Privacy Resources

General Reference Guides on Privacy & Security

Surveillance Self-Defense (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

A DIY Guide to Feminist Cyber Security (Hack*Blossom)

Library Freedom Project

Data Privacy Project (Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library)

See also: Center for Media Justice 

Everyday Privacy & Security

How To Choose Great Passwords You Can Remember for your most important accounts (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

For the rest of your accunts, use a password manager like LastPass, 1Password, or KeePassX

Install 2-Factor Authorization on your most important accounts. Consider using a hardware token like Yubikey instead of SMS-to-phone.

Use the Chrome browser. Install a tracking blocker (aka ad blocker aka surveillance blocker). We recommend Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin.

For encrypted text messages and calls, download the Signal App on your phone. There's a desktop app as well, but it's not as secure as the phone version.

Install HTTPS Everywhere on all your browsers.

Going Further: Greater Anonymity Online

The Tor Browser and Intellectual Freedom in the Digital Age (Macrina, A. Reference and User Services Quarterly, 54(4), Summer 2015)

Visual, Interactive Explanation of Tor & HTTPS (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Download and Install Tor (The Onion Browser)

Recommended VPNs: MullvadPrivate Internet Access VPN 

Comparison & Ratings of VPN Services (That One Privacy Guy)

Going Further: Encrypting Your Devices

Enable full disk encryption on your Mac with FileVault

Enable Full Disk Encryption on Windows 8 and earlier with BitLocaker

Enable Full Disk Encryption on Windows 10

Privacy at the U.S. Border

Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud (Electronic Frontier Foundation, 2017)

I'm A Journalist But I Didn't Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and My Privacy (The Intercept, Jun. 22, 2019) 

A Guide to Getting Past Customs with your Digital Privacy Intact (WIRED Magazine, Feb. 12, 2017)


Uses of Commercial Mass Surveillance

Trump Could Build Registry of 1.4 million Muslims for Under $20,000 (Center for Investigative Reporting, Jan. 4, 2017)

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down (Motherboard, Jan. 28, 2017) [Coverage of the use of commercial data in the Republican ground campaign for president]

On the Ethics of Ad Blockers

I Use Ad Blockers and I Am So Sorry (I Use Ad Blockers and I Am Not Sorry) A talk by Sarah Jeong, at XOXO Festival, September 2016. [Jeong is a journalist who writes about technology, policy, and law, including digital privacy and security. She discusses how ad blockers threaten the current business model of journalism, and why she recommends using them anyway.]