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Security Is the Top Concern For Over Half of VPN Users

The Why Axis VPN Usage Survey

Virtual private networks (VPNs) can serve a slew of different functions for internet users. But on a web without net neutrality, where protecting your data privacy and security are the responsibilities of each individual user, VPNs can offer an easy solution.

The Why Axis BugPCMag recently surveyed 3,000 US consumers on VPN use and buying habits, and found that a majority—52 percent of respondents—said they need a VPN for security purposes. In related responses, 26 percent said they need a VPN to safely access public Wi-Fi, and 18 percent need a VPN to share data and files securely.

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Another marquee feature of VPNs is anonymous web browsing, yet only the 6 percent most Big Brother–conscious respondents said they need a VPN to avoid government surveillance.

Aside from privacy and security reasons, VPNs are also useful in accessing entertainment content not available in your region by switching to a server somewhere else in the world. A sizable 23 percent of respondents said they need a VPN to access streaming content such as Netflix or sports, while 4 percent of respondents use VPNs to access adult content.

We’ll have more VPN-focused charts and data for you each of the next few Fridays, so check back for a new VPN-themed edition of The Why Axis next week.

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