Cyber-surveillance is a bigger threat than ever. New forms of censorship are emerging, implemented by troll armies paid by authoritarian regimes. They include double switch, in which a journalist’s online account is taken over in order to disseminate fake news, smear the journalist, and censor independently reported news and information.
In response to these new threats, RSF recommends additional vigilance. This includes adopting both simple tools and good habits. The following recommendations are not meant to be exhaustive or to offer tools that will completely eliminate the dangers of surveillance or of someone taking over your accounts. Technology evolves quickly and today’s advice may not be relevant tomorrow.