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What Does Public VPN Mean?

Public VPN is a type of VPN connection that can be accessed publicly or openly by end users.

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It differs from standard or private VPN, which is generally reserved for specific users, organizations or subscribers. It is normally accessed using a standard Internet connection.

Techopedia Explains Public VPN

Public VPN provides the same level of VPN services, including a secure and reliable network path, but on a public network or the Internet. Typically, public VPN is provided by VPN service providers, having a back-end VPN infrastructure. End users authorize themselves at the VPN gateway before they are granted access to the VPN. Upon authentication a secure tunnel is created between the end users device and the VPN gateway.

Public VPN is popularly utilized for accessing restricted websites and/or content in specific regions. Cloud or hosted VPN is a type of public VPN that is accessible by any user.

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