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From the EFF

Surveillance self-defense

Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.

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From FPF

Phishing prevention and email hygiene

Journalists and newsrooms are increasingly being targeted through their email. Virtually every "sophisticated" hack of an individual reporter or entire news organization starts with a relatively simple attack: phishing and spear phishing. Prepare yourself for this eventuality with our email hygiene guide.

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From FPF

What to do if your phone is seized by police

So, you’ve been arrested at an event. You’re taken to the police station and your phone is confiscated. When you’re let out, you realize someone has gone through your digital belongings. What now?

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From FPF

Everything you wanted to know about media metadata, but were afraid to ask

Take a crash course in some of the tools you can use to analyze, manipulate, and scrub media metadata.

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From FPF

Three types of passphrases

From song lyrics to rolling dice, here's a quick reference guide for making it easier to choose a safe passphrase based on the devices and applications you're using.

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From FPF

An in-depth guide to choosing a VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an essential tool for protecting your online activity. Figuring out which VPN to use and finding security among the snake oil can be a challenge. This guide will show you what to look for.

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An FPF Guide

Your smartphone and you: A handbook to modern mobile maintenance

If there’s one item in your possession housing the most information about you, it’s probably your phone. Keeping your information safe depends on learning a little more about how to choose your small computer, and how to care for it long term.


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Mobile security tips: How to respond to confiscation and compromise

While attending an organized action, your mobile device is at risk of being tampered with by authorities. You can minimize the consequences of a mobile phone confiscation by following the steps in our visual guide.

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An FPF Guide

Locking down Signal

Concerned about the privacy and security of your communications? Follow our guide to locking down Signal.

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An FPF Guide

Taking private photos with Signal

Normally when you take a photo on your smartphone, the photo is copied to the camera roll, making it available to other apps and backup services. By sending photos within Signal you can ensure your most sensitive photos are only visible to the person you send them to.

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From FPF

Verifying open source software

In this guide, we walk you through verifying the legitimacy of an open source software package before installation. As the old adage goes, "Check yo sigs before you wreck yo gigs."

Encryption toolkit for media makers: An introduction

An FPF Series

Encryption toolkit for media makers: An introduction

For media makers working in film, journalism, and the arts, data protection is essential. Learn how you can use encryption to build up your defenses, and protect your work.


An FPF Series

Encryption toolkit for media makers: Disk Utility guide

Disk Utility, available exclusively on macOS machines, is optimized to create encrypted spaces on both your computer and external storage devices.

Media encryption toolkit: Veracrypt

An FPF Series

Encryption toolkit for media makers: A VeraCrypt guide

VeraCrypt, an open source tool available on all major operating systems, is well-suited to meet the data encryption needs of virtually any media team.

Media encryption toolkit: BitLocker To Go

An FPF Guide

Encryption toolkit for media makers: BitLocker To Go guide

BitLocker is Microsoft’s file encryption solution for Windows. In addition to offering full disk encryption, it also features BitLocker To Go, which lets you encrypt external storage drives.

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An FPF Guide

Two-factor authentication for beginners

One of the best ways to secure your accounts during login is to require a second factor — a second piece of information — beyond the password.

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An FPF Guide

ProtonMail like a pro

ProtonMail is a Switzerland-based email client that offers end-to-end encryption between its users by default. We cover some of its more advanced uses and configurations, and tackle some of its main issues head-on.


From FPF

Encrypting email with Mailvelope: A beginner's guide

The browser extension Mailvelope provides users with a simple and accessible means to encrypt the content of their emails. This guide features the essentials you need to get started with your own Mailvelope setup.


An FPF Guide

An in-depth guide to choosing a web browser

Prioritize privacy and security when surfing the web. Most of your internet usage happens through a web browser, so it's important to pick one that defends you online. In this guide, we'll go over different browser features, and which ones you should look for.

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An FPF Guide

Responding to a password breach while preparing for the next one

If you've ever been notified of a data breach involving your credentials for a website or app, you may already know that you need to change your password for that account. In this guide, we'll dive into why your password needs to change and what to change it to in order to prepare for the next breach.

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An FPF Guide

Pretty great privacy with PGP smartcards

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is an open standard for encrypting and signing data, including email, between two PGP users. In this guide, we’ll go through the process of securely generating, storing, and using a PGP key pair in a hardware token.

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Security Blog

Security considerations for confidential tip pages

Confidential tip pages are a great resource for journalists, making their tip channels available to would-be sources all in one place. While these tip pages can be found on the …

What we know about video conferencing with BigBlueButton

If you work remotely on the web, you’re probably getting comfortable with multiple video chat tools. At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’ve published a high-level comparison of some common …

Journalists, how private are your Slack messages really?

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, workplaces were forced to rapidly switch from in-person settings to fully remote. Slack, which was already a key tool in many newsrooms, has reached new …