Every year, the usage of virtual private networks (VPNs) is increasing. And it is easy to see why; more and more parts of the world are suffering from internet privacy failures. Large chunks of the internet populace are now turning to the usage of VPNs, with around one third of users in nations such as India and Indonesia now turning to using a VPN according to research by Bestvpn. Why, though? What has made it such a powerful part of the modern internet?
One reason is quite simple: the VPN has become the go-to choice for the fact it helps to provide anonymity from your internet service provider. Not many of us are too happy at having companies collate information about every search we do and comment that we make online. If you are one of the growing number of people who are in this frame of mind, you will find that a VPN might just be the tool that you need.
It has become a fine choice for many people, and often goes a long way to making sure you can enjoy safer internet activity. What, though, are some of the main reasons why people are choosing to turn to using the VPN?
VPNs give us more freedom than ever before
One of the main two reasons given for VPN usage was that it would provide users with more safety. It was noted, for example, that VPN usage was down to people wanting more anonymous web browsing. In fact, around 31% of all VPN user volumes stems from those who wish to retain anonymity when they are on the internet. This is one of the main reasons for sure.
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People want to have more control over their privacy. With a VPN, that becomes a much easier thing to guarantee.
However, around 18% of those asked also noted that they seen government cloaking as an appeal. A VPN means that your government is far less likely to be able to see and track what you are doing online. In nations where freedom of expression is harshly curbed, this can be quite a problem. For that reason, many people choose to turn to the use of a VPN in a bid to help improve their overall internet protection.
You will find that a VPN offers you a level of safety that you simply cannot get with an ISP.
VPNs are also known for opening up new communication formats
Another interesting note was that a quarter of VPN users were noted as seeing VPNs as good for communications abroad. Talking to someone across a specific chat platform or similar has become a common part of the modern internet. With the help of a VPN, you are much more likely to be able to tap into that practice. You will therefore be able to communicate with friends and family much easier by using a VPN, removing problems like structural limitations, geographical blocking and/or limiting the quality of the connection across continents.
VPNs promise extra privacy
One main reason why a lot of people enjoy the use of a VPN is the fact that it offers them extra privacy. For example, a lot of people will find that they can get access to restricted torrent websites. Around 27% of those surveyed responded that this was a primary reason for their use of VPNs. They could simply get access to more content than they could if they were to have done it all from their normal connection. Many ISPs block the use of torrents and actively push against those who do so.
By the same token, around 17% of users were using the VPN to help them get access to TOR browsers. These are often used to access the ‘dark web’ and other various functions of the internet usually cut off by ISPs. This has become a major function of the modern internet, as people try to create their own sub-sections to avoid too much interference from the government. It’s because of this, then, that a lot of users are starting to turn to tools like TOR browsers: they feel safer moving away from the mainstream, which VPNs help them to do.
Getting access to simpler files
Last but not least, a lot of users (30%) said they used a VPN to access files or services at work they would be too scared to look at normally. It offers them that extra layer of protection from IT staff who might check-up on what you are doing. While not often the most ethical thing to be doing, it does allow workers to have a bit of extra protection and safety from accessing files when they could be doing so over a connection that offers a fraction of the same protection you would expect.
Get access to more fun
The internet, though far more diverse than just for entertainment, offers many ways to have fun. Indeed, a whopping 50% of those asked said they would use a VPN to help improve their access to entertainment. That became a major part of the reason why a lot of people would choose to use a VPN. From getting access to larger content libraries for streaming to making sure you can play with a lag-free connection, many people have started using a VPN for this purpose.
Others choose to use it as it allows them to access news content, social media platforms and other media (34%). With geoblocking becoming more and more common among internet sites, many people simply engage in their use of the internet by getting access using a VPN.
This is a very important distinction, and goes some way to showing just why the use of a VPN is going up so much in 2019. Crucially, it is not likely to stop anytime soon. As internet privacy remains a topic of hot debate, many will still be using VPNs as ISPs try to continue to curb internet freedoms. The battle lines, then, have well and truly been drawn.
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