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How to Use a VPN: Everything You Need to Know – CNET

April 26, 2024


A virtual private network encrypts your internet connection, masking your IP address so that apps and websites view your web traffic as originating from a different location — such as another city, state or country. VPNs are multipurpose tools that provide an extra layer of privacy, let you unblock geographically restricted content or circumvent throttling restrictions from your internet service provider.

I began using VPNs for streaming over a decade ago, and since then have found them helpful for travel and even work. But to enjoy the many benefits of VPNs, you’ll need to understand how to use one first. Here’s how — and why — to use a VPN.

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