What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is an encrypted tunnel between two devices which allows you to access every website and online service privately and securely.

How does a VPN work?

A VPN routes all the internet traffic from a device through a server in a remote location, which is often chosen by the user. From there, the traffic arrives at the intended destination, masking the true IP address and location of the user.

Encryption is also a key distinguisher of most VPNs from other types of proxies. VPN traffic is encrypted so third parties cannot decipher it. These parties might include hackers, the user’s ISP, and government agencies.

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