VyprVPN is a service launched by Golden Frog, a company with a vision for the free Internet with high levels of privacy and security for its users. It was created as a response to the infamous Room 641a where the NSA conducted surveillance on AT&T’s networks. The company even filed papers regarding this activity with the FCC but was ignored. Instead of relying on the government to protect Internet users, Golden Frog was founded. Nowadays, VyprVPN is one of its essential tools for preserving a secure Internet with complete respect for user privacy.
We’ll point out a lot of positive practices but also some concerns when it comes to the overall security of VyprVPN and its founder, Golden Frog. So, stick around and learn everything safety-related about this VPN and whether it’s a good choice for you.
VyprVPN is based in Switzerland, a free European zone immune to any mandatory data retention laws. Switzerland is famous for its solid privacy laws, including the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act. On top of that, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled that IP addresses can’t be utilized without the people involved knowing about it.
One security concern arises from the fact that VyprVPN’s parent company Golden Frog is partially based in the United States. This is worrying since US companies can be compelled to hand over user data under the Patriot Act and FISA. This makes us believe that VyprVPN cannot protect user information to the extent it claims.
It is known that Golden Frog logs so-called “traffic data” and stores it for at least 30 days. It, however, does not keep the infamous data logs. Specifically, it will log your source and assigned IP, the timestamps of your sessions, the amount of bandwidth used, and so on.
VyprVPN supports OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and Chameleon, which is its proprietary encryption protocol. We would recommend choosing between OpenVPN and Chameleon, as they’re miles ahead of PPTP and L2TP/IPSec in terms of security.
Apart from being very reliable and fast, OpenVPN and Chameleon both utilize AES-256 cipher and digital certificates for data authentication. Chameleon has an additional edge due to its ability to mask VPN traffic and defeat deep packets inspections.
VyprVPN operates more than 700 servers spread across 70+ server locations. It also offers more than 200,000 IP addresses. That being said, the company is strongly against any kind of illegal P2P file sharing and torrenting. However, since there are no activity logs, the team is unable to differentiate between P2P and any other type of traffic, so you can download your favorite torrents without any potential repercussions.
We didn’t encounter any DNS leaks during our tests, but we always recommend that you do these tests online yourself as often as possible and draw conclusions during a longer period of time.
Golden Frog also offers VyprDNS, which is exclusively available to VyprVPN users.