As millions of Britons swap their offices for working from home, engage in social distancing, or adhere to self-isolation instructions, RingVPN has announced it will make its virtual private network service free for at least 90 days and will extend if outbreak peak is longer.
RingVPN has brought forward its planned launch in May to help internet users in this unprecedented time. Its offer of the normally paid service for free follows an upsurge in enquiries from the public asking how a VPN could make working and staying at home more bearable in the coming weeks and months.
Of the more than 5,400 enquiries fielded by RingVPN, common questions asked were how a VPN can provide online protection against fraudsters and how a VPN provides internet users with access to a wider selection of home entertainment during the coronavirus outbreak.
In particular, during the last 24 hours RingVPN received almost 2,500 queries about the capabilities of its US servers and how the VPN can help them access Netflix content from the USA. Evidently, the public are looking to access a wider variety of entertainment and streaming options than UK content platforms alone offer as they face an uncertain amount of time at home.
Additional queries related to online security, with over two-thirds of those that contacted RingVPN having never previously worked from home and keen to know how to keep their work and personal information secure online. VPNs provide guaranteed anonymity, protection from malware and hackers and data privacy whenever used.
The other popular query sent to RingVPN over the last 24 hours related to Italian server access, with almost 900 people asking about the number and strength of servers RingVPN has in the country. This reflects a massive 4,500% increase in Google searches for Italian VPNs* – potentially a reaction to PornHub offering Italians free subscriptions to the site during the national lockdown.
Chief Marketing Officer at RingVPN, Cian McKenna-Charley, says: “We understand millions of people will be taking the necessary precautionary measures of working from home, social distancing and, if necessary, self- isolation. Businesses and staff face an uncertain time and we’d rather not add to their anxieties, but instead do what we can to help make life that little bit easier. By making RingVPN free for all, people can use the internet safely and securely from their own home at no expense until normality is resumed.”
Alongside its 90-day free subscription offer, RingVPN has created an online safety guide to help people in the coming weeks and months. This includes the following:
- Use a VPN when you connected to the internet in order to your data is encrypted, anonymousness the user’s location and offsets dangers from malware and hackers
- Ensure that your software is updated. Whilst many work computer systems would be regularly updated by your IT your systems at home may not so make sure you pay attention to reminders on your computer to update to the latest version of the software.
- Regularly change passwords
To claim a free trial with RingVPN go to www.ringvpn.com and sign up for the 90-day free offer. The free subscription will provide access to server locations in over 50 countries, whilst using the latest encryption protocols and easy-to-use software to make VPN technology as accessible as possible.