NordVPN vs. VyprVPN

What do a VPN from Panama and a VPN from Switzerland have in common? Strict logging policies, for one.

Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Sep 10, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Sep 10, 2021
NordVPN vs. VyprVPN


  • Cost for one month is $11.95
  • Cost for one year is $59, or $4.92 per month
  • Cost for two years is $99, or $3.67 per month
  • Get three months free with the two-year plan
  • Subscription plans start at $99 for a two-year commitment.
  • Each plan comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Students can receive a 15 percent discount for a two-year plan.
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  • More than 700 servers in over 70 countries
  • Netflix access in U.S, U.K, Canada and Germany
  • Dynamic IP addresses
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While NordVPN is one of the most recognizable VPNs in the industry, VyprVPN flies a bit beneath the radar. However, it’s owned by Golden Frog, meaning it’s one of the major players driving the VPN industry. Will NordVPN retain its status as the best VPN, or will VyprVPN surpass it? Keep reading to find out.


Key Similarities

NordVPN and VyprVPN have a lot in common, such as:

  • Based in non-member countries: While NordVPN is based in Panama and VyprVPN is based in Switzerland, both of these countries aren’t members of the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes alliances. That means that they can never be forced, legally, to hand governments customers’ data. For a VPN, that’s huge.
  • Logging policies: Both VPNs also have strict logging policies as well, not logging anything about our online activity such as the websites we visited or our IP addresses. While NordVPN kept a bit more information than VyprVPN, both VPNs are extremely solid in terms of their privacy policies.
NordVPN Logging Policy
NordVPN Logging Policy
Data NordVPN VyprVPN
IP addresses No No
Timestamps Yes*Last session status only No
Total bandwidth used No No
Websites visited No No
Email address Yes Yes
Payment data Yes Yes
Country details Yes No
Communication data Yes No
Server load information Yes No
Username Yes No
Connectivity information Yes No
Application diagnostics Yes No
Anonymized telemetry data Yes No
Device info Yes No
Device identifiers Yes No
Phone number No Yes
Physical address No Yes
Name No Yes
  • Kill switches: As we’ve come to expect from the best VPNs, both NordVPN and VyprVPN had kill switches that shut down all of our web activity if they got disconnected.
VyprVPN Kill Switch
VyprVPN Kill Switch
  • Torrenting access: Both VPNs allowed for torrenting, so we could enjoy all that non-copyrighted material that’s not on one of our many streaming subscriptions.
  • No DNS or WebRTC leaks: Neither VPN leaked our DNS (domain name servers, or the names of the websites we’ve visited) or our WebRTC (our devices’ private IP addresses), so we could trust both of them with our web data.
  • Works with Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and routers: Aside from working with the most commonly used operating systems, both VPNs also worked with our routers. That allowed us to get around each VPN’s device limitations, which was a maximum of six devices with NordVPN and a maximum of five with VyprVPN. Rather, when we connected these VPNs to our routers, they covered all of the devices on the router’s network. Booya!
  • 30-day money-back guarantee: While neither NordVPN nor VyprVPN had a free VPN subscription available, both gave us 30 days to return our subscriptions for a full refund. We didn’t end up cashing in on this offer, but it’s a nice safety net for the rest of you all.
    iOS app ratings: Both VPNs had iOS apps with 4.6 overall ratings on the Apple App store, and we didn’t have an issue connecting to nearby servers on our iPhones.
  • Customer support: In terms of customer support, NordVPN and VyprVPN are similarly lacking (hey, we never said these were all positives!). Neither had a phone line, which is unfortunately pretty common with VPNs. Instead, we had an online help center, online forms, and live chats.

Key Differences

Getting into the heart of the comparison, here’s where NordVPN and VyprVPN differ.

  • The number of servers: NordVPN has 5,246 servers, while VyprVPN has a little over 700. Clearly, NordVPN is the more established VPN worldwide (and it’s also one of the best VPNs for Germany with over 240 servers in Berlin and Frankfurt alone).1
VyprVPN Connected in Germany
VyprVPN Connected in Germany
  • Server locations: Surprisingly, while VyprVPN has a fraction of the servers that NordVPN has, they’re actually spread out across more than 70 countries, while Nord’s servers are in 62 countries. Of course, we recommend checking out each VPN’s list of locations to see which one is better for you, depending on where you live and where you plan on going.
  • Split tunneling: Split tunneling means getting to route some of our traffic to the VPN and some directly to the public Wi-Fi network to save on bandwidth. While VyprVPN has split tunneling on their Mac and Android apps, NordVPN lacks it completely, which was pretty surprising to us as it’s such an established VPN.
  • Netflix: On the other hand, while all of NordVPNs over 5,000 servers support Netflix, only VyprVPN’s servers in Canada, the U.K, the U.S and Germany support Netflix. If you want to connect to another country’s server, you’ll be blocked from Netflix with your VyprVPN IP address.

