MIKE KESSLER | writer + editor | Los Angeles, California

For General Inquiries: Please use the email form at the bottom of this page.

Phone + Text: 213-503-2493

Secure Communication + Tips + Leaks:. Please take a moment to read about your options. And please do your own research before you share sensitive information. Remember: You’re responsible for the decisions you make about leaking information.

OPTION 1 (Easiest; takes 5 minutes): USE SIGNAL for iPhone or Android

Signal is an end-to-end encrypted messaging and calling app. While no app/service is 100 percent safe, 100 percent of the time, Signal gets very high marks from the kinds of people who know about this stuff. To learn more, watch this, or read this or this or this. Signal does not hide your phone number from recipients. It’s always better for me to know who a source is, but I can agree to keep your number, and your identity (if you provide it), confidential.

Here’s how to use Signal:

— Download the Signal app for iPhone or Android
— Create your account
— Tap the little pen icon to create a new message.
— Type my number (213-503-2493) into the search box.
— Type your message
— Send

OPTION 2 (More complicated, theoretically more anonymous; requires you to do Option 1, too; total setup time is about 30 minutes, but give yourself an hour, or an evening; you’ll be glad you did.): PROTONMAIL

PROTONMAIL is a highly regarded email service that provides end-to-end encryption. Again, if you decide to use it, please do your own research and decide wisely. Here’s my recommendation for setting it up and using it.

FIRST: If you want to take an extra security measure, do the steps below using the TOR browser, which lets you browse the internet anonymously. Here’s more about TOR.) Better yet, use a computer that’s not affiliated with your name, and use it from a password-protected wifi. Don’t use a work computer or work wifi.

— Using TOR (or not, but I strongly recommend it), go to Protonmail
— Create a free Protonmail account.
— IMPORTANT: To be as anonymous as possible, DO NOT provide a recovery email address, WRITE DOWN your username and password on a piece of paper and stash it in a safe place.
— ALSO: To be as anonymous as possible, DO NOT upgrade your account (which requires credit card info and makes you more vulnerable).
— Once you’re set up, compose an email
— When you’re certain the email is ready to send, type into the “To:” field.
— BEFORE you send it, go to the bottom of your email screen and click the “Lock” icon to encrypt your message.
— Follow the instructions for creating a password and a hint. WRITE THEM DOWN on a piece of paper and stash it in a safe place.
— Finally: Go to Signal (see Option 1) and send me a message (213-503-2493) with the password. I will delete it once I’m done using it.

Once I have read your encrypted email, I will respond with my own encrypted email and we can take it from there.

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