Best VPNs for business users 2017: How to secure your home office

A good Virtual Private Network (VPN) will not only hide your online location but will secure your entire home office by creating an encrypted pathway between you and your network.

Many CIOs use VPNs to secure their office network and business computers, while others use them to remotely access network resources not physically located near them geographically.

Here are the best VPNs for CIOs.

Read next: 8 steps for implementing a successful security plan

NordVPN

NordVPN

NordVPN’s servers operate under the jurisdiction of Panama, meaning internet providers are not obliged to track internet activity and keep any data.

NordVPN also offers an automatic 'kill switch' to protect sensitive information and servers in 49 different countries worldwide.

RRP: Approximately £4 per month

Buy from NordVPN

TorGuard VPN

TorGuard VPN

Available on Windows, Mac and Android TorGuard, VPN allows users to simultaneously connect 5 devices to the server.

TorGuard’s VPN uses encryption methods such as IPSec, OpenVPN and Stealth, meaning users can privately browse online from iPhone and Android devices.

RRP: Approximately £8 per month

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Total VPN

Total VPN

Available on iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac and Android, Total VPN will completely hide your IP address, and commits not to track browsing history and user habits.

Total VPN also offers encrypted data protection while browsing in both open and part secured networks as well as home networks.

RRP: Free version available; £5.99 per month

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ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN has online privacy for its users encrypting internet traffic usage and hiding IP addresses from hackers.

The VPN is 256-bit encryption and has SSL security, meaning servers have an unlimited bandwidth and speed without any interruptions.

RRP: Approximately £6 per month

Buy from ExpressVPN

Buffered

Buffered

Buffered VPN offers anonymous browsing with no browser tracking, private IP addresses and encrypted emails. This VPN can connect with more than 30 servers with no bandwidth limitations to worry about.

RRP: £6 per month

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Hide My Ass! Pro VPN

Hide My Ass! Pro VPN

Hide My Ass! (HMA), by AVG will hide user IP addresses, offer no browsing tracking and boasts exceptional technical staff to aid setup.

HMA offers a secure connection to multiple servers across the world with ease of access meaning a separate browsing window isn’t required to change online location.

RRP: £6.99 per month or £3.99 per month for an annual plan

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Pure VPN

Pure VPN

The VPN offers privacy to individuals stopping third parties and ISPs monitoring user’s online activity.

Pure VPN offers 256-bit encryption and ensures data remains protected from end-to-end premises. What’s more, it has security features preventing hackers from accessing IMs, emails and personal information.

RRP: Approximately £2 per month

Buy from Pure VPN

CyberGhost

CyberGhost

Used by over 3.5 million people, CyberGhost offers a high level of encryption, regular software updates and responsive customer support. Not to mention its auto-protect feature, providing instant protection when a new Wi-Fi or internet connection is established.

With over 600 servers, this VPN can connect with over 30 countries from both iPhone and Android devices.

RRP: Free version available; around £2 per month Premium; £3 per month Premium Plus

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Vyprvpn

Vyprvpn

Vyprvpn ensures security for home networks with its firewall capabilities which can help protect user’s router or mobile devices from being prone to attacks. This VPN has four levels of encryption including OpenVPN, Chameleon, L2TP and PPTP.

The Chameleon level has 256-bit protocol which ensures metadata is not recognised while also preventing and blocking DPIs and VPNs. This can ensure users can privately browse without third parties tracking internet activity.

RRP:  Approximately £4 per month

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AirVPN

AirVPN

Like other VPNs listed AirVPN hides your online location and promises not to track your internet activity and uses an OpenVPN protocol. According to their website is OpenVPN is 'operated by activists and hacktivists in defence of net neutrality, privacy and against censorship.' While this may be too stripped back for some CIOs, the custom nature of this VPN means more control.

RRP: €7 per month (£5.50)

Buy from AirVPN

Avira

Avira

Avira VPN is available for Windows, Android and Mac devices and can hide IP address and safeguard private data on all networks.

Avira ensures security for home offices with its private browsing feature which can prevent third-parties from advertising malicious content and viewing your location. What’s more, it allows you to safely connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots preventing loss of information, password theft and cyber threats.

RRP: Approximately £7 per month

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IPVanish

IPVanish

IPVanish can connect to over 60 countries, hide user IP addresses and claims to not track any web activity or keep individual data logs.

IPVanish provides unlimited bandwidth, 24/7 customer support and a relatively easy user interface.

RRP: Around £5 per month

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Tiger VPN

Tiger VPN

Tiger VPN offers users a NAT Firewall while connecting to servers which can detect viruses and malware. This VPN has user encryption which doesn’t log any online activity or track user  IP addresses which can be great for preventing viruses, identity fraud and password theft.

Tiger VPN can connect with over 300 servers with no bandwidth limitation for its users. What’s more, it offers responsive customer support and regular software updates.

RRP: Approximately £6 per month

Buy from Tiger VPN

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