VyprVPN is one of the providers that are at the forefront in ensuring users on the internet stay private, secure while having the freedom to access whatever content. In this review, we will take an in-depth inspection of whether VyprVPN does exactly that as well as give you some useful information about this VPN provider. The review will be based on a couple of tests and my overall experience while using the service.
VyprVPN is owned and operated by a company called Golden frog which is based in Switzerland. The Swiss jurisdiction heavily advocates for the right to privacy while using the internet which is a big plus for VyprVPN. This VPV provider boasts of 700+ servers that are spread across 70+ countries and across the globe. VyprVPN users get a whopping 200,000 IP addresses available for concealing their identity.
All the servers used by VyprVPN are owned by them therefor they do not involve third-party hosting companies in running their service which otherwise may compromise the privacy and security of users. Enough talk, let’s get into it the review.
Table of Contents - Article Hierarchy
- VyprnVPN Features in 2020
- Is it easy to use?
- Does VyprVPN Ensure Privacy and Security? – Tests and Results
- VyperVPN Plans and Pricing in 2020
- How Fast is VyprVPN?
- Device/Platform Compatibility
- Can you stream on Netflix while using VyprVPN? – Netflix USA Unblocking
- Does it Allow Torrenting?
- VyprVPN Pros and Cons
- How to Install the VyprVPN Desktop Client?
- Conclusion – My Final Opinion on VyperVPN in 2020
VyprnVPN Features in 2020
Killswitch is a feature that automatically cuts off all access to the internet when the user gets disconnected from a VPN server. This is maintained until the connection is established once again. With such a feature, VyprVPN ensures that users are not exposed no matter what.
This is a feature used by VyprVPN to bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). DPI is an advanced technique that scrutinizes packets going through a network and filters or blocks them depending on the data that is carried. Basically, as VyprVPN states, this feature prevents websites from identifying that you are using a VPN.
Public Wifi protection
VyprVPN app comes with an in-app feature that allows users to designate trusted Wifi networks. In case a user gets connected to a wifi network that is not highlighted in the list of trusted Wifi networks, the client software automatically connects to VyprVPN in order to stay protected each moment.
Network Address Translation (NAT) is a technology that has seen its prevalence in the majority of modern routers. Same as in routers, the NAT firewall only allows traffic or a resource from the internet to reach users only when it has been requested. Since VPN is an intermediary between the user and the internet, any traffic or resource that has not been requested is blocked before reaching the user.
Use up to 5 devices simultaneously
VyprVPN Premium plan allows users to connect up to 5 devices simultaneously with just a single subscription and the basic plan allows up to 3 simultaneous connections.
Multiple protocols and configurations
Most of the features that VyprVPN has incorporated come along with customizable configuration and options. For example, users are given the option to select which OpenVPN protocol they want as well as select the desired port.
Is it easy to use?
VyprVPN desktop client comes with a sleek interface that is easy to use and navigate around. The app has the option of letting users automatically select the fastest server that is available. More so, VyprVPN has enhanced convenience by placing latency values next to each server. This helps out users to pick the server with the best speed. The lower the latency the faster the connection.
Although VyprVPN comes with some advanced settings, novice users need not worry because the defaults just work fine and you don’t have to tweak any setting for you to start the connection other than select the preferred server.
Here is a sneak peek of the interface:
Does VyprVPN Ensure Privacy and Security? – Tests and Results
When it comes to security and privacy, there are a bunch of tests that I like to do in order to determine whether a VPN service does take care of these two elements. For the sake of giving you guys an honest opinion, I conducted these tests on VyprVPN and included them right here.
Test 1: IP address masking
The public IP address is assigned to a device by the internet service provider. It is used to identify a device on the internet and the habits of a user are associated with it. The public IP address is able to disclose a lot of information such as your location which in most cases is used to restrict access to geo-specific content. Apart from your location, IP address discloses system information including browser fingerprint.
The first step in ensuring privacy, security, and freedom on the internet is by masking the original IP address assigned by the ISP. This means that the user will be hiding behind the VPN and only the IP address belonging to that particular provider will be exposed. Even as you hide your IP address behind a VPN, user requests should be sent to the internet unchanged.
In order to assess whether VyprVPN was masking my IP address, I used a web tool called xmyip.com. At the moment while doing the test I was connected to a server located in the US. Here is the screenshot of the outcome:
From the results above, I can gladly say that VyprVPN did a good job in masking my IP address.
Test 2: Proxy/ Anonymizer/ VPN detection
A good VPN provider should not only hide your IP address but also hide the fact that you are using it. A number of websites including Netflix have devised ways to detect and block OpenVPN traffic. There are a lot of reasons why websites do that. Even your original ISP may detect that you are using one. Governments with strong internet censorship are doing this as well.
