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Attending A Protest

By J.Austine
Attending A Protest

We'll be discussing the types of security you should be aware of before and after attending a protest. You need to get the most out of your protest experience. It's important that you feel safe and secure not only in the protest zone but after completing the protest.

Attending A Protest

When championing your rights, you should ensure that you're safe while fighting for what belongs to you. And, your smartphone can mess you big time with law enforcement agencies or the government. You must therefore undertake necessary measures. That's why we want to help you prepare your phone in advance. And provide assistance on what to do while traveling to and from your protest.

For this reason, join us for a walkthrough on how to prepare your device before attending a protest.

Actions To Help You Protect Your Phone’s Security When Attending A Protest

The ability to take a picture of the protest with your phone, share it on social media, and get the support of thousands of people is an excellent way to help spread a message. But if you post something sensitive to the phone, it will be at risk for hackers. This is because, they could have access to your personal information.
You might want to turn off your mobile hotspot when you're not using it. If that's not possible, make sure that you use a strong password that includes numbers and letters. You should also delete browsing history as soon as you're done surfing the web or reading an article. Just in case someone else uses the same phone as you. Everyone needs to know what privacy settings they should set on their phones so we can protect our government and our rights.

The following are a few things to remember while traveling to the protest.

Encrypt your data on a phone or tablet with a password you can't remember and store it in an encrypted file vault or on an encrypted drive.
Back up your data to an external device so that you can take it with you if protesters or law enforcement officers confiscate your phone.
Lock your phone screen, turn off the location function on your phone, and turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular connections when not in use.  Hackers cannot track you through these features.
If possible, buy a disposable phone that you will use during the protest and dispose of later on.
If you have face recognition or fingerprint setting, deactivate them before going to the protest.
In case the protest is happening in a large city, there’s a higher risk for security threats. The number one priority when traveling to and from the protest should be the safety of your mobile device.
The first thing that needs to be done is taking care of your physical security. This includes making sure you are indoors and in a safe location during altercations before going out on the streets with your phone again.
Secondly, make sure that you have strong passwords on any accounts which has sensitive information like banking or email accounts, including social media accounts. A password manager can come in handy with this task as it will generate random passwords for all these accounts and not just one or two. It's also important to note that hackers can find out about passwords through simple social engineering tactics like phishing emails.

Dress To Hide Identity And Boost Security

Dressing in a way that will not reveal who you are is vital for the safety of the protester. It can be challenging to find coverage without showing skin or making sure that your clothes aren't revealing.
When attending a protest, you want to attract as little attention as possible. In order to do this, you should dress in clothes and carry items that are as plain and nondescript as possible. In general, avoid clothing with logos or slogans that might be identified with a group or cause.

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The more these guidelines When Attending  protest, the better

The more these guidelines you can follow, the better off you will be (i.e., avoid wearing anything in bright colors). Wearing all black and dark colors is an excellent way to cover your body while still looking stylish. Besides, it is always unwise to carry anything that could identify your profession or general socioeconomic status, such as expensive equipment like cameras, tablets, smartphones.
If it's freezing outside, wear a hat and gloves; if it's not, then instead put on a scarf and sunglasses. Remember to carry an umbrella if it is raining or snowing outside. It’s good to find a balance between dressing in protest-appropriate attire while still blending into the background.
As a protester, wear clothes that will not stand out by ensuring your clothing isn’t caught on camera or in a photo. It is best to wear dark colors, simple clothing, and shoes with no logos.
If you dress in a way that doesn’t resonate that there is a protest, definitely it’s a trick for you not to be targeted. This is achievable by wearing clothes that don't identify your allegiance to any political group.
For example, if you wear a shirt with a slogan or logo from one of the protest groups, you will have a target on your back for law enforcement and others who want to target protestors. To combat this, wear all black and dark clothing so that police can't tell what group you're with based on your clothing.

Cover Identifying Features

People have features that can easily identify them. Like people having tattoos, they shouldn't be visible during protests. You have to cover the tattoos during a protest to protect yourself from potential violence or harm. Covering a tattoo during a demonstration can be an act of self-preservation such that when law enforcement agencies are looking for protesters, you may not be noted in a group.

Action To Take If Your Device Is Confiscated During A Protest

It is never a good idea to have your device confiscated in a protest, but it's essential to know what to do if it happens. For example, if you've installed the latest security updates on your phone, you can remotely wipe the data from your device before handing it over. This way, no data will be able to be compromised and used against protesters by law enforcement.
Besides, you can also put a fingerprint lock, which can be unlocked with the fingerprint of the owner of the phone. This method does not require additional information such as a code or password, making it relatively easy to unlock. Another way is to use an app such as Signal that allows users to communicate securely over a data connection and encrypts all data on the device itself.
If not, either turn off your device when it's not in use or encrypt it so that nobody can access any of your personal information. The choice is yours.

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