Social media has over time proven to be the only voice for Nigerians especially under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government.
Social media has served as a platform of succour, relief and breakthrough for Nigerians who have leveraged on the different platforms to call out for help when marginalized or brutalized by the daredevils in government.
We’ve watched and seen how social media has translated to the good of common people on the street and helped put issues of tropical interest affecting Nigerians in the eyes and mouth of international communities.
Last year, social media especially Twitter gave Nigerians hope as it was the only unbiased social media platform that gave Nigerians the needed support during the EndSars Protest.
The support from Twitter was massive in a way that an emoji which symbolized ‘hope’ was created to help push the narrative against police brutality, killings, injustice and bad government under the Buhari’s administration.
This support from Twitter has posed a serious threat to the Nigerian government who last year proposed the anti-social media bill to regulate the activities of Nigerians on social media.
The Anti-social Media Bill was introduced by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 5 November 2019 to criminalize the use of the social media in peddling false or malicious information. The original title of the bill is Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019.
The bill co-sponsored by Senator Muhammad Sabi Musa was severely criticized by Nigerians who explained that the bill was another way of gagging and infringing on their freedom of expression.
A campaign to stop the bill was launched with #SayNoToSocialMediaBill and over 85,000 online petitions signed to eradicate the bill from being assented to by the President.
Mr Seun Bakare, the programmes Manager for Amnesty Nigeria’s branch had said on December 4th, “Social media is one of the last remaining places where Nigerians can express their opinions freely.”
Despite the call for the bill to be done away with, Nigerian government on Friday, 4th June actualized their threat when they blatantly ordered for the suspension of Twitter from operating in Nigeria.
The ban comes few days after Buhari’s inciting war threat was reported by Nigerians and brought down by Twitter for violating it’s social media rules.
The Federal government following the delete of the tweet by Twitter, announced through a press release issued by the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that the platform has been banned.
The federal government even made it known that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) have been directed to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
While the federal government is still battling with taking Nigerians off all social media platforms, there are still options to choose if Nigerians must continue having seamless online experience. The solution to that experience is using a VPN.
What is a VPN?
According to VPN mentor, A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a simple software that was created to protect your online privacy and make life harder for hackers by anonymizing your traffic and location.
But you can also use it for many other things, whether that’s breaking geoblocks to access every streaming service in the world, downloading torrents fast and more.
What Can a VPN Do for You?
A VPN can help to protect you in a few key ways:
VPNs encrypt all the data you send over the internet. When you’re connected to a VPN server, all your internet traffic is encrypted. This means that nobody can see what you’re doing online, not even your internet service provider (ISP). And that means your ISP can’t throttle your speeds either, which it often does if you’re doing something speed-intensive like streaming or gaming.
Encryption stops hackers from seeing sensitive information that you enter into websites, like your passwords. This is especially important if you’re using public WiFi because it’s easy for cyber criminals to monitor your connection on public networks. But a VPN makes sure that even if someone stole your data, they wouldn’t be able to decrypt it or even understand it.
Your VPN also masks your IP address.
Websites and services, like Netflix, use your IP to determine your location. When you connect to a VPN server, the websites you access only see the VPN’s IP address.
Because they can no longer see your real IP, they can’t see where you’re located. This is essential if you want to torrent, or bypass geoblocks and censorship. It means you can access any show, movie, or game in the world, and browse with complete freedom in every country you visit.
What VPN to go for as a beginner?
As a beginner, the hassle of navigating through VPN might pose a little challenge following the difference in the interface and display unlike Twitter and other social media platforms. For the start, here’s a list of VPN to look out for although some are free while others are paid. Check this out:
Paid VPN –
- ExpressVPN – This is the best VPN presently although it is a paid app but you allows you use same account to access 5 devices including laptops and phones. It gives you an unhindered access to movie sites like Netflix, connect and watch movies in the USA. You can get 30 days FREE when you sign up for ExpressVPN. It’s secure, reliable, easy to use.
- CyberGhost – This is the easiest VPN to use as a beginner. It is secure, seamless experience and has optimized option for streaming.
- NordVPN – This is one of the biggest names in the world when it comes to VPN. They have free and paid service. You must sign up to use them though.
- Surfshark while the free ones are:
- Hotspot Shield
- Ultra VPN – This is like Nord but better in some features. You must sign up to use and you’ll have free trial before paying. You can use a single account to access two devices for the free plan.
- Betternet: This doesn’t need any special configuration, just search on app store install and skip registration, connect.
To download any of these VPN, search on Google Playstore for your preferred option, download, sign in and enjoy a wonderful online experience.