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Thank you for participating in the open online workshop Digital Safety for Journalists” offered by the DW Akademie. We would really appreciate it if you could answer some questions about the workshop. Your opinion is very important for us. It will take you about three minutes to answer the questions. The data will be analyzed anonymously. Thank you!

With a panel discussion, five live online sessions and numerous posts on digital safety topics, we hope you have a better understanding of why digital security is important for journalists and what you can do to work more safely in the digital realm.

Now the workshop has ended, we won be adding any more posts to the Digital Safety for Journalists website, but the DW Akademie team will continue to blog on digital security (and other topics) on the onMedia blog.

And you can still watch any of the sessions you might have missed by going to the Sessions on Demand section of this website.

It been an amazing experience for all of us running this online workshop, so if you have any ideas on how we can make it even better next time, please contact us via twitter or send us an email.

When hackers broke into AP Twitter account earlier in 2013,
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their fake tweet about Barack Obama being injured in an explosion at the White House caused the US stock market to plunge. Just before the Twitter account was hacked, AP staffers had received an email asking them to click on a link that supposedly went to a Washington Post article.

Although it looked legitimate, the email was actually a phishing attack (view the email here). The fraudulent link redirected the recipients to a bogus site where they were asked for their login credentials. At least one person fell for the phishing email and gave the hackers, the Syrian Electronic Army, the password they needed to tweet in AP name.

In this case, the incident proved more embarrassing than damaging the tweet was corrected immediately and the stock market recovered within minutes.

One of the basic steps every journalist should take to protect their online accounts from hackers is to use two step verification. With everyone recommending it, journalist Kate Hairsine decided it was time to two step her way across the internet. She found it easy enough to set up but some aspects slightly annoying. Though in comparison to having your online identity stolen, all your emails deleted and scurrilous or erroneous Tweets sent in your name,
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the inconvenience is minor. Sharing is great you just need to be careful about what kind of information you share and who you are sharing it with. A German IT security group released a report earlier this year on the dangers of social networking and how to be smarter about using them. We take a look at a few of their recommendations for keeping more of your privacy intact on Facebook and Co.