What to know about VPN and how it works

As the federal government of Nigeria announced total, indefinite ban on twitter operations in Nigeria, nobody will be able to access the twitter app, however, we have taken it upon ourselves to teach you how you can navigate your way out of the restriction.

Although many people do not know, but we can confirm to you that all hope is not lost, as there is an application called VPN that helps you bypass your country’s IP address. In this article, we will reveal all you need to know about the VPN, how it works and where you can find it. Then, we will list the best VPN applications you can download in a subsequent article. Make sure you look out for the article on our website.

What is VPN?

VPN means Virtual Private Network. This application helps encrypt your internet traffic and masquerade your online identity which is your IP address (Internet Protocol). The protection takes place in real time.

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How does a VPN work?

What VPN basically do is hide your IP address and redirect your internet network it through a specially configured remote server run by a VPN host. In simple terms, if you browse the internet with a VPN, the VPN server becomes the source of your data, meaning your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and other third parties cannot see the web pages you visit or what information you send and receive on the web.

What are the benefits of a VPN connection?

If there is ever a time that you will need to know the benefit of a VPN connection on your mobile phone or laptop computer system, it is now. This is because, you cannot tell which social media platform or website will be the next after the twitter operation ban. Imagine being locked out of your Whatsapp or other instant messaging apps?

Below are the benefits of VPN connection that you must know:

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1. Disguising your whereabouts: when a VPN is active on your mobile phone or a computer system, it disguises your whereabouts. This means, for instance, that if you are using a VPN in Nigeria and you choose, say, Canada as your location while you are in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ISP will think that you are browsing from Canada instead of Nigeria. Fantastic, right?

2. Secure encryption: the security of your private information like emails, chats and voice calls is very important, and this is where VPN comes to play. With the assistance of a VPN, your browsing activities are hidden even on public networks.

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3. Switching of location: there is something called location spoofing. This means that you can easily switch your server to another country and effectively “change” your location.

4. Secure data transfer: VPN makes it very, very hard for your data to be leaked.

Updated: June 8, 2021 — 12:08 pm

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