#EndSars: A Guide To Staying Online In case Of An Internet Shutdown

October 14, 2020

Citizen is a column that explains how the government’s policies fucks citizens and how we can unfuck ourselves.

National Assembly blocking electronic transmission of election results

As peaceful protests in Nigeria carry on into the week, there are looming fears that the government might shut down the internet. These fears are not far fetched as the Nigerian government has in the past, tried to ban social media. We’ve also seen cases where some African countries have either restricted access to social media or tried to shut down the entire system.

In a scenario where the Nigerian government decides to go down that route, here a few ways out:

Bridgefy is a tool that optimizes the Bluetooth function of your phone to send messages over a distance. Its advantage is that it requires no internet connection.

We also have this:

How to choose a method:

1) Learn the options available.

For cases like restrictions to certain sites, TOR browser or a trusted Virtual Private Network (VPN) is your best bet. VPN’s shield your address while surfing the internet and protects against prying eyes.

To learn more about VPN’s, start here. To see the option for VPN’s available, the Twitter thread below is a good place to start:

2) Verify the safety of your VPN.

Government officials also have access to some of these networks, so, it’s important that you verify the authenticity of whatever VPN you settle on. That one privacy site is a good place to verify the safety and security of whatever provider you settle on before use.

3) Take simple steps to protect yourself.

Try not to access sites without https in front of them. This little precaution can prevent you from clicking on a fake or malicious version of a website. Enable two-factor authentication across your accounts. This might just be the deciding factor between someone hacking your account and you preventing it. Lastly, install the Chrome extension https everywhere to encrypt your communication across major websites as this adds an extra layer of security when browsing.

4) When in doubt, always ask the experts.

A resource like TechCabal is a good place to learn about anything technology related.

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about how to unfuck yourself when the Nigerian government moves mad. Check back every weekday for more Zikoko Citizen explainers.

Hassan Yahaya

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