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Compare VPN Protocols - PPTP vs L2TP vs OpenVPN ™ vs Chameleon ™

VyprVPN offers a variety of protocol options, each with unique capabilities and strengths. Consider what protocols your devices support, what trade-off between security and speed makes sense for you, and whether any protocols are blocked by your network.

 
PPTP Platinum and Diamond
L2TP/IPsec Diamond Only
OpenVPN ™ Diamond Only
Chameleon ™ Diamond Only
VPN Encryption 128-bit 256-bit
  • 160-bit
  • 256-bit
256-bit
VyprVPN Apps Supported
Manual Setup Supported
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • iOS
  • Android
  • DD-WRT
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Android
VPN Security Basic encryption Highest encryption. Checks data integrity and encapsulates the data twice. Highest encryption. Authenticates data with digital certificates. Highest encryption. Authenticates data with digital certificates.
VPN Speed Fast due to lower encryption. Requires more CPU processing to encapsulate data twice. Best performing protocol. Fast speeds, even on connections with high latency and across great distances. Best performing protocol. Defeats deep packet inspection. Fast speeds, even on connections with high latency and across great distances.
Stability Works well on most Wi-Fi hotspots, very stable. Stable on NAT-supported devices. Most reliable and stable, even behind wireless routers, on non-reliable networks, and on Wi-Fi hotspots. Masks VPN traffic so it cannot be identified as a VPN connection (via deep packet inspection) and blocked.
Compatibility Native in most desktop, mobile device and tablet operating systems. Native in most desktop, mobile device and tablet operating systems. Supported by most desktop computer operating systems and Android mobile and tablet devices. Supported by most desktop computer operating systems and Android mobile and tablet devices.
Conclusion PPTP is a fast, easy-to-use protocol. It is a good choice if OpenVPN isn't supported by your device. L2TP/IPsec is a good choice if OpenVPN isn't supported by your device and security is top priority. OpenVPN is the recommended protocol for desktops including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Highest performance - fast, secure and reliable. Chameleon is great for VPN users being blocked in countries such as China, or if you are experiencing speed issues due to bandwidth throttling.
  • PPTP Platinum and Diamond

    PPTP is a fast, & easy-to-use protocol with a simple setup process. It is a good choice if OpenVPN isn't supported by your device.

  • L2TP/IPsec Diamond Only

    L2TP/IPsec is a protocol built into most desktop, phone, and tablet devices. It is a good choice if OpenVPN isn't supported by your device and security is top priority.

  • OpenVPN ™ Diamond Only

    OpenVPN is the recommended protocol for desktops including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Highest performance - fast, secure and reliable.

  • Chameleon ™ Diamond Only

    Golden Frog's proprietary 256-bit SSL protocol masks VPN traffic so it cannot be identified as a VPN connection and blocked, while retaining speed and security.

  • NAT Firewall Diamond Only

    NAT Firewall is not a VPN protocol, but a packet filter that blocks unrequested inbound traffic from reaching your device when using VyprVPN. Hackers and botnets scan the Internet for unprotected devices so they can steal your credit card numbers, passwords, sensitive financial and personal data, or install malware. NAT Firewall blocks them from accessing your computer, mobile device or tablet.

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