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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) may have a somewhat seedy reputation, but there are plenty of legitimate reasons to consider using one. And besides, no one needs an excuse to keep their internet browsing history secret. We all have a right to privacy online.
But how does a VPN protect you anyway? And how specifically does a VPN work? It's not magic, it's cryptography. Let's go over the basics of how a VPN works before diving deeper.
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