VyprVPN says that they use a proprietary protocol known as Chameleon which distorts OpenVPN traffic so that it is not detected by the DPI technique. Does Chameleon really do what it says? To find out, I used xmyip.com for this test. I connected to three different servers and here are the outcomes for each:
From the results above, it was disappointing to see that VpyrVPN wasn’t able to disguise my traffic as normal traffic (Even after enabling Chameleon protocol). When there is no Proxy/ Anonymizer/ VPN detected, the “None/ Highly Anonymous” description should appear.
Here is a perfect example of a test that I performed on ZorroVPN with the results not showing any proxy, anonymizer or VPN detection:
Test 3: IP leak
WebRTC is supported by the major browsers and is able to return the local and public IP addresses of a user when requested by a website. For this test, I still used xmyip.com to check whether there was any WebRTC leak while using VyprVPN. Here is the outcome:
Looking at the outcome above, the results show that WebRTC was leaking my IP address. But here is the catch – as long as your original public IP address is not highlighted, you are safe. From the screenshot above, the public IP address that was detected was the one assigned by the VPN server I was connected to at the moment.
The proper solution at combatting WebRTC leak is by manually disabling it in the browser you are using. Since my public IP address was hidden, I can conclude that VyprVPN does not leak my IP address by means of WebRTC.
Test 4: DNS leak
A majority of internet users are subjected to DNS leaks all the time especially if you use your original ISP to resolve DNS request. Most internet service providers keep tabs or log user activities on the internet. This means that they are able to see domain information of all the sites their users visit.
VyprVPN uses its own DNS servers so that DNS requests are not resolved by your original ISP. Furthermore, this VPN provider does not log any DNS request on its servers. At times, even while being connected to a virtual private network, some bits of it may leak to your original internet service provider.
So, does VyprVPN protect users against Domain related leaks? For this test, I used a web tool called dnsleaktest.com. Here is the outcome while I was connected to a server in Italy:
Looking at the outcome, in order to know whether there is a DNS leak or not, a server belonging to my original ISP would be among the listed servers. From the screenshot above, three servers have been listed and none of them belonged to my original ISP. I can now conclude that VyprVPN does not suffer DNS leaks.
Test 5: Torrent IP leak
Other than WebRTC leaks, your public IP address can get exposed to the internet by means of torrent IP leaks. Torrenting is among the reasons why many people sign up for a VPN service. Peer-to-peer networks have emerged as one of the greatest ways of sharing large files and resources on the internet. Users connect to each other to form a swarm where they all contribute chunks of a file to a user who requires it rather than the user downloading it from one point.
Basically, this test checks whether the public IP address is exposed while using torrents. Users in a swarm are able to see each other’s IP addresses and someone may join this swarm with the intention of logging information and using it for some malicious purpose. VyprVPN works fine when it comes to protecting users from WebRTC leaks. But is it the same for torrent IP leak? For this test I used TorGuard. This tool provides a magnet link which I then added to my torrent client. Here is the outcome:
From the screenshot, the torrent IP address that was detected was the one belonging to the server I was connected to at the time. This means that VyprVPN does not leak torrent IP address.
Test 6: Malware
Some VPN providers especially the ones that are free will hide malware in the installation file. Although the service may work fine, they can be collecting your information or log keystrokes without you knowing it.
For this test, I used VirusTotal which is a powerful online antivirus tool. VirusTotal allows you to select and upload the installation file for scanning. Here is the outcome after the scan:
From the screenshot above, the VyprVPN installation file was clean.
VyperVPN Plans and Pricing in 2020
Before looking at their pricing, it is worth mentioning one notable downside to the plans they offer. The plans come with different features with the basic plan having fewer features. Most VPN providers like Perfect Privacy don’t have any feature restriction no matter the plan, the duration is the only thing that varies.
Right now, VyprVPN has done away with the 3-day trial and users can only rely on the 30-day money-back guarantee in case you want to test it out before deciding to stick with it. VyprVPN has categorized their plan/ pricing into two – monthly and yearly. For the monthly, the subscription fee is billed on a monthly basis. For yearly, the subscription fee is billed on a yearly basis.
- Basic: $9.95 per month
- Premium: $12.95 per month
- Basic: $60 per year ($5 per month)
- Premium: $80 per year ($6.67 per month)
How Fast is VyprVPN?
VyprVPN says they have fast servers. Let’s check the facts and figures by testing the speed (in Mbps) and ping ( in ms).
