Journalists need to be cautious about digital hazards
April 24th, 2019 at 8:33 pm
Journalists need to be cautious about digital hazards

Dhaka – Journalists working in both print and electronic outlets need to be more cautious to guard information and devices as hackers and criminals are active around them, especially those are covering conflicts and unrest in the digital media era.

Experts at a workshop on Wednesday urged the journalists to practice increased safety and security to protect themselves from the digital threats, according to a press release.

Ten Bangladeshi senior journalists joined the three-day session on ‘Digital and Physical Security for Journalists’ at Hope Center in Dhaka’s Savar outskirt jointly organized by Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio and Communications and Internews.

As journalists face an unprecedented risk from the spread of hackers and criminal groups and news outlets cover conflict and unrest, steps should be taken to increase safety and access to resources, including equipment and training in physical and digital security, said the speakers.

Participants at a training session titled ‘digital and physical security for journalists’ jointly organised by Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio and Communications and Internews- photo courtesy organisers

The participants asked questions on various issues related to digital security making lively the sessions, conducted by Brian Conley of the United States of America.

Conley also mentioned risks of tracking unprotected and unlocked information and data sent by emails and SMS. He strongly suggested authenticating mails before sending out mails.

Brian has wide-range of international reporting experiences in many countries including war devastated Iraq.

“We strongly believe that this is a context sensitive knowledge driven media training program that would greatly contribute in preventing hazards in the digital era,” Syed Zain Al Mahmood, Country Director of Internews said.

The participants were given knowledge on practices to protect information, news, sources and devices.

They were exposed to sessions on how to safely protect emails and use internet, how cookies work, what are the top risks for digital security, solution of top risks, what are the safe internet websites, how to remove internet browsing history, what is incognito browsing, what is anonymity network, effective use of pseudonyms, how it protects identity of email account user, encrypting mails and hard-drive, hiding information with VeraCrypt and creating strong passwords and set up Password Managers.

The participants, from both print and electronic media, were given certificates for completion of the workshop.