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While VyprVPN has offices in Texas, its parent company, Golden Frog, is incorporated in Switzerland. For anyone that doesn’t want their government to know what they get up to online, this is great news: Switzerland owes no allegiance to the Five, Nine, or Fourteen Eyes programs.
That said, user privacy isn’t complete. The company, like many other VPN services, retains logs on each user’s source IP address, the address of the Vypr server that they connected to, connection times, and how much data was transmitted during each individual session. These records are kept for 30 days to help the company deal with billing issues and to address crimes (as required by Swiss law) performed while using the service. If any of this makes you uncomfortable, you’ll want to take your VPN needs elsewhere. That said, the Swiss do well to balance the issue of law enforcement and the right to online privacy. Your information, provided you’re not caught committing a crime, will be safe.
You should also know that while Golden Frog’s founders are proponents of a free and open Internet, they’re very much against intellectual property crime. You should choose a different VPN if you plan on doing any torrenting of copyrighted material.
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VyprVPN: Security, software, servers, and speed
While we weren’t able to come up with any exact numbers, VyprVPN’s website states that they operate over 700 servers in over 70 different countries. VyprVPN writes, hosts, and owns all of their servers and DNS—theoretically, they’re the only ones who’ll have access to your private information.
VyprVPN uses AES-256 encryption to lock its network away from prying eyes. If this isn’t enough data security for you, then you’ll definitely want to consider VyprVPN’s premium level plan, which comes with access to the company’s proprietary Chameleon technology. Chameleon is designed to scramble user metadata, confounding Deep Packet Inspection. If you’re living in a country that blocks web traffic or frowns upon the use of VPNs, you’ll be more likely to be able to connect to the sites that matter most to you and less likely to be tracked or located by government agencies for doing so.
The premium plan also provides a NAT firewall that blocks unrequested inbound traffic from making it to your computer. This in conjunction with macOS’s built-in firewall functionality should make it difficult for anyone to mess with your computer or your personal information.
No matter which package you choose to go with, you’ll find the VyprVPN app to be easy to install and use.
During testing, connecting to VyperVPN’s servers resulted in the following upload/download speed reductions versus connecting to the Internet without a VPN.
VyprVPN offers a three-day free trial to their prospective customers. Gaining access to it means signing up for one of the company’s two different tiers of service, but you can cancel at anytime, cost-free, within those three days. Should you decide not to cancel before the three-day trial period is up, you’ll be billed.
VyprVPN’s first level of service provides basic access to the company’s network of VPN servers, for up to three simultaneous connections (like your Mac, iPad and iPhone all at once, for example). An annual subscription at this level costs $5 per month, paid upfront at a very reasonable $60.
The second tier of service, VyprVPN Premium, runs close to $7 per month. This premium tier allows up to five simultaneous device connections, provides access to VyprVPN Cloud (a cloud VPN service aimed at protecting Virtual Box, DigitalOcean and Amazon Web Services users), and enables use of the company’s proprietary Chameleon Protocol. It’s also possible to use VyprVPN Premium on a month-to month basis, but doing so costs $13 per month.
VyprVPN accepts a number of forms of payment including PayPal, credit cards and AliPay. Unfortunately, there’s no option to pay for their services with an anonymous payment source such as Bitcoin. We feel this is strange, considering Golden Frog’s decades-long commitment to online privacy.
While VyprVPN’s connection speeds are less than spectacular, the company’s commitment to online user security, privacy, and maintaining an open internet for its clients is admirable. We recommend their VPN service to anyone dealing with sensitive online data, even given their logging policy.
Editor’s note: Because online services are often iterative, gaining new features and performance improvements over time, this review is subject to change in order to accurately reflect the current state of the service. Any changes to text or our final review verdict will be noted at the top of this article.
Séamus Bellamy is a travel and technology writer with bylines at Boing Boing, AFAR Magazine, BBC Worldwide and USA Today. A full-time digital nomad, Séamus calls Canada home--but he doesn't see it all that often.