\ ˌvē-ˌpē-ˈen How to pronounce VPN (audio) \
plural VPNs

Definition of VPN

: a private computer network that functions over a public network : virtual private network As more employees connect to their office networks from home, they expose the company to attack. A VPN lets companies use the Internet as a secure pathway into their existing network.— Michael Bertin VPNs help cloak your browsing information from your internet provider. When you use VPN software, your device connects to a VPN provider's servers. That way, all your web traffic passes through the VPN provider's internet connection.— Brian X. Chen

First Known Use of VPN

1984, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“VPN.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/VPN. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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