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The Digital Safety team says: Thank you!
Thanks so much to all of our participants for helping make DW Akademie’s ‘Digital Safety for Journalists’ open online workshop so successful.
With a panel discussion, five live online sessions and numerous posts on digital safety topics, we hope you have a better understanding of why digital security is important for journalists and what you can do to work more safely in the digital realm.
Now the workshop has ended, we won’t be adding any more posts to the Digital Safety for Journalists website, but the DW Akademie team will continue to blog on digital security (and other topics) on the onMedia blog.
And you can still watch any of the sessions you might have missed by going to the Sessions on Demand section of this website.
It’s been an amazing experience for all of us running this online workshop, so if you have any ideas on how we can make it even better next time, please contact us via twitter or send us an email.
Until next year,
Your Digital Safety Team
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Journalists and media organizations are increasingly being targeted by hackers. This is why it’s essential to have an understanding of how hackers can break into your accounts and your system and what you can do to protect yourself. Security expert Amir Alsbih gave DW Akademie’s Natalia Karbasova some tips. Read more →
Watch out! Someone could be spying on you
When hackers broke into AP’s Twitter account earlier in 2013, their fake tweet about Barack Obama being injured in an explosion at the White House caused the US stock market to plunge. Just before the Twitter account was hacked, AP staffers had received an email asking them to click on a link that supposedly went to a Washington Post article.
Although it looked legitimate, the email was actually a phishing attack (view the email here). The fraudulent link redirected the recipients to a bogus site where they were asked for their login credentials. At least one person fell for the phishing email and gave the hackers, the Syrian Electronic Army, the password they needed to tweet in AP’s name.
In this case, the incident proved more embarrassing than damaging – the tweet was corrected immediately and the stock market recovered within minutes.
But falling for a phishing attack can have much more serious repercussions. Read more →
Android is the most widely used mobile operating system worldwide and that makes it a tempting target for makers of malicious software. In fact, new reports come out disturbingly frequently about Android security holes, and the lion’s share of malware appears to be made for Android devices. So what’s a journalist using this operating system to do? We talk to a leading tech editor about steps you can take to protect your phone, your data and your privacy. Read more →
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One of the basic steps every journalist should take to protect their online accounts from hackers is to use two-step verification. With everyone recommending it, journalist Kate Hairsine decided it was time to two-step her way across the internet. She found it easy enough to set up but some aspects slightly annoying. Though in comparison to having your online identity stolen, all your emails deleted and scurrilous or erroneous Tweets sent in your name, the inconvenience is minor. Read more →
When ever we use our phone or go online, information is collected about us all. But most of us have little understanding about exactly what information we are giving away and how it is being used. The following tools and apps have been recommended by Tactical Tech to help you explore and expose your own digital shadow. Read more →
Social networks are wildly popular but can be pretty risky if you want or need to maintain privacy. Sharing is great – you just need to be careful about what kind of information you share and who you are sharing it with. A German IT security group released a report earlier this year on the dangers of social networking and how to be smarter about using them. We take a look at a few of their recommendations for keeping more of your privacy intact on Facebook and Co.. Read more →
When the scale and methods of the NSA online espionage program was revealed, many people concerned with digital security were wringing their hands. The US information agency had broken the back of encryption and destroyed privacy. However, that’s not quite true, and for those who want their online communications more secure, encrypting them is still the way to go. Read more →
Skype is incredibly popular for making calls and sending instant messages. Part of its attraction is because it’s cheap and easy to use. But many journalists and dissidents also use Skype because they believe it is safe from surveillance and eavesdropping. That simply isn’t true. Read more →