after the free 3 days elapse.
Chameleon mode is unique to the VyprVPN service and is suitable if you’re trying to access the internet behind a restrictive firewall or you live in a country with repressive internet access such as China, Iran or some Middle Eastern countries.
Countries such as China attempt to block VPN connections by delving into your connection. Chameleon mode aims to disguise your VPN use so even in countries such as China they shouldn’t be able to block your VPN connection.
Mobile apps are available for both Android devices and iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
You can download either of these from your relevant app store. The Android apk is also available as a direct download from the VyprVPN store if you can’t access the Google Play Store or it’s not available there for some reason.
Although the VyprVPN mobile apps haven’t changed much in the past year they really haven’t needed to. Visually they’re one of the best apps we’ve used.
Connection can be made directly from the main app screen and changing servers is simply a case of selecting the location icon.
Some nice additional features are the ability to enable a Kill Switch and an option to Block Malicious Sites all from the main screen. There’s also an option to automatically connect on untrusted Wi-Fi connections which can be enabled or disabled from the main screen.
Connection logs and speed graphs are just a swipe away and remain on the main screen using a split screen feature.
Tucked away behind the scenes in the Settings area are the protocol options. The Android app allows you to choose between OpenVPN 256-bit, OpenVPN 160-bit and if available as part of your subscription, Chameleon 256-bit.
DNS servers are automatically set to use VyprVPN’s own but these can be customised to a 3rd-party if you wish.
Another good feature is the ability to select apps to fall outside the VPN connection. This allows you to stay protected while allowing certain apps to fall outside the VPN connection.
Overall we found the mobile apps simple to use and reliable.
Like the mobile apps the desktop apps from VyprVPN haven’t changed for quite a while but again they really haven’t needed to.
In terms of layout and design they’re one of the better desktop apps we’ve seen.
The app takes a smaller form than most VPN desktop apps so it can be kept nice and neat in the corner of your desktop without taking up too much space. If you’re using a smaller desktop resolution then you’ll definitely appreciate this small desktop footprint.
From the main window you can connect easily or open a new window to select a server. On the main window are limited connection details which includes your current IP Address, how long you’ve been connected, the VPN protocol you’re using and if the NAT Firewall is enabled or not.
The settings area is packed full and offers a range of option that some other providers don’t.
Various connection options can be changed such as to start the app on boot, enable the Kill Switch, automatically reconnect and more.
You can also change from the full range of protocols as all are accessible in the desktop app. It’s possible to use VyprVPN’s own no log DNS servers or specify DNS servers you wish to use.
A good addition is the ability to change the language of the app which isn’t common on other services. You can also tinker with some of the advanced OpenVPN options if you wish.
We tested the Windows desktop app and didn’t have any issues using it or connecting. We found it to be suitable for all skill levels and would consider it one of the better VPN apps out there.
VyprVPN over the years has always offered somewhat average speeds. While they aren’t pathetically slow, nor are they blisteringly fast. Essentially they fall somewhere between the two.
When using VyprVPN on a daily basis we noticed no slowdowns or issues with general internet tasks. We were able to visit websites, stream movies and download files without issue.
We didn’t feel that the VPN service impacted greatly on general internet tasks.
To test the speeds we downloading a 1Gb test file from a European server from the UK. Our standard connection for testing is 250 Mbps. Without a VPN connection we achieved 209.72 Mbps.
The following are the results we received when using VyprVPN’s servers using OpenVPN 256-bit.
- United Kingdom – 66.72 Mbps
- Netherlands – 86.31 Mbps
- Iceland – 71.28 Mbps
- France – 92.61 Mbps
- Switzerland – 59.86 Mbps
- Sweden – 80.51 Mbps
As has been experienced in past years the speeds from the VyprVPN servers were variable and a bit hit a miss. While servers like France and Netherlands performed well, the nearest server located in the UK really underwhelmed.
It’s worth remembering you can do a lot with those speeds such as streaming in high 4k quality. For most purposes they’ll be more than acceptable.
However if you’re a persistent large file downloader then there are better alternatives out there when it comes to speeds.
Encryption & Policies:
VyprVPN has a range of encryption options available over most platforms that includes the following.
OpenVPN offers the ability to connect via either 256-bit or the none standard 160-bit. If you want to improve your speed then using the lower 160-bit should allow you to gain a speed advantage.
VyprVPN is still using a 2048-bit RSA key for handshaking which is enough, although some other providers such as VPN.ac now offer a 4096-bit key.
Chameleon uses 256-bit encryption, L2TP uses 256-bit encryption and PPTP uses 128-bit encryption. However like all providers, PPTP is not recommended for sensitive use because it is possible for the encryption to be broken.
VyprVPN policies are one of the clearest in the industry.
However for privacy advocates they may make for uneasy reading. While they claim not to log any of your activity, such as what websites you visit, what you download or who you talk to, they do retain connection logs.
Unfortunately these connection logs are retained for 30-days which seems a bit overkill to us. However, they are honest about this so you can’t grumble too much.
More disheartening is the fact VyprVPN record connection details that can link you to your activity. Now, it’s worth remembering that unless you’re committing a crime these details will probably never be shared with anyone, however we would feel more comfortable if they didn’t exist in the first place or were deleted a whole lot sooner than after a month.
VyprVPN is clear that they don’t allow copyrighted material to be accessed via their service. If you download from torrents and the copyright holder complains, expect to see a copy of this in your email box. Receive it 3 times and your account will be closed without refund.
On one hand VyprVPN needs to be applauded for their honesty, they could basically lie like a lot of other companies. On the other hand these connection logs are likely to put a lot of users off.
VyprVPN offers an easy to use VPN service that is suitable for all skill ranges.
For most users subscribing to the basic package will be enough, however if you live in a country such as China you may want to take the higher-tier package that includes the Chameleon protocol.
We really liked the fact you get a 3-day trial to test the service, it’s somewhat unique and you can be safe in the knowledge that if the service isn’t for you then you can cancel without being charged.
The apps for both mobile devices and traditional computers are some of the better we’ve seen and with simple interfaces you can get connected quickly without fuss, even if you’re a beginner.
The service offers a very good range of servers in a good spread of countries, however, the speeds achievable are just average. While some servers are fast, others are mid-range and none are going to leave you wowed from speed alone.
We’re a little concerned about the length of time connection logs are retained, especially because they can identify your actions, however, unless you’re carrying out criminal activity this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Overall VyprVPN offers an all-round decent VPN services but there are certainly some areas that could be improved. They are certainly not the best VPN service out there, but nor are they the worst.
Our recommendation? take up their 3-day free trial to see if they’re suitable for your needs, you’ll be able to see the service in action without risking any of your money.
If you’re still looking for that perfect VPN service, why not check out some of our other reviews?