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Does using a VPN service affect programms or only browsers?

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  • 1 month ago
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    The VPN builds a "logical tunnel" through the Internet from the device running the VPN client to the VPN server.  All Internet communication, regardless of what application is generating it, will go through this tunnel to reach the VPN server.

    Think of it like this.  Imagine that you used public transportation to go to stores/schools etc.. In order to go anyplace you had to walk through your neighborhood to get to the bus stop and you've got a nosy neighbor who watches/annoys you every time you do, but once you're at the bus stop your safe.  Imagine now if you could put a tube between your home and the bus stop that nobody could see inside of.  Nobody knows if you're in there or not.  You can walk to the bus stop without worrying about being seen/harassed. 

  • P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    A VPN is like physically plugging your computer into a different network.  EVERYTHING on the computer including apps will access the internet through the VPN.

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  • Dave
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It will affect anything that requires a network connection, which includes applications. A proxy only affects your web browser.

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  • Roddy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    IT will affect anything that requires Internet access, so in general it will affect browsing, email, Facebook, etc but not word processing.

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