Here are 7 steps you can take to secure your phone and data before attending a protest - Business Insider

Here are 7 steps you can take to secure your phone and data before attending a protest - Business Insider

• As Americans continue to take to the streets to protest police brutality and systemic racism, chief concerns for protestors include personal safety and digital security. • Your smartphone harbors tons of personal information and can also be used as a tracking device. • Here are some precautions that can help prevent surveillants from potentially taking advantage of your data. Thousands of Americans are protesting police brutality and systemic racism across the nation following the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. Of the precautions that protesters should consider to stay safe is how to prepare for your phone being broken or lost. It could also be confiscated by authorities, who could then potentially access information about you and those you communicate with. Scores of data are located in the apps on your phone, and your smartphone can also be used as a tracking device. All of which is to say safeguarding your phone against external forces might be a good step to take before attending a protest. Here's how to prep your phone before joining a demonstration. 1. Leave your phone at home if you can. As Vice reports, perhaps one of the most surefire ways to prevent your phone from falling into the hands of someone you don't want it to is to participate in the protest without it. You can instead coordinate with others by word of mouth. Establish meeting places and contingency plans for regrouping in case the crowd is dispersed and you lose track of each other. Familiarize yourself with the ...
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