- Decent speeds
- Multi-platform support
- 700 servers in 73 countries
- Dump truck storage
- No money back guarantee
- Keeps logs
Though not the fastest VPN, VyprVPN is a solid performer in the USA. Unfortunately, Vypr isn’t the greatest for those most concerned with privacy as they do keep logs. If this doesn’t bother you and you have the extra money to fork over for its higher prices, Vypr does offer a some nice features. VyprVPN (starting at $6.67 per month) has over 45 servers in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.
Users first pick the account version they want and then sign up. You will receive an account confirmation email that contains the link to the dashboard and setup instructions for the service. When I logged into the portal, I saw a nice dashboard with information about VyprVPN on the left side of the screen and the Dump Truck cloud storage service on the right. From the dashboard you can download the VyprVPN app for Mac,Windows, Android or iOS. You could also find links to manual setups of these devices there as well.
Installing the client application took only a few moments. Since VyprVPN also supports the OpenVPN protocol, the installer adds the TAP-WIN32 adapter in Windows and a helper on Mac OSX, in the same way as IPVanish.
Starting the software for the first time (On Mac OSX), opens up an application window where you enter the login credentials and select the geographic location of the server to connect to or the fastest server. One thing that was a little annoying was that I had to open the application preferences to actually change the protocol or the encryption settings, not a deal breaker, but most VPN applications allow you to change these settings directly in the main application window. The software is simple and it is easy to forget it is running as it leaves a little icon in the status bar on the Mac and the system tray on the PC.
VyprVPN comes in three packages, Basic, Pro, and Premier. VyprVPN Basic, at $6.67 per month or $80.04 per year, can only be used for one device. It uses the PPTP protocol standard and 128-bit encryption for its VPN connections. PPTP is the most common protocol as it is built into most desktop and mobile operating systems, making it easy to set up. Using only light weight encryption makes it the fastest VyprVPN option available.
Users who want to use Vypr on their iOS and Android devices must sign up for VyprVPN Pro, at $14.99 per month or $99.96 per year. The Pro version supports protocols PPTP, OpenVPN SSL, and L2TP/IPSec. Both Pro and Premier plans offer Chameleon, a modified version of OpenVPN from Vypr. While PPTP uses 128-bit encryption, L2TP/IPSec uses 256-bit encryption and OpenVPN offers both 160-bit and 256-bit. L2TP/IPSec has the highest encryption with the tradeoff of slower performance. OpenVPN is reliable and performs well. OpenVPN is not available for iOS. The Pro version can be used on two devices. Premier supports three devices at $10.00 per month, or $120 per year. VyprVPN has the most expensive plans we’ve reviewed and they charge more for basic encryption features that are already included with most other VPN services – Something to keep in mind while comparing providers.
VyprVPN Basic also offers users 10GB online storage for free on Golden Frog’s cloud storage service, Dump Truck. Pro users get 25GB and Premier users get 50GB. With Dump Truck, users can securely upload and share files with others. Vypr offers a three-day trial of its software with a 500MB bandwidth cap.
Performance and Speed:
I tested Vypr using OpenVPN 256-bit encryption and I didn’t notice any discernible lag. I was able to view Netflix and YouTube videos without any issues while connected.
To test network speed, I ran the speed tests on SpeedTest.net once I was back home on my cable connection. The tests are designed to show download and upload speeds when connecting to servers in different cities. I determined my location by looking up the IP address and then looked for a city closest to that location to run the test. I ran the test twice with the VPN service turned off, and again when I turned it on, and picked the best results. The figures below are over a wired cable ISP connection.
Performance was not as consistent as I would have thought but it was pretty quick in most cases. While it isn’t the fastest VPN service, if speed matters that much to you, VyprVPN is definitely a contender. Speeds domestically in the USA were pretty good, but we have seen better overseas performance from other VPN providers.
VyprVPN is a solid performer for anyone located in the U.S. Unless you are willing to fork over the additional cash to get features that you would normally get from other providers at a lower price, forget about VyprVPN and look elsewhere.