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Will using a VPN help protect me from malware or ransomware? [Ask ZDNet]


Read now VPNs are resource-intensive and can take a huge toll on your network bandwidth, which is why you should only employ them when you need them. Welcome to another installment of Ask ZDNet , where we tackle the questions even Google can’t solve. In the mailbag this week: Why should I consider a VPN? Will using a VPN help protect me from malware or ransomware?

I keep reading that using a virtual private network (VPN) is an important security precaution. But I’ve also heard that it won’t protect me from malware or ransomware. If that’s true, then what’s the point of using a VPN?

Security and privacy are closely related, but they’re not the same thing. Understanding the difference is key to understanding what a VPN does and doesn’t do.

The basic concept behind a VPN is simple: software running on your PC encrypts every bit of network traffic before it reaches your PC’s network adapter, then it sends that encrypted data to a remote server that’s operated by the VPN service. That remote server sends the data to the public internet. The encrypted “tunnel” between your device and the VPN server is what makes the network both virtual […]

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