At Freedom of the Press Foundation, it is our mission to protect the privacy and security of 21st century journalists. 

We deliver digital security trainings to news organizations, freelance and citizen journalists, and other at-risk groups. With education and advocacy, we aim to protect press freedoms through the adoption of the tools and practices included in our trainings.


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." 

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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.

From FPF

Anti-phishing and email security

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 e-mail hygiene guide.

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.


From FPF

Encrypting email with Mailvelope: A beginner's guide

The browser extension Mailvelope provides users with a simple and accessible introduction to email encryption.

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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

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 when shopping for a VPN.


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Mobile security prevention tips

Need to bring your phone to a protest, but worried it may be confiscated? Our infographic lists eight steps you can take to secure your mobile phone before you walk out the door.


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Rapid responses for compromised phones

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.


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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We offer in-person training on various privacy and security tools for media organizations and individual journalists. If you're interested in getting some help, please put in a request through this form.

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Why security specialists love to hate cellphone networks

After reading that President Trump’s cellphone calls are allegedly being intercepted by foreign governments, security professionals everywhere screamed internally. In fairness, they were screaming internally before they read the ...