Most activists and other practitioners of civil resistance realize that governments can use various methods of digital surveillance to find and silence dissenters. The question of how to protect ourselves can seem overwhelming. Wherever you look there are different and often contradictory recommendations. It can all seem too complicated, just impossible to keep up with. What you need is a place to start. You need a framework to help you make good security decisions, choose the right tools, and keep your privacy secure. Creating a threat model gives you just that.
Threat modeling is a way to identify and prioritize potential threats to your security, the security of your digital property, or threats to people and things you care about. A threat model can help you figure out what I like to call the “appropriate level of paranoia” for any given situation, in order to decide which steps to take to prevent and/or defend against an attack. This model can also give you a sense of control over the risks that you choose to take at any given time, with clear-eyed recognition of the value of your actions and their potential consequences.