Best VPNs for Business in 2020

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Aliza VigdermanGabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Oct 26, 2020

Businesses always needed VPNs, but now, they need VPNs more than ever. That’s because with more and more people working from outside the office, be it in their basements or at the one coffee shop that’s open, cyber crimes are reaching highs. But which VPN is best for your team, both in terms of size, pricing and security? Since we’ve tested out literally dozens of VPNs, we’re happy to make some recommendations regarding the best services for businesses. Let’s get started!

Our Top Picks

Best Business VPN For Torrenting

Astrill VPN

Editor's Rating
8.5
/10
For teams of 20 to 200 ranging from $7.92 to $9 per account, Astrill VPN uses OpenWeb, Wireguard and StealthVPN to encrypt your employees’ web activity and private IP addresses.

Best Business VPN For Privacy

ibVPN

Editor's Rating
8.4
/10
Since ibVPN is based in Transylvania, Romania, the company will never be forced to give your business data to the government. Additionally, they log a minimal amount of information, just your name, email and payment information.

In general, we test out all of our VPNs before writing our reviews to ensure that they aren’t leaking out our domain names or private IP addresses and that they’re fast on both Mac and Windows laptops. We also do a ton of research about the VPN itself, from its encryption methods to its privacy policy to its privacy jurisdiction. Through this combination of testing and research, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the best VPNs with free trials.

Best Business VPNs of 2020

Comparison of the Best VPNs with Free Trials

System
VPNSecure
ibVPN
Hide My Ass VPN
PureVPN
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited
Ranking2nd3rd4th5th
Ratings 8.4/108.3/108.2/108.0/10
Regular Monthly Cost Range $4.95- $10.95 $2.99- $4.99$0.99- $10.95$2.78- $14.99
Business Subscriptions
Contract Lengths 1 month, 1 year1 year, 3 years1 week, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year1 month, 1 year, 3 years, lifetime
Split Tunneling✓* Android onlyX
NetflixSometimes
Torrenting In the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Latvia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.Sometimes ✓* on Android 8 or higher, Windows, macOS, iOS on servers U.S California 1, Ontario, Romania, Luxembourg, Paris
IP AddressesEither depending on the serverDynamic Shared but dedicated IP addresses availableDynamic but dedicated IP addresses available
Privacy JurisdictionNon-Member Five EyesNon-Member Five Eyes
Read ReviewibVPN ReviewHide My Ass VPN ReviewPureVPN ReviewKeepSolid VPN Unlimited Review

A Detailed List of the Best VPNs with Free Trials

  • 1. Astrill VPN - Best Business VPN For Torrenting

    Editor's Rating
    8.5
    /10

    Whether you’re a small team of 20 or a large enterprise of up to 200, with Astrill VPN, you can get away with paying only $7.92 to $9 per account per month for their business VPN. But let’s talk about what it’s like as a VPN, pricing aside.

    What We Liked
    • Non-member to Five Eyes
    • Kill switches on all devices
    • Split tunneling
    • Multi-hop encryption
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Stores IP addresses during session and timestamps for 30 days after
    • Expensive
    • Slow on Windows
    • No browser extensions

    Fast on Macs

    If the majority of your employees use Macbooks, iPhones or iPads to work, then you’ll appreciate Astrill VPN for its speed alone. When we tested it out on our 2011 Macbook Pro, we found that both the upload and download speeds only decreased by 13 percent each, which was extremely negligible. While there was over 300 percent more latency, this was hardly noticeable, although that number certainly sounds like a lot.

    Astrill VPN
    Astrill VPN

    Based in Seychelles Islands

    Whatever type of business you work at, you and your employees most likely handle a ton of sensitive information, be it your customers’ credit card numbers, the tools you use to succeed or even your Tax Identification Number. Well, although we’re not thrilled that Astrill VPN logged our IP addresses while we were connected, even if the U.S government asked them to give over our information, they wouldn’t have to, legally. That’s because Astrill VPN is based in the Seychelles Islands, a non-member country to Five Eyes, Nine Eyes and 14 Eyes. Basically? Your data is safe with Astrill.

    Split Tunneling

    Oftentimes when working from home, people will have to be on public and private networks at the same time, and rather than having to turn Astrill VPN on and off to toggle between the two, you’ll be able to access both at once. Not only is this convenient, but it also reduces bandwidth, creating faster speeds and more productivity for your employees.

