How does a VPN work?


A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, works by creating a secure, encrypted connection between your device and a VPN server. Here's a step-by-step explanation from :

  • Normally, when you connect to a website, your computer directly talks to that website, revealing your IP address and location.
  • With a VPN, your computer first connects to the VPN server through an encrypted connection.
  • The VPN server then acts as an intermediary, contacting the desired website on your behalf.
  • The website only sees the VPN server's IP address and not yours.

This process not only hides your IP address but also encrypts your data, preventing others (like your Internet Service Provider or people on public Wi-Fi) from seeing what websites you visit or services you use 1 2.

Privacy and Access with VPNs

Cal Newport discusses the benefits of using a VPN, such as ExpressVPN, to protect your privacy and access streaming content from different countries. He explains how VPNs work and highlights the convenience of bypassing country access controls for streaming services.

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