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2 in 3 Chinese VPN Users Access Weekly

Posted by Katie Young on Tuesday, January 31 2017

China initiated a major crackdown on VPNs last week when it announced that VPN usage will now need to be authorized by the state.

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Turkey Leads for VPN Usage

Posted by Chase Buckle on Tuesday, January 10 2017

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.

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1 in 5 are weekly VPN users

Posted by Katie Young on Thursday, August 18 2016

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.

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29% of VPN users accessing Netflix

Posted by Jason Mander on Monday, January 12 2015

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.

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15 Trends for 2015: Generation V

Posted by Jason Mander on Thursday, December 18 2014

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.

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Thai and Indonesian internet users most likely to access content via VPNs

Posted by Jason Mander on Tuesday, November 4 2014

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.

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GWI Infographic: VPN Users

Posted by Jason Mander on Friday, October 24 2014

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.

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42% of Indonesian internet users connecting via VPNs

Posted by Jason Mander on Wednesday, September 17 2014

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.

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32% of men using VPNs to access the internet

Posted by Jason Mander on Thursday, April 10 2014

Who is most likely to use VPNs and Proxy Servers?

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Indian internet users most keen to avoid government monitoring

Posted by Jason Mander on Thursday, January 30 2014

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.

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42% of French VPN users looking for online anonymity

Posted by Jason Mander on Wednesday, January 29 2014

As we noted yesterday on Data Privacy Day, more than 50% of internet users are concerned about their online privacy.

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