- 1 Pros
- 2 Cons
- 3 Overview
- 4 Servers
- 5 Informative Panel
- 6 Real-time Speed Graph
- 7 Sorting, Filtering, and Listing Favorite servers
- 8 Control Over Connection
- 9 Chameleon Protocol
- 10 Port Selection Option
- 11 Advanced Settings
- 12 Connection Time Analysis
- 13 Speed Test
- 14 User Interface and Experience
- 15 Security
- 16 Platforms
- 17 Customer Support
- 18 Conclusion
- NAT Firewall: The provider has made
several efforts to safeguard the users’ data. One of the implementations that’s
done to achieve complete protection is NAT Firewall. Its addition doesn’t allow
the entry of unwanted and harmful data packets in the system.
- Chameleon Protocol: Availability of
Chameleon Protocol ensures bypassing restrictions placed by the government,
corporation, and ISPs against the use of
VPN. The client does it by hiding the VPN
trafficing by disguising it as the standard traffic making it less detectable.
It is useful for the users of countries such as China where the use of VPN is
- Connection Options: You can choose that
when you want to connect the application to the VPN as it provides you the
facility of automatically connecting it on “Application launch,” “Windows
Startup,” or/and “Whenever the VPN gets disconnected.”
- Own DNS Servers: VyprVPN has its DNS
servers which is a zero-knowledge DNS completely owned by the Golden Frog that
supports user’s privacy.
- Configurable Kill Switch: When the VPN
connection drops, if the kill switch is turned ON then it will block all the
internet traffic so that no data leakage takes place. In VyprVPN, you have the
option to choose that when you wish to block the traffic. If the application is
ON, then the kill switch feature will not allow you to use the internet. For
using it you need to quit the application. You can choose to keep the kill
switch ON even after you quit the application by clicking on the second radio
button available in the “Configure Kill Switch” window.
- OpenVPN configurations: if you wish to
use OpenVPN then you can adjust the level of encryption along with it by
changing the key length. Port selection option is also present in configuration
- Availability of client in different languages: Under the “General” tab, you have the option to select the
preferred language amongst the ten plus languages provided in the list. That
would help a user to understand and explore the features in a familiar language
which makes the user experience better.
- Verbosity: Verbosity feature permits the
user to adjust the privacy level required. By adjusting the log level, one can
control the amount of data that they can store.
- No log Policy: Leviathan Security Group
conducted the audit of VyprVPN logging policy and has validated that the
company doesn’t keep any logs.
- Live Chat Support: Availability of live
chat makes it easy for the user to contact the support whenever any issue
arrives. It makes the application trustworthy, and customers can rely on it.
- Connection Time: It doesn’t get
connected instantly, but in our experience, it never took more than one minute
to establish a connection. However, this is the case whenever you let the
application select the server automatically. If you connect to the server with
manually connecting it, the connection time is reduced to fifteen seconds.
- No Extension: There is no extension
available for Chrome, Firefox, or any other mainstream browser. One can’t use
the application directly by adding it in browsers.
|Protocols||PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, Chameleon|
|Platforms||Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Router, Linux, Smart TV, Blackphone|
|Connections||Up To 5 Devices|
|Payment Options||Credit Card, Paypal, AliPay|
|Support Options||Email Support, Live Chat|
|Pricing From||$ 5/mo Billed Yearly|
|Free Trial||3 Day Free Trial|
Golden Frog has earned its reputation
because of the continuous efforts that the company
performs to safeguard the people’s
Its product VyprVPN launched with Chameleon protocol technology provides protection from all kind of attackers and hackers. Without compromising with the speed and performance, they have developed VyprVPN.
As the company is headquartered in
Switzerland, one doesn’t need to worry about the jurisdiction. Generally, the
countries which are members of “Fourteen Eyes” surveillance group doesn’t let
the citizens have complete privacy. Thankfully, Switzerland is not a part of
this group, and hence, you can enjoy the internet free from the eyes of
have gone through every feature that this protection beast offers. There were
minor upgrades that are required. However, VyprVPN maintains a customer forum
where they can add suggestions, and they
are always taken into consideration when
any changes are made.
With some common configurations, some advanced options are also provided which works to boost up the security and speed of
the VPN. However, these are “not to change” configurations which are only
required to change when advised by Golden Frog’s executive.
