Essential Digital Skills Level 1

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What is a VPN

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Understanding VPN: Virtual Private Networks Explained

Introduction to VPN

VPN, or virtual private network, provides a secure tunnel for data transmission between computers or server systems, ensuring confidentiality and privacy.

Application in Remote Work

VPN plays a crucial role in enabling secure remote access to office networks, especially in scenarios like remote work during the pandemic.

Example Scenario

For instance, employees working remotely need to access office systems securely. By setting up a VPN, their computers establish a direct connection to the office servers, ensuring data security and integrity.

Benefits of VPN for Personal Use

Individuals may also use VPNs to:

  • Browse Anonymously: Access websites without revealing location or browsing activity.
  • Access Geo-Restricted Content: View content restricted to specific regions by appearing to browse from another location.

How VPN Works

VPN services redirect internet traffic through remote servers, masking the user's IP address and encrypting data for enhanced security.


While VPNs may not be a primary concern for everyday computing, understanding their functionality and benefits is essential for ensuring secure connections, whether for remote work or personal browsing needs.

Learning Outcomes:
  • EDSQ Unit 5 LO 14.3