Depending on the events during the planned 16, 19th and 20th August 2019 demonstrations in Zimbabwe, one may need to download a VPN. A VPN allows you access to some blocked websites and apps.
Here’s a list frequently asked questions about VPN. Also some links inside for downloading VPNs.
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1. What is a VPN?
A VPN is an app that you install on your phone which allows you to access blocked websites and apps. Sometimes your ISP can block certain websites and apps (such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter). A VPN enables you to bypass the blocking so that you can still use the websites and apps.
VPNs are also available as internet browser extensions or as a feature of the browser itself, such as the Opera Browser with VPN.
2. In what cases do VPNs NOT work?
A VPN does not work if the whole internet has been switched off. This happens sometimes when your ISP is down for one reason or another. Sometimes governments request that ISPs shut the internet down completely. In such cases, a VPN will not work.
Some people have suggested getting data lines from a neighbouring country but the evidence that this works is not clear yet.
3. Which VPNs can I use and where can I download it?
The following VPNs are good to use:
4. My Internet is slow hen using a VPN, why?
This is to be expected as the VPN is doing some workarounds to get you connected. Working around ends up taking some time Many VPNs, however, offer the option of paying for an improved experience.
5. When is the best time to download a VPN?
If you suspect some sites may be blocked, the best time is now when you have a good connection to download and test one.
6. I heard that a VPN also helps secure private communication online? Is that true?
Yes. This is a good reason to use a VPN even when sites are not blocked.