News broke the past couple days that Apple is pulling all virtual private network apps from its App Store in China.
VPNs are used around the world primarily to secure communication on networks. If a user wants to use a laptop on a cafe's Wi-Fi network, then a VPN will assist the laptop user from avoiding snoops, hackers, and eavesdroppers. If a traveler visits a hotel, then a VPN can secure the traveler's devices on the hotel network.
But in China, VPNs are often used to circumvent controls over the flow of Internet traffic. Western websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, NYTimes.com and many others are filtered (or "blocked" as other media incorrectly often report) in China. So a VPN creates a tunnel that allows a user in China to access filtered websites or online services.
So Apple has just removed all VPN apps from its China stor...
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