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VyprVPN is a VPN service provider, and in terms of basic functionality, it does everything that a VPN should do for you: It encrypts your online communications, routes your traffic through remote servers, and it does these things while offering a pretty intuitive user interface. All that is well and good, but we can go deeper. In this VyprVPN review, I’ll tell you all about what VyprVPN does well, where it might come up short, how much it costs, and whether or not I believe this service is worth your money. This review can’t make the final decision for you, but it can help guide you as you work through that process.
VyprVPN delivers core VPN functions simply and effectively. Once I installed the app, I could quickly and easily connect to one of VyprVPN’s servers. While connected, I was protected in every way I’d expect from a VPN: My data was encrypted and my browsing effectively anonymized as my internet traffic was routed through a VPN server. With VyprVPN running, no one can see what you’re transmitting, and no one will be able to pinpoint your location.
Using VyprVPN from outside of the United States, I was able to connect to a server in the U.S. and access the U.S. versions of websites automatically. When visiting the Netflix website, for example, I was able to get the U.S. version of the Netflix catalog. I streamed a few videos and found that VyprVPN was speedy enough to avoid buffering issues with streaming videos.
I also tested out VyprVPN’s “Chameleon” VPN protocol. This is VyprVPN’s proprietary alternative to protocols like OpenVPN and Wireguard (both of which are also supported by VyprVPN — it’s easy to change protocols within the settings). The Chameleon protocol worked well in my testing, though it’s important to note that evaluating the security of VPN protocols is always an ongoing process. I tend to gravitate towards OpenVPN and Wireguard, which are open-source protocols (being open source means that there aren’t any secrets about how these work, but in exchange for their transparency these protocols get a worldwide community of product testers and white-hat hackers fooling around with them, ready to identify and point out any potential security flaws).
Many of VyprVPN’s features are built into its VPN protocols: Things like DNS protection, for example, kind of come with the territory with VPNs. But there are some nice quality-of-life features that aren’t strictly tied to the basic VPN offerings, too. One that I really liked was the “public Wi-Fi protection” feature. I consider VPNs a must-have for any kind of public Wi-Fi use, but the public Wi-Fi protection feature is about more than just the typical VPN protections. This feature is actually a setting that remembers to automatically enable your VPN whenever you connect to a public Wi-Fi network. I found it really convenient, and I think it’s a feature that just about everyone should enable. It saves you the trouble of booting up your VPN every time you step into a coffee shop — and also protects you in case you forget!
Another nice feature is the “kill switch.” This is a failsafe feature that’s designed to cut off your connection to the internet if your VPN ever goes down in the middle of a session. Without it, any troubles with your VPN would suddenly leave you exposed. This is a pretty common feature for VPNs, but not quite one that I take for granted, so I was happy to see that VyprVPN had it.
I’ve reviewed quite a few VPN providers, not many can boast their own proprietary VPN protocol. Chameleon definitely sets VyprVPN apart. So does the Public Wi-Fi protection, which is a relatively uncommon idea that VyprVPN has executed well.
That said, this may be the time to mention that VyprVPN has far fewer servers than some competing VPN services. VyprVPN claims to have more than 700 servers, which is not a lot by the standards of the industry (some competitors have north of 5,000). Having too few servers can be an issue. With fewer servers to block, streaming services like Netflix could catch up with VyprVPN and prevent users from streaming foreign libraries. Plus, fewer servers means more people on each server, which in turn means competition for bandwidth and slower connection speeds. This isn’t the only factor in speed (the number of users also matters, of course — users per server matters more than the raw number of servers), but there’s no question that more servers is always better, and VyprVPN simply doesn’t have that many.
On top of this, I didn’t always feel like I was reaping the benefits of VyprVPN’s 700 servers. When I ran through the list of servers available to me, I personally could only count 71. Something is off in this department; my guess is that VyprVPN is not allowing users to select their own server in a region and is instead handling that task on its own (probably to make sure that traffic is allocated evenly to keep speeds up). VyprVPN kept me on speedy servers, but I still didn’t like the lack of control. Without the ability to choose from all of the servers, there’s a chance you could get stuck on a slow server in a country without any means to address the issue yourself.
For the most part, I found VyprVPN to be a pretty straightforward service to use. The apps are mostly uniform across the board, and that made testing the service on all of them pretty simple: Everything works in basically the same way.
If there is one thing to nitpick, though, it’s that VyprVPN perhaps goes too far in the direction of simplicity. The Windows app, in particular, sometimes feels like a mobile app that was ported over to the desktop. The way menus expand and contract is reminiscent of space-saving mobile apps, and the relatively large buttons in the UI feel as if they were designed for smaller displays. The Windows app also feels a bit sluggish. The app could really use a version that is more tailored to the Windows platform.
