Beyond the basics

You’ve gone through the basics, you’re feeling pretty secure, and you want more. These guides are meant for you if you want to dig deeper and really boost your understanding of these topics.

If you want to encrypt external storage, we’ve got you covered. This collection of guides will walk you through how to encrypt your data using a USB thumb drive or external hard drive, with BitLocker To Go for Windows, Disk Utility for macOS, or VeraCrypt.

Sometimes people say metadata is the data about your data — but what does that really mean? What does it look like, how do you see it and control it? This guide walks you through the basics of metadata and how to manipulate it.

One of the benefits of open source software is that you can ensure it’s trustworthy. Our guide shows you how to use encryption to verify the legitimacy of files.

Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP), has been used for decades to encrypt email, text, and files. If you want to ensure your PGP information is as safe as possible, you can store it on a smart card, such as a YubiKey, and transmit it to your computer only when necessary. This guide shows you how.

If you’ve ever listened to a sponsored podcast or YouTube video, you’ve heard promises about the privacy properties of Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, which encrypt and tunnel your traffic through a remote server. Our team walks you through security considerations when choosing a VPN and provides a short list to pick a hardened option.

So you’re already familiar with the encrypted messaging app Signal. This guide walks you through Signal’s settings to take advantage of advanced security features to minimize risk even further.

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