NordVPN reports 165% surge in users as remote working increases globally
As remote working is fast becoming the new normal in the midst of the outbreak, setting up at home and accessing company systems through external connections may present its own security problems.
VPN provider NordVPN has reported recording 165% growth in users due to more and more people working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Google Trends, the search term “VPN” has surged since last week. In the US, it grew by 25%, the UK 20%, Germany 30%, Spain 40%, and Italy, which has suffered the largest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, 55%. These numbers are also reflected in VPN sales.
“We recorded 40% growth last week,” said NordVPN Teams digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson.
“By today, this number has quadrupled as more countries are announcing quarantine and office workers choosing remote work.”
The Netherlands has seen one of the biggest growth in employee business VPN usage, with the number of users surging by 240%.
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That is followed by Austria and Canada, which have seen VPN usage grow by 208% and 206% respectively.
“Thanks to the virtual plug-and-play setup, [cloud-based VPNs] can be installed very quickly. What matters most during quarantine, it can be done remotely,” added Markuson.
“Many of the traditional corporate VPNs have to be set up by configuring individual computers. This requires both time and physical contact, which is a strict violation of today’s health and safety rules.
“At NordVPN Teams, we are working in three shifts and connecting up to 200 new users per hour. We are also expanding our server network to satisfy the growing demand for cloud-based VPN services.”
Both the US and the UK have also seen a rise in VPN usage, but not by as much – the growth in the two countries currently stands at 66% and 48% respectively.
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