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Mobile security tips: Nine steps to prepare your phone before an action

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

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Redacting photos on the go: An in-field guide

Photos and how we share them can present risks to the people and sensitive information we capture in them. In this guide, we discuss how to safely redact photos on the go.

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U.S. J-School Digital Security Curriculum

A resource to help journalism programs develop their own semester-long digital security curriculum, complete with lesson plans, slides, and more.

Start protecting your security and privacy in the age of mass surveillance with how-to guides and resources. Want to learn more? Reach out to set up a training workshop with our digital security experts.

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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.


An FPF Guide

Upgrading WhatsApp security

If you use WhatsApp, you can take a few steps to make it much more safe and secure.

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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.


An FPF Guide

Keybase for beginners

How to get started using Keybase, a tool for secure chat and file sharing.

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Encryption toolkit for media makers

This collection features an intro to encryption with pro tips and a technical glossary, as well as step-by-step guides for Disk Utility, VeraCrypt, and Bitlocker To Go.

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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."

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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.


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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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Filmmakers, take action: A new digital security resource and free digital security clinic

As documentary filmmakers tell brave stories, those stories are accompanied by big risks. Today, we're launching a digital security resource and free training clinic designed specifically to help film professionals …

What journalists should know about detecting and mitigating Pegasus spyware

At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we assist journalists on their digital security habits to help them work more safely and sustainably. So we take it a little personally when …

Journalism’s treacherous relationship with email

We know email is a central part of the reporting toolkit — central enough that the Department of Justice recently targeted the email records of journalists at The Washington Post …