(Updated: Feb 2017) This is our review of VyprVPN, based on our VPN testing results from China. Besides this Vypr VPN review, we have also reviewed a number of other VPN services. If you are looking for a reliable VPN services to be used in China, Please also read our list of Best VPNs for China.
- Stable connections and fast speed
- Has technology to avoid China’s VPN blocking
- Has Chinese language page and accepts Alipay payment
- Mac and Android apps support connection per app.
- Easy to reach customer service
- Advanced features targeting China users are only available in the more expensive Premium plan, not in the basic plan.
Starting Price: $5/month
Free Trial: 3 day free trial.
Simultaneous Connections: 3 to 5 (depending on plan)
VyprVPN, as one of the most popular VPNs, is a service provided by Golden Frog, a company incorporated in Switzerland. VyprVPN claims to be “the world’s fastest VPN”. It has users in 195+ countries and owns 50+ worldwide server locations, 700+ servers and 200,000+ IPs.
VyprVPN for China:
Based on our tests from China, we confirm that users can sign up VyprVPN’s services from China and VyprVPN’s VPN services can be used in China.
In order to help China users to bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) by the GFW, VyprVPN also provides a proprietary method called Chameleon, which scrambles VPN packet data to make the VPN connection hard to be detected and blocked. Please note that Chameleon VPN is only available in VyprVPN’s Premium Plan, not in its basic plan.
VyprVPN’s VyprDNS service, which comes with their VPN accounts, can help preventing DNS man-in-the-middle attacks, which is one of common ways in which China’s internet blocking operates.
In addition, Chinese visitors can choose to use the Simplified Chinese language to visit their website, which is not very common among International VPN providers.
VyprVPN accepets Alipay as a payment option, which should be convenient to China users.
Recently we have seen stronger VPN blocking in China. Many VPN providers suffered from complete blocking. However, VyprVPN seems to suffer less from China VPN blocking, probably due to its Chameleon technology and its experiences in working with China VPN users.
VyprVPN provides apps for Windows, Mac, Android, IOS and router. Users can choose between multiple protocols, including PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN (160-bit and 256-bit). In addition, VyprVPN offers a proprietary method called Chameleon, which scrambles OpenVPN package metadata to make it hard to be recognized or blocked. This feature could be useful for users in China and it’s only provided in its Premium Plan.
VyprVPN’s Basic plan allows 3 simultaneous connections. Its Premier plan allows 5 simultaneous connections.
VyprVPN’s desktop software for Mac and its Android app has a nice featured called connection per app, which allows users to control VPN connection behavior on a per-app basis. If you only want to use VPN on some software/apps but don’t want to use it on the others, you can use this feature to set up.
VyprVPN does not block or monitor any type of traffic. As a result, torrenting is allowed. Also, there’s no limits on speed and server switching for using VyprVPN.
VyprVPN’s Premium plan provides another feature called VyprVPN Could, which allows users to configure their own server to utilize VyprVPN’s technology and access the server using VyprVPN’s software and apps. Basically, you get your own server and your own dedicated IP address. This feature might be useful to advanced users and business VPN users. Technical skills are required to use this service though.
VyprVPN’s Price & Free Trial:
VyprVPN offers 2 packages, each with a monthly plan and a yearly plan:
- Monthly: $9.95/month
- Annually: $5.00/month
- VyprVPN Premium:
- Monthly: $12.95/month
- Annually: $6.67/month
VyprVPN offers a 3 day free trial to try out their VPN service for free. For users who only to use VPN occasionally, Vypr VPN also offers a free account with a data usage limit of 1 GB per month.
Note that VyprVPN’s basic plan doesn’t support the Chameleon protocol, which is very useful to bypass China’s VPN blocking. For China VPN users, we recommend go with the VyprVPN’s Premium plan.
VyprVPN’s VPN Software:
VyprVPN provides software for many platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, IOS and router. We downloaded their desktop client for Mac OS. The installation process was straight-forward and the software interface is clean and intuitive.
With the desktop software, you can connect/disconnect to VPN and also change servers and switch connection methods.
When the VyprVPN client software is running, an icon will stay on the menu bar (or called system tray on Windows) and will indicate whether you are currently connected or not.
VyprVPN’s iOS App:
VyprVPN offers a free iOS app that users can download from Apple’s App Store. You can search for “VyprVPN” in the app store to find and install this app.
VyprVPN’s Android App:
VyprVPN also offers a free Android app that users can download from the Google Play Store. You can search for “VyprVPN” in the Google Play store to find and install this app.
Connections & Speed Test for VyprVPN:
Is VyprVPN stable enough and fast enough to be used in China? For this test, we used a Mac from Beijing, China. Our ISP is China Unicom. Without VPN, we could get a pretty fast download speed of around 64Mb/s. Below is the SpeedTest.net test result without connecting to VPN. Please note: this speed only reflects the speed for visiting local websites within China. International speed would be much lower than that. We show this result only to give you a rough idea about how fast our current ISP is:
Then we used VyprVPN’s Mac desktop client to connect to their Japan server using the OpenVPN protocol. We got a download speed of 39.73Mb/s, which is very fast. Below is the SpeedTest result:
VyprVPN is one of the most stable and fastest VPNs we have test in China.
On VyprVPN’s website, there’s a link for live chatting with their customer support. We tried it a few times. Every time we were able to chat with a support representative within 1 minute. VyprVPN’s customer support was one the fastest and the most responsive ones among the VPN providers we’ve tested.
VyprVPN Review Conclusion:
VyprVPN offers good VPN services with a lot of servers to choose from. Users can sign up their service from China and use their VPN in China. VyprVPN is one of the most stable and fastest VPNs that we have test in China. To take advantage of VyprVPN’s Chameleon technology to defeat China’s VPN blocking, we suggest signing up for the VyprVPN Premium Plan.
If you are looking for a reliable VPN services to be used in China, Please make sure to read our list of Best VPNs for China.