According to a PCMag survey, 52% of users need VPNs for security purposes, and 18% use them to share data and files securely.
PCMag recently surveyed 3,000 US consumers on VPN use and buying habits, and found that a majority – 52% of respondents – said they need a VPN for security purposes. In related responses, 26% said they need a VPN to safely access public Wi-Fi, and 18% need a VPN to share data and files securely.
Another marquee feature of VPNs is anonymous web browsing, yet only the 6% 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% of respondents said they need a VPN to access streaming content such as Netflix or sports, while 4% of respondents use VPNs to access adult content.