What is a "VPN"?

10/18/2022 3:49 PM | Technical Framework (Administrator)
A VPN or "Virtual Private Network" is a security service to protect communication between your device (smartphone, computer, etc.) and the Internet. VPNs consist of an app installed on your device, which can connect to one of many VPN servers. Once the connection is established, all Internet communication is encrypted for security and routed through the designated VPN server, thereby obscuring your actual location. In other words, if I'm at Denver International Airport and establish a VPN connection to a server in Salt Lake City, all the websites I visit will view my location as Salt Lake. Nifty, eh?

VPNs are most useful in public settings such as airports and coffee shops where it's possible for a hacker to "eavesdrop" on your Internet communication.

Here's an in-depth read on the topic of VPNs: https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/definitions/what-is-a-vpn

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