Be aware of your digital footprint

Search your name on popular search engines to see how much information is online. Type your name with different keywords: John Doe, John Doe contact, John Doe phone number. Make a note of all the information that could make you vulnerable including your phone, number, email address, photos and comments published online. For more information on how to find and clean up your digital footprints refer to this New York Times guide.

Regularly delete unnecessary information

Regularly delete any sensitive posts made online. Delete accounts on any website you don’t use. Ask friends and family to delete any information that makes you vulnerable. Services such as DeleteMe can help delete your personal information from search engines.

Enable two factor authentication

Enable two step verification on all accounts. Have unique passwords for each account and use phrases with numbers and symbols as passwords instead of one word password. Use a password manager to keep them secure.


Freedom of the Press Foundation
The FPF offers guides and training to news organizations, freelance and citizen journalists, and other at-risk groups. With education and advocacy, they aim to protect press freedoms through the adoption of the tools and practices included in their training.

Access Now
Access Now provides  emergency digital security support 24/7  and they respond to all requests within two hours.

Nothing 2 Hide
An emergency digital service in French and in English dedicated to helping journalists with cybersecurity threats. This service is available 24/7 and free of charge. They also provide training in digital safety.