A recent survey by Wombat Security, 2017 User Risk Report, has shown that VPNs are becoming mainstream – but American respondents surveyed turned out to be much bigger VPN users than the respondents in the UK.
In the U.S., 65% of 1,000 respondents said that they used a VPN on a corporate and/or personal device, while only 44% of 1,000 respondents in the UK said they used a VPN. Also, a staggering 23% of UK respondents said they knew what a VPN was, but chose not to use one – compared to only 16% in the US. And finally, as many as 33% of UK respondents did not know what a VPN was, compared to 19% in the U.S.
Recent developments in the U.S. and the UK, such as the Investigatory Powers Act in the UK and new ISP rights in the US, have significantly boosted the popularity of VPNs, increasing NordVPN’s users from these countries three times and more.
VPNs are the main tool for those desiring to protect their online privacy and security. How does a VPN work? A user’s Internet traffic gets encrypted and routed through a secure tunnel between two points: the computer and a remote VPN server. This way, no one can access the data that passes through the tunnel – it becomes invisible to ISPs, government snoopers, and advertisers. Moreover, it becomes harder to be intercepted by identity thieves and hackers.
The growing popularity of VPNs is related to the fact that the Internet is not a private and safe space – it’s an illusion to think that what we do online will stay invisible to others. VPNs help protect Internet users’ privacy and are becoming an integral part of the online experience.