Definition of virtual private network in English:

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virtual private network

Pronunciation: /ˌvərCHo͞oəl ˌprīvət ˈnetwərk/

Entry from US English dictionary

(abbreviation VPN)


A method employing encryption to provide secure access to a remote computer over the Internet.
Example sentences
  • Two of the more common forms of extended access include virtual private networks and collaboration applications, such as supply chain management.
  • Shortly, they will use wireless access to virtual private networks and Web services to get approval and the necessary documentation back on their machines with only a slight delay.
  • On top of that, he says, the modem can add virtual private network capabilities to further enhance the secure work-at-home feeling.

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Syllabification: vir·tu·al pri·vate net·work

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