Q&A about SecureDrop on The Washington Post

June 5

Users may have noticed a button on The Washington Post homepage called “SecureDrop.” The new feature enables confidential sources to contact The Post and share documents in an encrypted fashion. The Post launched this feature to offer even more security and anonymity to sources. Here’s everything you need to know about the new tool:

1. What is SecureDrop?

SecureDrop is a discreet way for readers to share messages and materials with Washington Post journalists. It offers greater security and anonymity than conventional email and web forms. This tool can be used by new sources, or by existing ones looking for a safer way to share documents.

2. How does it work?

This project, in partnership with the Freedom of the Press Foundation, relies on the anonymous Tor browser. Tor is an application designed to encrypt communications and obscure a computer’s Internet address. Specific instructions are available here.

3. Where can I find it?

SecureDrop is featured on The Post’s homepage and National Security section.

4. How often will The Post check for messages and materials?

The “box” will be routinely checked by Post journalists in a secured environment.

5. How can I ensure my info is really confidential?

No system is 100 percent secure, but this new tool will provide even more privacy and anonymity than regular email and web forms.

For more information about how to use SecureDrop, instructions are available here. 

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