virtual private network

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virtual private network (plural virtual private networks)

  1. (computing) a network set up for use by a limited number of individuals, such as employees of a company, operating over a large area. The network typically uses encryption to keep information secure.
    • 2018, Lily Kuo, The Guardian, 25 June:
      Most Chinese users watch HBO through virtual private networks, or VPNs.
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