Provision for such configurations shows the
seriousness of the provider to take down every possible way by which data
breach could occur. Let’s see if their attempts have accomplished their aim or
With the help of seven hundred plus server
locations, VyvrVPN has covered all the prominent locations where huge user base
These seven hundred servers are located in
seventy plus locations which are in sixty plus countries. A limited number of
countries have multiple server locations such as the United States and
Australia. However, due to smart placement, the server distribution is done
efficiently amongst the users of different countries.
As there is at least one server location in
sixty plus countries, the user of that country can connect with that server,
and in case if the load is high, there is a high chance that the neighboring
country would also be having a server location.
Every server location, on an average has
more than ten servers because of which the possibility of the high load is very
less. However, as the United States has a huge VPN market and vast area,
multiple server locations are necessary.
In North America, out of thirteen server
locations, eight are located in the United States. The other five are in
Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, El Salvador, and Panama. In this way, the users of
this continent don’t require to connect with the servers of other continents,
avoiding excessive load on those servers.
Similarly, if we take you to Oceania, you
will find four server locations: three in Australia and one in New Zealand.
Generally, Australians users are left out and very few providers place multiple
servers here. However, in the case of VyprVPN, one can expect more than ten
servers in the continent by taking the requirement of the VPN in consideration.
European market is always welcoming for VPN
providers if they have capability of satisfying the European users.
our knowledge, no country has multiple servers’ locations in Europe, but due to
the relatively smaller area, one location is sufficient. Anyway, wherever it is
required, they can add server to that location. Here, twenty-five server plus
countries have server, and if the load is high, its for sure that neighboring
server is there for the help. However, they may add more server locations in
the countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands which have vast
number of users.
This VPN provider has focused on the Asian
users also by implementing servers in twenty countries. However, they have not
added any server for China and so, Chinese users can connect to Hong Kong’s or India’s
Like every other VPN provider Africa and
South America are not main targets. It is because there is limited userbase and
adding server would be a costly deal. Even after that, they have added four
server locations in South America (Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Uruguay)
and two in Africa (Egypt and Algeria) .
They may also add servers in South Africa as it is one of the preferred
countries where other VPN providers add their servers.
However, these many servers and their placement ensures high speed for most of the locations. For instance, If you are connecting to the server located in Europe from somewhere from the Nigeria, it won’t deliver a good speed due to the huge distance and presence of massive userbase that may have already using that server. So, it’s not a good option for the countries where servers are not present in own country or in the neighboring countries.
As soon as we were done with the simple installation process, we got started with
the VyprVPN, and the first thing that caught
our eyes was the informative panel present in the lower portion of the screen.
It contains the information about:
- VyprVPN IP Address
- Time Connected
- Encryption and Protocol
- NAT Firewall status
But is this information relevant to the
user? Well, the change in your IP address proves the connectivity of VPN. You
will directly know about the encryption and protocol, and that provides the idea if it’s required to change or not. But,
yes, if you need to change it, you have to find them in the options and change
the key length and protocol separately. NAT Firewall status helps to ensure the
security. If due to some malfunction it gets disabled, you will directly know
about it through this informative panel.
Even though, the IP before the connection
and after the connection are visible on the screen, it doesn’t mean that they
are logging the data. The information is only visible on the client and
connection is not stored.
Also, they do not keep any timestamp.
located above the informative panel with X-axis displaying the time and
Y-Axis displaying the internet speed. On the top right corner of the graph, you can watch the change in download and
By the graph itself, you can find if the
proper speed is maintained or not. If the speed is low, you can switch to
another server or else change the
protocol. The graph helps you to provide information that when you need to make
the changes for obtaining an optimum speed.
The graph only shows the live speed and
change in the speed. No bandwidth tracking is performed to display this data.
Sorting, Filtering, and Listing Favorite servers
List of Servers offered in the client
has seventy plus server locations, and thus it is essential to add sorting and
only ways by which you can sort the server locations. First: by the name, and
second by the ping rate.
option by the “Name” is helpful to find a particular country. If you know the
name of the country, you don’t need to check the whole list to find it. All you
need to do is to scroll down to the initial Alphabet, and in that way, you can
connect to it within seconds. However, it is not recommended to connect to it
if the ping rate is high.
this issue, sorting according to the “Ping” is available. The server with the
lowest ping appears on the top and that is considered reliable. However, if you
refresh the list after a few seconds, you will notice that the order has
changed because of the change in ping rates of many or all the servers.