For the speed test, I used Speedcheck.org which is a renowned tool for testing connection speed.
Here are the benchmark speeds while I was not using VyprVPN:
Here are the speed results while I was using the fastest server that was suggested:
A Ping is a simple packet that is sent to a host out into the internet requesting for a response. In most cases, its purpose is to establish the response time or how long it takes for the echo/ response to arrive back. This delay is usually known as latency and is measured in milliseconds. Most operating systems come with an inbuilt ping testing tool normally in the command prompt or terminal.
Conduction a ping test is as simple as typing in the word “ping” followed by the URL of a particular website you want to ping. For my case I used google.com. Here is the benchmark ping:
Average ping = 14ms
Here is the ping result while I was using the fastest server:
Average ping = 158ms
The number of devices and platforms that are supported by VyprVPN is not that bad. It is can be used on all major devices and platforms although, for some reason or another, VyprVPN is not compatible with Linux. Some of the supported platforms require manual setup but the good thing is they have included comprehensive set up guides alongside each.
Even though VyprVPN does not support so many devices, it can be installed on various routers. As long as your device can connect to the router, then it can use VyprVPN. Another thing to note is that VyprVPN has not yet developed a browser extension for their service but that is not much of a biggie. Here are the platforms and devices compatible with VyprVPN:
- Android TV
- Routers with DD-WRT firmware
- Routers with OpenWRT firmware
- Routers with AsusWRT
- Synology NAS
Can you stream on Netflix while using VyprVPN? – Netflix USA Unblocking
Some of the content showcased on Netflix is geographically restricted and the amusing part is, that is exactly what users want to watch. Netflix is increasingly becoming good at detecting VPN traffic hence more and more VPN providers are being kicked out of the “it works with Netflix” league.
VyprVPN has listed Netflix as one of the streaming services that it is able to unblock and yes it does. Although you have to be careful about how you use it in order for it to work. For me, at first it was not working but after a few tries it did. Here is what I learned and what I thought I was doing wrong:
- First, do not switch between the servers while you are still signed in unless you want to get a bund of errors as well as the site not loading.
- Sing out and close the browser tab entirely when switching between the servers.
I tested out all the US servers and here is the outcome:
- Austin server: Worked fine
- Chicago sever: Did not work
- Los Angeles server: Did not work
- Miami server: Worked fine
- New York server: Did not work
- San Francisco server: Did not work
- Seattle server: Worked fine
- Washington server: Worked fine
For the US servers that did not work, this is the error that I got while I was trying to sign in to my Netflix account:
For the rest of the servers located outside the US that I managed to test out, most of them gave me this error:
Although I was able to sign in to my account and the site loading seamlessly, the above error appeared at the exact moment I was about to stream.
VyprVPN has really tried since many VPN providers have lost the battle against Netflix. Only a handful of VPN providers like ExpressVPN provide unparalleled access to restricted content.
Does it Allow Torrenting?
Torrenting and use of peer-to-peer networks are allowed while using VyprVPN although they strongly advocate against copyright infringement. VyprVPN does not record the user’s activities on their service in order to determine whether a user is violating copyright laws. What they have done is that they have placed a contact email for anyone who feels that content going through VyprVPN service is in abuse of their copyright.
Following the report, the IP address that is associated with the infringement then leads straight to the account that was in violation. VyprVPN’s course of action for such an offense is blocking further access to such content that it believes may lead to copyright infringement. Users that repeatedly carry out this offense may get their account terminated and without refund. Even though torrenting is allowed, their copyright policy to a point means the opposite.
VyprVPN Pros and Cons
How to Install the VyprVPN Desktop Client?
Installing VyprVPN desktop client is just a matter of downloading the installer and following the on-screen instructions.
- Select your preferred plan.
- Sign in to your VyprVPN account.
- Select your platform on the left side menu. Whether Mac or Windows.
- Open the file to start the installation process.
- Tap the “Next” button.
- Tap the “I Agree” button.
- Tap the “Next” button.
- Tap the “Install” button.
- If a prompt dialog appears, tap the “Install” button.
- Upon completion, tap the “Next” button.
- Tap the “Finish” button.
Conclusion – My Final Opinion on VyperVPN in 2020
Looking at the tests and results that I performed, VyprVPN did well except for the test on proxy detection. As for the speed, VyprVPN did outstanding despite there being a small drop. That happens for every VPN even for the ones that claim to have ultra-fast VPN servers. The major drawbacks for VyprVPN are their strict copyright policy and the issue of having to look for VPN server that actually works with Netflix. On a scale of 1-10, I decided to give VyprVPN a rating of 7.
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