Definition of virtual private network in US English:

virtual private network

(also VPN)


  • A method employing encryption to provide secure access to a remote computer over the Internet.

    • ‘On top of that, he says, the modem can add virtual private network capabilities to further enhance the secure work-at-home feeling.’
    • ‘If users are able to access both the Internet and corporate resources remotely, then a firewall and virtual private network are needed.’
    • ‘Shortly, they will use wireless access to virtual private networks and Web services to get approval and the necessary documentation back on their machines with only a slight delay.’
    • ‘Additional steps can be taken to make WiFi more secure, such as adding virtual private network software similar to that used by users connecting to corporate networks over the Internet.’
    • ‘Two of the more common forms of extended access include virtual private networks and collaboration applications, such as supply chain management.’


virtual private network

/ˌvərCHo͞oəl ˌprīvət ˈnetwərk//ˌvərtʃuəl ˌpraɪvət ˈnɛtwərk/