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How does the VPN work?

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The VPN works by establishing an encrypted tunnel between your computer and our server.  

Essentially, what happens is your ISP provides you with an internet connection. Our service then encrypts this connection, making it anonymous and secure. Your ISP cannot see what you are downloading, because of the encryption used by our service. Other people online cannot see who you really are, because our server acts as a middle-man between you and any connections you are establishing, so all anyone sees when you connect to something is our server. This then makes it appear to the internet that your IP Address is the IP address of our server. The encryption offered by the VPN offers security, privacy, and anonymity from prying eyes.  

Also, here's a link to our How It Works page