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A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity

Screen-Shot-2015-09-08-at-10.01.44-AMThe internet is a crucial environment for our lives. Friendships, relationships, work, activism, commerce, and so many other forms of social connections take place digitally. As we thrive in these internet spaces, harassment and violence along intersecting axes of oppression are felt with unchecked force. Trolls launch campaigns of abuse and intimidation, hackers seek to exploit and manipulate your private data, and companies mine and sell your activity for profit. These threats to digital autonomy are gendered, racialized, queerphobic, transphobic, ableist, and classist in nature. The severity of these threats can have vast physical and psychological repercussions for those who experience them: they cannot be taken lightly.

The following guide was created by the Safe Hub Collective, a Boston based group of activists working to make public spaces, physical or digital, safer and more accessible for everyone.  The guide is intended to be a comprehensive and accessible introduction to some of the most valuable cybersecurity tools available. There’s a lot of information in the guide, so it can get a bit overwhelming! Feel free to read each section at your own pace: there’s no obligation to read through the whole guide and install every piece of tech we recommend. Consider checking out the Cheat Sheet section as a quick way to get started with the tools that best meet your digital security needs.

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