One of the leading global providers of VPN services, TunnelBear has report a 12x spike in connections from Zimbabwe.

The spike comes as Zimbabweans rush to install VPN apps ahead of the 31 July protests against government corruption and lack of political reforms in the country.

Said TunnelBear in a tweet this evening:

Zimbabwe must #KeepItOnTunnelBear has seen nearly a 12x spike in connections in Zimbabwe since protests began. In light of this, we’re giving away 10GB of data for one month to our users in Zimbabwe to support them in this critical time.

A VPN, short for Virtual Private Network, allows internet users to bypass internet restrictions imposed by local authorities. Restrictions such as blocking access to social media and chat apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

No such restrictions have been effected in Zimbabwe yet. However, Zimbabweans are preparing for the possibility

Other popular VPN providers include Opera browser, NordVN, CyberGhost, Hotspot Shield, 1.1.1.1(by Cloudflare) and ExpressVPN.

There has been talk in the country that a whole internet shutdown might however be imposed. In such a scenario, VPNs will be useless.

More: TunnelBear on Twitter.

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