World Press Freedom Day: 1Password for Journalism
by Swapna Krishna on
It’s not an easy time to be a journalist, which is why we want to recognize World Press Freedom Day. On this crucial day, we celebrate the freedom of the press, defend and support the independence of journalists, and honor those who have lost their lives while reporting a story.
Journalists are increasingly under attack, thanks to the proliferation of fake news and direct attacks from celebrities and those in power. What’s more, dwindling salaries and budgets for newspapers, websites, and magazines translate to fewer resources to tell important and necessary stories. Journalists are being laid off in huge numbers at a time that a free and independent media is more crucial than ever.
We know just how vital journalists are to the fabric of our society and how stretched their resources can be. Journalists often put their reputations and their lives on the line to report stories. This means that they are often targets for doxxing, harassment, hacking, and other security nightmares.
With website data breaches and leaks containing users’ passwords happening regularly to even the largest tech companies in the world, it’s more important than ever to have strong, unique passwords per website. Usernames and passwords are being sold between hackers and are used for social engineering. While this is catastrophic for anyone, it is especially critical for journalists, to protect their sources and do their work in a safe environment. — Arne Grauls, European Journalism Centre
This is why we offer 1Password for Journalism, which is a 1Password membership for reporters that is completely free. Journalists can sign up by entering their name and work email on our 1Password for Journalism page; we’ll be in touch to confirm any necessary details to get your press status added. And if you’re a freelance journalist without an organizational email? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Just enter the email address you use for work and we’ll follow up to qualify.
1Password helps you stay secure online by managing all your passwords and syncing them seamlessly between your devices. But it can do much, much more than that. Your vault can hold files, notes, and contacts you want to store securely; what’s more, all of your data is end-to-end encrypted.
You can also take advantage of 1Password’s Travel Mode feature through your free 1Password for Journalism membership. Before you cross borders, you can mark vaults that are safe for travel. When you activate Travel Mode, the vaults which were not flagged as safe will be removed from your device. Once you turn Travel Mode off and connect to the internet, your vaults will be restored.
Travel Mode, along with features like Watchtower, which alerts you if your passwords have been compromised in a data breach, are just a few ways that 1Password can help journalists stay safe online. If you haven’t signed up for your free 1Password for Journalism membership, take a few minutes on this World Press Freedom Day to let us help you become more secure in your online life.