As you read this, your computer is connected to the physical internet. This makes it possible for you to reach every website from every corner of the world. The network is physical, it means it consists out of a huge web of wires and network devices such as switches and routers. Over these wires run many data packages of different users from different (web-) sites. It is like a busy highway.
What is VPN?
But what is VPN? Beside a physical network, you can create your own network just with software, it becomes a ‘Virtual’ network. If you do so, you can only access computers and servers connected to this ‘virtual’ network.
It is also a ‘Private’ network, because people and websites not connected to this virtual network have lack access and can not reach your computer. This network of computers virtually connected to each other by using the same software/settings is called a ‘Virtual Private Network’, in short: ‘VPN’.
What is VPN-server?
Once you start using VPN, there will be a possibility of using a ‘server’. This server is part of your Virtual Private Network and let it look like this network is inside a certain country. Let’s say you connect your computer in a network of a server based in Germany, it looks like your computer is physically in Germany.