if you are able to identify a particular server whose ping doesn’t change much
even after you refresh again and again, then that server will provide you a
consistent speed. VyprVPN has the option to select the ‘fastest server,’ but
the server which is fastest at a moment, could be slower in the next.
option according to ping rate is definitely useful for identifying the
it’s easy to find a particular server by shorting the servers. That’s how the
filtering option works.
help of VyprVPN’s server filtering option, you have the choice to see the
servers of particular continents.
instance, if you are in Asia, and wish to see only the Asian servers, all you
need to do is to checkmark “Asia” under the region tab. If you want to include
the both Asian and European servers in the list, then you can checkmark both
“Europe” and “Asia.” Similarly, you can include the other continents also.
and Filtering options can be used together. Let’s continue with the previous
example where you have selected the Asian and European servers. Now you can
sort them according to the “Ping” to identify the server with the lowest ping
available in the selected region.
way, VyprVPN provides its users the facility of selecting the most efficient
server for a particular region.
Some servers located in a particular
country could be useful to you if you
want to access the content that is only available in that country. Also, if you
find some servers have better performance for your location, then it’s
beneficial to save them.
VyprVPN provides provision to create a list
of your favorite servers, and you can
connect with them directly by exploring the list.
You will find that by simply clicking on
the location icon located on the right of the connect button. Two other options
are available in which one of them provides a list of all the servers and the
second option directly connects your device with the fastest server available.
Control Over Connection
You will experience a number of networks available around you, and many of them could be untrusted. The system will automatically
get connected to the VPN as soon as you connect with an untrusted network.
It also provides a kill switch that turns
off all the internet traffic if the VPN goes off unexpectedly. That saves your
data and information from the hands of cyber-criminals.
It also provides “content on start” option
and checking on it will directly connect your device when it turns on, or else you can choose to turn it on when the
VyprVPN started. However, it’s your opinion that you wish to connect
automatically or not. Even if this option is present, it won’t take much effort
in connecting the device manually by pressing the connect button that appears
as you start the application.
Four protocol options available including Chameleon
That’s a highlighted feature of this VPN as
the company itself has developed it. It
uses 256-bit key that can’t be broken by brute force.
The chameleon protocol uses stealth VPN technology which is more prominent in
bypassing firewalls and applications that intend to block VPN traffic.
The protocols with VPN stealth technology have the ability to disguise VPN traffic as
regular web traffic which helps to maintain the secrecy.
However, this protocol is currently not
available for iOS, but they provide
L2TP/IPSec with a 256-bit key that is regarded
as one of the most secure protocols, which is
even available for every VyprVPN plan.
Port Selection Option
Port selection configuration option is
available for Chameleon and OpenVPN protocols only. But, generally, these are the protocols which we
prefer because they are more secure in comparison of L2TP/IPSec and PPTP.
There are two options available: Automatic
and manual. Initially, the port selection is made
automatically by VyprVPN, but you can
change the port if you find that the automatically selected port is blocked. The manual
selection is done for avoiding port
blocking and throttling.
Various Configurations & Advanced Settings
VyprVPN provides some advanced settings even
if they are not generally required to change. It is advised only to alter them
if asked by the VyprVPN executive. However, they are provided to make the use
of internet more secure by having better
control over the VPN features.
- Route Delay: This option is provided for better
stability of the software which is required. It is
provided when Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is used to
remove the manual task IP address configuration. Route Delay provides time for
DHCP to be completed before routes are added.
- TAP Adapter: This virtual
network interface is used by VPNs to connect with internet privately. One
advance setting in VyprVPN is this that they provide VyprVPN Tap Adapter in
addition to OpenVPN Tap Adapter. This is
useful when any failure occurs in OpenVPN Tap Adapter. At that time, you can
directly select the VyprVPN Tab Adapter to continue using the internet privately.
- Verbosity: Verbosity provides
the connection log details, and it is
available with ten different levels. By default, VyprVPN has set verbosity to
level 3. You can change it to a higher
level which provides you with more
advanced troubleshooting but then it comes with the cost resource, and it may slow down the machine.
- MTU: Maximum transmission unit
is the size of data packets which are used
for data transmission. Generally, it is set to 1500 bytes but required to alter
when your network and in the app could cause trouble, such as websites failing to
- TLS Timeout: It is a great
feature useful where the connection is
poor. When you increase the TLS timeout, there are more chances of establishing
a successful connection.
These settings are provided as “advanced’ option and are not required to change unless asked by the executive or else, the application can cause trouble. Generally,
other VPNs automatically change the settings, and
that’s why they aren’t visible to the user.