With its simple philosophy and consistent UI across devices (almost to a fault), VyprVPN reminds me quite a bit of TunnelBear. That service, too, puts a lot of the more “complicated” things out of sight, instead choosing to do a lot of the work on the user’s behalf. Even TunnelBear's plans and pricing have similarities to VyprVPN's — though that's to be expected, since a lot of VPN pricing structures are designed to lure you into paying for a year or more up-front.
If you want a VPN service that “just works,” as the late Steve Jobs might’ve put it, then maybe this approach will appeal to you. You’ll have a fairly easy time getting VyprVPN installed. Once you’ve done that and signed in, you can choose a server, get connected, and be browsing the web or watching Netflix in no time. There’s no additional hassle. By and large, these are all good things — but power users may find themselves looking for a faster app with more visible options to tweak.
When it comes to VPN services, there may not be more important aspects than security, privacy, and speed. On these fronts, VyprVPN does everything it should.
VyprVPN has a “no logs” policy, which means it doesn’t collect any information about how you use it. It has multiple safeguards in place to ensure you are never browsing the web unprotected, including a “kill switch” feature (which cuts the internet connection if the VPN goes down) and a “public Wi-Fi protection” feature (which automatically starts the VPN whenever you try to connect to a public Wi-Fi network).
VyprVPN lets users choose from a few different VPN protocols. WireGuard is, according to the company, the “fastest” and “best performing” — and I don’t disagree, which is why I was glad to see it enabled by default. Other available protocols include IKEv2, Chameleon, and OpenVPN. Chameleon is the most interesting of the bunch, as it promises to “bypass geo-blocks so you’re invisible to governments, corporations, and ISPs.” This particular protocol is a feature the service holds in high regard, though since I was browsing from a place where nothing is blocked, it was hard to judge how effective Chameleon actually was.
In my trials, VyprVPN was pretty speedy. When connecting to servers with low ping, I couldn’t see a discernible difference in how quickly things were loading versus browsing with the VPN turned off.
Running a speed test with VyprVPN both off and on didn’t surface any real concerns. Download and upload speeds were pretty much even in both scenarios, though expectedly, my ping did go up when connecting through the VPN. This means you might have a bit of trouble if you plan to use VyprVPN for online gaming, though that’s to be expected: VPN services always add extra ping to the equation. For streaming video from Netflix and from Hulu — the two services I subscribe to — VyprVPN worked like a charm. Losing a little speed is inevitable when using a VPN, but VyprVPN kept the issue to a minimum.
VyprVPN, like most other VPN service providers, has a whole bunch of apps available. For this review, I used VyprVPN on Windows, and on iOS using both an iPhone and an iPad. However, Android is also supported, as are some other types of phones, smart TV platforms, and routers.
Coupled with this impressive app support is strong support for simultaneous connections. VyprVPN allows you to connect up to five devices at once. Between a home PC, a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet, and a smart TV, you should have most of the devices in your house covered. If you have multiple family members wanting to use the service, though, you may hit the cap. Some competitors, like Surfshark, offer unlimited devices. VyprVPN can’t beat that, but its cap of five at least gives users some multi-device breathing room.
VyprVPN pricing is a bit confusing. VyprVPN advertises a “Standard Plan” priced at $9.95 per month or $60 per year. Unfortunately, you may find signing up for this particular tier frustrating. All links on the VyprVPN website lead to one signup page: the one for Premium. Perhaps that’s all that is available anymore, but if that’s the case, VyprVPN should really update its website.
With that said, VyprVPN’s Premium Plan has a fairly typical monthly price of $12.95. If you’re willing to up the ante a bit and pay more upfront, however, the service becomes a lot cheaper.
Can you part with $45 right away? If so, that’ll get you an entire year of VyprVPN, which breaks down to about $3.75 per month. Offering up $60 in advance gets you an even better deal. That’ll secure a VyprVPN subscription for two full years, which equates to about $2.50 per month. Based on those prices, it’s almost a no-brainer to go with a longer plan.
VyprVPN’s low long-term prices go a long way toward making it look like a strong value despite a few flaws (including a low server count). But VyprVPN still lags behind some other low-priced VPNs, including Surfshark, which we also reviewed.
At its core, VyprVPN seems to be about making the use of a VPN easy. It has some interesting features, to be sure — if you’re in a location where censorship is the norm, the Chameleon protocol it provides could be a real lifesaver. But a VPN protocol may also be something you’re not interested in fiddling with. Instead, you might just want to sign up, sign in, and get rolling.
In my experience, VyprVPN gets the job done. And it does so for a very low price, which is enough to make it a solid deal that ought to appeal to budget-minded VPN users. Still, it’s hard to ignore the areas where VyprVPN falls short. It’s server count, in particular, doesn’t measure up well against the competition.