Use these tools to improve the security of your texts, calls, and emails to better protect your data and safeguard your sources.
Similar scenarios have happened several times to a major business news publication with operations in Western Europe and Asia. Even if you’re reporting on private interests, malicious state interests may intervene and vice versa. The security of your communications can determine what’s considered “public” and “private,” where journalistic privileges begin and end, and whether or not your stories ever reach their intended audience. Using verified, encrypted, and end-to-end communications allows for you to communicate on your terms.
It is important to use these apps prudently, though. One drawback to some end-to-end communication is little regulation against the spread of hate speech, disinformation, and impersonation. Since 2017, the misuse of some communications apps has led to mass violence. That’s why some apps allow you to establish a digital signature that can be used to verify the identity of your sources, so you’re not inadvertently communicating with one of your opponents nor are people able to use your accounts to spread disinformation. Because of the inherent privacy of these apps, some have been banned by local jurisdictions, so make sure to check whether they are legal to use before using the apps.
Select “Secure Instant Messaging” under the Category menu, and choose any of the tools listed to assist in securely sending and receiving messages, photos, videos, documents, and voice calls.
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