DAILY GIST had earlier reported that the federal government announced the suspension of Twitter’s operations indefinitely in the country.
This was contained in a statement signed on Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and made available to Journalists.
Following the order from the Nigerian government, Telecom operators in the country deactivate all twitter user accounts on their networks, Consequently no twitter account of any Nigerian is working within the country.
Twitter in a response said; “The announcement made by the Nigerian Government that they have suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria is deeply concerning.
We’re investigating and will provide updates when we know more.”
This action has left many Nigerians with no other choice but to engage the services VPN providers as an alternative option to access Twitter and other social media networks as Nigerian Telecom operators have already confirmed they received instructions to bar their subscribers from the social media app.
A Virtual Private Network — better known as a VPN — is a key path for digital anonymity.
Now, using a VPN understandably makes one feel invincible, but there are still a few important risks involved that should one keep in mind.
VPNs provide two of the most important services which are encryption and virtual IP addresses.
Encryption locks data in a layer of unbreakable code while virtual IP addresses help one to gain access to virtual, non-local IP addresses.
First, users must avoid carrying out bank transactions via VPN, as it is just like a router. This means it reroutes your request, bypassing network providers and your transactions can be monitored.
Also, viruses and malware remain a threat, as most VPNs do not protect your device from viruses or malware
VPN will often slow your connection speed by 10-25% depending on the service, all thanks to encryption overhead.
The worst, probably, is that VPNs can supply your data to government authorities. Even if the provider promises not to sell the data, it is already a risk that the data is stored at all.
With VPNs, you can still access the free internet through a tunnel. But can you trust the provider? Here are five dangers associated with using untrusted VPNs;
Choosing the wrong VPN – One of the central dangers of using a VPN is choosing the wrong one.
Free services that advertise on browser extension stores and mobile marketplaces are notorious for claiming fast downloads and anonymized activities when in reality they can be more dangerous than not using a VPN at all.
All devices aren’t automatically protected – If you use VPN software to protect your PC or smartphone, that’s the only device that gets protected.
In order to keep data safe, you must install an app on every device that connects to the internet (or else use a VPN router).
Viruses and malware are still a threat – Most VPNs do not protect your computer from viruses or malware.
You’ll still need to be mindful of downloading suspicious files, especially through torrent and P2P networks.
But the good news is that you can still access the micro-blogging site, Twitter without the use of the VPN.
DAILY GIST brings your a new method on how you can bypass the federal government’s suspension of Twitter without the use of VPN.
How It Works
Download Puffin Browser From your phone’s Google Playstore.
What is a Puffin Browser ? Puffin Web Browser Free is an Internet browser whose main strengths, compared to competing apps for Android, are speed and excellent support for flash, which comes with it. Puffin scores 206.48–51 percent better than Firefox, and 52 percent better than Chrome. These tests show it to be the fastest web browser compared to other major web browsers, all because of the cloud
If you’re using Puffin Browser, you take internet security and speed seriously.
The benefits that Puffin Browser claim in this regard, however, are also a liability. Using the browser, all your activity is processed on remote servers, with your data passing between these and your device. Puffin Browser claims all data is encrypted and the servers secure.
The main concern is related to user privacy since all your traffic goes through Puffin’s cloud service and it’s rendered there before being sent to your browser.
While this sounds good in theory for security, it’s a serious privacy concern for some users. Puffin Browser is a browser that uses proxy server. Hence it allows you to visit some blocked websites in Nigeria without using any VPN.
Download Puffin Browser from play store, login your Twitter account and you are good to go.