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Security Education Companion
A free resource for digital security educators

Welcome to the Security Education Companion! SEC is a resource for people teaching digital security to their friends and neighbors.

If you are new to digital security, want tutorials for privacy-protecting tools, or want translated guides in 11 languages, head to Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD).

Lessons

Putting together a lesson plan for a digital security workshop? Check out our beginner-friendly lesson modules.

Two-Factor Authentication

Duration: 1 hour - 2 hours and 30 minutes
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Passwords

Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour
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Password Managers

Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour
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Security News

Want to stay up-to-date with security news? Check out our curated posts from EFF's Deeplinks blog.

Announcing “Gotta Catch 'Em All: Understanding How IMSI-Catchers Exploit Cell Networks”

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Our phones hold a plethora of important, private information about our personal lives, and it’s not just their contents that matter: the data that our phones exchange with cell towers during basic connection procedures can reveal critical, and private, information. Perhaps you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge; maybe you received a call from the local NRA office while it was having a campaign against gun legislation, and then called your senators and...

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Again!? The NSA’s Phone Records Program Still Can’t Stay Within the Law

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Just as the Trump administration has signaled its interest in a permanent “clean” reauthorization  of the Patriot Act’s phone surveillance provision, the NSA proves once again that it is not to be trusted with these tools. New documents obtained by the ACLU and reported in the Wall Street Journal have revealed that last year the NSA once again collected phone records of Americans that it was not authorized to obtain.

The NSA collected Information, including who phone-users were...

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Human Rights Watch Reverse-Engineers Mass Surveillance App Used by Police in Xinjiang

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For years, Xinjiang has been a testbed for the Chinese government’s novel digital and physical surveillance tactics, as well as human rights abuses. But there is still a lot that the international human rights community doesn’t know, especially when it comes to post-2016 Xinjiang.

Last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch released a report detailing the inner workings of a mass surveillance app used by police and other officials. The application is used by offiicals to communicate with...

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