Tibetans are often targets of sophisticated virus attacks with online spies trying to learn about various communications and activities. This endangers not just you but your entire network of contacts. Start changing your habits to keep yourself and people you know more secure.
If you’re working from home and especially if you’re remoting into your work computers and network, it’s important to ask yourself daily, how secure is my computer? Is it password protected? Are you logging off at the end of the day? Does it have up-to-date security software? Are you keeping other family members off of it? How are you using it for personal use?Unfortunately, a pandemic is a hacker’s heaven. Every email, download, link, and social media post should be scrutinized. Remember, as you keep yourself safe and healthy, it is paramount to keep your computer safe too, for you, and also your entire work network.
In this modern era when so many people use computers, there are few simple habits which will keep your computer free from viruses and other malware used to spy on you and your contacts.
Mobile phones are incredibly powerful communication tools, but they are inherently insecure. Learn how you can keep yourself, your personal information, and your friends and family safer.
Here you can find basic Digital Security lessons in different languages and downloadable manuals on computer and online security. There is also a section where you can learn about mobile apps that can be used to chat, browse, and call securely.
Don’t get Phished!
Scammers and adversaries use this tactic to steal your personal or work-related information. Most of the time, they leave a trail. What is Phishing? Phishing is a way scammers or attackers steal your personal information, like passwords or bank login details. Phishing can be targeted, or done on a mass scale, depending on the motive. The scammer, disguised as a reputable organization (like Google or Citibank), sends an email and gets you to enter your personal info into a fake login page. In a targeted attack, the attackers are disguised as individuals or a group you may be affiliated with or would likely trust, for example, a Tibetan organization. Find out when to suspect and how to respond to phishing attacks.
The Tibetan Computer Emergency Readiness Team (TibCERT) is a formal, coalition-based structure that reduces and mitigates online threats in the Tibetan community. By expanding Tibetans’ technical research capacity on threats in the diaspora as well as surveillance and censorship inside Tibet, TibCERT ultimately ensures greater online freedom and security for Tibetan society as a whole.
Digital Security Ambassadors
Tibetans in exile are on the frontline of targeted cyber attacks. The Digital Security Ambassador program seeks to provide skilled, local support for defending against these attacks by placing four Tibetans with a background in computer science in four digital security hotspots: Dharamsala, Dehradun, Bylakuppe, and Mundgod. The Ambassadors offer digital security trainings and customized support in their areas for communicators (individuals in frequent contact with Tibetans in Tibet) and institutions. They are part of the Rapid Response network of TibCERT.