What Is a VPN, and Why Would I Need One

What Is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)?

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a way of connecting two networks (or private networks) securely. It works by having your devices use a remote server (called a VPN server) as if it were in the same country as you are. As long as the VPN server is between you and the internet connection, everything should work smoothly.

The process works like this: Your PC connects to the internet. Your computer sends its internet request to the VPN server to get connected to the internet. The VPN server receives your request and forwards it to another location, and then asks for your data from that location, which then gets sent back to your device.

For example, if the server you’re connected to is in Canada, then you can use it to appear as if you were visiting sites in Canada – no matter where you actually are. That’s great for several reasons: It’s an excellent way to unlock region-locked content, like streaming video and music in other countries. It’s also an easy way to experience location-based services that aren’t available in your own country.

A VPN also encrypts your traffic, which helps protect your information from being intercepted, and allows you to be anonymous while browsing online. It hides the IP addresses of the sites you visit and allows you to access websites while in a different country. Another benefit is that these sent packets are essentially encrypted and not viewable by anyone but their intended recipient because of how a VPN works.

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