Internet traffic patterns throughout 2020

In 2020, the Internet bound us together like never before — and it rose to the challenge. Join us as we look back on this strange, demanding, and altogether extraordinary year, and use data from our global network to answer several questions: How did Internet usage increase in different places on earth? Which types of websites saw the most traffic growth? Which types of cyberattack were the most widespread? And when during the year were the biggest spikes in Internet traffic and when did the most attacks take place?
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How did Internet usage change in different global cities?

We examined how Internet usage changed in different places worldwide by comparing each month with two months before, during the year. Orange areas indicate where the activity got heavier, and blue shows where it decreased.
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Traffic distribution

When during the year were the largest spikes in traffic? Here’s how overall Internet traffic rose and fell throughout the year in , the country in which the city you selected above is located.

Which types of websites saw the most traffic?

We examined which categories of Internet services users flocked to as the year unfolded. Bars represent how traffic was distributed over the list throughout the year, every day.
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Which cyberattacks were the most widespread?

Attackers have proven themselves willing to exploit global turmoil, so we examined which attack methods gained the most traction. Bars represent the distribution of attacks over a list of relevant categories.
We have excluded Simple Layer 7 DoS attacks from this list due to their overwhelming prevalence throughout the year.
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