Is a VPN an IP private network?

Learn about VPNs

Learn about VPNs

Before we can answer “What is a VPN?” we first need to define a private network. A private network is a network of computers that are connected to each other, without any connection to external networks or the Internet. Each computer utilizes a private IP address – an address that only a device within the private network can locate and communicate with. Outside of the network, these IP addresses are invisible.

The advantages of private networks are many, with privacy and security being at the top of the list. The Internet, with all its bountiful content, is also a breeding ground for viruses, trojans, worms and hackers. By not being connected to external networks or the Internet, a private network is not subjected to these harmful side effects. Businesses with highly confidential and proprietary information appreciate the security that a private network provides.

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network, whereby data is encrypted and then transported over a public network. The goal of a VPN is to provide privacy and security while still being connected to public networks and the Internet. A VPN is a means of adding security to a public network, and is not in itself a private network. It should be noted that since traditional VPNs use encryption, there is an impact on performance – encryption adds latency. In addition, incremental time and costs associated with managing the additional equipment is required for VPNs.

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Jenny Bourbiel

About Jenny Bourbiel

Jenny Bourbiel is Vice President of Marketing for Skyriver. She oversees marketing, public relations, product management and customer relationship programs for Skyriver. A new addition to the Skyriver portfolio of services is the company's innovative 5G class millimeter wave broadband service, Skyriver Magnitude (TM). As a lifetime marketer and technology enthusiast, she bonds smart customer insights and creative thinking to connect people with Skyriver broadband services in profound and lasting ways. Since joining the Skyriver team, her customer centric initiatives have strengthened new customer growth as well as customer loyalty. Jenny brings a wealth of marketing knowledge to Skyriver, in both executive and brand management roles with leading consumer and technology brands including Verizon Wireless, Hilton Hotels, DirecTV, WD-40, and AT&T Wireless. At AT&T Wireless, she managed the marketing strategy for next generation wireless services, including the launch of the American Idol partnership that fueled the popularity of texting in the U.S. Prior to joining Skyriver, Jenny was a Marketing Consultant, working with companies such as Cox Business, where her campaigns earned the CTAM Marketing Excellence Gold Award. Earlier, Jenny held the position of Marketing Vice President for Buzztime, an interactive online gaming company. Jenny’s passion for marketing extends to her community involvement. She has sat on various marketing committees, and was on the Board of Directors for the Arts Center Foundation. Jenny holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Spanish.