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VPN Usage Surges During COVID-19 Crisis [Infographic]

Niall McCarthy

The global COVID-19 outbreak has led to a surge in VPN usage around the world, particularly since the beginning of March when more and more countries experienced a jump in new infections. That's according to Atlas VPN who derived data from their 50,000 weekly users during the weeks from March 2-8 and March 9-15. In Italy, which had 24,747 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,809 deaths as of yesterday, VPN usage increased by 112% between those two weeks. Iran is another badly affected country with just under 14,000 cases confirmed yesterday and a 38% rise in VPN usage during the above period.

Even though many other countries currently have a far lower number of cases, they are also seeing increases in VPN usage. For example, the United States had 3,802 confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday while VPN usage grew 53% over the course of the past week. Other countries that have initiated lockdowns in a bid to slow the spread of the virus have also seen their rates increase. In Spain, VPN usage climbed 36% while it went up 29% in Germany and 21% in France.

Atlas VPN attributed the growth to an increase in people staying at home due to lockdowns and quarantines. In most countries dealing with serious outbreaks, schools and malls are closed, large public gatherings are banned and employees are being encouraged to work remotely. That has resulted in people spending more time than usual on the internet which has seen people avail of VPNs to access geo-blocked streaming services and content. Companies that are allowing their employees to work from home generally also use VPNs to ensure their files are completely protected and safe from hacking.

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Wade’s now infamous “strong-ass offer” comment in relation to Smart is played in its entirety.\\n“If anyone’s going to say that [former Arizona assistant] Book [Richardson] was a cheater, and Book was a liar, and Book paid players, then there’s no way you can separate Sean from it,” Dawkins says in the film. \\n“The thing with Arizona is, like, Sean Miller has to know everything that's going on. Book was loyal to Sean. Arizona was definitely more open to getting some [expletive] done.\\\"\\nESPN \"},{\"attributes\":{\"color\":\"\",\"link\":\"https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22559284/sean-miller-arizona-christian-dawkins-discussed-payment-ensure-deandre-ayton-signing-according-fbi-investigation\"},\"insert\":\"reported\"},{\"insert\":\" in early 2018 that an FBI wiretap existed showing proof that Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure star big man Deandre Ayton attended Arizona. That tape has never been played publicly and both Miller and Ayton have steadfastly denied anything like that ever took place.\\nAfter Miller’s May 2018 press conference in which he is shown saying “I have never knowingly violated NCAA rules while serving as head coach of this great program,” Dawkins says in the film he believes that to be a lie.\\n“You want to know my opinion, when Sean Miller had his press conference and said has a player from Arizona ever received money, or did he know anything about a player from Arizona receiving money, did he lie? 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