VPN users are raiding content sites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer, according to the Global Web Index.

A significant percentages of VPN users in countries such as China, India and Indonesia are accessing services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer (see chart below).

By connecting via one of these tools, internet users are bypassing geo-restrictions which would typically limit the content in question to individuals based in the USA or UK.

Other countries with large numbers of people accessing iPlayer without paying for subscriptions include the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Germany. A total of 63.4m are using the BBC streaming service via VPN, said Global Web Index.