What Parents Need to Know About Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

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What Parents 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 website 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 and can be in the same country as you or located anywhere else in the world.

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

This is a 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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