2014 Jul 19 By Jayadevan 0 comment

You would think it takes a true blue geek to hide from blanket government surveillance. But that’s not necessarily the case.

If you are a journalist looking for basic protection for your sources, there are a few tools out there.

And of course I don’t need to tell you how important it is to protect your sources. Do not risk surveillance.

There are a whole lot of desktop tools and methods you can find online. Dan Meredith has a great post on securing your browser, file transfer etc. I’m going to talk about some of my favorite mobile IM apps for secure communications.

Image: Telegram
Image: Telegram

First in the list is Telegram. Lot of journalists have already started using it. The beauty of Telegram is its secret chat feature.  For those who don’t know already, Telegram is a free instant messenger. Messages you send are encrypted and can also self destruct. 

The folks at Whispersystems also have a couple of great products. The RedPhone gives you end-to-end encryption for calls. And TextSecure encrypts your text and chat messages. Both are built on Open Source, so you can inspect the code for backdoors nad security flaws. I haven’t tried this myself, but it comes highly recommended.