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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

– Isaac Asimov

Online harassment comes in so many shapes and sizes, and can target you via so many different mediums and platforms, that it can be overwhelming to think about how to prepare for online attacks. Yet preparation is infinitely more effective than response.

In this section of the Field Manual, we’ve compiled strategies to protect and arm yourself before you become the target of abuse, with an emphasis on tightening your cybersecurity and establishing supportive online communities who will have your back.

Since some writers and journalists may be less tech savvy than others, we’ve done our best to include links to articles and websites meant to help clarify certain terms and ideas.

Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?

Feminist Frequency offers this simple, three-step guide for locking down your cyber security during online harassment.