  • 2. ibVPN - Best Business VPN For Privacy

    Editor's Rating
    8.4
    /10

    From its headquarters in Transylvania, Romania to its minimal data-logging policy, ibVPN is great for businesses with especially sensitive information.

    What We Liked
    • Only keeps name, email and payment information
    • Split tunneling
    • AES-256 encryption
    • Based in Romania, a non-member to Five Eyes
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Only 181 servers total
    • Lots of latency on Mac
    • Business plans capped to 25 simultaneous connections
    • No free trial

    Affordable Plans for Small Businesses

    While ibVPN can’t support businesses that need more than 25 simultaneous connections at a time, their prices were reasonable at $24.95 a month for 15 connections or $44.95 for 25. Each subscription provides fast speeds, unlimited bandwidth and access to over 150 IP addresses that will change every time your employees connect. That makes it hard for hackers to trace their doings online.

    ibVPN Kill Switch
    ibVPN Kill Switch

    Strict Privacy Policy

    When ibVPN says that they don’t log user activity, they’re not lying. In fact, all that they log is your name and the email address you registered with along with your payment information to uphold your subscription. Those especially concerned with privacy might want to even use a fake name or proxy email address. And with a ton of different payment options, some of which are anonymous, you can truly stay completely invisible online with ibVPN. To learn more about what payment methods they accept, read our ibVPN pricing page.

    Multi-Hop Available

    You want your business web activity and the IP addresses of your work devices to be encrypted, but twice the encryption would be even better, right? Fortunately, some of ibVPN’s servers support multi-hop or double VPN, which means that you’ll get twice the encryption through a few select servers. If you want your data to be encrypted more than once, connect to the following servers:

    • Netherlands
    • U.S.
    • Singapore1

    These servers bounce the data back, encrypting it not once but twice but added privacy.

  • 3. HideMyAss - Best Business VPN With Dynamic IP Addresses

    Editor's Rating
    8.3
    /10

    HideMyAss may sound NSFW, so for now, let’s just call it HMA. Despite its controversial name, HMA is a pretty trustworthy VPN with AES-256 encryption, dynamic IP addresses every 10 minutes if you so please, and fast speeds on Mac.

    What We Liked
    • Kill switch on Windows, macOS and Android
    • Torrenting access
    • Split tunneling on Android
    • Dynamic IP addresses
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Five Eyes member
    • VPN Proxy Unblocker keeps originating IP addresses for two years
    • Latency on Windows
    • No kill switch on iOS, Linux, routers, Apple TV or Android TV

    Business Subscription

    Maximum Simultaneous ConnectionsMonthly CostMonthly Cost with Annual PlanTotal Amount Billed with Annual Plan
    10$23$12.99$120.12
    20$46$23.99$287.88
    30$69$32.99$395.88
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    30 simultaneous connections at $69 or $32.99 a month with the annual plan is a great deal no matter how you slice it. We like that HMA also provides custom plans for businesses that need more than 30 simultaneous connections, making it a solid choice for small and large businesses alike.

    HMA Windows Speed Test With VPN
    HMA Windows Speed Test With VPN

    Kill Switch

    Kill switches may sound bad, but they’re actually a good thing, killing all web browsers if the VPN fails. HMA has kill switches on Windows, Mac and Android devices, but if your employees use iPhones, iPads or Chromebooks, they’ll be without them. For this reason, we think HMA is better for companies that use Mac, Android or Windows devices only.

    Servers Worldwide

    If you run an international business, then you need to be able to connect to VPNs everywhere. HMA has over 1,100 servers in more than 190 countries, making it rather extensive. Plus, your distance from the server can affect your speed, so it’s important to check out HMA’s server list before purchasing.

    FYI: HMA has servers in all 50 states of the U.S; in New York, we had five IP addresses and two servers to connect to.

  • 4. PureVPN - Most Affordable VPN for Business

    Editor's Rating
    8.2
    /10

    When it comes to the pricing of their business plans, PureVPN keeps it simple, charging a minimum of $5 per user per month. If you want your business to have its own, dedicated and private IP address that minimum cost rises to $6.99 a month, while a dedicated server costs $399 for the whole team. But let’s back up a bit.

