Your phone is one of the most powerful surveillance devices ever created. It has location tracking, audio/video recording, proximity sensing with radios (bluetooth, data, etc) and the ability to transmit this data in the blink of an eye to governments, corporations, hackers, or anyone else who really wants your data. This page is meant to act as a resource for both tips and tutorials on how to protect your phone from the surveilance institutions of the world.
Keep in mind that the only way to be 100% sure something won't be stolen from your phone is to not put it there. Anything that MUST be hidden from law enforcement/hackers/corporations should be done offline far away from any phones.
One of the most effective tactics for ensuring your activism identity is separate from your government identity. Use a second phone/computer, pay for it with cash and don't do anything that could link it to you/your other machines. Logging into your bank account, google or social media, or even into a video game profile that you've logged into on your main device can link your identity with that phone and compromise security.
Feel free to continue using these platforms for flyering and propaganda because they're by far the widest reaching options for online communication, but do NOT do any action planning or illegal activity on these services, even in the DM's. Remember that your personal/legal/device identity is known by Facebook or similar, and don't send anything you wouldn't want read back to you in court.
The FOSS movement existed before Solarpunk, but their values line up closely. All projects are free to download and use, work is often done by volunteers in the interest of creating tools that anyone can use, and all code run on the software is available for anyone to access/edit/review. Some offshoots of this (Copyleft, Public domain software, etc) are more strongly ideologically driven and closer to solarpunk ideals, but for security we'll be talking about an aspect shared by all: Open Source, which means that the software's code is pubicly available.
When you download a closed source app, you can't really tell what it's doing in the background. That simple calculator app might be sending your location info to its servers, recording your audio/video, even mining crypto in the background, you can't tell without monitoring network and device activity very closely. With open source software, people are able to read through the source code of an app to be sure it's not doing anything you don't want.
One of the worst offenders of privacy rights. Google’s entire business model relies on collecting & selling data, primarily to advertisers. Their services arent "free", theyre paid for with your data. Location, device info, internet activity, you name it, they sell it to any corporation or government who is willing to buy information about you.
This section is meant to be a guide to stopping google surveilance on your phone, both for a locked down activist device and for your everyday personal one.
Read more about web browsers: https://www.privacytools.io/#browser
OpenStreetMaps which instead of being compiled & updated by googlecorp, it's updated by us, the users.
OSMand+ has live navigation with turn by turn directions you're used to seeing in google maps
OSMedit allows you to make edits to the map. Local coffee shop got replaced by a starbucks? Go ahead & update it to let everybody else know*
Private email alternatives:
Android is a loose name for the family of default operating systems on most phones on the market. There are many different versions of Android, usually the one installed on a stock phone is a created by your phone’s manufacturer in collaboration with Google. All of these may or may not contain tracking info, as they are closed source. They all are based on the FOSS android project.
-GrapheneOS is a security-hardened version of the open source android project, which has NO google play services which does limit the effectiveness of your phone (cant use any apps that use GSF services, for example Solar Surveyor will not launch, or the maps on doordash don't work but the app itself still works, other apps wont even launch)
https://cldc.org/security-updates Civil Liberties Defence Center is a group of lawyers in Eugene Oregon USA which "supports movements that seek to dismantle the political and economic structures at the root of social inequality and environmental destruction." As such they frequently post security guides & articles on their website. Here's their 2021 reccomendations list: https://cldc.org/digital-security-recommendations-for-2021/
https://www.reddit.com/r/degoogle/ - Community of folks dedicated to getting off Google services, the sidebar has a great list of alternatives & guides.
https://privacyguides.org/ [saw this linked elsewhere but haven't used it myself]