This is one of the trends of recent years: VPN. Their adoptions have exploded with imprisonment and teleportation, and their growth doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
A new study shows the growth of the use of virtual private networks in 2021. And if France isn’t among the best students, VPN adoption nearly doubled last year.
VPN usage increased by 184%
VPNs are on the rise. In 2020, their adoption had stalled due to the health crisis and the rise in cybercrime. A study by AtlasVPN estimated that there were 277 million downloads during this period. This trend continued in 2021 until it saw an increase of 184% compared to 2020. According to a new analysis by the group, there were a total of 785 million VPN downloads worldwide during the year. The last.
This record growth allows the company to believe they are now a consumer product and one of the most popular security devices in the world. The study really misses out on the benefits of a VPN, including privacy and security in everyday communications. Another advantage is location-based unlocking for certain apps or streaming services like Netflix, where the catalog varies by country. In France, for example, it is subject to media chronology and prevents certain films from being viewed as soon as they are released.
Strong growth in VPN adoption in France
Another use, and not the least, is that a VPN allows you to unblock access restrictions to VoIP services enforced in some countries, such as those for instant messaging applications or websites. And it is in areas where strong content restrictions exist that VPN adoption has been fastest and exploded the most.
Among the largest users, we find Qatar, which rises from 53 to 69%, the UAE at 59% and Singapore at 49.14% and which is experiencing growth of over 200%. Atlas VPN believes this increase can be largely explained by blocking some popular porn sites.
While the United States ranks 33rd in this ranking, France ranks only 56th out of the 85 countries listed. VPN usage in France nevertheless nearly doubled and went from an adoption rate of 5.25% in 2020 to 9.22% last year, or just over 6 million people. The company states that here and in other European countries, except illegal downloading, websites are more concerned with security and geoblocking than any censorship. VPNs still have a bright future ahead of it and facing increasing interest from the general public, some players are now integrating it into their services, such as Mozilla VPN, or Google with their online storage offerings. GoogleOne. It remains to be seen how usage will develop in 2022.