Have you ever connected to a random WiFi network while traveling?
I have – countless times.
Well, it turns out connecting to any random WiFi network isn’t the most secure thing you can do. According to Kaspersky, a leader in cyber security:
The biggest threat to free WiFi security is the ability for the hacker to position himself between you and the connection point. So instead of talking directly with the hotspot, you’re sending your information to the hacker, who then relays it on.
So basically, there’s a potential for hackers to see what pages you’re visiting when you’re connected to an unsecured network. You can read more about that in this PC World article.
One of the best and easiest ways to prevent hackers intercepting information is by using a VPN. I’ve described more about why you need a VPN when traveling in this article I’ve written a while back. Long story short, VPNs are a travel must have and I’ve had the opportunity to test out this VPN from VyprVPN. Here are my thoughts on the VyprVPN:
- Easy to set up, even for the non-tech savvy
- Easy to use applications, beautiful UI
- Three devices can be used simultaneously (for VyprVPN Premier account)
- Mac application
- Seamless iPhone application
- 57 different server locations, includes multiple locations in the USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Iceland, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. (See the full list)
- Works in China if you’re using the Chameleon protocol, only available to Pro and Premier level accounts
- Applications for/compatible with all operating systems on your computer and phone
- Pro and Premier accounts can choose between protocols including: Chameleon, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and PPTP (for detailed description on these protocols please see screenshot above the Con section found below)
When using the VyprVPN, I haven’t had any noticeable difference in speeds. According to Golden Frog, the parent company of VyprVPN, using a VPN can actually increase your internet speeds. I haven’t done any technical tests, however I can say that my internet speed hasn’t been any slower after using VyprVPN.
Compared to StrongVPN, a VPN provider which I used previously, VyprVPN was incredibly easy to set up, even for the least technically savvy. To start using VyprVPN on my MacBook Pro 13 inch laptop, all I had to do was:
- Download the Mac application
- Log in with my Golden Frog login (you should have an account after purchasing VyprVPN)
- Click the big blue ‘Connect’ button
- That’s it!
To use VyprVPN on my iPhone here’s what I had to do:
- Open the App Store, search for ‘VyprVPN’, then download the app
- Open the app, set up the VPN. The VyprVPN application gave easy step-by-step instructions to turn some things on in the ‘Settings’ app.
- Tap the connect button!
On my phone, I’ve started to always leave the VPN on, even when I’m at home. This way, I don’t have the hassle of having to reconnect and disconnect and the VPN connects every time I connect to a new WiFi network.
- VyprVPN doesn’t get past certain VPN blocking filters, like that employed by BBC iPlayer
Using VyprVPN with a IP located in the United Kingdom, I still wasn’t able to use the BBC iPlayer which only allows people located in the UK to watch. BBC iPlayer uses a filter which blocks VPNs. It still didn’t work even when I used the Chameleon protocol. Also, it seems that Hulu is unavailable when using the VPN. See this thread on VyprVPN’s support forum for more info.
According to VyprVPN, they are currently working on a fix to get past the BBC iPlayer filters. VyprVPN still works with a majority of streaming service though.
The Premier account usually costs $10 per month when billed annually, however it’s on sale for $7.50 per month, which is $90 per year. The Pro account costs $6.25 per month ($75 per year) and the Basic account costs $5.00 per month ($60 per year).
Where to Get VyprVPN:
- You can sign up for a free trial of VyprVPN on GoldenFrog.com/VyprVPN (this is my affiliate link, which has a special offer of 25% off)
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.
A trial of VyprVPN was provided for this review. As always, this VyprVPN review contains only my honest views and opinions. Some links found in this review are affiliate links, meaning that we get commission if you decide to make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. This helps to fund the site. 🙂 Find out more about me and this site here.