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Access Now

Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline works with individuals and organizations around the world to keep them safe online. If you’re at risk, we can help you improve your digital security practices to keep you out of harm’s way. If you’re already under attack, we provide rapid-response emergency assistance.


Brave is a privacy-focused internet browser built off the open-source Chromium codebase. The Brave browser blocks invasive ads and cross-site trackers by default. Users also benefit from built-in functionalities for added security with automatic secure HTTP connections and Tor-based anonymous network routing. Brave is available in desktop, Android, and iOS versions.


Briar is an open-source secure message app for Android. With Briar, users can send and receive messages through encrypted Bluetooth, WiFi, or Tor connections to avoid surveillance and censorship.


CENO – Censorship.no! – is a mobile web browser for Android OS that creates peerto-peer networks for storing and sharing web content so that users can bypass internet surveillance and censorship without needing proxies, VPN servers, or relays.

Data Detox x Youth

Data Detox x Youth is an activity book to help young people take control of their tech. This interactive toolkit encourages young people to think about different aspects of their digital lives, from their social media profiles to their passwords, with simple activities for reflection and play.

The activity book contains four sections:

  • Digital Privacy, which focuses on reducing data traces and understanding online profiling;
  • Digital Security, with tips on creating strong and secure passwords;
  • Digital Wellbeing, which deals with the addictive nature of smartphones;
  • and finally Misinformation, a guide for consuming and sharing information online.

Digital First Aid Kit

The Digital First Aid Kit is a free resource to help rapid responders, digital security trainers, and tech-savvy activists to better protect themselves and the communities they support against the most common types of digital emergencies. It can also be used by activists, human rights defenders, bloggers, journalists or media activists who want to learn more about how they can protect themselves and support others. If you or someone you are assisting is experiencing a digital emergency, the Digital First Aid Kit will guide you in diagnosing the issues you are facing and refer you to support providers for further help if needed.

Digital Hygiene 101

Digital Hygiene 101 by EngageMedia provides a number of tips to stay safe and healthy against digital viruses, along with a list of safer alternatives to the usual tools we use for online work.

Digital Safety Trainer’s Assistant

The Digital Security Trainer’s Assistant, is a trainer’s guide for new and experienced digital security trainers, who want a friendly, easy-to-follow resource that they can keep with them as they learn and train. Written by digital security trainer and Safe Sisters trainer Natasha Msonza, the guide draws from her experiences learning and training others on digital security.

DuckDuckGo Email Protection

DuckDuckGo Email Protection is a service within DuckDuckGo browser extension that allows you to generate @duck.com forwarding email addresses to mask your personal email address. It automatically removes trackers in the forwarded emails to protect your privacy online.


EngageMedia is a nonprofit that promotes digital rights, open and secure technology, and social issue documentary. We equip civil society through training and other educational activities, producing guides, research, and other resources. We develop, localize, and engage with platforms, promoting open and secure software and supporting open culture and knowledge.


eQualitie develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security and freedom of association. It offers free distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection and managed WordPress hosting to civil society groups and individuals.


Greenhost provides free virtual private server (VPS) hosting to groups advocating digital rights and developers of internet freedom tools. They also support organisations, activists, journalists and other human rights defenders facing digital security attacks through their rapid response programme.

Holistic Security Manual

The Holistic Security Manual by Tactical Tech is designed to guide the process of establishing or improving security strategies for individuals, collectives or organisations. The content is divided into four Sections: Prepare, Explore, Strategise and Act, which are conceived as steps in an evolving, cyclical process and should be regularly revisited as part of our ongoing strategic planning. The chapters which appear on this website are summarised versions of those in the manual, which can be downloaded and read offline.

Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders

The Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders (the Defender’s Protocol) helps us advance our physical safety, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience. By following the Protocol, we enhance our individual and collective security, and can reduce the burden of attacks, harassment, and censorship on us and our communities.


I2P – Invisible Internet Project – is a fully-encrypted peer-to-peer network layer for enhanced online privacy and security.

Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet is an open-source private video conferencing software that limits the user’s digital footprint when meeting virtually. It works on most modern internet browsers and is also available as a mobile app for Android and iOS.

You can use meet.jit.si to host your online meetings for free […] Other trusted free Jitsi Meet deployments include Greenhost, Framatalk, and Distroot.
Digital Hygiene 101: How to practise digital safety and security


meet.coop is a meeting and conferencing platform powered by BigBlueButton, stewarded by a global coalition of co-operatives.


Orbot is a proxy app for Android devices that reroutes internet traffic through the Tor network to protect the user’s privacy and identity online.


Picocrypt is a very small (hence Pico), very simple, yet very secure encryption tool that you can use to protect your files.Picocrypt is a very small (hence Pico), very simple, yet very secure encryption tool that you can use to protect your files.


Psiphon (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac) is an open-source internet censorship circumvention tool that uses a combination of secure communication and obfuscation technologies to allow users to access blocked or censored content.

Safe + Secure

Safe + Secure by Doc Society is a handbook containing information and resources about digital security, journalistic accountability, legal security, and more for documentary filmmakers.


The Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) advocates for survivors of digital rights violations and champions Internet policies with human rights perspectives. SAFEnet also provides holistic security training (physical, psychosocial, and digital) for vulnerable groups in Indonesia and Southeast Asia to build their resilience towards increasingly common digital repression.


Save by OpenArchive is an open-source secure documentation app for Android and iOS that helps users preserve, protect, authenticate, and amplify their work.


Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled. Additionally, searx can be used over Tor for online anonymity.

To find a Searx instance, go to searx.space.

Security in a Box

Security in a Box by Front Line Defenders and Tactical Tech primarily aims to help a global community of human rights defenders whose work puts them at risk. It has been recognized worldwide as a foundational resource for helping people at risk protect their digital security and privacy.

Security Matters

Security Matters (SecM) is an initiative with the purpose of promoting digital security and protecting the community at risk in Southeast Asia. With its trainers’ network and through its training of trainers SecM works towards building digital security capacity for civil society organizations and human rights defenders. It also provides digital security incident response and support in collaboration with the Center for Digital Resilience (CDR).

Security Planner

Security Planner by Consumer Reports is a guide that walks users through a series of questions about their digital habits to provide customised digital security recommendations.


Session is a decentralised instant messaging app that does not require phone numbers, email addresses, or other personally identifiable information.


Signal (Desktop, Android, iOS) is an open-source secure messaging and calling app that uses end-to-end encryption to protect the user’s privacy.


SimpleLogin is an email forwarding service that keeps your personal email address private.

Surveillance Self-Defense

Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a guide to protecting yourself from electronic surveillance for people all over the world. Some aspects of this guide will be useful to people with very little technical knowledge, while others are aimed at an audience with considerable technical expertise and privacy/security trainers.

The Safe Sisters Guide

The Safe Sisters Guide is meant to help our sisters learn about problems that we might run into on the internet (like leaked or stolen photos, viruses, and scams), how we can make informed decisions every day to protect ourselves, and to make the internet a safe space for ourselves, our families, and all women!


Thunderbird is an open-source desktop email client that has built-in security and safety features including remote image linking protection, phishing protection, PGP encryption, and more.


Totem, developed by Greenhost and Free Press Unlimited, is an online learning platform that offers educational courses about digital security and privacy, and related tools and tactics for journalists, activists and human rights defenders in a safe, online classroom environment.


Tunnelbear is a secure VPN service. Available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Firefox, and Chrome.

Email vpn@engagemedia.org to ask for your voucher code. In the email, please include a brief summary of what you do and how this VPN voucher can help you in your line of work. Once we receive your application, your unique codes will be sent within two working days.
– Free VPN for digital rights defenders: A partnership between TunnelBear and EngageMedia


Umbrella by Security First is an all-in-one app developed for digital and physical security. It provides information on what to do in any given security situation and the tools to do it. Umbrella is designed for and used by journalists, aid workers, human rights activists, and people travelling in high-risk areas.