We’re currently living in an era that is literally dominated by technology. We rely on computers to do everything from paying our rent to doing our food shopping.
The internet is very much here to stay and is very much a part of modern life as we know it, yet many of us aren’t as clued up about it as we ideally should be. If we asked you what a VPN was for example, would you be able to tell us? If not, it’s certainly worth knowing. Today we’re going to be looking at VPNs and will be looking at VPN usage around the world. Here’s a look at some interesting facts about VPNs and VPN usage worldwide.
What is a VPN?
Before we proceed, we need to ensure that we’re all on the same wavelength and that you understand what a VPN is. Basically, VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. A VPN enables a user to create a fully secure connection from one network to another over the internet. VPNs are particularly useful for gaining access to region-restricted websites, as well as for privacy purposes as they help to keep your info a secret and keep your browsing history from falling into the wrong hands. Initially they were created in order to join business networks together securely, and to enable people to access business networks when they were out of the office.
To put it simply, VPNs connect computers, smart phones, tablets, and other internet devices to another server on the internet. They allow you to browse the web using the internet connection of the server (computer) that you are connected to. So, as an example, a UK resident may connect to a server located in the USA via a VPN. Once connected, that UK resident is basically connected to a server in the US and is therefore located in the US. Now that resident is able to browse region-restricted content like popular streaming platforms, from the comfort of their own home. instead of UK versions of the streaming platform, they will now be able to browse US versions, which will have different content, and let’s face it, the content will probably be better too.
Facts about VPNs
Now it’s time for us to look at VPN usage from around the world, as well as some other fun and interesting facts about VPNs in general:
VPN users are not classed as pirates
A common misconception about VPN users, is that they’re using these networks to download and stream content illegally in the form of piracy. This is not the case. It is estimated that 77% of all VPN users are purchasing digital content each month. They’re paying for a service just like anybody else.
Males are big VPN users
According to research, 62% of all VPN users are male, as opposed to the other 38%, who happen to be female.
Youngsters prefer VPNs
This probably won’t come as very much of a shock to most of you, but according to market research, the younger you are, the more likely you are to be using a VPN. 35% of all VPN users are aged between 16 and 24. Up next are the 25 – 34-year olds, who make up 33%. 35 – 44-year olds make up 19%, 45 – 54-year olds make up 9% and the remaining 4% is made up 55 – 64-year olds.
Entertainment is a big motivation for viewing
While VPNs offer additional safety and security while browsing online, the biggest motivations for people using VPNs is to simply access better quality. We always want what we can’t have, but with VPNs we get to have what we once thought was impossible. As mentioned, there is a certain popular online streaming platform that varies massively in terms of content from region to region. If you’re fed up of the content offered by said platform in your region, a VPN would enable you to access a different version and to basically enjoy a wide selection of brand-new content. 50% of VPN users use them purely to enjoy better online content.
Within the last month, one quarter of all internet users have used a VPN. 17% of users accessed a VPN via a TV, with 15% coming from a tablet, and just 7% coming from a smart phone. This does seem to indicate that larger-screened devices are generally more popular than small-screened devices for VPN usage.
VPNs aren’t a guaranteed way of staying safe online
While VPNs offer heaps more online security, using a VPN is not a guarantee of staying completely safe online. Though your chances of being hacked when using a VPN are dramatically lower, it is still a possibility. It is worth noting however, that VPN encryption makes this a very highly unlikely scenario so you are generally much safer when using a VPN than not.
VPN users are big fans of online TV
It is estimated that 40% of all VPN users are thought to be subscribing to at least one subscription based streaming service every single week.
Middle-income earners are more likely to use VPNs
If you thought that VPNs were expensive luxuries that only the wealthy could afford, you may be surprised to learn that middle-income earned are the most likely to use VPNs. In fact, 45% of all VPN users fall into the middle-income category. 23% are in the lower earning section, and 24% fall into the high-income section. The remaining 8% preferred not to disclose their financial info.
VPNs are banned in some countries
Though VPNs are perfectly legal, in some countries they are banned. VPNs, as of this writing, are banned in countries such as: Myanmar, North Korea, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, China, and Syria. In fact, out of the 195 countries worldwide, currently, VPNs are banned in 30.
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