VPN

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for virtual private network. It protects your privacy and security while online by encrypting your traffic.

Particularly handy while using public WiFi hotspots, VPNs not only encrypt the traffic between devices and websites, but they also help preserve web anonymity. VPNs are frequently used to bypass blocked regional content by giving users a choice of exit servers: by using a web proxy server, the VPN can fool websites into thinking the user is accessing it from a different country.

Avira Phantom VPN offers both free and paid versions.

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