The Top Four Countries for VPN Use Are All Asian

That means Asians are most concerned with circumventing censorship rules or hiding online activity

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Demonstrators protest against laws they say gives the government control over censorship of Internet usage in Mumbai

It may be teenagers wanting to get on Facebook in a country where the social network is blocked, netizens trying to hide their identity from the government, or something as simple as consumers wishing to access porn or region-locked websites such as Netflix, Pandora or Spotify.

Whatever their purpose, Internet users in Asia have made India, Vietnam, Thailand and China — in that order — the top four countries for proxy server use, a new study finds.

According to the report, almost a fifth of global Internet users who connect via proxy servers (also called virtual private networks or VPNs) do so in order to hide their online activity from government officials.

By rerouting traffic through an intermediary location, VPNs make it possible for users to access websites that are censored or region-locked, and to share data securely. The four countries topping the chart all have long lists of websites blocked because of censorship rules — among them social networks, foreign media and, unsurprisingly, porn sites.

[Tech in Asia]

29 comments
AmmarNaeem
AmmarNaeem

Asia is most affected region from different censorship laws. Though Asian citizens raising their voice but it seems like no way to settle this. I am now using VPN to settle this issue and let me access to all geo-restricted sites and secure my ip address. I also recommend to avoid choosing proxy or free as it hurts your privacy badly at times. If you really want to be anonymous and secure online then only select any renowned VPN service to unblock all the restrictions not only in Asia but around the world. Source: http://www.vpnranks.com/encrypted-vpn/

micjustin33
micjustin33

By using free VPN they can access blocked website but do they know that free VPN or proxies are not safe and they got hacked or their data could get stolen easily with this?

joez80
joez80

region-locked websites?! Video stores in England have good lobbyists... 

so, I live in the UK, NOT Asia, and still need a VPN to watch tubes, thanks to Seed4.Me (VPN) !

Unfortunately you need an invitation to join them

/ Long live freedom!

Nguyen Leigh
Nguyen Leigh

What about western countries exposing too much and over sharing ? Not everyone wants to see Miley Cyrus's camel toe. No thanks

Nanette Catalano-Murphy
Nanette Catalano-Murphy

Well, we in the US are on our way to censorship if we don't stop being offended by what everyone says... That we disagree with. If you disagree with any ethnic, lifestyle Etc... You will lose you job way of life. I lived in a country where they redacted the papers. Here in the US they only report what they want you to know.

Akshay Nagar
Akshay Nagar

People use VPN to see iplayer and stuff, we have no services for only Asia, that Europe can't see , so we have nothing to hide

Kelvin Tran
Kelvin Tran

Whenever political crucial meetings happen in the world especially related to HR, demonstration that is the time they blocked CNN & Internet!

Viet Tran
Viet Tran

I am in Vietnam and I can't read news on BBC site.

Thịnh Lê
Thịnh Lê

Don't know about the other 2, but in Vietnam and China, people were afraid of secret police knocking on their doors in the middle of the night for posting some "reactive" status on Facebook.

Hổ Cát
Hổ Cát

(Y) At least things are true for me

Aman Duhan
Aman Duhan

most of the people use proxies because at their workplace many sites are blocked by the companies. they dont have anything to hide...

Christina Marie
Christina Marie

It's all the expats trying to communicate with loved ones outside of Asia!!! ;-)

Robert Montague
Robert Montague

perhaps an invasion of vietnam is needed, any objections?

Will Hinkley
Will Hinkley

The way things are going that'll be us soon too.

Jeff May
Jeff May

What are these countries afraid of? The internet exposing corruption in the corporate world?

Jesse Lora
Jesse Lora

there is more to vpn then just genral proxying

Cameron Lo
Cameron Lo

Come on...Time already shifted attention away from NSA?

ngme
ngme

@micjustin33 Some VPNs do track and log user data - that is certainly not safe and user privacy would be compromised in the event of a breach. The best VPNs - my favorite is called safervpn.com - do not track, log or store user data and so there is nothing to worry about.