How to Implement the DNC's Security Checklist

The Democratic National Party (DNC) has created a short, simple plan that allows campaigns to significantly enhance their digital security in a few steps. The DNC Device and Security Checklist is just one page long, and is great advice for anyone to follow. Ragtag Helpdesk can help you check all of the boxes.

Secure Your Devices:

1- Updating your computer’s operating system:

Want help patching and updating your computer’s operating system? Download Stethoscope, a free app that checks for important security settings. Read 5 Ways to Increase Security on Your Windows or Mac Computer to learn more about why these settings are important, and how Stethoscope can help.

2- Updating your smartphone operating system:

Your smartphone will automatically alert you when it needs to be updated. Always accept and install these updates when your phone asks you to. If you’re unsure if you’ve installed the most recent update available, you can check and install it manually by following these directions for Androids or these for iPhones.

3- Updating your smartphone apps:

The easiest way to ensure that all of your apps are updated is to set them to update automatically. Follow directions for your iPhone or Android,

4- Encrypting your computer’s hard drive:

Stethoscope can help you encrypt your computer’s hard drive! Download it here.

Secure Your Accounts:

1- Using a password manager:

Read our Guide to Choosing a Password Manager for help choosing and getting started with a password manager.

2- Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) on all of your accounts:

What is 2FA? It’s an easy way to keep your accounts phish-proof. Read our Guide to Choosing a Second Factor for help selecting a 2FA method, and setting it up.


If you have questions at any point, contact us. We’re here to help!

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