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NordVPN vs VyperVPN
February 18, 2021
Let’s say you’re at the local market shopping for apples. You pick a few up, study them, and conclude that, from the outside, they all look the same. It isn’t until you get home that you discover the inside of one apple is no longer okay. You toss that apple in the garbage, and you wish you could’ve examined that apple in more depth before you paid for it.
Shopping for a VPN service can follow that same pattern, believe it or not. Many of them can look pretty similar in terms of what they offer, and it isn’t until you dig into the details that you can see how they differ. Today, we’re going to take a look at NordVPN vs. VyprVPN to see how the two stack up. By the time you reach the end, you should have a very good sense of which VPN you should spend your money on.
On the server side of things, it is really tough to beat NordVPN. That service has more than 5,500 servers located in 59 total countries. That’s more than most other VPN services, and it’s not close. NordVPN certainly has VyprVPN beat in this department. In our VyprVPN review, we couldn’t find a way to individually access the more than 700 servers the service claims to have on tap — we only counted 71 choices.
The battle is a little more even when you get to streaming. We tested both NordVPN and VyprVPN with Netflix as the constant and found we were able to access the U.S. library on the service from outside the country when connected to either. If streaming video from abroad is important to you, you shouldn’t run into trouble regardless of which VPN provider you choose here.
Security is an important thing for a VPN service to get right. The entire point of a VPN, after all, is to secure your internet connection. It’s a tool to encrypt your traffic and keep your private information safe. With that in mind, you’ll be pleased to know that both NordVPN and VyprVPN seem to put a premium on offering you the best security possible, though one takes a hit in one key area.
NordVPN is based in Panama, which doesn’t have any data retention laws or data sharing agreements to speak of. NordVPN also has a no-logs policy in place and makes use of several security protocols, including OpenVPN, IKEv2, WireGuard, and SSTP.
With VyprVPN, you’re getting pretty much the same things. VyprVPN has a no-logs policy. It also throws you a few options for security protocols, such as WireGuard, IKEv2, Chameleon, and OpenVPN. However, it is important for you to know that VyprVPN is headquartered in Austin, Texas. The United States, in case you don’t know, could very well make a request for data from VyprVPN if it so chose to do so. So that’s a worry you might have using VyprVPN that you otherwise wouldn’t have with NordVPN — though it’s mitigated by VyprVPN’s promise of no logs, which presumably means that there’s nothing to U.S. officials to subpoena.
How crucial is speed when using a VPN service? Ask yourself this: Are you willing to cut your internet speed by 25 percent when using a VPN? What about 50 percent? Could you take that type of a hit to your speed, or would the work you do fall apart when using that slower connection? If you want a VPN that won’t affect your internet speeds too much, you actually can’t go wrong with either NordVPN or VyprVPN.
When using NordVPN for our NordVPN review, we found that speed hits when connected were pretty small and barely noticeable. Files downloaded just fine, movies streamed as expected, and NordVPN basically faded into the background. If you don’t want to feel punished for using a VPN, NordVPN can keep your internet experience feeling pretty normal.
We got similar results in our tests of VyprVPN. The service lets you choose servers with the lowest ping, which is helpful. When doing that, we saw very negligible speed decreases and found that, just like with NordVPN, everything pretty much worked as expected.
Speed can be a real problem with some VPNs, but not with these two. Both are safe bets for fast connections.
Both of these VPNs offer a solid feature set, but neither packs in loads of extras. With NordVPN and VyprVPN, you’ll find the sort of perks that we tend to expect — the “kill switch” to block unprotected internet connections, for instance. Don’t plan to see any of the more extreme add-ons that some other services offer, like entire ad-blocking programs.
What that means, though, is that both services actually excel in the ease of use category. You see, the more you take out of an app, the easier it typically is to navigate. Without lots of bloat, it’s easier for users to find the server they want and then connect to it. Both NordVPN and VyprVPN take this approach, and each offers a smart and streamlined user experience.
Let’s talk about price a little bit. Price is a key factor in our NordVPN vs. VyprVPN showdown, given the pretty close race in the other big categories. Compared to other categories, this one is simple: One of these services is cheaper than the other in all situations, full stop. If you. care about keeping money in your wallet, you’ll probably care about these details a lot. So which service is which?
NordVPN will run you $11.95 a month for a single month of service, which is pretty typical when compared to other VPN providers out there. Bump that up to a one-year subscription that you pay for upfront, and you’ll fork over the equivalent of $4.92 per month. In short, NordVPN’s pricing is not too shabby at all.
But the VyprVPN pricing scheme is even better. VyprVPN charges just $9.95 for a one-month subscription, which out of the gate is already cheaper than NordVPN. When you pay upfront for an annual subscription, your effective monthly rate becomes $3.75 per month. That is $45 per year versus NordVPN’s $59.04. VyprVPN definitely wins this category.
Getting down to brass tacks, there may be different reasons you’d choose one of these VPN providers over the other one. Both have their pros and cons, and one could make an argument for either in certain use cases. If you want a provider with a lot of servers, and one that’s headquartered in a safer location, then NordVPN would fit you like a glove. If you want to save some money and you’re fine with sacrificing both servers and your privacy concerns, VyprVPN is a good choice.
Ultimately, it’ll all come down to how you’re going to use a VPN. Power users may prefer NordVPN, which has the edge in servers and a few other key categories. Others may see an easy way to save a few bucks with a service that’s very nearly as strong.
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