Nigerians have been warned to avoid using Virtual Private Network, VPN to access social media platforms.
The nation’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) made the call in a statement released on Tuesday, June 8, TrillerTunes reports.
The statement signed and issued by Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee noted that VPN pave way for criminals to access individual’s data and steal money from their bank accounts.
The warning, TrillerTunes understand is coming a few days after the federal government announced the suspension of Twitter In Nigeria.
The statement reads: “This advisory is necessary because, despite the 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.
“Those using the VPN are advised to desist in their interests because of its risks, which include data theft, illegal access to strategic company documents and possible economic espionage.
“The APC emphasises 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 which compromises data integrity.
“Your record can be traced to another country that is not yours, with all the risks that entail.
“Many individuals and organisations using VPN have lost their investments after compromising the security of their devices.
“The APC strongly advises that Nigerians should avoid installing or using VPN to access social networking sites to protect their privacy and security online.
“This is in our individual and collective interest,” the party said.