Learn more about our mission and methodology

Secure The News, a project of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, is designed to track and promote the adoption of security and privacy technologies like HTTPS encryption by major news organizations' websites. HTTPS (the "S" stands for "Secure") is the industry standard for securing websites, and deploying it provides numerous benefits for organizations and their users.

Secure the News automatically reviews news organizations’ websites and grades them on whether and how they implement HTTPS and whether or not a Tor onion service is available. News sites with the strongest grades will have implemented HTTPS using accepted best practices. You can read more about our grading methodology here.

Our goal is to encourage news websites to adopt HTTPS encryption by default as soon as possible. If you’d like more information on how HTTPS enhances security and privacy, and prevents censorship, you can visit our Why page. If you work at a news organization and would like technical resources on how your site can switch over to HTTPS, head over to our How page. If you’d like to learn more about configuring onion services for your site, head over to Tor’s page. Note that sites providing onion services will need to also configure the Onion-Location header for our scanner to detect it, which you can read about here.

If you're interested in seeing which news organizations have SecureDrop instances, please check out our SecureDrop directory.

As a site owner, how can I improve my score?

The easiest way to improve your score is by securing your site! Secure the News automatically re-scans sites every day, so check out your site's score page (accessible by clicking your site's name on the scoreboard) to see what you can do improve your score. Any changes that you make will be automatically detected, and your score updated to reflect them, within 24 hours.