    What We Liked
    • Non-member to Five Eyes
    • Over 2,000 servers in more than 180 countries
    • Only collects names, email addresses, payment information and total bandwidth consumed
    • Kill switches on all devices
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Torrenting won’t always work
    • Static IP addresses only
    • No phone support
    • Dedicated IP addresses only available on servers in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Malta, Singapore, U.K and U.S

    Team VPNs

    Monthly CostMonthly Cost with Annual PlanAnnual Plan Total Amount BilledMaximum Number of Users Covered
    Team VPN$8.45$5$601
    Team VPN with Dedicated IP Address$9.99$6.99$83.881
    Dedicated Server$399 minimum$399 minimum$399 minimumUnlimited

    As you can see, PureVPN has pretty low pricing, and more options than most when it comes to its business VPN. If some browsers aren’t working with PureVPN’s dynamic IP addresses, you can pay more to have your entire team on the same IP address shared by no one outside of your organization. Or, for those even more concerned about privacy, you can pay for an entire server dedicated to your business. We haven’t seen this offer from too many other VPNs, making PureVPN somewhat of an anomaly.

    PureVPN Kill Switch
    PureVPN Kill Switch

    Won’t Log Web Traffic

    Another thing about PureVPN that we liked was its privacy policy. Much like ibVPN, they only logged our email addresses, names, and payment information, plus the total amount of bandwidth we used while connected. What they didn’t log was our devices’ private IP addresses or the websites we visited while connected. All that information stayed in PureVPN’s encrypted tunnel using AES-256, our preferred encryption method.

    Device Compatibility

    Depending on what type of business you have, you may use a plethora of different devices from popular companies like Mac and Android, to less popular companies like Linux and Raspberry Pi. Well, PureVPN has pretty extensive coverage, with apps for:

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Linux
    • Roku
    • Routers
    • FireStick
    • Raspberry Pi.

    This isn’t a complete list, but you get the picture; we used PureVPN on nearly all of our devices. To learn more, read our page on PureVPN costs.

    Note: If all of your employees are on the same network, it’s easiest to connect PureVPN directly to your router, so all of the devices on the network will be covered.

  • 5. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - Best Business VPN With Lifetime Subscription

    Editor's Rating
    8.0
    /10

    Last but certainly not least is the VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid, a New York-based company with over 500 servers in more than 80 locations around the world. It’s also one of the few VPNs to offer Lifetime subscriptions, ideal for businesses that will be around for the long term.

    What We Liked
    • Over 500 servers
    • Kill switch on Androids 8 or higher, Windows, macOS, iOS
    • AES-256 to protect important business data
    • Dynamic IP addresses with option to buy dedicated address
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Based in U.S
    • Logs IP addresses for duration of sessions
    • No split tunneling
    • Latency on Windows

    One-Time Payments

    Users CoveredMonthly CostMonthly Cost with Annual PlanLifetime Cost
    5$19.99$8.33$249.99
    10$39.99$16.67$499.99
    20$79.99$33.33$999.99
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    Rather than paying a little bit each month to protect their team with a VPN, some people may prefer a one-and-done approach, and that’s possible with VPN Unlimited. Although it may seem like a lot to pay at once, if you know your business is going to be around for a while, it may be worth it to choose a Lifetime VPN, which starts at $249.99 for five users. After you depreciate the cost, it will probably end up being cheaper than even a yearly plan. And yes, we took microeconomics and know what “depreciate” means!

    Fast on Macs

    We’ll admit it: we’re mostly Mac users, testing all of our VPNs on a Macbook Pro all the way from 2011. And in terms of speed, the VPN Unlimited didn’t disappoint. Compared to when it wasn’t connected, we saw our latency only drop by 43 percent and our upload and download speeds only decrease by 84 and 53 percent, respectively. Unfortunately, we saw a ton of latency on Windows, so we’d recommend VPN Unlimited to businesses that use Macbooks only. For more options for Windows, check out our list of the best VPNs for Windows.

    Highly-Rated Android and iOS Apps

    These days, work doesn’t just occur on desktops or laptops. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working on their mobile devices, as well, be it a cellphone or a tablet. In fact, nearly half of adults in the U.S spend at least an hour on their phone each work day for purposes related to work,2 and even more not related to work. That’s why it’s important that a VPN doesn’t just have good desktop apps, but also solid mobile apps, and VPN Unlimited hits the mark. Its iOS app has a 4.5 rating while its Android app has a 4.4 rating. It was super simple for us to connect to their private server on the iOS app, and your employees shouldn’t run into any issues, either.

