China initiated a major crackdown on VPNs last week when it announced that VPN usage will now need to be authorized by the state.View full post
Despite VPN usage often being considered a pretty niche activity, it’s now 3 in 10 internet users who have used these tools to get online, up from just under a quarter in Q1 2016. And as our research makes clear, it’s Turkey which is the current leader for this activity.View full post
VPN usage is often considered a pretty niche activity but, whether to access better entertainment content or restricted sites/networks, engagement with these tools is more common than many have realized.View full post
Recently, Netflix was reported to be blocking those using VPNs as a way to bypass geo-restrictions and access content not available within their own country.View full post
For Thursday’s post, we take a look at another of the trends featured in our end-of-year 15 for 15 report – which you can download here.
Globally, 58% of the online population now agree that they are concerned about the internet eroding their personal privacy (up from 48% in 2010). What’s more, this is an attitude which cuts across demographics, being felt by virtually all groups in equal measure.View full post
In The Missing Billion – our new White Paper available to download for free here – we explore a number of trends which are causing internet populations in fast-growth markets to be under-represented or overlooked entirely in passive web analytics.
One of the biggest contributors to this problem is the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Proxy Servers – tools which allow people to connect to the internet via a remotely located server. People are doing this to stay anonymous, to access restricted social networks or new websites and – as we say in yesterday’s chart – to bypass geo-restrictions on some of the world’s biggest content sites like Netflix.View full post
To mark the release of our new infographic on VPN users, this week’s final post looks at some of this audience’s key behaviors and attitudes.
At a global level, more than a quarter of people say they have used a Virtual Private Network or Proxy Server to access the internet. But this figure can rise much higher in fast-growth markets, peaking at 41% in Indonesia. In fact, two thirds of the world’s VPN users are located in APAC.View full post
In our new report, The Missing Billion, we demonstrate how the size of online populations in fast-growth markets is often being dramatically under-estimated by passive analytics.View full post
Who is most likely to use VPNs and Proxy Servers?View full post
In honor of this week’s Data Privacy Day, we’ve already looked at how many people are using VPNs (virtual private networks) or proxy servers because they want to surf anonymously. Today we continue with this theme by analyzing usage designed to bypass official monitoring.View full post
As we noted yesterday on Data Privacy Day, more than 50% of internet users are concerned about their online privacy.View full post