Tor at the Heart: Security in-a-Box
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More than ten years ago, Tactical Tech and Front Line Defenders started providing digital security trainings for human rights defenders at risk around the world. Soon thereafter, they created Security in-a-Box to supplement those trainings and to support self-learning and peer-education among those defenders.
Security in-a-Box offers general advice and practical walkthroughs designed to help its users secure their digital information and communication by choosing the right software and integrating it into their daily lives.
Security in-a-Box offers a number of Tool Guides that explain step-by-step how to download, install, and use digital security tools on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Android. Some of these guides that were recently updated in 11 languages include:
- Tor Browser for anonymity and censorship circumvention (on Windows & Linux)
- Signal for encrypted messaging and Voice-over-IP calls on Android
- VeraCrypt for file encryption (on Windows & Linux)
- Thunderbird and OpenPGP for email encryption (on Windows & Linux)
- KeePassX for secure password management (on Windows & Linux)
- Firefox with add-ons for more secure web browsing (on Windows & Linux)
- Jitsi and OTR for encrypted instant messaging (on Windows & Linux)
Security in-a-Box also includes a few community-specific toolkits that are tailored for LGBTI communities in The Middle-East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, for Environmental rights defenders and for Women human rights defenders.
Tips and Tactics
As digital security is a process that extends well beyond the adoption of specific tools, Security in-a-Box also offers Tactics Guides that propose new ways of thinking about security and recommend practices that might strengthen it. Some of these include:
- Protecting yourself from malware
- Creating and maintaining secure passwords
- Protecting sensitive files on your computer
- Securing your online communications
- Online anonymity and censorship circumvention
Over the years, a community of digital security trainers, editors, translators, and privacy advocates has sprung up around Security in-a-Box. Many digital security trainers from Africa, Latin America, Central and Southeast Asia, Europe and North America rely on Security in-a-Box for their trainings and contribute to its development.
Thanks to the project’s community translators, Security in-a-Box is published in 17 different languages. Recently updated translations include: Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese and Chinese. As a result, Security in-a-Box reaches well over a million people each year with advice on digital security, online privacy and censorship circumvention.
None of this would have been possible without the work of the software developers who create these tools in the first place, and to whom we are extremely grateful. Donate to the Tor Project today!
Written by Maria Xynou (Tactical Tech) and Wojtek Bogusz (Front Line Defenders)