Resisting Surveillance

graffiti of a surveillance camera

There are many reasons to start paying increased attention to security and privacy, especially in light of the election. Heck, just today Russian hackers launched a phishing attack at NGOs and policy think tanks, using “purpose-built Gmail accounts and what may be a compromised e-mail account from Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Science.” In addition to NGOs and think tanks, “another wave of similar e-mails targeted universities” last month. So protecting yourself online is probably a good idea!

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (which I’ve recommended before) has a super-helpful Surveillance Self-Defense toolkit, which offers introductions to the problems of digital surveillance and resistance, step-by-step guides to using things like VPNs, password managers, and more. It’s definitely a must-bookmark resource, and is all the more relevant now. It’s easy to contemplate situations where academic research might well run afoul of the new electoral order, and it’s good to have some protection. Likewise, higher ed unions should probably get a lot more vigilant about protecting their communications.

Have you taken any steps in recent years to protect yourself from surveillance? Let us know in comments!

Photo “Surveillance Camera” by Flickr user Chris Christian / Creative Commons licensed BY-SA-2.0

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