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Protecting your business and its customers online is undeniably important, but doing so is no easy task. One of the easiest ways to protect your business online is with the use of a virtual private network, or VPN as they’re more commonly known.
In essence, a VPN is a secure network on the internet, that provides users with the secrecy that they’d expect from a private network, whether those users are individuals or part 0f a wider business, like your own. In a business setting, virtual private networks were once largely used to allow employees to access the business’ private internal systems. However, they’re now more commonly being used as a means to browse the internet privately, both by businesses and individuals.
That’s because when traffic passes through a VPN connection, it is completely secure and can’t be intercepted by anyone outside of the secure connection. At the same time, a VPN can be used to route a user’s connection through another location, which is especially useful if you’re trying to view Netflix content only available elsewhere.
A VPN is undeniably a useful tool, but how do you go about choosing the best one to protect your business online? We’ve rounded up some of the top choices.
If money is no object when it comes to choosing a VPN service for your business, ExpressVPN is undeniably a top choice. ExpressVPN offers 145 different locations to connect to, across 94 different countries – which gives it one of the most comprehensive selections of location of any VPN service on the market.
At the same time, ExpressVPN comes with its own dedicated clients for a range of different platforms, including Windows, Mac, and Linux, along with mobile platforms including iOS and Android. That being said, use of ExpressVPN’s native clients is entirely optional, with detailed configuration instructions also available for users who wish to connect through their own choice of VPN client instead.
There’s no denying that ExpressVPN is a comprehensive option when it comes to choosing a VPN, however, its versatility comes at a cost. ExpressVPN is also one of the most expensive options on the market, with a rolling one month subscription costing $12.95, and discounts available for longer terms. At the same time, unlike other VPN providers, there’s no trial or money-back guarantee with ExpressVPN.
2. Hide My Ass
If ExpressVPN is a little too expensive for your business’ budget, the good news is, you can still get your hands on a decent VPN service for a cheaper price. Hide My Ass is one of the cheaper VPN services available, coming in at just $4.99 a month if you opt to pay for 12 months upfront, with other pricing options also available.
Whilst it’s difficult to expect Hide My Ass to provide the same level of functionality as more expensive providers like ExpressVPN, choosing the cheaper option doesn’t necessarily mean making any huge compromises.
That being said, its difficult to give Hide My Access a comprehensive recommendation, especially if security is of importance to your business. Cheaper providers like Hide My Ass have a reputation for not handling your data as securely as the more expensive providers, which isn’t so much of a surprise considering a subscription to Hide My Ass is less than half the price of that to ExpressVPN.
If you’re looking for cheap access to a virtual private network, Hide My Ass provides just that. However, if security is important to you and your business, you’ll want to look to a high-end service like the aforementioned ExpressVPN, or NordVPN.
As aforementioned, much like ExpressVPN, NordVPN is largely considered to be a high-end VPN provider. By current standards, NordVPN is one of the best services of its kind on the market, and that’s largely thanks to its 1015 servers across 59 countries – which is considerably more servers, but less countries than ExpressVPN.
However, perhaps NordVPN’s biggest selling point is that it’s designed with security in mind. Unlike other VPN providers, NordVPN offers impressive 2048-bit encryption, alongside strong DNS leak protection, kill switch functionality a bunch of other useful security extras. In fact, for those who want to remain completely anonymous online, NordVPN even offers the option to pay with Bitcoin.
Unsurprisingly, NordVPN’s highly secure service doesn’t come cheap, with a one month rolling plan costing $195. That said, there are discounts available if you’re willing to pay for six or 12 months upfront, alongside a 100% money-back guarantee during your first 30 days of service if you’re not completely happy.
The fourth and final product on this list sells itself as “the world's fastest VPN,” and that’s no understatement when you look at IPVanish’s service. Of all the VPN services tested, IPVanish consistently provides the fastest speeds, which is especially useful for those looking for a VPN to transfer files.
IPVanish is able to achieve its hugely appealing speeds through a network of over 500 dedicated servers in 60 different countries. And for those looking to take advantage of IPVanish for its file transfer capabilities, it offers unlimited P2P traffic across five connections simultaneously – making IPVanish perfect for business use.
It’s not all about speed with IPVanish, however. The provider also takes security pretty seriously, with its promise not to log your browsing activity. IPVanish undeniably appears to offer the total package, but that package comes at a cost.
IPVanish is currently priced at $11.99, when billed monthly, placing it as one of the more costly options when it comes to picking a VPN. However, as with other options on this list, there’s discounts available for buying a longer term plan. In all though, those looking for a cheap VPN provider aren’t going to find it in IPVanish, but what it does offer is some of the best speeds and top tier security.