FYI: Changing your IP address means that Netflix will think you’re in another country and will show you selections as if you are in that country. However, Netflix blocks many VPNs’ IP addresses, so not all VPNs are Netflix-compatible.

  • Encryption methods: If VPNs were a sandwich, then encryption methods would be the meat. Encryption means turning our website data and IP addresses into inscrutable code by routing them through a tunnel. While NordVPN uses AES-256, the current industry standard, VyprVPN uses OpenVPN,2 another secure method. We’re fine with either, and both got the job done in terms of encryption, but some people may prefer one method over the other.
  • Multi-hop: Speaking of encryption, while NordVPN encrypted our data multiple times through a few different servers, a process called multi-hop, VyprVPN only encrypted our data once. So overall, NordVPN is more secure than VyprVPN, although they did log a bit more data.
  • IP addresses: By default, we got the same IP address everytime we connected to NordVPN, while VyprVPN switched it up with every connection. However, both VPNs offer dedicated IP addresses as well; with NordVPN, that costs an extra $70 a year, while VyprVPN includes it with their business plans, which start at $299 a year total. Learn more in our NordVPN pricing and VyprVPN pricing pages.
NordVPN Speed Test South Africa
NordVPN Speed Test South Africa
  • Speeds: We test out all of our VPNs on our Macbook Pro and our Windows Acer Aspire 5 to see how it works for Mac and Windows-users. On our Mac, NordVPN caused less lag and less of a decrease in our download speeds, although Vypr took the edge when it came to upload speeds. But VyprVPN won by a hair on our Windows 10, as NordVPN had a ton of latency on Windows. Overall, we’re confident in saying that NordVPN is a better VPN for macOS while VyprVPN is a better VPN for Windows.
Device Tested On Macbook Pro Macbook Pro Windows 10 Acer Aspire 5 Windows 10 Acer Aspire 5
Ping without VPN (in ms) 42 32 5 5
Ping with VPN (in ms) 46 52 160 94
Ping Difference 10% 63% 3100% 1780%
Macbook Download Speed without VPN (in mbps) 55 32 23 24
Download Speed with VPN (in mbps) 41 12 22 22
Download speed difference -24% -63% -8% -10%
Upload Speed without VPN (in mbps) 34 22 24 19
Upload Speed with VPN (in mbps) 27 21 8 4
Upload speed difference -20% -5% -67% -77%

Did You Know: You can perform your own speed tests at home using a number of different free online speed tests (we use one from Ookla). Test your speed with and without the VPN on and calculate the difference.

  • Number of devices per subscription: There wasn’t a huge difference here, but VyprVPN allowed for five devices connected total, while NordVPN allowed for six.
  • Number of simultaneous connections: The same was true of the number of devices we could connect to the VPNs simultaneously; six for Nord and five for Vypr.
VyprVPN - Connections per app
VyprVPN – Connections per app
  • Compatibility with Linux, proxy, NAS, smart TVs, Anonabox, Blackphone, and QNAP: Although there was some overlap between NordVPN and VyprVPN in terms of device compatibility, there were also some differences when it came to smart TVs, Linux and other device types.
Compatible Devices NordVPN VyprVPN
Windows Yes Yes
macOS Yes Yes
Android Yes Yes
iOS Yes Yes
Router Yes Yes
Linux Yes No
Proxy Yes No
NAS Yes No
Smart TVs No Yes
Anonabox No Yes
Blackphone No Yes
  • Browser extensions: In the same vein, NordVPN had browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox while VyprVPN had apps only. If you’re using the web via a browser only, you might prefer using an extension rather than an app to save on bandwidth.
  • Android app ratings: Another surprise was that the VyprVPN Android app was higher-rated than the NordVPN Android app, 4.7 compared to 4.2. However, with software updates, these ratings are bound to change, so be sure to check out the most recent reviews for the most up-to-date information. Personally, we found both apps to be perfectly functional on Android, but VyprVPN wins by a hair.
NordVPN App
NordVPN App
  • Pricing: Finally, there’s the bottom line, which we’ve conveniently placed at the bottom. This is where things get a bit confusing. While NordVPN is cheaper if you sign up on a month-to-month basis by a dollar, VyprVPN is cheaper if you sign up for one or two years.
Contract Length 1 Month 1 Year 2 Years
Cost Per Month- NordVPN $11.95 $4.92 $3.71
Cost Per Month- VyprVPN $12.95 $3.75 $2.50
Total Amount Billed- NordVPN $11.95 $59.00 $89.00
Total Amount Billed- VyprVPN $12.95 $45 $60


