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You can get in touch with us using the form below. If you would like to communicate with us more securely, please consider using one of the other options below instead.

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Contact us more securely

If you want to reduce the likelihood of anyone monitoring or intercepting your communications, there are steps you can take to increase your information security.

We outline some of the ways you can get in touch with us more securely below. Some of these suggestions may seem a little daunting as they may require the use of unfamiliar software, but we’ve tried to provide you with the most user-friendly options we can.

Instant messaging

This is one of the easiest ways to get in touch with us more securely.

You can use Signal to send us text messages and files from a smartphone, tablet or computer to this number: . This number does not receive ordinary mobile network calls or texts.

Signal is end-to-end encrypted, available for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux and is open source software, which means its code can be audited by privacy experts to confirm its authenticity, among other things. A guide to best-practice use is here.

Signal can also be used to make secure voice (and video) calls to us by arrangement.

Email

You can send us email more securely by using PGP encryption. Set up is fairly straightforward, after which you can use this approach to communicate with anyone who publishes a PGP public key.

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open source email client that can be set up for PGP encryption using an add-on called Enigmail and GNU Privacy Guard. It can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux.

K-9 Mail is a free and open source email client for Android that supports PGP encryption via the OpenKeychain add-on. Both are available via F-Droid, an open source software repository. A setup guide is here.

It is important to note that PGP encryption doesn’t secure the sender and receiver information that are necessary for email to work, or the subject line. Using a generic subject line helps address this latter issue.

You can can send PGP encrypted mail to us at . Our PGP public key is here or you can download it here.

Another way you can send us email more securely is to set up a free Protonmail email account and send a message to .

Protonmail is one of several email service providers who simplify the use of PGP encryption by building it into its service by default. Android and iOS apps are available, or you can use a web browser to access their service.

A guide to the benefits and risks of this approach is available here. It may be less secure than the methods above.

Other technologies

Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an effective way of preventing websites you visit and email systems you use recording your IP address (akin to an internet postcode) and using it to identify your physical location.

It can also help prevent your internet service provider monitoring your online activity. A guide to choosing a VPN is here.

Using Tor Browser is another effective way of defending yourself against tracking and surveillance. It can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. Using TAILS is a another way of routing your internet connection via the Tor network from almost any computer and Orbot supports using Tor on Android.

For more information about online privacy please see the excellent Surveillance Self-Defense guide. There are many other useful resources available on this topic online such as those by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.


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