A new PCMag survey reveals that most people know that a VPN can help them stay safe online but don’t use one. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they have never used a VPN, and 23 percent have used a VPN but don’t anymore.

In a recent PCMag survey of 3,000 US consumers conducted between September 23 and 26, more than half of respondents (52 percent) said they do or would need a VPN for security purposes. Yet 48 percent said they have never used a VPN, and 23 percent have in the past but don’t anymore. Just 29 percent—or almost one in three respondents—said they actually do use one.

Of those who reported using a VPN, 18 percent said they do so on their laptop or desktop, while just 5 percent use one on their smartphone or tablet. A mere 6 percent said they use one on all of their devices.

Notably, the survey also indicated that VPN use has increased since the FCC’s April rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules, which prevented ISPs from, for example, slowing down or blocking a video streaming service unless a user pays extra. Twenty-six percent of respondents said the repeal of net neutrality rules was a factor in their decision to pay for a VPN. Moreover, 52 percent said they are more likely to use a VPN after the repeal.



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