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February 2, 2023

Number of the Day: 124%

Because a good deal of you guys are now working from home, accountants contributed to VPN usage in the U.S. increasing 124% between March 9 and March 22, according to data from Atlas VPN. From March 16 to March 22, VPN usage increase 71%.

During the last two weeks, VPN usage in the US increased by 124%. On March 9th, the US government only reported 704 confirmed coronavirus cases. As of March 22nd, the COVID-19 case count already reached 32,356. Meaning, the coronavirus case count surged by a staggering 4,496% in the last two weeks.

In Italy, where the Coronavirus is wreaking havoc, the VPN usage during these two weeks increased by 160%. On March 8th, Italy officially confirmed 9,172 cases. As of March 22nd, the number rocketed by 545%. The total infections are now approaching 60,000.

What isn’t included in the data is that complaints to IT departments about VPNs not working have probably increased 1,240% since March 9.

And since KPMGers started working from home, the House of Klynveld has gotten pretty stingy with its network:

KPMG has banned YouTube from Accounting

Lockdowns and panic leads to a 124% surge in VPN usage in the US [Atlas VPN]

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