Regular readers will wonder why I have suddenly started reviewing VPNs. Quite simply, there is considerable vulnerability from your online activities, whether you are emailing a business colleague or carrying out online banking, not to mention government snooping, ransomware attacks …
Also, people’s preferences differ widely. Some may want a simple install and click service while others may want to tweak the bells and whistles such as kill switches, DNS leaks etc. I hope my reviews provide the opportunity to test all and find the best for you.
The latest service to come to my attention is VyprVPN from Golden Frog which is based in Switzerland to take advantage of that country’s strict privacy laws. Switzerland has also established global frameworks and safe harbors with the EU, the United States and other countries, which extend privacy protection beyond its borders. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled in 2010 that IP addresses are personal information, and under Swiss privacy laws they may not be used to track Internet usage without the knowledge of the individuals involved.
As you would expect, setting up VyprVPN is simplicity itself and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes by choosing the easy connect button. This works out the fastest server from more than 700 and default protocol. The control panel, pictured right, provides a handy graph showing connection speeds, your allocated IP address, the type of protocol and encryption and whether or not the NAT firewall is enabled.
Going into settings via the cog icon at the top right of the control panel, you can choose a range of further options such as auto-reconnect, connect on start, activate the kill switch, auto-connect when running on an untrusted and open wi fi connection, change the protocol and more.
What is unique about VyprVPN is its Chameleon protocol. Golden Frog’s engineers have developed this proprietary VPN technology which scrambles OpenVPN packet metadata to ensure it’s not recognisable via deep packet inspection (DPI), while still keeping it fast and lightweight. The Chameleon technology uses the unmodified OpenVPN 256-bit protocol for the underlying data encryption. The result is that VyprVPN users are able to bypass restrictive networks put in place by governments, corporations and ISPs to achieve an open internet experience without sacrificing the proven security for which OpenVPN has long been known.
If you travel widely to countries such as China, Russia, Iran, Turkey etc, then VyprVPN is for you. A fuller explanation can be seen here.
VyprVPN maintains all its software, networks and hardware itself, there are no third parties involved. The company does keep minimal logs for 30 days to use with billing issues, troubleshooting, service offering evaluation and TOS issues, but they do not log a user’s traffic or the content of any communications.
VyprVPN also states it is the fastest VPN available. Sadly I have been unable to test this. My broadband connections comes through the air via a microwave signal and my provider is experiencing interference issues and has had to throttle the speeds from a normal 40mbs to 10. What I can tell you, however, is that VyprVPN seems very light to run, there is no massive whirring of the hard drive that I have experienced with some other VPN services. Also, there are no ad hoc drop outs which I have experienced with other VPNs.
The Android version is a slick and easy to use as the desktop package with a swipe right, multi-page control panel so you can see exactly what is happening with your connection. Seriously impressive.
All in all, VyprVPN comes over as a slick and light but robust VPN client. The basic plan will cost £4.08 a month when billed annually. There is the option to pay monthly which will set you back £6.95. This gives you unlimited data over three simultaneous connections. The premier plan costs
The premier plan costs £5.83 when billed annually (£10.50 monthly) and provides access to five simultaneous connections.
VyprVPN offers a three-day free trial. If you decide this is the VPN for you click the logo or this affiliate link and you will get 25 per cent off an annual subscription