VPNs are incredible tools that can help you access blocked websites, hide your location, encrypt your data, and much more.
But how does it work? What does it do? How can I use one?
VPNs, which stands for Virtual Private Networks, were originally designed for large organizations where employees needed to connect to a certain computer from different locations.
To make it easier to explain, we’re going to use an example:
Imagine that a Company has an office building in Atlanta, Georgia where all of the computers connect to the company’s server via a network of cables. These cables are physical and secure, and it makes it very difficult for a hacker to break into Company’s private network.
But then let’s say Company opens an office in Canada, and its employees in Toronto need access to the private network in Atlanta.
Running a cable from the office in Atlanta to the office in Toronto is inefficient, to say the least. So instead, the company creates a virtual private network.
This is essentially a virtual private cable between the office in Toronto and the office in Atlanta.
This is how VPNs came about. They were originally used by big corporations and businesses so employees could connect and access important files from different locations without compromising security.