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Encryption and Operational Security for Journalists

Welcome! Please read the following info and download the tools for your operating system ahead of time. It will help make things easier for everybody.


Very important caveat: These tools MAY NOT be 100% effective. The latest information we have is that they are likely to help protect your communications, but governments including the U.S. have made progress in breaking or circumventing some cryptographic technologies.

If you or your source is truly a high-value target of a government, protecting yourself will require far more effort. To get an idea of what people do when they are really serious about security, please read this post first: http://grugq.github.io/blog/2013/06/13/ignorance-is-strength/

Now that you have seen what you might need to do in the future, let's move on to what you should download in the meantime.

The Tools

Goal Platform Tool Name Difficulty Website
More anonymous Web browsing Both Tor Browser Bundle * * torproject.org (downloads)
Secure IM Mac Adium * * adium.im
Secure IM Windows Pidgin + OTR * * * pidgin.im
&
cypherpunks.ca/otr
Encrypted email + text Windows GPG4Win * * * * * gpg4win.org
Encrypted email + text Mac GPG Tools * * * * * gpgtools.org
Sending encrypted email Both Thunderbird + Enigmail * * * * * mozilla.org/thunderbird
&
enigmail.net
Protecting files on your computer Both TrueCrypt * * * truecrypt.org
More secure file deletion Both CCleaner1 * * piriform.com/ccleaner (Windows)
piriform.com/mac/ccleaner (Mac)
Encrypted group chat Both CryptoCat1 * crypto.cat

Note: We may not get to the tools listed in italics.

1In general, open-source software that has been tested for many years is most recommended. For this reason, we suggest more caution with CCleaner, which is closed-source, and CryptoCat, which is new. These issues will be discussed further at the event.

Mac OS X Downloads

(Download links as of September 13.)

If possible, please download these files before coming to the event. You don’t need to install anything ahead of time, but having the files saved to your downloads folder will save a lot of time.

Windows Downloads

(Download links as of September 13.)

If possible, please download these files before coming to the event. You don’t need to install anything ahead of time, but having the files saved to your downloads folder will save a lot of time.

Linux

  • Tor Browser Bundle: 32-bit 64-bit
  • Install GnuPG for your system. (sudo apt-get install gnupg or yum install gnupg or pacman install gnupg something similar)
  • Thunderbird
  • Enigmail: enigmail-1.5.2-tb+sm.xpi
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