Whats the difference between using SSL/TLS in a web browser and an actual SSL/TLS VPN?

Is SSL/TLS actually the pure technology and when one uses https:// in a browser this is a vpn connection?

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  • SSL and its successor TLS is just a generic security layer for other protocols; you could say "the pure technology". But it is not a VPN by itself – HTTP and VPN are two distinct applications of TLS.

    • HTTPS is HTTP secured using TLS.
    • SMTPS is SMTP – a mail transfer protocol – secured using TLS.
    • FTPS is FTP secured using TLS.
    • OpenConnect and SSTP are VPN protocols secured using TLS.

    And so on.

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