Posted Tuesday March 24, 2020

Virtual Private Networks

Lockdowns and panic leads to a 124% surge in VPN usage in the US

According to Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, VPN usage in the US increased by 71% in the last 7-days and by a staggering 124% in the last two weeks. "We measured how much traffic traveled through our servers last week. We derived data from our 53,000 weekly users" says Welch.

The number of customers increased by 6% during the last week. In most countries, traffic that traveled through our servers increased by more than 6%. Meaning, not only did the number of people using a VPN increased, but the frequency and time of connection increased as well.

During the last two weeks, VPN usage in the US increased by 124%. On March 9th, the US government reported 704 confirmed coronavirus cases. As of March 22nd, the COVID-19 case count already reached 32,356. Meaning, the coronavirus case count surged by a staggering 4,496% in just 14 days.

In Italy, where the Coronavirus is wreaking havoc, the VPN usage during these two weeks increased by 160%.

One rather unique case is the growth of VPN usage in Russia. VPN usage jumped by 57% in the two week period. Yet, the authorities only confirmed 438 coronavirus cases in the 144.5 million Russian population.

Just a few days ago, Russia, just like China, got accused of underreporting the number of infections. The Russia’s Alliance of Doctors union publicly stated the Russian government is covering up coronavirus cases as ordinary pneumonia. “It’s almost unimaginable that governments could hide the real infection rate. Such misinformation endangers all citizens. If people believe that the spread of the virus is stopped, then they will not take the needed measures to protect themselves, ” voiced Rachel Welch (photo), Chief Operating Officer of Atlas VPN.

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