NordVPN vs VyprVPN
Comparison & Test Results 2018
NordVPN will prove attractive to movie lovers and online gamers because of their speedy connections, reliable Netflix access and formidable unblocking power for streaming and gaming content.
NordVPN is a great option for users looking for top-notch VPN service that takes your privacy seriously.
VyprVPN provides excellent multi-platform support, speedy connections, above-average global server coverage and optimal customer support.
The provider will prove attractive to users who are in search of a high level of VPN service for a reasonable price.
How to Choose a VPN
In this round of one-on-one action, I’ll be pitting NordVPN against VyprVPN.
In this article, I’ll cover the 10 most important factors to consider when searching for the right VPN provider. I’ll explain why each category is important and reveal how well each provider performed in each category. I’ll also declare a winner for each category.
At the end of the article, when I declare an overall champion, you should have enough information on hand to make a well-informed choice between the two providers.
You run updates on your Windows 10 computer, conduct Skype calls on your iPad and watch 4K video on your Apple TV 4K. So, you tell me: is connection speed an important consideration when searching for a VPN provider? (The answer we’re looking for is “yes.”)
I conduct my connection speed tests one after the other for consistent measurements using the Speedtest website.
Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)
The “Local Connection Speeds” test is meant to simulate the types of connection speeds you can expect when connecting to a VPN provider’s server located inside your own country. I connect to a server inside the United States.
International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)
The “International Connection Speeds” test is designed to provide an indication of the connection performance a user might see when connecting to a VPN provider’s servers located in another country. I connect to a server located in the United Kingdom.
Let’s keep this simple: if you’re online, someone is watching you.
Be it your ISP collecting information about your online travels for sale to their advertisers or a hacker looking to snag a credit card number or five - no matter who it is, someone is watching your every online move.
Always consider the following when researching a VPN provider’s privacy protections:
Panama-based NordVPN follows their home country’s privacy-friendly data retention laws and keeps no logs of any kind. They also happily accept Bitcoin as payment for their considerable services.
VyprVPN is based in Switzerland, where VPNs are not required to save logs. However, the provider does keep limited logs for up to 30 days.
Although none of a user’s online activities are recorded, VyprVPN saves the user’s actual IP address, their VPN-assigned IP address, the start and stop times of a VPN session, and the amount of data used during the session.
VyprVPN also doesn’t accept Bitcoin or any other forms of privacy-protecting payments.
Both providers offer annual subscription rates that should be attractive to bargain shoppers who don’t want to sacrifice a high level of VPN service in order to save their wallet.
VyprVPN will take a $9.95 chunk out of your credit card when you pay month-to-month, falling to a more reasonable $5.00 per month ($60.00 per year) if you opt for an annual subscription.
NordVPN’s tariff of $5.75 per month (payable at $69.00 per year) for their annual subscription option is a reasonable price. You’ll pay a somewhat dear $11.95 per month if you opt for monthly payments.
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Global Server Coverage
If you’re looking to unblock the greatest amount of streaming video and audio content, or gaming servers that aren’t usually available in your area, a VPN provider’s global server coverage will be an important consideration. More servers equals more unblocking power.
NordVPN has 4,401 servers positioned in 62 countries around the world.
VyprVPN’s server coverage consists of 700+ servers located in 61 countries.
You’re sitting in front of your desktop or laptop right now with your tablet sitting within reach while your iPhone monitors your email account for new messages. Oh, and the kids are enjoying a Disney movie in the front room on an Apple TV.
Yeah, a VPN provider that supports as many device platforms as possible is important.
VyprVPN offers native app support for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Android TV and Linux devices, and support for certain routers and Network Attached Server units. No browser extensions are available.
NordVPN offers apps for the Windows, iOS, macOS and Android platforms. They also provide instructions on how to use the service with certain compatible routers, NAS devices, and Linux and Windows Phone devices. Browser extensions are offered for the Firefox and Chrome platforms.
Netflix is arguably the best streaming video service available today. However, while the service is available in many different countries, the content in each country can be vastly different.
If you want to be able to view your favorite movies and TV shows no matter where you are, you’ll want to make sure your VPN does a good job of accessing netflix.
NordVPN offers access to Netflix in 4 countries: Canada, France, the Netherlands and the U.S.
VyprVPN, while formerly an excellent way to access Netflix in other countries, has seen a significant increase in Netflix’s blocking of its IP addresses. Currently, while the provider does offer limited access to the streaming giant, you’ll find that it’s a hit-or-miss proposition.
Customer support is like a Band-Aid. It sucks when you have to use it, but it’s a real help in fixing things when you need it.
VyprVPN offers a live support chat option, a trouble ticket system and an easy-to-use knowledge base.
NordVPN customer support consists of email contact and a searchable support library. No 24-hour live support chat is available.
Encryption is how a VPN provider keeps your online activities from prying eyes. Encryption acts like a tunnel, shielding the internet traffic inside from being tracked.
NordVPN offers AES-256 encryption for their customers’ connections, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP protocols.
VyprVPN also encrypts their connections using AES-256 and offers the PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec protocols. An optional “Chameleon” protocol, which “scrambles” data, is available for an extra fee. VyprVPN is missing NordVPN’s IKEv2/IPsec and SSTP protocols.
AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP
PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and Chameleon
We’ve been over this in the multi-platform section. You have multiple devices, and you’ll likely find that many of those devices will need to be protected at the same time.
NordVPN allows 6 simultaneous connections, while VyprVPN allows only 3 connections at once.
P2P/BitTorrent is arguably the best way to share files with other users. While many businesses and individuals make legal use of this method, other users make use of it to share copyrighted files. It is for this reason that many ISPs have banned P2P traffic on their networks.
NordVPN allows BitTorrenting on servers in 42 countries.
VyprVPN allows P2P/BitTorrent connections via all of their servers, in all 62 counties where they have servers.
# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access
65 (All Countries)
NordVPN took this match, topping VyprVPN in 6 out of 10 categories.
NordVPN was tops in the connection speed, privacy, global server coverage, Netflix, encryption and simultaneous connections arenas.
VyprVPN tallied wins in the pricing, customer support, multi-platform support and BitTorrent categories.
NordVPN finished with a 6-4 record, nipping VyprVPN for the overall victory. Users with multiple devices who are looking for reliable Netflix access, fast connections, top-notch content-unblocking power and optimal privacy protections will want to take a closer look at NordVPN.