Whether you're a candidate, a leader in your community, campaign staff, a volunteer, or an activist, the basic steps you should take to level up your digital security are the same. These steps are relatively simple, and the tools are low-cost or free, but they can have a significant impact on your campaign's or your community's security. Everyone on your team should follow them:
1. Set up 2nd Factor Authentication (2FA) on your accounts.
2FA can prevent someone who has already gotten your password from logging into your accounts. For help setting up 2FA, see our guides here, or sign up for our training, Protect your accounts from hackers, and a security expert will walk you through the setup process.
Bonus: When you sign up for any Campaign Helpdesk training, you will get a free security key, the most secure form of 2FA.*
2. Reduce your vulnerability to phishing.
Visit our guides to learn preventative measures you can take to avoid phishing attacks, and use email more safely. For a more thorough overview, attend our training, Protect yourself against phishing.
3. Use a password manager to create and store unique passwords for each account.
Have a hard time remembering all your passwords? I’m going to let you in on a secret: So does everyone else. That’s right! It’s impossible to remember them all, and very hard to make strong ones, unless you have a password manager. Here’s more on choosing and using a password manager.
4. Don’t share accounts, delegate them.
Sharing usernames and passwords among multiple people for a single account puts you at risk of a data breach or an account hack. But often, several team members manage a single account. We’ve got the info you need in our Sharing Accounts 101 guide to set up your email and social media accounts so your team can manage them more safely.
5. Improve your device security.
Don’t know how to do this? That’s ok, we’ve got an app for that! Stethoscope checks important security settings on your Windows or Mac computer. If they’re set correctly, you’ll get a green light. If not, it will walk you through each step you need to take. Download it for free here: https://ragtag.org/stethoscope/
6- Encrypt your sensitive communications
Encrypting your communications will prevent anyone that accesses your messages from reading them. It’s as easy as using a free app to send a message, instead of your email. For tips on how to do this, read our guide, Apps for Encrypted Communications.
7- Take precautions when using WiFi
Using WiFi comes with risks, especially when you are on the move. For clear, simple steps you can take to reduce these risks, read up on What’s Wrong with Free WiFi and Steps You Should Always Take When Using Any WiFi Network.
*Security keys are included in the Campaign Helpdesk promotional swag pack. Limit one per person. For individual use only. Valid only for US addresses.