Are the VPC IP address range allocated now truly private now? i.e. no other droplets from another account can see the traffic into my account’s VPC private IP range?

I know that previous private IP networking was effectively shared.

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Yes. VPC networks are completely isolated from both other customers and other VPCs on your own account. See here for more details:

https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/networking/vpc/

It’s also worth pointing out that DigitalOcean private networks provided account level isolation since July 18, 2018. The big changes with the release of VPCs are:

  • You can create multiple VPCs that are isolated from each other
  • You can define the IP range for your VPCs yourself
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