Virtual private network

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A virtual private network or VPN for short, is a way of connecting a computer to a remote network. Most people using computers connect to the World Wide Web using a normal network - they use dial-up or broadband. A VPN is a little bit different. It's used by some workers to connect to work using a laptop - they can check their work email and see work websites which can not be seen on the normal internet.[1]

VPN often offers anonymity by hiding the user and making it very hard for anyone to track them.[2]

Recently VPN is often used to access websites that are blocked in some countries, like China.[3] Many people also use a VPN to protect their internet activity while using public WiFi. While VPN usage varies by country, you can see a full list of reasons why, where, and how often people use a VPN at GlobalWebIndex.[4]

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