Why use a virtual private network and which VPN solutions you should consider

In this 5-minute read:

  • Why use a VPN for your business?
  • Best VPN solutions, including pricing

As you allow more employees to work from home (or maybe even your entire team), it’s important to make sure you have the right tools to keep remote operations running smoothly. One tool that will make connecting and sharing online resources much easier and secure is a virtual private network (VPN). 

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Why your remote team needs a virtual private network (VPN)

A VPN is essentially a remote connection that your employees can use to access your business network via their own internet connection. A VPN will forward all traffic from your business network to the virtual network in order for your team to access it. 

Basically, it makes each team member’s home computer think that it is at the office accessing that business network.

Not only does this allow your team members to work with the same network they were working with at the office for file sharing, saving assets, etc., but it also allows all of this activity to be done more securely than if they were just sending files back and forth via email or Google Drive. 

Best VPN solutions for your remote workforce

As you begin your search for the best VPN for you, keep the needs of your company and individual needs of your team in mind. 

Make sure that the service you choose allows a variety of device types to connect to it (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) so that your team can access the network however they need to. Also choose one that offers apps for multiple operating systems—at the very least Windows and Mac. 

We’ve listed a few of the top VPNs that we’ve found along with their best business features and their pricing options to help give you an idea of where to get started. 

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Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway

Microsoft Azure’s VPN Gateway makes remote work easier for businesses. It connects your networks to Azure for easy remote access for your team. It offers a secure connection using industry-standard security measures.

Business features 

The main feature of this beyond the basic VPN is that it allows you to connect to your virtual networks from anywhere. If you have team members who are traveling, they can still connect to the network and get their work done. 

Pricing

VPN Gateway has no upfront costs. You only pay for what you use. You can find all of their pricing details here. They range from $0.04/hour to $3.65/hour depending on the bandwidth that you need and how many users you have. 

NordVPN

NordVPN prides itself on offering online security for everyone with top-notch security for all of your internet browsing and data sharing needs. 

Business features

  • Easy setup–once installed it just takes one click to access for security of the VPN
  • Access content you need when traveling if there are limits on bandwidth 
  • 24/7 customer support

Pricing

  • 1-month plan: $11.95/month
  • 6-month plan: $9.00/month (billed every 6 months)
  • 1-year plan: $5.75/month (billed annually)

Surfshark

Surfshark provides a quality VPN service for individual users. If you have a small team or it’s just you working with clients, then this may be a good solution for you. 

Business features

  • Access to unlimited devices
  • CleanWeb prevents malware and phishing attempts
  • “No-logs policy,” meaning Surfshark doesn’t monitor or log your activity
  • Data is secured and private
  • Kill Switch, which means your internet connection is disabled if your VPN connection drops 
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Ad blocker

Pricing

  • 1-month plan: $12.95/month
  • 6-month plan: $6.49/month (billed every 6 months)
  • 12-month plan: $2.49/month (billed annually)

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is easy to use across any device your team may be using: Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, and more. 

Business features

  • TrustedServer technology
  • Private DNS on every server for quicker and safer connections
  • No activity logs
  • Network Lock kill switch blocks internet traffic if VPN connection is down
  • Use 5 devices on the plan at once (if you need more than this, you may need to subscribe to multiple plans)
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 24/7 live chat support

Pricing

  • 1-month plan: $12.95/month
  • 6-month plan: $9.99/month (billed every 6 months)
  • 12-month plan: $6.67/month (billed annually)

CyberGhost

CyberGhost is another one that has tons of individual benefits but is also offers some appealing features for your business. 

Business features

  • Secure connections to protect private conversations and transactions
  • No logs policy
  • Security on public Wi-Fi connections
  • Protect all devices at the same time (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux)
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Up to 7 devices at the same time

Pricing

  • 1-month plan: $12.99/month
  • 6-month plan: $7.99/month (billed every 6 months)
  • 12-month plan (with an additional 6 months on the first payment): $2.75/month (billed annually after first 18 months)

IPVanish

IPVanish was created to be a simple solution for online privacy with private connections, quick speeds, and online freedom. 

Business features

  • No traffic logs
  • Unthrottled speed
  • User-friendly apps for all devices
  • 250GB of encrypted storage and backup
  • Unmetered connections
  • 24/7 customer support

Pricing

  • 1-month plan: $10.00/month
  • 3-month plan: $8.99/month (billed every three months)
  • 1-year plan: $6.49/month (billed annually)

Additional remote resources for your team

Set your remote team up for success by making sure you have all of the tools that you need to keep operations running smoothly even while you’re away from the office. 

Check out our guide: Helpful tools to support your long-term remote workforce

For additional remote resources to help your business with marketing, Womply has you covered. Womply Reputation will help your team stay on top of your online reviews and managing your online reputation. Our automated email marketing engine can help you maintain and grow your customer relationships to help them last a lifetime. 

Want to learn more? Try Womply Free or get a free demo today. 

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