How You Can Protect Your Safety & Security Online


We take safety and security very seriously on the Hub – not only for those that are depicted in media on the Hub but also Hub users. In general for Hub users, we encourage you to keep your personally identifiable information to a minimum on the Hub, and in some cases, not to use any personally identifiable information at all.

We suggest all users closely follow the Hub’s Safety and Security Guidelines to best protect themselves. If you feel you are at risk, here are some ways to protect your identity online:

1) Never give anyone access to your Hub account or password or to the email account that you used to register with the Hub. Consider creating a separate free email account specifically for your use of the Hub.

2) Don't publicly give out any information online that could be traced back to you as an individual, such as your real name, your date of birth, your physical address, phone number, place of work or other personally identifiable information, including names of relatives.

3) Look in the address bar of this or other websites or email services. In the website’s address, type in the letter “s” after “http” – this can make your connection to the website more secure, but may not work for all websites or email services.

4) A piece of software called a proxy server, such as TOR, can protect your identity by concealing your computer’s location. You can install this in your browser (e.g. in Mozilla Firefox), or on your computer.

5) When using a public computer such as one in an Internet café or in your workplace, you should be aware that, unless you specifically make sure that it doesn’t, the computer may retain personal information such as your email password, personal details you typed into a registration form, or even financial data such as your credit card number. In some locations, internet use is being routinely monitored, and some internet cafes and libraries are required to film their premises with surveillance cameras.

If you are a registered Hub member, make sure that you log-out when you have completed your session. You should also reset the browser to clear the browsing history, and any identifying “cookies” (small files placed on your computer) from particular websites. (In Firefox, go to the Tools, menu, and select “Clear Private Data”. In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu, select Internet Options, select the Content tab, and then click Autocomplete.)

6) One option can be to use secure email, although in some locations, simply registering for such a service can actually prove more of a security risk. Services like HushMail provide secure anonymous webmail. You could use your HushMail address to register for third-party video services like YouTube or Google Video.

Excellent overviews of online security and privacy can be found in English and other languages at:

The Open Net Initiative

Internet Censorship Explorer

Reporters Sans Frontieres

Global Voices Online

If you have additional resources or suggestions, please email us: hub[at]witness.org

5 things you should know about us and your safety and security

1. We use dedicated servers that are hosted on secure machines.
2. We will never share, sell or trade your personal information. Ever.
3. We are working with the foremost specialists in digital security and are committed to utilizing the latest technology to optimize your safety and security on the Hub.
4. You have control how you communicate with us and how we communicate with you.
5. We will never spam you. Ever.