All the talk about the GDPR, online censorship, and cyber attacks has affected the VPN scene. This software started rather slowly, but VPN service providers are now at the center of attention of the general public. Virtual private networks are one of the fastest-growing markets.
Thus, the question that arises is: “What’s the VPN industry’s next move?” The VPN industry has successfully adopted the changes in the market, and it appears that the future looks bright for the companies in this industry. Let’s see what to expect from VPNs in the near future.
VPNs Are Not Going Anywhere
The headlines such as “Google’s working on a censored search engine for China,” look promising for the VPN service providers. The online censorship works very well for VPNs, as more and more people come to them to overcome the censorship and access the content they want.
Most of the VPN users are located in East Asia. The numbers are staggering – 23 percent of internet users in Indonesia access content via VPN. Some other countries with a similar percentage of VPN users include Turkey, Thailand, China, and Vietnam.
And the censorship is just one side of VPN viability. An increasing number of cyber attacks is happening every day. People are generally afraid that their personal information will get stolen, or used for ransom. Not to mention the new types of viruses, Trojans, and worms that get released every year to infect millions of devices across the globe.
The Cross-platform Encryption
The VPNs fit in with the habits of modern online content consumers. How come? In the past, people were at their homes browsing the internet and feeling safe under the umbrella of their PC antivirus. Things have changed with the mobile revolution though. Online activities have broken out of the users’ home, and today everyone is online on the go.
People are no longer protected by antiviruses, while at the same time their online behavior has become even riskier, especially when they are connected via a public WiFi. Suddenly, the solution that worked so well is no longer viable. People are in need of protection that works across different platforms.
This is where VPNs fit in perfectly. This is because they don’t protect the users from the client side but from the server side. As long as users are accessing the content via VPN, they remain under the safety of encryption, despite their location and the device they use to browse the internet.
To penetrate the mobile market and allow mobile users to access their VPN service, providers are adapting to mobile. This is not a surprise, as the online world is shifting towards a mobile-centric approach.
To become available on mobile platforms and promote their service, VPN companies enter the market with dedicated VPN client mobile apps. Some companies have also specialized in the mobile VPN and advertise as such. There are numerous mobile VPN client apps available on both Play Store and App Store, thus covering Android and iOS platforms.
What to expect from VPNs that enter the mobile market in the future? A VPN on mobile is different from the one on PC. When developing for mobile, VPNs have to:
• Improve their overall performance
• Reduce the amount of used memory
• Increase data processing speed
This means that we are going to see more and more VPNs using the mobile-optimized TLS protocol to deliver a consistent and secure wireless connection to mobile users. IKEv2 VPNs and MobileIP VPN are mobile VPN technologies that allow this.
We can safely assume that more VPNs will adopt these technologies in the near future. Additionally, we will possibly see a new VPN protocol developed specifically for the mobile platform.
Additional Security for Businesses
With BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) becoming the standard in many companies, new security issues arise. Even for those who use VPN to enable employees to perform tasks while on the go or working from home. The most efficient way to add more security to this setup is to start using Network Access Control, a system that grants network access only to devices that meet specific criteria.
We can expect to see VPNs specializing in business security solutions to include NAC in their offer. By doing so, VPNs will continue to allow businesses to stay as productive as they were, but in a more secure fashion.
We hope that this answers your question. The growth of censorship, exponentially increasing security risks and new standards in VPN application in business are the main forces that will drive VPNs to include new protocols, step up their game, and offer cross-platform protection.