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What Is VPN?

Learn what VPN is from computer expert Yoav Erez in this Howcast video about wireless network technology.

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So in this video I want to talk about VPN, or virtual private networking.

What VPN is used for is basically connecting an outside computer to an internal secure network. So for example, if you have an office and the office has a bunch of computers in it, printers, scanners, and mail server, a file server. And inside this office all these computers are exchanging information that are very sensitive. Information that you don't want exiting this office and going on the Internet. But, you still want to access this information from anywhere you are. Or maybe even if you have a second office, you want both of these offices to work as if they're on one network.

VPN is how you create that one network. When you set up a VPN, it will create an encrypted, secure connection from one location to another. This location can be just one desktop computer or it can be an entire network. And it'll allow you to access all the files and printers and scanners and mail just like you're there.

It's a very handy tool and it's used mostly by corporations, but it can really be used by anyone. There are a lot of free VPN solutions out there that use software, and of course there are more expensive hardware VPN solutions.

So if you're looking for a way to access your files from anywhere, but still do it in a secure manner, VPN is the way to go.

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