troubleshooting Question

Difference between VPN and "Windows Computer Search"

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I am a little confused so I hope someone can help.

I understand what a VPN is, the security benefits and what it is used for. I also know how to setup a VPN connection on Windows XP and get it working with a Windows 2003 Server.

What is the different between using a VPN and just completing the following:

1) Open "My Computer"
2) Click "Search" on the toolbar
3) Click "Computers or People" on the left menu that appears
4) Click "A computer on the network"
5) The search for the computer using the IP address. When found, double click on the computer, type in the username and password to view the remote shares.

The above works for me to access my servers.

Q1) How is this different from using a VPN?
Q2) If I first setup a VPN connect before I completed the steps above, would the link be secure? and without the VPN running it isn't secure?
Q3) After I connect to the VPN, is the above proceedure how I connect to the remote server?

AS you can see... I am really confused. Hope you can help.

Thanks heaps
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