Methodology

Essentially, we use the same methodology whenever we test out VPNs, as we detail in our VPN guide. But when it comes to VPNs for businesses specifically, we focus on a few key areas, such as:

  • Privacy policy: Since businesses contain a ton of information that would be harmful if breached, we check to make sure that the VPN itself isn’t keeping too much user information. Ideally, it should be limited to the minimum information needed to uphold the business account, like payment information, name and email address. We also don’t want the VPNs to share user data with any third parties, especially for ads or marketing.
  • Privacy jurisdiction: Business owners concerned with privacy should also pay attention to where a VPN company is based, as that could affect whether or not they could be legally forced to share user data with the government. Since the U.S is a founding member of Five Eyes, for example, companies like KeepSolid could be forced, legally, to share user data with the federal government. The privacy jurisdiction strongly relates to the privacy policy so you can see what data would be shared. For companies like KeepSolid, that log users’ IP addresses, operating system and devices types while they’re connected, this could be a problem for businesses with especially sensitive information.
  • Number of simultaneous connections: Depending on the size of your business, you’ll want to pay attention to the maximum number of simultaneous connections with each subscription option. Since you probably hold regular work hours, make sure that all of your employees can connect to the VPN at the same time.
  • Business subscription pricing: Since not most VPNs have subscriptions specifically for businesses, the pricing for business subscriptions varies. Sometimes, it’s based on the total amount of simultaneous connections, and sometimes, it’s based on the total number of users. Whatever the format, it’s not necessary to pay more than $10 a month per employee. We also look for subscriptions with discounted, annual options as well as lifetime options for more established businesses.
  • Server locations: Whether your employees all live in the same area or they’re spread out around the world, make sure that the VPN’s server locations suit your business and employees. Server location can also affect speed, which brings us to our next point…
  • Speed: Although we test out all of our VPNs’ download speeds, upload speeds and latency, we urge you to take these results with a grain of salt, as speed is pretty variable based on the device type, operating system, distance to server, and other factors. If the VPN offers a free trial, we recommend doing a speed test then; we use a tool from Ookla that’s completely free. Fast speeds means more productivity which will hopefully add to your bottom line, so make sure that the VPN doesn’t slow down your browsing too much, although all VPNs will slow it down at least a little.
  • Encryption methods: You don’t have to be a digital security expert like us to know which encryption methods are secure and which are not. Look for VPNs with AES-256 or OpenVPN, the most secure methods currently. Less secure is AES-128, and since the entire point of a VPN is to encrypt your IP address and web traffic, the method matters.
  • Split tunneling: Oftentimes, employees working from home will need to access an office network, but if they’re connected to a VPN, they may have to toggle it on and off as they switch from public to private networks, unless of course that VPN has split tunneling. Split tunneling lets us access public and private networks at once. Not only is this much more convenient, but it’s also great for bandwidth, speed, and you guessed it— overall productivity. Never thought your VPN would have such an effect on revenue, huh?

For these reviews, Netflix and torrenting access weren’t as important, as most people aren’t using these services during work (or if they are, they’re most likely keeping it from their boss). But if you work in the entertainment industry or just want to give employees some fun when they’re not working, check out the best VPNs for Netflix or the best VPNs for torrenting.

FAQs

  • How are VPNs used in business?

    VPNs are used in business to encrypt employees’ web traffic and the IP addresses of the devices they use at work.

  • Do I need a VPN for my small business?

    If your employees work on networks outside of your office, or if your office network isn’t secure, then you need a VPN for your small business. Otherwise, you are risking hacking and potential security breaches, especially if your employees work on public Wi-Fi networks.

  • How do I set up a VPN for my small business?

    To set up a VPN for your small business, first pick out a subscription and enter your payment information, creating a username and password. Next, download the VPN app on all of the devices used for your small business, and sign into your account. Then, connect to the VPN.

  • What is a business VPN?

    A business VPN is a Virtual Private Network used for business purposes. Many VPNs offer subscriptions specifically designed for businesses so that they can route their web traffic and device IP addresses through an encrypted tunnel, hiding this data from their Internet Service Providers.

Citations
  1. IBVPN. (2020). How to Double Encrypt Your Traffic with Double VPN.
    ibvpn.com/2018/07/double-encrypt-your-traffic-with-double-vpn/

  2. WilsonPro. (2019). The Cell Phone Habits of the Typical American at the Workplace.
    wilsonpro.com/blog/the-cell-phone-habits-of-the-typical-american-at-the-workplace