The more we use the Internet and the ever evolving digital technologies, the more risks and threats we expose ourselves to. There are a number of (potential) adversaries who have everything to gain from getting their hands on our personal data: companies, governments, criminals and opportunistic people. This guide is intended to help the ordinary everyday technology user to safely navigate the digital space and protect themselves from common digital threats both online and offline. The guide provides basic explanations of different concepts of digital security and in parts provides some practical, hands on tips for using digital technologies more securely. The range of tools that you will find referred to herein are predominantly free and open source.
As mentioned before, this guide is for ordinary everyday Internet and technology users, with an approach to help them develop an understanding of how to protect their data and communications better. This is essentially a basic level awareness raising introductory guide to using secure tools for digital and information safety.
Ordinarily, the Digital Society of Zimbabwe specializes in training human rights defenders (HRDs) and activists to strengthen their resilience in the face of growing digital threats. Following a protracted period of undertaking such trainings, it became clear that there was a knowledge gap among a critical section of society – that is the ordinary technology user. While we would endeavor to secure the data and communications of HRDs, the latter communicates with people who sometimes end up being their weakest link, because their communication is not secure. As a response to this, DSZ set out on an ambitious mission to undertake mass digital security awareness raising through its website – where otherwise complex concepts are simplified – and through this guide, intended to demystify digital security.

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