We’re living through a period of massive social upheaval, fueled by a pandemic, climate change and an unpredictable global economy. At the same time, trust in journalism has fallen to record lows, according to research by Edelman.
To make sense of the world, people need more stories based on first-hand experience, extensive research and interviews with reliable sources. The kind of stories they can trust and confidently share with others.
Here at 1Password, we know a little something about trust. For more than a decade, our password manager has been a place that people depend on to store their most precious information. We repay that trust with transparency – explaining the security model behind 1Password, our thinking behind new features, and the information we do and don’t know about our customers.
But in a world where trust is more valuable than ever, there’s more we can do, outside of our product. That’s why we’re helping journalists continue to tell important stories.
First, we’re partnering with the Freedom of the Press Foundation. The nonprofit helps journalists in several ways, including security training and SecureDrop, a vital service that allows journalists to safely accept documents from anonymous sources. You can donate here to fund this important work. To celebrate our partnership and World Press Freedom Day, we’ll be matching the first $25,000 in supporter donations this month.
Second, we’re continuing our 1Password for Journalism initiative, offering free 1Password accounts to qualifying reporters.
We know that journalists need to tread carefully online. Many face doxxing, hacking and online harassment campaigns every time they publish a story. Others are watched closely by their own government. It’s therefore critical that the press keep their credentials safe. With 1Password they can store passwords but also files, notes and contact information for sources. All of this syncs across devices and is protected by end-to-end encryption.
If a reporter’s password appears in a data breach, 1Password’s Watchtower will let them know. And when they travel for a story, they’ll be able to use Travel Mode to temporarily remove sensitive information from their devices. It can then be switched off once they reach their destination, ensuring only they – and no law enforcement or border control agent – are able to access their most important data in transit.
You can apply now for a 1Password for Journalism membership.
We’re proud to support the Freedom of the Press Foundation and hard-working journalists across the globe. Together, we can make the internet (and beyond) a better, more trustworthy place for everyone.
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