Digital Security Guides

Reporters Without Borders provides information about digital security concepts for journalists. We explain, for example, how to use encryption, and what we recommend at the moment as tools to use and explain basic technical and legal means.

This is a work in progress and we will occasionally add new subjects, tools, and explanations. Do you have a recommendation for a new topic that interests you? Do you think that you have spotted a mistake? Please reach out to us via email (PGP).

technical facts for journalists

Thanks to multiple user-friendly tools, journalists do not have to become technology experts to remain at least relatively safe on the internet.

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legal facts for journalists

Journalists should not simply rely on their rights, but should be aware of how capable their governments are to violate them.

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Encryption

Encryption can be a powerful technique to protect your communication.

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Anonymity

Staying anonymous on the internet is a tough challenge – some say, it is impossible nowadays. But there are a few you things you can do to stay "under the radar".

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Clouds

Cloud computing is very practical: You can easily upload and download, share and access files. But: It's risky, too.

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Commercial surveillance

Everything that people do in the internet is being tracked by social networks, news websites, advertisement services and others. Do journalists have to worry about that?

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Account security

Social networks, email services, clouds: Journalists rely on many different services for their jobs – which may handle a lot of information that Journalists have to protect at every cost.

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Online Harassment

Online harassment against journalists today has many varieties. It is often the most concerning of all digital threats for journalists as it is directly visible and time consuming.

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Disinformation and False News

The fight against online disinformation and deliberate false news is considered as one of the major challenges for journalism in the 21st century.

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