Encryption: How to secure communication?

Encryption can be a powerful technique to protect your communication. In that chapter, we explain what types of encryption exist, what questions journalists should ask themselves about encrypted communication tools and what characteristics popular encryption tools have.

What encryption means

Be aware that encryption works on the content – it does not hide identities or other metadata such as time or location. There are different ways of encryption, with different levels of protection.

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Key questions

It is not easy to decide whether a tool is useful or not. The following questions should help make an assessment about specific tools.

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Tools and services

Digital security is complex. Individual needs have to be identified in a threat modelling. Therefore, we do not give recommendations, but provide  information about common tools and services.

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