Digital Security

Digital Security


GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Journalists
A resource for independent journalists, watchdogs, and small newsrooms.

Have I Been Pwned?
Check to see if your email password has been part of a data breach

Dart Center: Online Abuse: A Self-Defense Guide

Processing Algorithms: A Reporter’s Guide
Tools for covering the issue and sources.


Many of the resources listed here are from Reporters Without Borders 2014 trainings and other sources.

Safety and Security
This vital course teaches you how to protect yourself and your news organization from hacking, digital attacks and censorship. Tools used: Project Shield, uProxy, 2-Step Verification, Password Alert.

How Journalists Can Work from Home Remotely

Cybersecurity Toolkit for Journalists
From the Global Cyber Alliance, this is a great set of tools for small newsrooms.

GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Journalists
A resource for independent journalists, watchdogs, and small newsrooms.

Google’s Jigsaw
Proxy server and other tools for journalists to stay safe online. Great suite of free tools.

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Digital Security Tools

International Center for Journalists: Digital Security Resources

USA Today: Blur Your Home on Maps and Erase Your Data to Remove Your Life from Google’s Grip

CPJ: Safely Covering the 2020 U.S. Elections
Legal resources, digital safety and more.

IJNET: Digital Security Do’s and Don’ts

How to Set Up a Secure Phone
David Koff’s Medium post walks you through the steps. Important for investigative reporters and international correspondents.

ICFJ: How to Convince Journalists That Digital Security is for Them

European Journalism Observatory: Working With Whistleblowers In The Digital Age: New Guidelines
Great tips for investigative journalists on protecting sources.

Last Pass
Password storage and generator tool.

A safe, simple way to store and fill passwords and personal information.

This tool makes it simple for journalists to securely share video, photos, and audio files over any Internet connection. latakoo handles large files fast and preserves great quality.

GIJN Toolbox: Search for Hidden Connections Between Websites
Tools like VirusTotal, SpyOnWeb, etc.

Surveillance Self-Defense
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Surveillance Self-Defense guide includes guides to digital security for journalists, including how to use encryption and secure messaging.

Dart Center: Online Abuse: A Self-Defense Guide

Save your passwords and log in to sites with a single click. It’s that simple.

Watch Your Hack
A manual that explains how to protect yourself from hackers, in layman’s terms.
Google offers several free security tools for journalists and others.

USA Today: How to Secure Your WiFi Router

Doxxing Yourself on the Internet
Great tips from a NICAR 19 panel.

No One Uses Email Anymore
A great slideshow of tips from an IRE 19 panel on how government officials are using private chat apps to communicate rather than email. Makes it harder to FOIA and track those discussions.

Jumbo Privacy + Security
See what Google and digital platforms know about you. Available for iPhone and Android.

GIJN: How Journalists Are Coping with a Heightened Surveillance Threat

VirusTotal: Analyze Suspicious Links and Files
Analyzes suspicious files and URLs for malware and automatically shares them with the security community.

Popular Science: How to Use Your Smartphone Without Leaving a Trace
Slik is a privacy-focused product with end-to-end encryption of photo backup and sharing. The zero-knowledge encryption means that no user, hacker can ever access your data. Extremely important for photojournalists who need to share secure photos and limit possibility of hacks, leaks.

Digital Attack Map
A live data visualization that surfaces anonymous attack traffic data so you can explore historic trends and find reports of outages happening on any given day.

A secure, encrypted platform for sending files through Tor, the anonymous web browser.

A tool that alerts journalists when online content changes.

Processing Algorithms: A Reporter’s Guide
Tools for covering the issue and sources.
Use this proxy to surf anonymously online, hide your IP address, secure your internet connection, hide your internet history, and protect your online identity. Price packages as low as $5 a month.

Run any suspicious files through this free, encrypted tool to detect any viruses.

Tools and Apps: The Essentials for Covering Silicon Valley
NY Times reporter discusses apps and tools he uses to cover Silicon Valley, including many tools to protect privacy and sources.

CPJ: Digital Safety – Protecting Against Online Attacks

First Draft News: Covering Coronavirus – Privacy and Security Tips for Journalists

Blacklight from The Markup
A real-time web privacy inspector. Who is peeking over your shoulder while you work, watch videos, learn, explore, and shop on the internet? Enter the address of any website, and Blacklight will scan it and reveal the specific user-tracking technologies on the site—and who’s getting your data. You may be surprised at what you learn.

End-to-end encrypted business communication. Tauria includes truly secure video conferencing, webinars, messaging, file sharing and calendar to protect journalists’ sensitive information.

Current Digital Security Resources – Martin Shelton – Medium

Bellingcat’s Open Source Digital Forensics Tools

Better Living Through Online Security and Encryption

Tips to Protect Yourself Against Cyberattacks
Some good tips from Derek Eder, a civic hacker in Chicago. Scroll down the page for the list.

Vox: How to Make Sure Google Deletes Your Data on a Regular Basis

Medium: Digital Security Resources

Have I Been Pwned?
Check to see if your email password has been part of a data breach

EFF: Surveillance Self Defense Kit
Digital security risk assessment for journalists and bloggers.

First Look Publishes Open Source Journalism Tools for Privacy & Security

Committee to Protect Journalists Security Guide
Leaderboard of what news websites offer the best security.

OTR (Off the record)
End-to-end encryption tool.

End-to-end encryption tool.

Self-hosted, end-to-end encryption tool.

Security Tools for Investigative Journalists
Powerpoint full of resources.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Surveillance Self-Defense

Freedom of the Press Foundation Encryption Guide

The Guardian Project
Tools to create easy-to-use open source apps, mobile OS security enhancements, and customized mobile devices for people around the world to help them communicate more freely, and protect themselves from intrusion and monitoring.

Onion Share
Open source tool that lets you securely and anonymously share a file of any size.

An easy-to-use encrypted messaging app.

PC World: Tips to Cover Digital Footprints and Regain Your Privacy

ProPublica/ONA: Digital Security for Newbies
PDF of a presentation with great tips and resources to keep your work protected.

Source: Digital Security for Journalists, Part I

Source: Digital Security for Journalists, Part II

International Center for Journalists: Reporting Tools
Guides to mobile security, research and more.

Beef up Your Digital Security While Working from Home


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