More than 70 million people around the world use a VPN, a method of allowing users to hide their identity and access information online.
But the term “vpn” isn’t entirely accurate.
It’s more like “VPN proxy,” meaning the user has set up a VPN service that connects to the Internet.
And for many, it’s not a reliable way to access the Internet, either.
A recent survey from security firm ThreatConnect found that a whopping 60% of people who have a VPN on their phone or computer don’t use it regularly.
That’s about half the global average.
But in the United States, the number is even lower.
Only 17% of Americans use a secure VPN, according to the Pew Research Center.
A lot of people in the U.S. don’t even know how to use a standard browser or open up a web browser to access a website.
Even people who use a browser with good security features have to be careful when opening up an email, for example, or accessing the internet via a VPN.
Here’s what you need to know about the world’s VPNs, their flaws, and how to protect yourself against them.