VPN is the acronym for “Virtual Private Network,” the name used to describe a private digital network, within a public computer network, typically the Internet.
The purpose of a Business VPN is primarily to gain secure access to your work computer systems while you are away from the office. It enables users to securely send and receive data across shared or public networks, as though their PCs or devices are directly connected to a local private network. Using a VPN, you can protect cloud environments, staging servers and company databases with ease.
Consumer VPNs are extensively used by people looking to keep their internet activity private and secure such as to protect yourself from hackers on public WiFi. They are especially common in countries where there is censorship, allowing individuals access to news and social media sources blocked via their local ISPs, as it allows you to appear to be in another country. It achieves this by encrypting your connection and diverting you via a remote VPN service in order to replace your IP address.
There are many VPN service providers now available, and they tend to divide and focus on either the consumer VPNs or business VPNs.