How does a virtual private network (VPN) provide additional security over other types of networks? Dominik September 6, 2020 Anonymity Most other types of private networks exist for the sole purpose of making computer connectivity more readily accessible. While a *virtual* private network can most certainly do that as well (that’s pretty much why site-to-site VPNs exist), the technology itself has been geared toward bolstering one’s privacy and security from its humble beginnings in the ‘90s. More specifically, a VPN will both handle all of your system traffic by encrypting it, and then anonymize it with a fake IP address – ideally a dedicated one. These two core functionalities complement one another quite perfectly – encryption secures your information while IP spoofing conceals its source, i.e. your identity. As this is happening on a OS level, a VPN lets you conceal your activity from your ISP as easily as it obfuscates it from the IP department at your workplace or a one of those temporarily embarrassed Nigerian princes trying to perform a man-in-the-middle attack on one of your devices. Nothing else really comes close in terms of sheer feature variety and cost-effectiveness. In that way, a VPN is essentially the only truly “private” network and the last one you’ll ever need. Similar questions to “How does a virtual private network (VPN) provide additional security over other types of networks?”: We also covered these answers, so in case you’re searching for them, they can be found under these links: Which VPN topology is also known as a hub-and-spoke configuration? Which VPN tunneling protocol uses IPSec with 3DES for data confidentiality? Which VPN protocol leverages web-based applications? What UDP port is used for IKE traffic from a VPN client to server? For domain-joined computers, what is the simplest way to configure VPN connections?