“I don’t know where to start.”

When it comes to digital security, that’s what we hear from users. Digital hygiene – personal habits that make for better online safety – are not intuitive. Technical experts think they should be. You probably know a few of these specialists, and when you ask about it, they seem genuinely confused that it’s not just common sense. Please ignore entirely.

Digital surveillance, malicious code, and exploits grow more complex by the hour. Reports from the Citizen Lab have consistently demonstrated how governments and private sector actors work to develop advanced spyware. Read a recent Washington Post article covering their research on software tools that some suspect are used to target journalists and human rights activists around the world.

We’ve been surveying the landscape of digital hygiene resources and there are real gaps for average users. The good news is the space for support is growing fast. There are digital safety handbooks for human rights activists, best practices for journalists, and great teams building resources for civil society organizations (check out eQualit.ie).

“But what about me?”

We’re working on a tool to help. With experts on digital hygiene we’re putting together a new kind of interactive how-to guide. “How do I protect my phone?” “How can I erase my data permanently?” “I’m worried about malicious email.” Even if you don’t know where to start, you’ll be able to pick a topic you’re interested in, and immediately learn more.

Below is a button to get involved. Sign up for updates on the Digital Public Square project and we will connect with you at launch.

We could use your help making it better.

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