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25 Surprising VPN Statistics Every Internet User Should Know

Mara Calvello
Mara Calvello  |  May 23, 2019

Big brother is watching you.

Okay, that’s probably not the case, but if it is, you could learn how to use a VPN to ensure that you can browse the web securely.

You’re probably hearing more and more about VPNs, for both home use and travel, as they become a safer way to browse the internet. Let’s dig into why they’re so popular and why you should be using one.

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VPN statistics in 2019

Whether you’re using a VPN to stream content, check out new music, or simply to browse securely, there’s probably a lot you didn’t know about this exciting technology. Keep reading for a breakdown of the most important VPN statistics you need to know in our growing age of technology.

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The internet and security

  • In 2019, there are 4.021 billion internet users, 3.196 billion social media users, and 5.135 billion mobile phone users. (The Best VPN)
  • 92% of mobile public WiFi users ignore security warnings from their phones. (VPN Mentor)
  • 45% of Americans are more worried about their online privacy than they were a year ago. (Pew Research)
  • 93% of data breaches could have been avoided through fundamental data security efforts. (Online Trust Alliance)
  • 93% of IT professionals experience challenges with data privacy. (Compari Tech)
  • There were 150 million mobile attacks on mobile devices in the first half of 2018. (VPN Geeks)
  • The major concerns related to online privacy include 63% identity theft and 45% banking/credit card fraud. (VPN Mentor)

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Who is using a VPN

  • One-quarter of all Internet users have accessed a VPN in the last month. (The Best VPN)
  • 35% of VPN users are between the ages 16 of 24. (Go Globe)
  • 33% of VPN users are between the ages 25 and 34. (Go Globe)
  • 17% of desktop users used a VPN in the last month. (The Best VPN)
  • The gender breakdown of VPN users is 62% male and 38% female. (Geo Surf)

VPN users by Gender

  • 77% of VPN users buy digital content each month. (The Best VPN)

Where are they using a VPN

  • Asia Pacific has the highest percent of VPN users at 30%. (GeoSurf)
  • In Asian countries (excluding Japan), their primary use (55%) of VPNs is to stream unavailable content, while in North America, the primary use (37%) is for anonymous browsing. (PC Mag)
  • Internet users in Indonesia (38%) and India (38%) are most likely to access content using a VPN. (The Best VPN)
  • The countries with the lowest VPN usage are Germany with 6%, USA and UK with 5%, and Australia with 4%. (GeoSurf)

VPN use by country

  • It is illegal to use a VPN in China, Iran, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey. (VPN Mentor)
Fun fact: You can use a VPN in China and Iran if it is licensed by the government.

Why are people using a VPN

  • 50% of VPN users say they use one for access to better entertainment content. 34% say its to access social networks and news services. 31% say it’s to browse anonymously. (The Best VPN)
  • 29% of all VPN users access Netflix on a monthly basis, with 49% of these users located in Canada and Mexico. (VPN Mentor)
  • Of those who pay for VPN, 33% are for music downloads, 27% are for music streaming services, and 27% are movie or TV streaming. (The Best VPN)
  • 74% of Americans have limited their online activity due to privacy concerns. (VPN Mentor)

Growth of VPN

  • In 2016, the VPN global market was $15.4 billion. In 2018 it grew to $20.6 billion. (Statista)
  • From 2017 to 2018, the number of VPN users grew by 165%. (Statista)
  • The VPN market is estimated to be $27 billion in 2020, $31 billion in 2021, and $35 billion in 2022. (Go Globe)

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Mara Calvello
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Mara Calvello

Mara is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at G2. In her spare time, she's typically at the gym polishing off a run, reading a book from her overcrowded bookshelf, or right in the middle of a Netflix binge. Obsessions include the Chicago Cubs, Harry Potter, and all of the Italian food imaginable. (she/her/hers)