Umbrella: Security made easy

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About this app

The all-in-one app for digital and physical security. Learn about the latest risks and how to mitigate them. Designed and used by journalists, aid workers, human rights activists, and people travelling in high-risk areas.

Got a digital or physical security problem? Umbrella has the solution when you need it most. (Currently in BETA)

★What’s the best way to speak with someone securely?
★How do I send a secure email?
★How should I prepare to go through a border or airport where I may be searched or my devices seized?
★What is the safest way to protect myself during a protest?
★How do I know if I’m under surveillance?
★How do I meet with a source in the field?
★How should I respond if a colleague is kidnapped or detained?
★How can I protect my sensitive files?
★What is the latest information about security problems in my area?
★How do I deal with the effects of extreme stress?
★And much much more...

★★★Now Available in English, Spanish, Russian, Farsi, Chinese (Traditional).★★★

Umbrella provides step-by-step advice to help you and your team operate safely in a hostile environment. Whether you are sending sensitive emails, attending a protest or dealing with a kidnapping, Umbrella is your one stop shop for the latest security tools and information.

Lessons help you learn about a topic, checklists help you follow through. Keep track of your progress in the dashboard. Report incidents with forms. Feeds update you with threat alerts from trusted sources like the UN, ReliefWeb, Global Disaster and Alert Coordination System and Centres for Disease Control.

Your data is encrypted on your device, so we don't have access to it. Add extra security with a password. In an emergency, disguise Umbrella or integrate it with Ripple, an app by the Guardian Project that you can download separately to hide it with a single swipe.
Umbrella has been created with input from the NGO, media, humanitarian aid and open source technology communities.

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Updated on
May 5, 2020

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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Ratings and reviews

155 reviews
A Google user
October 26, 2019
All I would say to be added is a part where you can plan directly on the app, where it can assist you, like a questionnaire, or a check list. Other then that I think it's an amazing app.
18 people found this review helpful
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Security First
October 26, 2019
Hi Yassin, thank you for your feedback and positive words. We would love to know a little more about what you are thinking. Can you drop us a mail to and we can do ours best to come up with a plan to integrate your feedback?
A Google user
February 24, 2020
I just want to sincerely thank all the developers and people associated with this app. It has so much great information and is a real godsend.
11 people found this review helpful
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Security First
March 4, 2020
Hi, many thanks for your kind words! Feel free to spread the word.
Watchman's Signal
September 24, 2022
Very nice. Can I suggest a dark theme option? A dark theme would be helpful for stealth and eyestrain concerns 😉
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Security First
September 24, 2022
Many thanks. We currently have dark theme in development :)

What's new

Fix for layout making submission in Advanced search difficult
Added next and submit buttons to keyboard in Advanced search
Fix mask mode issues
Prevent sleep at initial download
Other stability improvements