With teams increasingly working remotely during COVID-19, we are all facing questions regarding the security of our communication with one another: Which communication platform or tool is best to use? Which is the most secure for holding sensitive internal meetings? Which will have adequate features for online training sessions or remote courses without compromising the privacy and security of participants?
Front Line Defenders presents this simple overview which may help you choose the right tool for your specific needs.
Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD) is a guide to protecting yourself from electronic surveillance for people all over the world. Some aspects of this guide will be useful to people with very little technical knowledge, while others are aimed at an audience with considerable technical expertise and privacy/security trainers.
Understanding information disorder: understand the essentials of mis- and disinformation.
Responsible reporting in an age of disinformation: learn what you should be asking yourself to report ethically and effectively on disinformation.
Newsgathering and monitoring on the social web: find sources, monitor conversations, understand behaviours, track events and find the issues that affect a community
Verifying online information: concepts, tools and checklists to make sure you get it right
Closed spaces, messaging apps and online ads: learn how to use closed messaging apps like Telegram, WhatsApp or Discord for reporting and understand the ethical issues.
Learn about the basics that will help you understand the risks you are exposed to when using the Internet.
MAKAIA | 2 min read | Oct 1, 2022
This space will teach you to recognize the characteristics of the threats and attacks called social engineering so that you can have information on how to avoid them.
MAKAIA | 3 min read | Sep 1, 2022
We will navigate the characteristics and experience that the use of the Internet has left us as human beings and understand what we leave on the Internet.
MAKAIA | 4 min read | Sep 1, 2022
The use of links and hyperlinks have made email correspondences easier in our corporate world. But do you know that a simple click on a link in a spam message can jeopardise an entire organisation’s email network? Although emails continue to be a widely used platform for professional communication, a lot of email users lack basic knowledge on how to use email safely.
Kwame Asante | 5 min read | Jun 7, 2022
Baby faces covered in chocolate, baby feet splashing in the water, cheeks soaked in crocodile tears. As we read the list, we might think of a post or story from social media that we sometimes encounter in the online space. But is it safe to share not only your personal information, but also that of a child who is in our care? What does it mean to be a responsible digital parent?
NIOK | 3 min read | Jun 1, 2022
Phishing is among the biggest cyber threats facing organizations. According to Proofpoint’s 2021 State of the Phish Report, more than 80% of organizations fell victim to a phishing attack last year.
Hive Mind | 3 min read | May 25, 2022
Smartphones are the most widely used electronic devices in our daily lives. Once upon a time, we used our cellphones only to call someone or send an important text message. These days, they have become more akin to portable computers. With a bundle of features, social networking, and time-saving apps, smartphones have become an essential part of our daily routine. Whether you are organizing your work schedule, hitting on someone on Tinder, ordering Chinese, or keeping track of your fitness regime, a secure cell phone provides peace of mind that your personal data will not end up in the hands of those who could use it to do you harm.
Hive Mind | 3 min read | May 19, 2022
What is digital security, and should civil society organisations in Africa be concerned?
Kwame Asante | 4 min read | May 17, 2022
Passwords are the key to nearly everything you do online, and you presumably have multiple passwords that you use throughout the day. Choosing hard-to-hack phrases and managing them securely can occasionally feel inconvenient. Fortunately, there are simple ways to make your passwords as secure as possible. Doing so can keep hackers from taking over your accounts and prevent theft of your data.
Hive Mind | 2 min read | Apr 29, 2022
If you run a campaign or simply post on your social media channels messages about the current situation, you should anticipate some hateful comments. There are certain ways to deal with trolls.
Hive Mind | 1 min read | Mar 28, 2022
A user's digital footprint is the set of data that the user leaves behind about him or herself in the digital world. Intentionally or unknowingly, every day we create and leave a lot of data in the digital space that gives us a picture of who we are, what we do, where we are in the digital world and why we do it.
Mertek Media Monitor | 3 min read | Mar 23, 2022
Phishing is a serious threat in our modern world, and there is no knowledge passed down from generation to generation of how to prevent it. This knowledge we have to acquire ourselves so that we can pass it on to the next generation. The number of hacking and phishing attempts has been increasing from year to year, in direct proportion to the fact that more and more activities in our lives are moving to the online space – from work to having fun and to shopping.
