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Virtual private networks (VPNs) have grown in usage in recent years, particularly amongst journalists, as they grant access to region-restricted websites and bypass internet censorship.

However, it has since emerged that some VPNs are secretly owned by national governments as an alternative way of monitoring citizens.

Zimbabwe-based journalist Chinula Mandla shared a range of alternative tools in this article for Ijnet.

In particular, he suggested using Tor as a way of protecting your online identity, as well as evade blocks on social media channels and the internet.

"Instead of connecting directly to a website, it bounces around between multiple nodes, or computers, on the Tor network, thus making your communication difficult to trace,."

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