virtual private network

plural virtual private networks

Definition of virtual private network

: a private computer network that functions over a public network (such as the Internet) and usually utilizes data encryption to provide secure access to something (such as an internal business server or private network) He persuaded its users to communicate through a virtual private network, or VPN, a secure channel that sends encrypted messages between computers …— James Verini Tony, like all savvy Internet thieves, uses a virtual private network that masks his computer's true Internet Protocol address every time he logs on.— Joe Light

called also VPN

First Known Use of virtual private network

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Virtual private network.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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