NIOK | 2 min read | Mar 23, 2022
The following article, written by Vladimir Garay of “Derechos Digitales”, talks about the implications of a facial recognition system in Chile for mass surveillance and the fight against common crimes.
MAKAIA | 4 min read | Mar 1, 2022
This article is the result of a 2021 MozFest workshop co-facilitated by Laura Vidal (Mozilla), Marielos Galindo (Red Concausa), Natalia Trigoso (Causas Digitales) and Soledad Magnone (JAAKLAC iniciativa). The activity aimed at exploring the possibilities of digital education practices to amplify the participation in data protection/privacy policies.
JAAKLAC iniciativa | 4 min read | Feb 18, 2022
The state of cyber-security in North Macedonia: interview series
Goce Arsovski | 4 min read | Feb 8, 2022
This article is a production of Ciudadania Inteligente (Ciudadania AI), a Latin American, inclusive and feminist organization that fights for social justice and for the transformation of democracies.
MAKAIA | 6 min read | Jan 12, 2022
ESI Digital from JAAKLAC aims to promote Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE, ESI for its Spanish acronym) in relation to digital technologies to minimize online sexual risks among adolescents. The guide covers topics such as sexual and reproductive rights, digital education, internet risks in adolescence and digital safety strategies.
JAAKLAC iniciativa | 6 min read | Dec 21, 2021
Most often when we notice media articles about a hacking incident, it is usually because the target (or a victim) is a larger, more well-known company to the public. When Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. are victims of a cyber-incident, and the media are naturally interested in the topic, and thus inform the public. However, almost regardless of the magnitude and sophistication of such attacks on well-established companies and organizations, they are almost always "resolved", i.e., they have their own beginning, course, and end, or resolution. The resolution is not always "positive" for the company institution: sometimes victims pay huge sums of money (usually in cryptocurrencies) to attackers in order to get their data back.
Goce Arsovski | 8 min read | Nov 22, 2021
Many of us (if not all) usually lock the front door of our home, even when we go out to a nearby shop or café. Especially, if we live in a building with more tenants, or our home is facing a busy street - sometimes we even make sure our windows are closed as well! It is clear and unambiguous why we are doing this - we are concerned for our safety, and we do not want anyone (without our explicit permission) to enter our home!
In other words, our sense of security is important to us when it comes to our immediate physical environment - the privacy of our own home.
Goce Arsovski | 9 min read | Nov 19, 2021
If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the fact just how important basic, daily hygiene habits are in our daily lives, and how much can they protect us from billions of bacteria and viruses. Did you know that perhaps this very behaviour has probably “saved us” in the past while we were exposed to a viral pathogen, maybe even COVID19?
Goce Arsovski | 7 min read | Jul 30, 2021
According to the "Digital 2021"1 report, at the turn of the year 2020 and 2021, more than half of the 7.83 billion people in the world were described as "mobile phone users", and 59.5% (4.66 billion) of the population – were stated to use the Internet. The vast majority of them use Social Media
(4.2 billion people)...
Dominika Uzar | 10 min read | Jul 26, 2021
According to the "Digital 2021" report, at the turn of the year 2020 and 2021, more than half of the 7.83 billion people in the world were described as "mobile phone users", and 59.5% (4.66 billion) of the population – were stated to use the Internet. Most of them use the Social Media (4.2 billion people).
Dominika Uzar | 5 min read | Jul 22, 2021
This podcast episode brings together Anna Chęć and "Klara", who is a TechSoup Europe trainer from Poland, a security researcher, a hacktivist, currently working as a software security engineer for a financial institution. In this episode you can listen to what are some of the key threats once you buy a smartphone and why it is important to secure it well.
Dominika Uzar | 1 min read | Jul 19, 2021
In this episode of our “Let’s Talk Digital Resilience!” podcast series, we’ll be joined by Anna Chęć, talking to "Klara" (a real-deal hactivist), who are both TechSoup Europe trainers on Digital Safety & Security.
Dominika Uzar | 1 min read | Jul 16, 2021