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VPNs could be vulnerable to attacks that send you to fake websites

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Virtual private networks are designed to keep people safe online

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Virtual private networks (VPNs), which have seen a rise in use as more people work from home, are vulnerable to an attack that removes the anonymity they grant users, researchers have found.

VPNs work by rerouting your internet traffic through a virtual tunnel that encrypts all data that passes through it and disguises your IP (or internet protocol) address, which is used to identify from where you access the internet. They are often used to access internal networks remotely, such as …

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