Stay safe online
Need security or legal advice?
For a detailed introduction to protecting yourself, read Surveillance Self-Defense by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
To learn about privacy laws in your region, see Privacy International’s global breakdown.
For legal representation, contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If they can’t help directly, they may be able to pass you on to a cooperating attorney.
Don’t like what you see?
Look after yourself. Do your best to treat others with dignity and respect, especially if you disagree with them.
If you see something illegal, report it to the relevant authorities. They are best equipped to handle illegal content.
If you see content you dislike or you are being harassed, block the offending user. If that doesn’t help, document the incident and flag it for moderator action. We empower you to take control, and we do not tolerate harassment.
- Also read HeartMob’s guide to Self-Care for People Experiencing Harassment
- You are encouraged to also email the Cybersmile Global Support Service at
firstname.lastname@example.org counseling and advice. Cybersmile have a wealth of resources, including a helpline directory.
If you witness online harassment, you can intervene and de-escalate. Consider training in bystander intervention. Also read HeartMob’s guide to Self-Care for Bystanders. Thank you for making a difference.
Many online problems start offline. If discussion makes you aware of systemic issues, consider volunteering with or donating to a civic organization like the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).