Golden Frog’s VyprVPN service is based in Switzerland (a country with a reputation for protecting its citizens’ privacy), offers breezy connection speeds, and strong encryption standards to secure your online communications.
A three tiered VyprVPN price model is employed by Golden Frog for VyprVPN sign up – basic, at $6.67 a month with two parallel connections; pro, at $8.33 a month with 3 parallel connections, Chameleon protocol and NAT firewall; and premier, at $10 a month with 5 parallel connections, Chameleon protocol and NAT firewall.
We find the ‘pro’ package to be the most useful for the average internet user, not just because of the greater number of parallel VyprVPN logins allowed with a single VPN password/username, but also because it supports the proprietary Chameleon encryption technique (more on that later).
A 3 day VyprVPN free trial is available for those who want to try the service out first – but you still have to supply your payment information first. It’s just that the service charges you for the first month after the three day period has passed.
Being based in Switzerland, one would think that this VPN software’s privacy policies are completely non-intrusive, but the a little more research for our VyprVPN review revealed that the parent company is partly US-based, and as such, is subject to the invasive data monitoring laws of the country.
This is reflected in their 30 day log maintenance policy, and one of the reasons for keeping the log (according to the service itself) is to trace out a subscriber who has used it for illegal purposes. The information required for such traces could potentially be used to monitor the activity of innocent consumers as well.
VyprVPN uses a Tier-1 network comprising of 700 servers located in more than 50 different destinations around the world. This network is owned and managed in its entirety by the company itself, so users can enjoy blazing fast upload/download speeds.
Aside from utilizing industry standard OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec protocols, the service also uses a customized Chameleon™ standard. This technique takes normal OpenVPN 256 bit ciphering and also scrambles the metadata of your packet so it’s impossible to decrypt your information even if deep packet analysis is used by malicious individuals and/or country-wide firewalls.
The service does not support P2P filesharing though, which seems a waste considering the incredibly fast connections their extensive network supports. Still, you can enjoy hitch-free streaming of American Netflix, but those who are looking for a torrent VPN will have to look at the other VPN services we’ve reviewed.
Compatibility and Support
VyprVPN offers clean, well designed applications for iOS, Android, Mac OS X and Windows environments. The settings are explained quite simply and should be configurable by someone with limited computer knowledge if needed.
Aside from the usual support platforms, a dedicated user forum is also available for voicing your queries and getting help from an active community.
All in all, VyprVPN is an excellent service as far as functionality and security is concerned – it is only held back due to its data logging policy and no support for the P2P protocol.