Torrenting & P2P
Summary : Good performance but can improve on their logging policy.
VyprVPN happens to be one of the oldest services of its type, as it has been operating since 1994, although under the name of Golden Frog internet freedom consortium. As such, VyprVPN tends to offer pretty extraordinary services in many spheres (notably speeds, applications and customer support). However, it does have a number of issues that often crop up and can be looked into. As a result of these issues, it also finds itself trailing a little bit when compared to other major players in the market. We take a deeper look into these things in our VyprVPN review.
- Value for money spent
- Blazing fast speeds
- Free cloud storage option with Dump Truck
- Great apps and clients
- We didn’t like its 30 day logging policy
- DNS leaks were something of a concern
- Not accepting Bitcoin is disappointing
VyprVPN does boast of having a very strong infrastructure, which is a must for any VPN service provider.
In accordance, it is known to own a vast network that comprises of 700+ servers spread across 45+ global locations in 5 continents (barring Africa) across the globe. Thereby, it is also known to own a pool of 200,000+ IP addresses.
One of the most important things to take note of here, and also something the VyprVPN exclusively boasts of is the simple fact that, all of its hardware servers are exclusively owned by them and not rented, unlike most players in the market. As a result of this, it is said to provide unparalleled services in certain areas.
As for protocols offered by the service, it is the usual OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, and SSL, and these usually vary with the subscription plan opted for.
The performance offered by VyprVPN is something that is good. Easily among the fastest VPNs that are out there, you are unlikely to notice any significant loss in speeds with their service. Such a stance is demonstrated with the speed test, which has been shown below (no VPN, using OpneVPN, using Chameleon).
In this regard, VyprVPN also promises its subscribers with something they label as Chameleon technology. This is mainly something that forbids the deep inspection of data packets using 256-bit protocols that scrambles the metadata, thus defeating any VPN blocking technology that might be employed.
IP addresses that are used by VyprVPN happen to be dedicated and they are allocated in a static fashion. As far as IP and DNS leak checks are concerned, the former came back completely clean. With regard to the DNS leak tests, we did notice certain other servers that were displayed, varying from location to location. However, although this did concern us a little bit, as it means they either do not own all their servers or there are possible DNS leaks.
VyprVPN also tends to offer one to three simultaneous connections for a single user, based on the subscription plan chosen.
Privacy being the most important reason, which people look to safeguard, always comes out as a top priority when one is selecting a VPN service. In this regard, we notice that VyprVPN does have some major issues, although the claim to be the most secure of all VPN services.
VyprVPN is known to practically own and operate all hardware and software services from end to end. The pro and premium accounts are known to encrypt all network traffic with 256-bit protocols, which does enhance security. However, their basic version only permits encryption support for the PPTP protocol.
Also, VyprVPN’s logging policy is something that we are really not confident about. The fact that the company is registered in Switzerland does put it outside the jurisdiction of the US and the EU. However, this can be plainly misleading because of their physical location, the US and also their aggressive response to DCMA requests with customers even being given a two strike rule.
It is also largely annoying to note that VyprVPN maintains a very active logging policy up to a period of 30 days. As such, we also have received complaints from users about connections being dropped, as there is no way to deny small or big offenses considering no shared IPs are used.
There is also a feature called VyprDNS, which is something that’s meant to prevent DNS leaks, but weren’t so sure of its effectiveness. Lastly, NAT Firewall, meant to filter traffic on the server side, is also included in the pro and premium subscriptions.
As is the norm for any software released these days, VyprVPN does take a leaf out of the book and provides support for a wide variety of platforms through clients and apps. They are also known maintain a fair bit of consistency in each of their apps, meaning, you’ll likely find them to be similar to one another. Also, all your settings are synced, no matter which of the apps you use.
For Windows (Vista, 7, 8), Mac and Linux, there are dedicated clients available. So is the case for mobile applications where there are applications for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile. All of these apps and clients make usage of the service, easy and hassle-free.
VyprVPN is also one of those service providers, who also have support for Chromebook, Boxee, and Synology. Besides, it is also known to support DDWRT and Tomato routers.
In all probability, VyprVPN perhaps has the best user support services in place. Their range of support includes live chat and email ticketing system.
Also, largely satisfying was the response speed of their support system. The people dealing with our queries also did not lack knowledge and came out very well with answers.
VyprVPN divides its services into three plans basic, pro and premium. Naturally, one tends to save a lot more with subscriptions plans that are purchased for a longer period of time.
We do not recommend the basic account as it seems to be of not much use, with just one connection at a particular time, no OpenVPN, L2TP protocols, no NAT Firewall and also the absence of the Chameleon feature. The Dump Truck Storage service (cloud storage that is basically a simpler version of Dropbox) that is provided by VyprVPN is also allotted on the subscription plan basis, i.e. 10GB, 25GB and 50GB with basic, pro and premium respectively.
VyprVPN also metes out its services under a business plan, which costs $299 yearly, for three users.
Payments options include PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB. We also noted that Bitcoin wasn’t accepted, which is certainly a bit disappointing. The availability of 3-day free trial feature allows users to carefully understand the services that are offered, before paying for them.
As observed by VPN Squad, we did not notice any negative feedback for VyprVPN, with regard to its services. In fact, something worthy of note is, even the popular Internet forum Reddit makes use of VyprVPN for its upbeat services.
Overall, VyprVPN does turn out be a very good service that offers blazing speeds coupled with advanced technologies. However, it does lose a few counts when you look at its privacy issues. Users, who are interested in subscribing to VyprVPN should look forward to understanding all conditions, and only then, go ahead with their plan.