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General Reference Guides to Digital Privacy & Security
Surveillance Self-Defense: Tips, Tools, & How Tos for Safer Online Communications (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Data Detox Kit (Tactical Technology Collective)
Threat Modeling One-pager (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Privacy Guides (A central repository of information about choosing software and services, with updated recommendations)
Targeted Harassment Self-Defense Guides
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Online Harassment (Feminist Frequency)
C.O.A.C.H.: Crash Override's Automated Cybersecrutiy Helper (Crash Override)
Anti-Doxing Guide for Activists Facing Attacks (Equality Labs)
Secure Your Accounts
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.
Cornell provides premium LastPass accounts for free to students, staff, and faculty. Sign up for a free premium LastPass account via Cornell IT.
Always install available updates to your operating systems and software.
Encrypt Your Communications
For encrypted text messages and calls, download the Signal App on your phone. Use it for private text messaging.
Install HTTPS Everywhere on all your browsers.
Limit Your Digital Exhaust
Delete apps you don't need.
Harden Your Zoom Settings to Protect Your Privacy and Avoid Trolls (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Zoom Bombing: Protect Your Cornell Course (Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation)
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)
Updated Advice on Choosing a VPN Service (Privacy Guides, a trustworthy resource)
Encrypting Your Devices
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)
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)
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.]