Digital Security

Digital Security 101

Anonymity, Privacy, and Surveillance

There are many tools and techniques you should consider to keep you and your communications safe.

Biometric Security

Before going to an event, you need to disable Face ID or Touch ID on iPhones, and the equivalent fingerprint or face scanner on Android phones. For iOS, navigate to Settings App > Face ID / Touch ID and turn it off for iPhone Unlock.

Passcode Locks

Ensure you have at least a 6-digit passcode lock on your smartphone. (4-digit passcodes are incredibly easy to brute-force guess.) It is better to set an alphanumeric passphrase of at least 10-12 characters, the longer the better. What makes passwords secure and difficult to brute-force guess is the length, not complexity of characters.

Disabling Features

The Verge: How police laid down a geofence dragnet for Kenosha protestors:

A series of six newly unsealed warrants, some previously reported by Forbes, show a persistent effort to use Google’s location services to identify Android users in the vicinity of arson incidents.


Using the warrants, The agents targeted seven different geographical zones, asking to identify anyone located within that area during a span that could stretch as long as two hours. The result was a kind of location dragnet, spread over some of the busiest times and locations in the first days of the protest.

Software Updates

Always keep your device and apps up-to-date. Install operating system updates and app updates regularly. Vulnerabilities are constantly being discovered and patched with software updates. Law enforcement tracks known software vulnerabilities and exploits them. If you are using an older version of iOS or AndroidOS, update now.