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VyprVPN: Privacy Across All Your Devices

VyprVPN

VyprVPN

Golden Frog is the developer of VyprVPN.  They are a global service provider committed to developing applications and services that preserve a secure Internet that is open, a mission that continues to grow in importance as users across the world face privacy threats.

VyprVPN encrypts the user’s Internet connection which enables the user to thwart the data snooping and inspection of Internet traffic that is regularly practiced by third parties. By encrypting the connection between the user’s device and the Internet backbone (the “last mile”), users can better ensure their online privacy and open up an uncensored and secure Internet, no matter where they are in the world.

I recently became acquainted with VyprVPN.  I’ve been trying it out for the last few weeks so I thought I would share my impressions of this very effective and easy to use Virtual Private Network.

VyprVPN is sleek and offers cutting-edge apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, as well as your router so you can secure all your devices. I currently have the Mac App installed on my desktop and Macbook Pro as well as my iPhone and so far I’m impressed. I’ve struggled with VPN in the past and gave up on it but GoldenFrog has taken all the work and worry out of setting up and maintaining a Virtual Private Network. 

The apps are fast, stable and easy-to-use. Use one-click to connect or connect automatically which is what I have done.  As soon as my computers or iPhone wake, VyprVPN kicks in making my connection secure and my data safe. I tend to work outside my office fairly regularly and using this software gives me peace of mind when using public WiFi networks especially.

Another thing I like about this company is that unlike other VPN providers who use 3rd parties to host their VPN servers and DNS, Golden Frog write’s 100% of their own software, and manages their own network, they own the DNS, and the hardware enabling them to deliver fast reliable VPN service. They actually handle your privacy and security so your data is protected from end-to-end.

So how does VyprVPN protect your privacy? DNS translates hostnames (such as www.goldenfrog.com) into a computer readable IP address (216.196.118.239) so your computer can communicate with the desired host. Internet users typically rely on their ISP’s DNS servers or a 3rd-party DNS, which are often configured to log your Internet activity and censor websites, even if you use a VPN.

Using their zero-knowledge VyprDNS service which increases user privacy defeats censorship across the world. VyprDNS is built into VyprVPN so when you connect, you will automatically use VyprDNS. VyprDNS cannot be used separately from VyprVPN.

There are multiple  protocols to choose from. Chameleon™, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and PPTP are the supported protocols.

Chameleon™ is Golden Frog’s own technology which provides 256-bit encryption and masks VPN traffic so it can’t be identified as a VPN connection and blocked. If you’re traveling to China anytime soon, this is the way to go.

OpenVPN also provides 256 encryption and is the most reliable, best performing and fastest even on high latency connections or across great distances.

L2TP/IPsec provides 256-bit encryption that is more secure than PPTP.

PPTP provides good basic security at 128-bit encryption.

Learn more about Golden Frog’s vision for a free and open Internet by reading their “Peace, Prosperity and the Case for the Open Internet” vision paper located at www.goldenfrog.com/vision.

Golden Frog believes everyone has a right to privacy and security and to bear strong encryption to protect themselves. They believe encryption is the Second Amendment for the Internet and they wholeheartedly support Apple’s position against the FBI’s demands to create a backdoor to circumvent the iPhone’s security. Since Golden Frog holds security and privacy in very high regard, they have submitted an Amicus Brief in support of Apple’s challenges with the FBI.  You can read the entire brief here.

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Carmine Delligatti-Drummer, former Support Manager for Deneba Software, ACD Systems, Mareware, Inc. and Swiss Made Marketing. Avid technology blogger and Managing Editor of Cupertinotimes.com.