digital security

December 2019

Recommendations for Secure Video and Conference Calls

By |2019-12-06T18:41:11-08:00December 6th, 2019|Categories: Articles, News, Resources, Security|Tags: , , |

PSA: Zoom shouldn’t be trusted for video/conference calls.

The short read: Should Zoom should be trusted to keep your group calls secret? Only as far as you would trust Microsoft, Google, or Facebook—as far as CLDC is concerned, not at all. If you must keep using Zoom, please make sure that […]

Private In-Person Meetings

By |2019-12-04T15:36:25-08:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Featured, News, Organizing Resources, Resources, Security|Tags: , , |

To cut to the chase, keeping your phone in a high-quality Faraday bag will conceal your location. This stops the State from tracking your every move, which can be really important in some situations. We recommend this one right here. You can support CLDC’s work by buying one from […]

November 2019

Keybase is Offering Me Free Money–Is This a Scam?

By |2019-11-01T15:59:46-07:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Articles, Featured, News, Resources, Security|Tags: , , , , |

The short version: if you’ve been using Keybase, you’re not the only one who has received an “airdrop” of the cryptocurrency Lumens (XLM). This is nothing to worry about, and you can safely participate in it or ignore it. It’s Keybase promoting XLM, which is part of their funding […]

July 2019

Does ProtonMail Snitch?

By |2019-07-02T16:08:36-07:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: News, Organizing Resources, Resources, Security|Tags: , , , , , |

Since this Register article was recently published, some activists are concerned about whether or not ProtonMail can be trusted.

The CLDC has expressed reservations that ProtonMail may not be the best choice for activists. Despite the worrisome recent news, ProtonMail is nevertheless a reasonable choice for encrypted email. As […]

June 2019

From the Desk of the Executive Director

By |2019-06-14T15:10:17-07:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Events, Know Your Rights, News, Trainings|Tags: , , |

Greetings! Our digital security coordinator and I recently returned from a week of travel in Montana, where we provided trainings and support to activists who are fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Megaloads, as well as rampant police brutality, racial profiling, and misconduct.

We traveled from Moscow, Idaho, to Bozeman, Billings, […]

November 2018

March 2018

Direct Encryption

By |2019-05-16T18:19:00-07:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , |

End-to-End Encryption is the best security model for communications or online document storage, but the term is a bit of a mouthful that isn't always clear ("the ends are me and the server, right?" -- wrong!). So let's try using a new term -- Direct Encryption -- meaning: the only people who can decrypt and read messages are those directly involved in a private conversation or project.

December 2017

Google and Facebook give your data to cops

By |2019-05-16T18:18:59-07:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Resources, Security|Tags: , , , |

We dislike G**gle and F*c*book.  Here is one reason.

Every year, Google and Facebook hand over data from roughly one hundred thousand user accounts to law enforcement and other requesters.  Many of these requests come in the form of subpoenas, which do not require probable cause, can originate out of criminal […]

October 2017

GPG email encryption guides

By |2018-06-18T11:58:33-07:00October 29th, 2017|Categories: Resources, Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Security update (06/14/2018) — PGP/GPG email encryption security issues have now been fixed — please update to Thunderbird 52.8.0+ and Enigmail 2.0.7+ (for those using Apple Mail, please update to GPGTools 2018.3)

Because the confidentiality of your encrypted email relies also on others’ settings, for maximum safety until this flaw […]

August 2017

Take Yourselves Seriously: Document Retention and Destruction Policies

By |2017-09-06T11:06:34-07:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , |

In light of the CLDC’s desire to educate activists and organizations regarding law-related topics, we will be presenting a series of informational primers that are particularly important in times of government repression and corporate attacks on dissent.  This series, “Take Yourself Seriously” will provide best practices for nonprofits, activist […]

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