Proton VPN Observatory (2024)

Documenting spikes in Proton VPN use as people fight for online freedom.

VPNs are essential tools to combat internet censorship. At Proton VPN, we regularly see signups spike following major geopolitical events around the world, be they protests, contested elections, or government crackdowns. To see how people worldwide fight internet censorship, we’ve begun documenting all significant spikes in Proton VPN usage.


Senegal - February 4, 2024

800% increase in signups

Presidential elections in Senegal - Police in Senegal cracked down on protests in the capital Dakar after the President announced the indefinite postponement of the presidential election initially scheduled for February 25. The government reportedly cut the signal of a private television channel broadcasting the protests.

Pakistan - January 6, 2024

400% increase in signups

Social media blackout - Complete social media blackout in the country resulting in nationwide internet outage. This incident marked the second time in recent months that internet services were disrupted during an online event planned by PTI.

Proton VPN's mission is to ensure freedom of speech and fight online censorship everywhere. We're proud to stand up for online freedom and enable people to access a free and open internet.