VyprVPN provides the manual option, just in case, if by default settings aren’t
Connection Time Analysis
VyprVPN’s Connection time analysis is done
by selecting the fastest server. We already know that there is an option
available by which the VyprVPN selects the fastest server automatically.
When we selected that option, maybe the
server to which we connected the system was the fastest server at that moment,
but it keeps changing if there is any change in the ping. There is a
possibility that they select the fastest server according to the lowest ping at
In these ten trials, the application has
changed the servers multiple times (Maldives, Singapore, Switzerland, and Czech
It is because for every trial, fastest
server was different.
Now let’s talk about the time taken for
establishing the connection. We have reviewed several VPN applications, and
somehow VyprVPN has the highest connection time than most of the other VPN
services. It was unexpected as the other aspects were fulfilling the users’
Now, we wanted to know that why such an
issue is present in VyprVPN’s case.
Well, the good news is such a high
connection time is only rendered when we allow VyprVPN to automatically select
the server. There is a possibility that it checks the ping for every server and
then concludes that which ping is the lowest. However, if that’s the case, the
ping may change even before we connect the system to the application. Also, it
will take thirty-seven seconds on an average.
We manually connected the system to the
same server with was selected by the application automatically. This time it
only took fifteen seconds to establish the connect.
That means it takes twenty-two seconds to
identify the fastest server and another fifteen seconds to establish the
So, it will cut fifteen seconds of
connection time if you select the select the server by yourself.
However, they need to upgrade the speed of
selecting the fastest server, as it’s not possible to manually identify the
server every time.
If we consider that, even the precision is
very low due to a large range. With the lowest connection time of thirty seconds
and highest connection time of fifty-seven seconds, the range delivered is of
But in the case of manual server selection,
the range is of just two-three seconds.
Overall, the connection time taken by
VyprVPN to establish a connection is very high in comparison of the other VPN
providers. Also, the precision is unacceptable, and it is one significant
limitation of the application.
Effect on the speed before and after connecting toweb VyprVPN
downloads and upload speeds before the connection were 42.58 Mbps and 27.52
Mbps respectively, having a ping of 5 ms.
connected the device by selecting the ‘fastest server’ option which lets the
application automatically selects the server. There is high probability that
the server is selected according the ping.
Amongst all the cases, this case has the lowest ping, but not the fastest speed. That means if one connects to the server using this feature than it may not deliver the fastest speed.
case, the download and upload speeds are 24.55 Mbps and 14.05 Mbps respectively.
One can notice that the reduction in the download speed was 42% and upload
speed was 50%.
reduction is expected and isn’t acceptable. It may be good enough for browsing
and average quality streaming, but one can’t use it for high quality streaming
if the speed offered by the ISP is 10 Mbps. However, if the ISP offers a high-speed
equivalent to ours then it won’t be an issue.
it’s the case that if the distance decreases then the speed increases. Taking
this situation in consideration, we connected to the closest server location
which we found manually.
the download speed was higher than the previous case. It was 27.07 Mbps which
is 2.52 Mbps higher than the automatically selected server. However, the
download speed experienced heavy reduction as this server delivered just 3.77
Mbps. The reduction was of nearly 84%.
Even though, connecting to the closest server offers high download speed, it won’t be a good option if two-way connection is required. In that situation, you may receive the information efficiently, but it may take some for sending the information.
servers to which we established connection were the server having the lowest
ping of Europe, and the server having the lowest ping of North America.
United States is a major VPN market, we were expecting high speed while
connecting to North American server. However, the decrement in the speed was
more than half of the original download and upload speeds. Speed recorded were
only 19.00 Mbps for downloading and 16.08 Mbps for uploading. However, the
server was thousands of miles away from our location, and it could also be a
reason for such decrement.
the last cast we identified the fastest server amongst all the cases. The
server was from Czech Republic and it was having the lowest ping amongst all
the European servers at that moment.
Republic server delivered speeds of 34.76 Mbps and 26.81 Mbps for downloading
and uploading. This much reduction is justified as an additional security layer
is added which encrypts the data. Because of that, the reduction will surely
occur. Also, the distance between our location and the server is very large. It
is remarkable that they deliver this much speed even after that.
Now, as you already know about the various cases, you can judge that how one can identify the server which provides high speed. If you manually connect to the server with the lowest ping, then probably you will get a good speed.
