Digital Safety Snacks

This June and July, grab your laptops and your phones and sign up for Digital Safety Snacks. PEN America, the Online News Association, and the International Women’s Media Foundation have teamed up to create step-by-step videos and hands-on workshops to help you defend yourself against online abuse. We’ll explain how to protect your most sensitive accounts from hackers and how to dox yourself before someone else does. We want to empower you to feel safer and more secure while maintaining the public profile you need to do your job.


As journalists, we’re increasingly expected to have an online presence and engage on social media, which puts us at risk of abuse. Reporters from marginalized backgroundsincluding women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ peopleare especially at risk. And now, with the United States heading toward the midterm elections, odds are high that attacks against journalistsonline and offwill escalate. Abusive trolls join forces to send hateful messages, impersonate, hack accounts, and publish sensitive personal information (aka doxing). Their ultimate goal is to intimidate, discredit, and silence journalists and undermine press freedom. But there are concrete steps each of us can take to protect ourselves and fight back.

Upcoming Events

deDoxing Yourself

Learn how to protect yourself from doxing—the publishing of private personal information, like your home address or cell phone, without your consent.

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Learn to protect yourself from hacking—someone breaking into your account or device to steal your data, impersonate you, or surveil you.

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