FG’s Twitter Ban: How To Bypass And Use Twitter Or Other Banned Sites Using VPN

Following the indefinite suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government, the question on people’s mind is how to bypass these restrictions and still access Twitter in case of a major internet shutdown in the future.

VPNs have been used to access the internet in similar situations in other countries in the past.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet by hiding your traffic from being seen by others. It basically connects your PC, smartphone, or tablet to another server and allows you to browse the internet.

How to Choose a VPN

When we review VPNs, there are a few key metrics we look for. For one, a VPN service should allow you to connect at least five devices simultaneously. The best services now easily surpass this requirement. Another is whether or not the VPN service allows BitTorrent or P2P traffic on its servers—if you’re planning to use either of these technologies. Nearly VPNs allow them on at least some of their servers, but you don’t want to run afoul of the company to which you’re paying a monthly fee.

Speaking of fees, the average cost of a top-rated VPN service is $10.21 per month. A VPN service that is charging more per month isn’t necessarily ripping you off, but it should offer something significant, such as a great interface or lots of server locations to sweeten the deal.

It might sound paranoid to say you should use a virtual private network (VPN) as often as possible, but there are real threats to your privacy. Whenever you connect to the internet, your internet service provider (ISP) has access to everything you send and has been given the green light from Congress to sell your anonymized information to advertisers. If Coronavirus has forced you to start using public Wi-Fi, unscrupulous individuals can attempt to intercept your web traffic. Out on the wide-open internet, advertisers can track your movements between websites and discern your location by peeking at your IP address. And don’t forget what three-letter government agencies may be up to—it’s scary out there!

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The fact is that the internet was created for easy information exchange, not user privacy, anonymization, or encrypted communication. While HTTPS goes a long way toward protecting your information, it doesn’t guard against all ills. Unless and until a new, more private internet comes together—don’t hold your breath—using a VPN is the easiest way to make sure that you’re sharing as little information as possible.

What a VPN Does and Does Not Do

As with any security tool, it’s important to understand the limitations of a VPN. After all, you wouldn’t expect a Kevlar vest to save you from falling out of an airplane or a parachute to stop a bullet.

When you switch on a VPN, your traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel to a server operated by the VPN company. That means that your ISP and anything (or anyone) connected to your router won’t be able to see your web traffic. From the VPN’s server, your traffic exits onto the public internet.

Because your traffic appears to come from the VPN’s server, your actual IP address is effectively hidden. That’s important, because IP addresses are distributed geographically and can be used to find your rough location. This can come in handy if you want to spoof your location. By connecting to a VPN server in London, you can make it appear as if you were accessing the internet from the UK.

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What a VPN won’t do is completely anonymize your traffic. For that, you’ll want to use the free Tor anonymization network. Instead of just piping your data through a single intermediary (such as a VPN server) Tor bounces your data through several different volunteer computers. This makes it much harder for someone trying to track your activities to see what you’re up to, but note that it will also slow down your web traffic in the process.

How To Connect to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on Your Device

You can connect your phone to a private network, like your school or company’s network, when you’re not there. You make this kind of connection through a virtual private network (VPN).

Add or use a VPN

Add

Step 1: Get VPN information

Get your VPN information from your administrator. You could need to install a VPN app and start set-up in that app. The app could come from the Google Play Store or from your administrator.

Step 2: Enter VPN information

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
    • If you can’t find it, search for “VPN.”
  3. At the top right, tap Add .
  4. Enter the information from your administrator.
  5. Tap Save.
Connect
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
    • If you can’t find it, search for “VPN.”
  3. Tap the VPN you want.
  4. Enter your username and password.
  5. Tap Connect.
    • If you use a VPN app, the app opens.
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Tip: When you’re connected, you’ll see VPN on .
Disconnect or forget a VPN
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet and then Advanced and then VPN.
    • If you can’t find it, search for “VPN.”
  3. Next to the VPN that you want to disconnect, tap Settings .
    • To disconnect: Turn off that VPN.
    • To forget the network: Tap Forget.

Edit VPN settings

Edit
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
    • If you can’t find it, search for “VPN.”
  3. Next to the VPN you want to edit, tap Settings .
    • If you use a VPN app, the app will open.
  4. Edit the VPN settings. If needed, tap Save.
Stay connected all the time
  1. If you haven’t already, add a VPN.
  2. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
    • If you can’t find it, search for “VPN.”
  4. Next to the VPN you want to change, tap Settings .
  5. Turn Always-on VPN on or off.
    • If you’ve set up a VPN through an app, you won’t have the always-on option.
  6. If needed, tap Save.
Clear VPN notification
Important: If your always-on VPN connection stops working, you’ll get a notification that stays until you reconnect. To clear that notification, turn off always-on for that VPN.
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
    • If you can’t find it, search for “VPN.”
  3. Next to the VPN you want to change, tap Settings .
  4. Turn Always-on VPN off.

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