By now you’ve probably sorted out your home office, requisitioning the dining table as your new desk and hastily ordering an office chair online after spending a few uncomfortable days trying to work while sat for hours on a dining chair.
Maybe you’ve even hooked up a spare TV as a second monitor for your laptop and dug out a mouse so you don’t have to use your laptop’s trackpad.
(If you’re still trying to figure it all out, then read our guide to the best tools and accessories for working from home.)
The final job is to pick a VPN to use while you’re working from home. If you work with any sensitive documents, a VPN adds security via encryption and it also stops websites from tracking what you’re doing online.
Of course, a VPN brings benefits when work is finished, such as watching HBO or US Netflix (or YouTube for that matter) from the UK or a different country. And you can install and use your chosen service on all the devices you need, such as your laptop, phone, tablet and even your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
There are dozens upon dozens of VPN services vying for your attention, but these are the best.
If you want more in-depth buying advice, read our separate article on how to use a VPN to work from home.
NordVPN is one of the best-known services and is a great choice if you need a VPN when working from home.
- 5687 servers across 60 countries
- Works with Netflix & other streaming services
- Kill switch
- 6 simultaneous connections
- Mobile apps & browser extensions
Based in Panama and with an audited no-logs policy, it’s great for those concerned about privacy. There’s an ad-blocker and malware protection feature included too, as well as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox and an app for Amazon Fire TV.
Nord’s 3-year plan works out at £2.68/ $3.49 per month (£96.74/ $125.64 upfront) and at the time of writing you’ll get either a 1-month or 1-year extension free as an Easter gift.
There’s a money-back guarantee in case you’re not totally happy too.Read our full NordVPN review
Ivacy may not have as many servers as NordVPN or ExpressVPN, but it does tick a lot of boxes. It allows five devices to use its service from a single account, and has no problems with you downloading Torrent files.
- Based in Singapore
- 1000+ servers
- 5 simultaneous connections
- Torrenting allowed + malware protection
- Apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV
- Browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox
It offers a good range of apps and some of these have a decent set of features including a kill switch. There are a few niggles such as no way to save favourite servers or see how busy a particular server is.
But this five-year deal is excellent value at just 99p ($1.19) per month. And if you use the code Easter20, you’ll get 20% off! Bargain.Read our full Ivacy review
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