The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned Nigerians against using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access social media.

Remember that after the federal government suspended Twitter operations last week, several Nigerians turned to VPNs to access the microblogging platform.

The federal government of Nigeria has suspended Twitter operations following the removal of a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, John Akpanudoedehe, national secretary of the APC caretaker committee, stated that hackers could steal data and money from bank accounts by using VPN.

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“The APC warns Nigerians about the numerous risks associated with accessing content, particularly social media, via the Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is vulnerable to the heinous activities of criminal hackers who can steal data and money from bank accounts,” Akpanudoedehe said.

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“The APC warns legitimate private and public entities operating in the country to avoid the numerous risks of exposing themselves to cybercrime by using an inadequately secured VPN.

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“Despite massive compliance by Nigerians to the federal government’s suspension of Twitter operations in the country, some individuals in the country have resorted to VPN to assess Twitter whose unwholesome activities were detrimental to peace and public order in the country.”

The APC secretary also urged Nigerians to stop using VPNs.

“The APC emphasizes that VPN users expose their devices to vulnerabilities because the network allows third parties access to personal data and changes user location to another country, compromising data integrity,” he explained.

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“Your record can be traced to a country that is not yours, with all of the risks that entails. Many VPN users and organizations have lost money after compromising the security of their devices.

“The APC strongly advises Nigerians not to install or use VPN to access social networking sites in order to protect their online privacy and security.

“This is in our best interests as individuals and as a society.”


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