Because so many people are using online resources to support their activism, we wanted to share some basic internet safety tips. There is no way to be 100% secure but securing your accounts is a bit like locking your car: chances are a thief will move on to the next car if yours is locked. Below are our basic tips for protecting yourself online:
1. Use a unique password for each site.
Hacker get into your Twitter account? Don’t let her get into your bank account too! Using unique passwords for each login reduces your vulnerability.
2. Use a random password generator.
Admit it. Most of us have used a pet’s name in a password. Easy to hack! Random password generators make complex passwords that are hard for hackers to guess. A password manager generates and stores them so you don’t need to remember all these passwords! We recommend LastPass or 1 Password as easy-to-use and secure password managers.
3. Use dual factor authentication.
A fancy term for having 2 steps for logging in – your regular password and a text code sent to your phone. You just need to enable it on sites like Facebook, Twitter, & Gmail. Once you set it up, you get an alert if someone tries to log in from an unfamiliar device. Turn on 2 Factor has good tutorials on how it works and how to turn it on for the most popular sites.
For a more thorough guide, check out Hackblossom’s DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity.