VPN stands for ‘Virtual Private Network’ when it is not shortened to VPN it makes more sense. It’s name itself is rather accurate and descriptive of its function.
The ‘Private’ part of its name is most important as it describes the key benefit of a VPN over a Proxy or a Smart DNS. VPN providers encrypt all traffic transferred across their networks, usually with 128bit or 256bit encryption and connected by one of the following protocols; PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec or SSTP. The encryption means that ISP’s, Google, Facebook, Governments, Hackers and the NSA cannot see what you are getting up to online. Your normal connection to the internet provided by your ISP is not encrypted and leaves you vulnerable to unwanted spying, so you should always be trying to connect to a VPN - even if you’re just browsing.
Let’s now look at ‘Network’ - VPN providers have servers placed in lots of different countries around the world, this creates a ‘Network’. The VPN provider allows you to connect to their network of servers and use them to securely and anonymously browse the internet.
The last piece of the puzzle is ‘Virtual’. By connecting to one of the servers in the VPN providers network your computer/device appears to the outside world as if you are actually the server in whichever country/location you have chosen. Therefore you ‘virtual-ly’ appear to be somewhere that you are not.
So there you have it, you now know what a VPN is. If you would like to try out a VPN, checkout one of our providers.