25 percent of global internet traffic routed via proxies, research shows

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With the wide availability of free-of-charge
material on the internet, not many people are stopping to think about the
privacy of their personal data—let alone their browsing information—when using
the world wide web. But with the increasing number of hacking incidents,
internet privacy is now more important than ever.

More than a quarter of internet
users use a proxy: ENV Media

Current estimates showed that there are almost 5
billion internet users around the world. However, only about a quarter of these
users—or roughly 1.27 billion users—are interested or are already using proxy
services, according to a recent ENV Media study on internet privacy.

Location-wise, India and Indonesia lead the
pack—both recorded a 38 percent user penetration—followed by Turkey with 32
percent, and China with 31 percent. Other countries with notable proxy markets
include Malaysia (29 percent), Saudi Arabia (29 percent), Brazil (26 percent),
Vietnam (25 percent), United Arab Emirates (25 percent), and Philippines (25

These figures indicate “the immense number of
users who opt for an IP disguise” either via a software subscription service or
free tools available on the internet, according to the report, which also
forecast the number of proxy users to rise. Take India as an example: the
mobile-first country is on the top of regional and global lists both by volume
and by shares of proxy users.

How proxies play a major role in
internet privacy

Proxy servers are best described as a secure
gateway between users and the internet, one that functions as a middleman that
separates internet users from the websites they are accessing. Each proxy server
provides different levels of privacy and security, depending on the user’s
preferences. Such is the case for anyIP, a
veteran player in the proxy server…