User Interface and Experience
With the addition of an informative panel, the real-time speed graph and option of multiple locations, an
excellent user interface is provided. Every option is easy to discover, and configuration for every feature is provided. This
provides complete user control over the
app and allows you to use the app as you like.
If you click on the settings icon, it will
discover a list of choices from which you need to click the “Option.”
A new dialog box containing various
settings will appear on the screen. Remember you directly can’t close the application
now. For doing that, you need to first close this dialog box.
These settings are distributed under six
tabs: Connection, Protocol, DNS, General, Advanced, and Account. These settings
are already discussed in the previous sections separately.
However, there are few mores features such
as adding third-party DNS servers. But it is only recommended when a consistent
connection isn’t available. Third party DNS servers may log the data, but
VyprVPN’s DNS servers doesn’t log any DNS requests.
Language selection helps the user to
understand different features in his own language. This makes the utilization
of the application easier. Some more features related to notification are
In total, these features are sufficient to render a good user experience. Server sorting and filtering options also help to select ‘the perfect server’ for your location which generally delivers high speed.
The customer support is also active, and
one gets the reply to the emails in a very short period.
All this are the building blocks of a good
user experience which VyprVPN has placed smartly and effectively.
VyprVPN doesn’t allow one to change the
type of encryption used. However, you can change the protocol and key length
which also plays an important role in safe-guarding
As already discussed, the addition of
Chameleon protocol is itself enough to make the VPN trustworthy. It also allows
you to configure the key-length (either 160-bit
key or 256-bit key) for Chameleon and
Kill switch feature is also added for the
security purpose. It stops all the internet traffic automatically as soon as it
is discovered that the VPN has stopped
Third party DNS is a platform that could
help hackers to obtain the data. We discovered that apart from third-party DNS option, VyprVPN also renders
the option of connecting with its DNS which avoids data breaching. It also has
DNS leak prevention which doesn’t allow the window
to leak your DNS data by connecting your device with another DNS.
They support all the mainstream platforms
excluding Windows Phone, and only support Android 4.0 or higher and iOS 9 or
higher. The number of features also varies for different Operating Systems.
They are highly compatible with Windows PC and provide all kind of protocols
and option for port selection. For iOS,
the Chameleon protocol is absent as
discussed earlier and port selection is also not available.
Also, VyprDNS always acts as a zero-knowledge DNS irrespective of the device. It
also offers the service for QNAP which makes it preferable for the corporate sector.
As they offer two plans: VyprVPN and
VyprVPN premium, one needs to select one of them. VyprVPN only allows three
devices to connect simultaneously, whereas the premium plan allows five
However, the application is available for
routers: DD-WRT, OpenWTR, and ASUSWRT, and so, one can configure VyprVPN on
routers. From there, all the devices can directly connect to the router for
taking the advantage of the virtual private network.
Only an individual is allowed to connect to
configuration is available and only one person needs to use VyprVPN, then even
the plan with three devices would be sufficient.
The only missing part is the browser
extension which is not available even for Chrome and Firefox. However, you can
use the application, and browsing can be improved directly from it.
Help and support are the most the basic requirement through which a user could reach
the company. The live chat option is provided
on the golden frog’s website. In addition to a 27/7 live chat, they also have
an active email support which replies to the users’
emails in a short period.
You can also contact support directly
through the software program or contribute to the VPN’s better functioning by
reporting a bug.
They also provide a particular section
dedicated to the users, “Forum” where they can upload a query to which other
users can also reply. This helps to
detect the problem and finding the solution at the same time. The topics are discussed in the forum and results in help in
upgrading the application.
The “Feature Request” option is another way
how they strive to improve every moment. The users keep posting the ideas and
features that can be added which are
taken care by customer support after that.
VyprVPN, a Golden Frog product has placed itself on a different platform by providing a variety of features that gives complete control of the software to the user. This makes it more effective for a user of a particular region who requires to access particular content.
You can prioritize speed, security or
stability without compromising much with the other two. With the features such
as Chameleon Protocol, VyprDNS, Advanced Settings, and Nat Firewall, a data
breach will become a myth for you if you use VyprVPN.
You don’t even need to worry about the
information provided while creating the account are stored in secure databases.
The support is also reliable as we received
fast responses from both: email support and the live chat.
Some more advancement is required, and functionality could be improved. It can
also add more protocol options and server location. However, we recommend
VyprVPN as it has proved its capability for accessing content and avoid data
breach in several locations all over the world.