These are quick & easy ways to improve your digital security with minimal effort. If you are a journalist, activist, celebrity, or have any other reason to suspect you may be actively targeted, please consult a security professional.

  1. Lock your device with a passcode/fingerprint:
iPhone

Follow these instructions to set up a PIN/password, then set up FaceID or TouchID (depending on which phone you have)

Android

Follow these instructions to set up a PIN/password, then refer to your phone's manual to set up fingerprint/face unlock

  1. Set your phone to auto lock when unused:
iPhone

Go to Settings -> Display -> Sleep and set it to a low value, along with Settings -> Security -> Automatically Lock

Android

Go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock and set it to anything other than Never (the lower the better)

  1. Limit the visibility of notifications on your phone:
iPhone

Go to Settings -> Notifications -> Show Previews, and set to When Unlocked

Android

Go to Settings -> Sound & Notifications -> When Device Is Locked, and set to Hide Sensitive Notification Content (may vary between devices)

  1. Add uBlock Origin to your browser

  2. Set up automatic software updates

  3. Install & use an encrypted messenger

    1. First choice; use Signal
    2. For communicating with people that don’t have Signal, use Whatsapp
  4. Set up a password manager

  5. Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

A much longer form of this advice (with reasoning) can be found here