Nigerians on social media have embraced the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) following the suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, by the Nigerian Government.
VPN, according to kapersky.com, is a connection that allows users to establish a protected network connection when using public networks. It encrypts internet traffic and disguises the user’s online identity. This makes it more difficult for third parties to track users’ activities online and steal data.
On Friday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
Shortly after the federal government announced that Twitter has been suspended, virtual private network (VPN) started to dominate discussions on social media platforms.
From the basic explanation of what VPN is, using it will help hide your internet protocol (IP) address — the unique number that identifies you and your location in the world.
One of the benefits of using VPN is that it changes your IP address. This implies that with a new IP address — which can be that of any country of your choice — you can use Twitter as if you’re in your selected country without restriction.
To do this, all that is needed is to change the location of the VPN to any country of your choice and connect to that country’s VPN.
Also, with the government’s suspension, you can still access Twitter from a Nigerian IP because VPN hides your address.
However, following the government’s directive, network providers have enforced the ban, meaning Twitter can no longer be accessed with regular internet service.
A consequence of which has led a good number of Nigerians to start downloading and using VPN to access the platform.
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