Digital Security

Digital Security

Updated October 2020

Securing your personal data--whether it be financial, medical, family-related, or otherwise--is critical to protecting against its unauthorized or even criminal use. Digital security measures can help keep your online accounts and digital information safe from hackers or individuals who want to harass you.

  1. Consider what you want to secure based on current and potential threats, including harassment related to your work (if you are a reporter, journalist and/or activist). You can take this threat assessment to help you do that.
  2. Determine how much time you can take to engage in digital security.
  3. Make sure you have a secure internet connection.
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First, make sure you:

  • Get two-factor authentication for your online accounts

  • Ensure that your accounts have unique and strong passwords
    -- Recommended: Use a password manager

  • Make sure your home wi-fi is password protected

  • Connect your accounts to private and secure email accounts

  • Identify and avoid phishing attacks through email and social media messages

  • Install software updates to your devices

  • Do security check ups

  • Review locations & devices where you’ve signed into your accounts

  • Audit your online presence
    -- Take inventory of all existing email and social accounts
    -- Take inventory of passwords and information stored on each account


Then, consider doing the following:

Get a privacy shield or filter for devices

Think about encryption

Use VPN to log in when you are on an unsecured network

Come up with a plan for messaging/communicating safely w/informants and audience