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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 07: In this photo illustration, the download page for the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bans any transactions between the parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, and U.S. citizens due to national security reasons. The president signed a separate executive order banning transactions with China-based tech company Tencent, which owns the app WeChat. Both orders are set to take effect in 45 days. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

On Friday,  it was announced that TikTok was going to be banned from U.S. app stores. However, on Sunday, President Trump agreed to ByteDance’s deal with Oracle that will let TikTok continue operating in the United States, according to reports.

The U.S. has accused Chinese apps like WeChat and TikTok of spying on American citizens and delivering that info to the Chinese government. It’s been announced the only condition these apps would be allowed to continue to operate in the states would be if they were sold to American companies. It now looks like those American companies will be Wal Mart and Oracle. This should be the end of the talk about banning these apps but according to search data from last weekend, people aren’t taking chances.

Searches for “VPN” were up dramatically over the weekend. Inquiries from the U.S. surged by as much as 34%.  A VPN allows users to conceal their location and pretend to be somewhere they’re not. If this already sounds familiar, in a now-deleted post Justin Bieber was encouraging overseas fans back in January to use VPNs to help get his song “Yummy” to #1 in the US.

If you’re in a different country, you can use a VPN to trick the servers that monitor airplay to thinking you are in the US.

In this way, with a VPN, you can pretend to be in a non-US country to continue using apps that are banned here. It’s actually pretty common. Chinese citizens use VPNs to access Facebook and Google, which are blocked by the Chinese Communist Party. It’s kind of ironic. Chinese citizens are pretending to be in the US to use certain apps.  US citizens are pretending to be in China so they can continue using apps banned that are banned here.

VPN interest surges in the U.S. as TikTok and WeChat users panic about access to Chinese apps

LONDON - Interest in virtual private network (VPN) software surged in the U.S. over the weekend as citizens realized President Donald Trump could soon block their access to Chinese-made apps like TikTok and WeChat over national security concerns. VPNs allow users to conceal their location online and pretend to be somewhere they're not.