Martin Shelton

The Coral Project, The New York Times

Martin Shelton is a user researcher working with at-risk groups and the press on digital security hygiene.

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Articles by Martin

  1. How to Lose Friends and Anger Journalists with PGP

    Newsrooms have better options

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    All the reasons that journalists should look beyond PGP for sending encrypted messages.

  2. Two-Factor Authentication for Newsrooms

    The easiest ways to make it harder for attackers to access your accounts

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    Passwords are the brittle wall that keep unwanted visitors out of your accounts. Breaches can hit anyone, but as frequent targets with sensitive sources, work, and personal information at risk, reporters should take extra care. When it comes to account protection, two-factor authentication is one of the most effective defenses available.

  3. Shields Up: Developing Security Skepticism

    How to become the right kind of cautious, when it comes to security news

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    A little fear can motivate us to take action. But as consumers of security news, even the most well-intentioned reporting can scare us into paralysis—or worse, encourage us to adopt behaviors that promote a false sense of security.

  4. Shields Up: You Are Worthy of a Data Breach

    No more modesty—your data is an attractive target, no matter how boring you think you are

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    You know what’s the biggest security threat to journalists? Modesty.

  5. Opening Secure Channels for Confidential Tips

    Our new security columnist breaks down the landscape for securing communications with sensitive sources

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    To make it easier for tipsters to share sensitive information, a growing number of news organizations are launching resources for confidential tips. This short guide will describe some basics around how to think about security on behalf of your sources before thinking about tools and practices.

  6. Digital Self-Defense for Journalists: An Introduction

    How to protect yourself and your newsroom without losing your mind

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    Digital self-defense is becoming an important part of the journalistic toolkit. Beyond risks to everyone’s digital lives—webcam hacking, email breaches, identity theft—people who work in newsrooms have even more at stake. Newsrooms are some of the biggest targets in the world for state-sponsored digital attacks, as well as more routine threats. Here’s how to build stronger roadblocks, making it harder for others to access our data without consent.

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