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According to a report done by Surfshark VPN, out of the approximately 5 billion of internet users, over 1.6 billion of them (31% of users) use a VPN. That’s close to a fifth of the worlds population.

A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, is a mechanism for creating a secure connection between a computing device and a computer network, or between two networks, using an insecure communication medium such as the public Internet. A VPN can extend a private network (one that disallows or restricts public access), enabling users to send and receive data across public networks as if their devices were directly connected to the private network.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the demand for VPNs. These services allow users to securely access the internet by encrypting their connection and disguising their IP address.

With more and more people working and learning remotely, utilizing public Wi-Fi, and being mindful of online privacy and security, it’s no wonder VPN usage is on the rise.

The VPN market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% and reach $77.1bn by 2026, with above-average growth in 2021, according to

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have had to adapt to remote work arrangements. In turn, this has made VPNs an essential tool for employees to securely access their company’s network from their comfort zone.

Additionally, the growing concern for online privacy and security has played a role in the rising demand for VPNs. As more and more personal information is shared online, individuals are becoming increasingly aware of the potential risks and looking for ways to protect themselves, which is where VPNs come in as they offer anonymity and the ability to safeguard personal information.

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