Political and social activists often need to protect their identities and to be able to talk without being overheard. The risks they face, and responses they must take, continue to evolve.
For LGBTI activists (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and others), revealing their gender identities can be deemed illegal in many countries. This guide for LGBTI activists in sub-Saharan Africa therefore provides clear warnings about the dangers faced.
"Digital security tools and Tactics for the LGBTI community in Sub-Saharan Africa" provides a free set of tools and guides which it dubs "Security in a Box".
While these methods are designed for a specific community, most can be used by activists for other causes and in other locations.
The areas covered are:
Part I – Context
Digital attacks against the African LGBTI community
How to assess your digital security risk
Part II – How-to Booklet
How to protect your computer from malware and hackers
How to protect your information from physical threats
How to create and maintain secure passwords
How to protect the sensitive files on your computer
How to recover from information loss
How to remove hidden metadata from files
How to destroy sensitive information
How to keep your Internet communication private
How to remain anonymous and bypass censorship on the internet
How to protect yourself and your data when using social networking sites
How to protect yourself and your data when using LGBTI dating sites
How to use mobile phones as securely as possible
How to use smartphones as securely as possible
How to use Internet Cafés as securely as possible
Direct link: https://www.securityinabox.org/communities/02