Online security is becoming a must for many people out there who are feeling like they are under surveillance at all times. VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are the most common form of online privacy; however, some people are looking for the simplest way while others want more control. VPN application VyprVPN from Golden Frog offers a solution for both. VyprVPN offers a simple user interface, but it allows for deeper customization within the settings. After opening the application, users are presented with a “Connect” button, a location section, and a bottom portion that shows how long you were connected to the VPN and what your IP address is.
After pressing connect, the application switches to a dark theme, representing you hiding in the shadows away from prying eyes. You can watch your IP address and location change before your eyes. Swiping to the left shows a Speed Graph that gives upload and download speeds. One more swipe gives you a Connection Log, showing information about when you connected to the VPN and what protocol you are using. Under the settings tab, you find the options for those who want to tweak their network. You have the option to change the protocol, use a third-party DNS, automatically connect on untrusted Wi-Fis, and manage trusted Wi-Fi networks.
Now the big question, how well does it work? In short, extremely well. I am using a 2013 Motorola Moto X on AT&T LTE in Louisiana. On Wi-Fi I experienced no speed loss at all. In fact, sometimes the speeds were faster with the service on. On LTE, the story is different. My download speed dropped by up to 90% at some points and the upload speeds reduced to around half. That being said, the speeds are still very usable and a decent price to pay for the security of online privacy.
You can get a free trial of VyprVPN, and once it has expired, you are given three different paid options. VyprVPN basic, VyprVPN Pro, and VyprVPN Premier, each with an increase in price. You can check out the differences on their website here. Overall, VyprVPN provides a VPN application that will please both those who simply want more privacy and those who want to tweak their settings.
What we liked:
- Easy to use
- Lots of settings to tweak
- Good data speed on Wi-Fi
- Good user interface
What we did not like:
- Slow data speed on LTE
- Packages can get expensive
- No free version aside from trial
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