Reporting in the field

We know that you don’t do all of your work from behind a desk. Whether you’re covering a protest, traveling to meet with a source, or flying across borders to pursue a big story, we have bespoke guides that will give you the resources to stay safe while on the go.

This guide walks you through the basics of digital security. We start by unpacking risk assessment to help prioritize your defenses, then move on to a variety of simple defenses, including account security, defending against malware, how to encrypt your communications, and more.

Whether capturing a sensitive contact or location, you may snap a photo but not want to include everything in the frame. This guide examines easy ways to redact photos on your mobile device so that you can share or publish them as safely as possible.

If you’re a journalist, chances are you lean heavily on transcription services like But what are the security properties of these tools? In this article, we collaborated with journalist Yael Grauer to examine five popular transcription services among journalists, and how they handle the privacy and security of your transcripts and audio.

If you want to encrypt external storage, we’ve got you covered. This collection of guides will walk you through how to encrypt your data using a USB thumb drive or external hard drive, with BitLocker To Go for Windows, Disk Utility for macOS, or VeraCrypt.

In collaboration with Field of Vision, our team wrote about the methods available to encrypt and password-protect your footage as simply as possible. We walk you through how to secure data stored on your storage devices and computer, as well as in the cloud.

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