#Privacy: Global COVID-19 pandemic leads to surge in VPN usage

New research has found that the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) has increased most sharply in countries suffering most with the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to data compiled from its 50,000 weekly users, Atlas VPN measured how much traffic travelled through its servers from March 9-15 in comparison to the week before, March 2-8. 

Atlas VPN found that despite the total number of customers remaining relatively the same, usage in VPNs soared in countries suffering the most from the global pandemic. 

Italy, reported having 31,506 Coronavirus cases and 2,503 deaths as of today, VPN usage increased 112% between those two weeks. 

Iran, another country severely impacted by the virus with over 13,938 cases of COVID-19, VPN usage increased to 38%, and VPN usage in Spain increased 36%. 

“We estimate that VPN usage in the US could increase by ver 150% by the end of the month,” said Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN. “Overall, the usage of VPNs should continue to surge if the coronavirus pandemic worsens”

Both Italian and Spanish governments have issued a lockdown notice, whereby restaurants, bars, stadiums, cafes, cinemas and others alike are closed, and citizens are required to stay at home. 

Those working from home are more likely to use VPNs in order to secure networks with corporate networks, whilst those with children are likely using them to circumvent their geolocation to view shows restricted in their country.


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