VPNs Are a Valuable Tool in COVID-19 Times

Whether for working remotely or circumventing censors, VPN usage has seen tremendous growth these past two weeks.
VPNs Are a Valuable Tool in COVID-19 Times
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VPNs are a major piece of infrastructure holding together the work-from-home workforce right now and providing a way for people to get vital news in countries with .

VPNs encrypt web traffic, keeping data safe and protecting privacy. You may have a corporate VPN that you connect to for work, or you can elect to use one for yourself.

Related: 4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During the Coronavirus Outbreak

During the last two weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, VPN usage in the has gone up 124 percent. In that same period in , it has gone up 160 percent, according to Atlas VPN.  In these countries where is a necessity, VPNs provide a way to make online behavior safer, whether you're working remotely or streaming hours of video.

In and , statistics about COVID-19 are thought to be underreported. And in Russia, a disinformation campaign about the novel coronavirus is spreading dangerous information. In these instances, VPNs can give citizens access to broader and more accurate information, making them a tool of public health as well as online hygiene.

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