So, which VPN do we recommend overall? NordVPN certainly had more features when it came to streaming access, and their gigantic network of servers pushed them over the edge. However, depending on what you’re looking for, VyprVPN could be better for your needs.

VyprVPN Connected in Brazil
VyprVPN Connected in Brazil
Go with NordVPN if you want:
  • More consistent Netflix access
  • More servers
  • AES-256
  • Lower cost dedicated IP addresses
  • Minimal slowdowns on Macs
  • Lower month-to-month prices
  • Coverage for up to six devices
  • Compatibility with Linux, proxy and NAS
But choose VyprVPN if you’re looking for:
  • Split tunneling on Mac and Android
  • More server locations
  • Less data logged
  • OpenVPN encryption
  • Dynamic IP addresses
  • Minimal slowdowns on Windows
  • Lower one or two-year prices
  • Coverage for up to five devices
  • Compatibility with smart TVs, Anonabox, QNAP and Blackphone
  • Better Android app.

To learn more about either VPN, read our NordVPN review or our VyprVPN review, or compare NordVPN to another top choice in NordVPN vs. ExpressVPN. We tested out each VPN for over six months each, so you should be able to find all of the detailed information that you’re looking for.

Commonly Asked Questions

Comparing VPNs is always heavily contested but with VyprVPN and NordVPN, our readers had even more questions than usual.

  • Is VyprVPN better than NordVPN?

    No, VyprVPN is not better than NordVPN; NordVPN is much better, as it has:

    • More servers: NorVPN has over 4,500 more servers worldwide than VyprVPN, increasing the chances that you’ll find one near you and experience faster browsing speeds.
    • More streaming options: With VyprVPN, Netflix and Hulu only work on servers in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Germany, while Prime Video only works with the U.S., U.K., and Germany. All of NordVPN’s servers, on the other hand, work with these streaming platforms, making it easier to watch the libraries of other countries.
    • Multi-hop: NordVPN encrypted our IP addresses and web activity multiple times, while VyprVPN only did it once.
    • Better speeds on Mac: We got over six times more latency with VyprVPN as opposed to NordVPN when we tested them both on our Macbook Pro.
    • More devices/ simultaneous connections per subscription: While NordVPN let us connect six devices at the same time, VyprVPN only allowed for five.
  • Is NordVPN really the best?

    NordVPN is one of the best VPNs, along with ExpressVPN which took our number one slot. However, NordVPN is one of the best VPNs due to its low prices, great mobile apps, quick speeds on Macs, multi-hop, AES-256 encryption, compatibility with Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney +, kill switch, minimal logging, and headquarters in Panama, a non-member country to Five Eyes. Plus, NordVPN has one of the largest networks, over 5,246 servers in 62 countries, meaning we were usually near a server and could connect easily.

  • How good is VyprVPN?

    VyprVPN is a pretty good VPN, although it didn’t make our best list. Here are its main advantages and disadvantages.

    • Headquarters in Switzerland so it can’t be forced to give governments customer data
    • More than 700 servers in over 70 countries
    • No logging of IP addresses, traffic, etc.
    • Kill switch
    • Torrenting
    • Split tunneling on Mac and Android
    • Some Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video access
    • OpenVPN encryption
    • Dynamic IP addresses
    • Fast speeds on Mac
    • Great mobile apps
    • 30-day money-back guarantee
    • Not all servers work with streaming services
    • No multi-hop
    • 1,780 percent more latency on Windows Acer Aspire 5
    • Only five devices/ simultaneous connections per subscription
  • Is NordVPN owned by China?

    No, NordVPN is not owned by China. Rather, the company is based in Panama with offices in Berlin, Germany, France, London, England, Kaunas, Lithuania, and Vilnius, Lithuania. NordVPN is its own company and is not under a parent organization.

  1. NordVPN. (2020). VPN servers in Germany.

  2. OpenVPN. (2021). A Business VPN to Access Network Resources Securely.