Hacker News is reporting that VPNs like TorGuard and TunnelBear are now “outselling VPNs” like Apple’s iCloud in terms of volume and number of users.
While Apple’s cloud VPN service is currently the second most used VPN service in the US, it is only surpassed by Google’s Chrome VPN service.
Google Chrome, which offers more than 60 million users around the world, is the number two most popular VPN service, according to a report from Statista.
TorGuard, which was first released in 2015, is still the most used for data privacy, while TunnelBear, which launched in 2015 and offers access to over 70 million users in the UK, remains the most popular service for data security.
The report also noted that TorGuard has surpassed Apple’s iCloud, which is the third most popular cloud VPN, in terms on-demand users and total number of active users.
The company is now on pace to reach one million active users by 2019, Statista reported.
While it may be difficult to say what TorGuard will eventually become, the fact that the company is already the most widely used cloud VPN provider is a good sign for privacy-centric startups, the report stated.
The cloud VPNs that are currently on the market are “not the ideal choice for businesses looking to provide the best experience,” but can offer a level of privacy and security that is difficult to achieve in a VPN environment.
Torguard has also been criticized by privacy advocates for the way it handles data that it receives, which some say could compromise users’ data privacy and data security if a hacker attempts to access the data.
Torguards data management and encryption technology is also being criticized by the US Government, which has said it is concerned about the privacy of data sent to the company’s servers.
In 2016, the government said it had ordered TorGuard to stop its cloud VPN services from being used by US government agencies, citing concerns about the company providing access to “sensitive data” on users.