With more cases of internet user data accessed by third parties without consent emerging, the use of VPNs is increasing. Experts agree that reliable network infrastructure is key to enabling the preservation of privacy online
As awareness of the potential dangers of stolen or misappropriated internet user data increases, so does the popularity of VPN (virtual private network) services. Reportedly, over 25% of internet users are now using a VPN service in order to enhance internet privacy and security. On the back of their rise in popularity, the network infrastructure industry can expect a surge as well, according to experts.
Just last month, Apple was revealed to have shared i Phone and iPad user data with Chinese internet security company Tencent, a business with known ties to the country's government; internet service provider Comcast was spotted lobbying against internet encryption that could prevent if from tracking user browsing history, while the government officials in Thailand ordered cafes and restaurants to collect all wi-fi user data. All cases where online user data was traded without consent.
"We are noticing that because of similar revelations, the trust in internet privacy is eroding more and more," comments Vincentas Grinius, CEO of network infrastructure provider Heficed. For instance, the latest Pew Research Center study reveals that majority of Americans think their personal data is less secure now, that data collection poses more risks than benefits, and believe it is not possible to go through daily life without being tracked.
Because of the increased consciousness for anonymity, the market for VPNs is growing. Projections expect its value to increase by at least 15% in the next five years. A particular driver for the popularity of VPNs at the moment is increased government interest in individual user data. Widespread internet surveillance is already a reality in several countries. "We...