GitHub secret scanning protects users by searching repositories for known types of secrets. By identifying and flagging these secrets, our scans help prevent data leaks and fraud.

We have partnered with Rootly to scan for their tokens and help secure our mutual users on public repositories. Rootly tokens allow users to authenticate against the Rootly API and create incidents programmatically. GitHub will forward access tokens found in public repositories to Rootly, who will notify workspace owners and let them revoke token within a few seconds. You can read more information about Rootly tokens here.

GitHub Advanced Security customers can also scan for Rootly tokens and block them from entering their private and public repositories with push protection.