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As part of our managed dedicated servers, we provide a VPN solution as standard. But what exactly is a VPN?

VPN explained

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It’s the name given to a group of computers that are linked in a network, yet can still operate across the internet. Effectively, it extends a private network or intranet into a public network, enabling wider access and flexibility without compromising on security or safety.

How does a VPN work?

A VPN is launched by accessing the VPN client on your computer and logging on with a password. The computer then connects with the remote server and from that point on, your internet access is secure. The VPN routes a ‘virtual’ connection from the private network to your computer, establishing a secure perimeter around your internet activity, and ensuring that any intercepted information cannot be deciphered.

What are the benefits of a VPN?

A VPN can bring many benefits to an organisation. It allows individuals to connect with the organisation’s private network while in remote locations, either at home, or while travelling on business anywhere in the world.

The same applies to companies with offices in different areas. A traditional private network is restricted to one geographical location, but using a VPN, offices in different parts of the country can all be connected to the organisation’s private network, allowing all parts of the business to communicate more effectively.

A VPN can also be used by individuals for a range of internet activities, including ensuring greater security in transactions and protecting confidential information when communicating on public networks that may not be secure.