Five top digital security tips to protect your video

Sept. 9, 2019

When it comes to digital security and recording video, protesters and activists have to take the highest precautions to protect their sources. What are the best steps you can take when wanting to protect critical information relating to your video? If you are worried about revealing sensitive information to the wrong people, there are several things you can do when it comes to protecting your video.

1. Use codes or pseudonyms instead of real names and data (but be aware that this can jeopardize your identity, keep this information stored securely, or don’t write it down at all).

2. Edit or strip the metadata from a file. Although if you do this, it also means you can’t verify the veracity of your file.

3. Be careful when uploading as some online platforms make the metadata available.

4. Encrypt your data and your communications whenever possible. 

5. Keep backup copies in a safe place. It’s a good idea to keep copies in separate locations, for example in offices or other people’s homes to guard against the risks of things like fire, flooding, and raids.

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