Five ways to stay connected ‘without’ the internet


In these times of unstable networks and human interference, some applications and techniques can help you stay in touch with friends and loved ones “without” the Internet.

This skill is especially helpful when you feel like your life is in danger. We’ll look at five of the various ways you can stay connected if the Internet is unavailable for some reason.

* The first is an application called Bridgefy.

Download Bridgefy just like other apps, and using Bluetooth, you can connect with anyone within 330 feet (100 meters) of you.

The only downside is that it is not encrypted. Therefore, what you share can be intercepted. And the people you want to communicate with should be in Bridgefy, as well.

* Second, download a VPN (virtual private network) like TunnelBear, CyberGhost, and NordVPN.

What a VPN does is give you a ride on the Internet, but almost hiding your identity (Internet Protocol address).

It is a kind of private network inside (or outside) the public network.

One downside of VPN is that it consumes excessively on battery power.

* Third is Firechat. This application, like Bridgefy, uses Bluetooth. However, it needs a substantial number of users for it to work well. That is, the greater the number of users, the broader the network.

* The fourth is the use of Lantern. When you use this application, people in areas where the Internet is not idle, or in uncensored areas, help you to use the Internet.

Now, what is common with these ways of using the Internet without using the Internet (does it make sense?) Is that they are p2p (peer-to-peer) networks.

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The pairs, here, are computer systems (or smartphones) that are connected via the Internet. But the information (data, files, etc.) shared on this network is done without a central server.

In other words, each “peer” is a server and a client by itself. This is how it can work even when the Internet is not working in a particular area.

* The fifth style is what should come natural to any Nigerian: Give your social media usernames, passwords, pins (and needles, lol), to someone you trust who is out of where the internet is not working.

You could go further and tell the person (s) that if you are held incommunicado for this or that period of time, they should raise the alarm.

I hope that with these few points of mine I have been able to convince you that you can use the Internet to keep your dream flying through thick and thin.

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