New study suggests VPN might have reached saturation point

According to a new study released by Virtual Intelligence Briefing, a data company known for improving clients’ performance by providing marketing programs, the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) has started to decline since 2020.

Three years ago, at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone shifted online. With the work-from-home policy being followed globally, people started using VPN services to link themselves with the internal private network of their respective firms. Eighty-five percent of the survey participants agreed on using VPN at that time. However, last year the numbers went up by just 2.4 percent, indicating that it might have reached the saturation point.

Don Boxley, Chief Executive Officer of DH2i, the company that sponsored the research study, told, that three years ago, work from home was observed globally, a trend that is still being followed by many people to this day. People were expecting to welcome more users using VPNs, with working from home trending everywhere.

However, the survey results didn’t verify it. In response to the results, Boxley exclaimed that there might not be any new users as the number of people working from home may have reached a limit.

Furthermore, it was also revealed that using these private networks has its own set of problems. Before COVID-19, the use of VPN was relatively low, making it easier to manage the issues; now, with the number of users at an all-time high, it is not that easy, and as a result, people have stopped using it and are seeking out alternatives.

VPNs’ popularity started to decline when a number of problems started to surface. Problems such as below-average speed, security concerns, the price of the service, and management. As a result of all the highlighted problems, users are seeking substitutes.

Don Boxley further added that, due to the limitations, virtual networks are unable to fulfil the requirement and are having a hard time keeping up with the demand. As a substitute, people have started using SDP Zero Trust, which not only provides protection from attacks but also reduces the need for firewall protection.

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