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Victor Zhang


Vassar College '25 — Originally from Albany California, I am a computer science and English double major at Vassar, Class of 2025. Through my research in computational linguistics and human-computer interaction, I am exploring how we understand language and develop relationships with our devices. In my free time I like to read and spend time outdoors. I also have an interest in fashion, thrifting, and trying new things. Writing for Data Curious, I want to help both others and myself better understand how to navigate and protect ourselves on the internet.

Posts by Victor Zhang

July 13, 2023

What is an encrypted message?

With more and more companies advertising privacy and security, one common term thrown around is encryption. But what really is encryption and how does it protect us? Here is a simple explanation of encryption, why it matters, and what you can do to protect your messages.

February 7, 2024

What is a virtual private network (VPN)?

More and more people are using VPNs to protect their personal information online. What are they and how do they work?

September 6, 2023

What does “cookie preferences” mean?

Instead of swatting away a popup that asks you about cookies, you can answer those questions with confidence. This article explains what cookies are, how they work, and what they are used for.

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