Digital Security For Journalists
Digital security is a term that refers to tools and methods that are used to protect online accounts and assets. It is similar to physical security. These include antivirus software, web services, secured personal devices, two-factor authentication and biometrics.
Digital identity theft can lead to emotional and financial consequences. A compromised account can allow hackers to access your credit card, prescription drugs, doctor’s visits and other health information.
In order to combat this, many people invest in digital security. However, this may not be enough to protect against all attacks. This is why it is important to combine digital security strategies with a number of tools.
One tool you should have in your arsenal is a vulnerability scanner. This will identify weak spots in your system or web application.
Another important tool you should have is a VPN. VPNs are encrypted communication tools that help users connect to public Wi-Fi without exposing their information.
You should also avoid sharing your password with anyone. If your account gets compromised, you will need to change your passwords, delete data and check your bank statements for suspicious activity.
You should also be vigilant when signing up for new services. Some of the best digital security tools for journalists include the Digital First Aid Kit, Free Press Unlimited, the Freedom of Press Foundation’s anti-phishing tip sheet and the Journalist’s Toolbox from the Society for Professional Journalists.
The Center for Investigative Journalism publishes an 80-page handbook called Information Security for Journalists. Also, the Ugandan Hub for Investigative Media offers five tips on how to defend against cyber attacks.