As countries around the world ban or plan to restrict TikTok, interest in virtual private networks has spiked drastically. VPNs let users access restricted sites and other online services through an encrypted tunnel. Harold Li, VP of ExpressVPN said that their website saw a 10% w-o-w increment in traffic, ever since the US announced a plan to ban TikTok. In Japan and Australia site traffic rose to 19% and 41% w-o-w respectively. In India, it was 22%.