What is VPN? A Quick Explanation

With the indefinite suspension of of twitter operation in Nigeria, one concept that has become very popular is VPN. This is an approach which many Nigerians now use to continue using twitter and successfully bypassing the suspension of this social media platform in the country. You might have heard this before without really understanding what it means or how it works. Here is a quick explanation of what VPN means, as contained in an article thoroughly researched, packaged and published by kaspersky.com.

What is VPN?

VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network” and describes the opportunity to establish a protected network connection when using public networks. VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and disguise your online identity. This makes it more difficult for third parties to track your activities online and steal data. The encryption takes place in real time.

How does a VPN work?

A VPN hides your IP address by letting the network redirect it through a specially configured remote server run by a VPN host. This means that if you surf online with a VPN, the VPN server becomes the source of your data. This means your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and other third parties cannot see which websites you visit or what data you send and receive online. A VPN works like a filter that turns all your data into “gibberish”. Even if someone were to get their hands on your data, it would be useless.


You you have an idea of what VPN stands for and how it works. May be you can try it out just to confirm whether it really works, if you’re within Nigeria and you had problem using twitter after the indefinite suspension of this social media platform by the Nigerian government.


The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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