[KB6400] Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)—What are they and does ESET offer one?


What is a VPN?

A virtual private network (VPN) is a commonly used method of securing communication over the internet. As opposed to a public network, in which data is transferred unencrypted, a VPN creates a tunnel between your computer and a private server and encrypts all communications that pass through it.

Why use a VPN?

VPNs are a popular method of adding security to otherwise unencrypted communications that take place between your computer and any web property. While VPNs have been in use for many years, their popularity has increased recently due to changes in privacy laws that dictate how Internet service providers (ISPs) and advertisers can use data they collect about your browsing history.

Can I use my ESET product with a VPN?

Yes, using a VPN in combination with your ESET product will not detract from the security offered by your ESET product.

A VPN may impact ESET products. If there is a firewall or IP allow/block list on the VPN provider, enable the ports and addresses required to use your ESET product.

ESET does not offer a VPN service at this time. If you are interested in using a VPN, we encourage you to use the resources included below to choose the best solution for your needs. 

More information on VPNs

If you are interested in using a VPN for your personal computer or business, the following resources will help you familiarize yourself with the options available and how to go about implementing a VPN service: