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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

Falling for phishing – hook, line and sinker

Picture of keyboard with two surveillance cameras on the keys

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.

Screenshot of AP Tweet reading "Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured"

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 →

How to protect your Android device from hackers

android zombie

Graphic: flickr/greyweed

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 →

Managing your online footprint on social networks

Graphic: flickr/Angscopy

Graphic: flickr/Angscopy

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 →

Is encryption still worth the trouble? You bet it is

Photo: flickr/skittledog

Photo: flickr/skittledog

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 →

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