What You Need to Know about Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)



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What You Need to Know about Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Published 16th September 2020

A free online safety guide on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a privacy tool used to hide internet activity from prying eyes. Without a VPN, internet traffic is sent directly from your computer or smartphone, letting anyone in-between you and a site or service that you’re accessing (such as a wireless hotspot owner or your ISP) see what you’re doing. With a VPN, a secure tunnel is created between your computer or phone and what’s known as the endpoint. The endpoint is merely the part of the internet where your connection comes out: it can be in the same country as you or could be located anywhere else in the world.

In the guide, you'll find tips on avoiding potential risks such as age-inappropriate content, malware infections and bypassing restrictions.

This is part of our Privacy and Security category.

David Ludlow

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David Ludlow

Technology Journalist with Over 20 Years' Experience in publishing, writing reviews and tutorials on smart home, home appliance and consumer technology.
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