Here’s how to send Ars confidential information, securely

In the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations, a lot of reporters, including here at Ars, began to take a long look at the digital tools we were using for secure communications.

After all, the National Security Agency whistleblower famously tried to reach journalist Glenn Greenwald through encrypted email, but Greenwald couldn’t be bothered to set it up.

After much persistence and after roping in another journalist, Laura Poitras, eventually Snowden did get through—the rest is history.

Following that experience, we did what a lot of other reporters began to do: set up PGP keys, publish them, and wait for our legions of readers to begin corresponding with us à la Snowden. In practice, few actually did. (And our audience, theoretically, is more tech-savvy than most other sites.)

The problem remains, however, that PGP is notoriously difficult to set up and use. It’s frustrating on a mobile device. Heck, even the creator of PGP (OK, GPG, for you pedants), Phil Zimmerman himself, asked us back in 2014 to resend something to him in plaintext. The honest truth is Ars receives hardly any encrypted emails these days.

Fortunately, however, encrypted messaging has gotten significantly easier! (Hello, Signal!)

So, if you have any confidential information, documents, datasets, recordings, or anything else that needs a little extra protection along the way, we’ve now written up a way for you to submit it to us securely.

Thanks! (If you’re upset that we haven’t included your favorite communications tool, please let us know in the comments. We may consider expanding our options in the future.)

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