Top VPN software in Russia goes from 16,000 average daily downloads to 700,000 downloads: an increase of more than 1,000%

The average daily download count for VPNs in Russia has increased by more than 1000%. With that, Surfshack, a popular VPN provider, said the last time the company saw such a surge in sales was when Hong Kong’s security law was passed in China.

Russia sees over 1000% increase in VPN downloads

According to the article, Russia has seen a more than 1000% increase in VPN usage over the past month. Indeed, citizens now seek to obtain information from outside the country with the increase in external sanctions as well as international censorship.

Russia reportedly blocked external news agencies, including the popular BBC and other social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. A number of companies have also pulled their services from Belarus and Russia, including Microsoft, Apple, Sony and even Google.

Estimates show average daily downloads increased from 16,000 to 700,000

According to Top10VPN, VPN acronym search traffic has increased over the past 30 days. The increase in VPN searches, according to the website, increased by 1092%.

AppFigures reported that downloads of Russia’s “best VPN software” have increased from just 16,000 average daily downloads to 700,000 per day since February 24. The number of average daily downloads increased by 4,375%.

Surfshark compared the current boom to the era of surveillance laws in China

Surfshark compared the current situation to when China tightened its surveillance laws. According to the company’s statement to Bloomberg, the last time a similar surge in sales occurred was when Hong Kong’s security law was passed in China in May 2020.

According to the article, tools like VPNs may become a “necessity” for Russian citizens if the country decides to completely disconnect from the internet. This is something Russia tried to experiment with in 2019 if the whole country suffered significant cyberattacks, as a BBC article shows.

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The Ministry of Digital Development has published two documents on cyber measures

Hacking groups including Anonymous have reportedly tried to disrupt operations in Russia with a “volunteer computer army”. Moreover, the Ministry of Digital Development released two different documents outlining some steps the country wants its own public websites to take coordinated action to defend telecommunications services on the Internet.

VPNs work by moving the user’s IP address from their country or location to another to avoid certain banned websites. With the increase in VPN usage in Russia, more and more users are trying to circumvent the restrictions imposed in the country.

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