A technological service that allows users to operate from an encrypted location with anonymity.
A virtual private network (VPN) is a technological service that helps a user mask their internet routes by encrypting them. The encryption process consequently opens up a private network that users operate from via an intermediary server. As a result, trackers are unable to correctly identify the location of the user and so user activity can be kept safe from prying eyes.
Outside anonymity, one of the reasons many people use VPNs is that it grants them access to content that is ordinarily only available to certain regions.