Things to consider before sending confidential tips and documents:
It is important to remember that no app or tool is 100 percent safe and secure, and all forms of communication come with risks. To help with security, we recommend you:
- Read the tool or app’s terms and conditions, as well as the instructions before using.
- Be aware of the network you use. Do not use your home or work network if you do not want the information to be traced back to you. Using a public wifi network might be preferable to reduce the risk of being identified.
- Remember that your internet and search history can help identify you. A simple Google search with "how to leak documents" could be enough to identify you or put you at risk.
- Downloading the Tor browser could also potentially come with some risks in certain countries.
- Tor does not hide the fact you are using Tor.
- In countries where Tor is not extensively used, it can be easier for users to be identified. In these countries – which include several countries outside of Europe and North America – you should avoid using networks associated with your identity.
- If possible, do not use your personal or work phones or computers to contact us.
- Encrypt any sensitive information you have stored locally. Find out how and why here.
- Use strong passwords on your phone and computer to increase security. If you have sensitive information on your phone, it is best not to use biometric security like fingerprint recognition or FaceID.
More information on password security here.
A note about using phone communication:
- In general, mobile messaging is not recommended if you want to stay completely anonymous. Phone locations, numbers and identities can potentially be traced to identify you as the source.
- If someone gets access to your phone, they might be able to read any messages if they can unlock your phone.
More information on the risks of using mobile phones can be found here.
We encourage you to assess the potential risks and choose the option that you believe is best for you and the information you're sharing.
We ask that you do not send pitches, press releases or feedback through these channels. While we will check messages regularly, we will not always respond. If we do respond, it will be through the same method by which you contacted us.
Are you a journalist who wants to pitch a story to Al Jazeera? Find out the best way to pitch us your story idea here.