VyprVPN by Golden Frog Review

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Overview

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing VyprVPN by Golden Frog. The full version of this software was provided at no charge to me by GeekBrainDump.com, in exchange for a review and opinion by myself. I have no affiliation with Golden Frog and have not been paid any compensation for this review.

VyprVPN is a Virtual Private Network service that allows you to tunnel all your internet traffic through a third party, thereby providing more security and anonymity while on the internet.

Installation & Operation

The installation on my laptop went without issue and was very straight forward.

The first thing I took note of was Golden Frog’s website. The “control panel” portion of the web site was very clean and had easy to use options and features. I was actually quite impressed by the web site, usually these type of software web sites are pretty plain and don’t have much functionality. This one was fully featured, with options where I could alter firewall settings, download the installers for various platforms (Windows, Mac OSX, Android, etc.), and check the status of my account. I was also given a 50 GB account on “Dump Truck”, Golden Frog’s secure online storage. I did not try Dump Truck, but it was interesting to see that it was paired with the VyprVPN offering.

The VyprVPN client opens up in a small window and also places itself in the system tray. I logged into my account no problem (e-mail and password authentication), and then I was prompted to establish the VPN with a big “connect” button. I clicked it. Then I clicked it again. Then I clicked it again. Then I got frustrated and took it out on my trackpad’s left click button. It simply wouldn’t respond. I decided to try rebooting, since the VPN installs an actual ‘network adapter’, so I thought maybe it needed a restart. Apparently it did, as after my restart, it connected just fine.

Once connected, the small VyprVPN window shows your current speed on a bar graph, your “VyprVPN IP address” which happens to be a 192. private IP, time connected, VPN protocol & encryption, as well as whether NAT firewall is enabled. VPN protocol & encryption showed OpenVPN – 256bit. In the options menu, I was able to change this to several different options, which is something I found very handy. Most VPN services only offer one standard of encryption, where-as this one allows you to choose between 5 different ones. NAT firewall allows programs and software to communicate over the internet without requiring custom port configurations.

The testing of this VPN software came at a great time, as I am travelling and currently (right this second, as I write this review) in a hotel. Now, it just so happens that I’m travelling because I’m deploying a new WiFi network in the hotel I’m staying at. Given that, I’m not personally concerned about the security on this particular network, but in general, hotel networks aren’t a place where you want to be accessing sensitive information (and the perfect place to use private VPN services).

A test with IPchicken.com showed that my public IP address did indeed change, and it now displays the 192. private address.
 

Thoughts

This is an extremely easy service and software to use. It installs quick, is easy and very intuitive to use, and it just plain makes sense. From all the testing I could do, the program does what it’s supposed to do, encrypts traffic and masks your public IP address. I used a multitude of other software, and had no problems with firewalls or ports or anything.

I also did not notice any slow down or degradation in internet speeds. This is very important. Often, VPN services (especially the really cheap ones) are slow and really affect performance on the internet. The regular WiFi here at the hotel is a sustained 5 mbps (I have access to a secondary, private WiFi that routes differently than the public, so I know I’m one of the only users using it). I found no slow down at all while using VyprVPN. Maybe at 50 or 100 mbps it might slow down, but in my scenario while travelling (which is probably when I’d be most likely to use such a service), I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

I also have to mention, again, the ability to choose between different encryption methods. This is REALLY handy, as it gives you flexibility in what you can use.

I did get annoyed at having to reboot after the installation. I think VyprVPN should incorporate an automatic “restart now” at the end of their installer. This way, people will know they need to restart and any potential issues could be adverted.

Conclusion

In conclusion, VyprVPN by Golden Frog appears to be an excellent private VPN service. At no point in my testing did I think “well, this isn’t really worth the ~$100.00 a year”. I have used other private VPN services before, and VyprVPN has simply been the best thus far. I would recommend VyprVPN for anyone looking into using private VPN services.

Author

Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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1 Comment

  1. Nicholas Fusco June 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Nice to know that the Windows application is easy to use. I will be testing it later this evening and this weekend.
    I’m really interested to see if I can manually configure it on my router to mask my whole network, but they limit web traffic to 2 devices so I’m not sure if it will work.

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