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posted by NCommander on Wednesday June 03 2020, @09:37PM   Printer-friendly
from the protect-yourself dept.

[Speaking as the de-facto leader of SoylentNews, I know this community is very sensitive to self-promotional "Slashvertising" and similar. Since our inception, we've prided ourselves on listening to our community and taking those views into account. I've walked a bit of a fine line with that with my original content articles both recently and in the past. I do not want to be a rule unto myself so if this post ends up crossing that line, mention it in the comments and we'll take those lessons to heart. Also, we haven't had a community roundtable here at SN in quite a long time, so I'm going to schedule one go to live on Monday.]

[NB: Yes, "original content" articles are welcome here. If anyone is considering it, please try to keep them tech-related and provide supporting links. Also provide contact info (email address) so any issues or questions can be discussed as needed. --martyb]

The simple fact is that in the last few weeks, the world, especially in the United States has become a very different place. Here in New York City, there's been constant protests and escalation between the police and protesters. In an era where drones are being used to track and monitor protesters, digital security is more important more than ever. I want to do my bit on trying to help people keep themselves safe and secure in these times.

Normally, I try not to push self-promotion here, and I've made sure that my recent original content articles are not pushing that line. I mentioned in my last article that I host a weekly hacking show called HACK-ALT-NCOMMANDER, as part of DEFCON 201, the local DEF CON group for the New Jersey area. Usually, I cover some bit of retro-tech, random reverse engineering, and other random and strange things. Not today.

This time, I've decided to cover these topics:

  • email security
  • a quick primer on GnuPG and S/MIME
  • understanding Tor
  • basic OPSEC (using Windows as a base)

I'll also be fielding questions in real-time. If you're interested, please tune in at 8PM Eastern Daylight Time (24:00 UTC) to the DEFCON 201 video streams (see links below). I may also cover aspects of securing systems for IT administrators depending on how chat directs me.

Invidious [TOR]:http://axqzx4s6s54s32yentfqojs3x5i7faxza6xo3ehd4bzzsg2ii4fv2iid.onion/channel/UCYDQaOHbK5trRU2CDgb0qSg

73 de NCommander, hoping that you're all safe

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:42PM (4 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:42PM (#1002984)

    hosted on Periscope, Youtube, Twitch... all cloud services run by companies hell-bent on invading your privacy and selling your personal information.

    The irony is high with this one.

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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by NCommander on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:48PM (2 children)

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <> on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:48PM (#1002986) Homepage Journal

    And there's a Tor link right there for your viewing pleasure. Asking people to use Tor to learn how to use Tor has something of a catch-22.

    Still always moving
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @10:35AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @10:35AM (#1003122)

      Would you consider uploading the videos to a peertube instance?

      • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Tuesday June 09 2020, @04:27AM

        by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <> on Tuesday June 09 2020, @04:27AM (#1005086) Homepage Journal

        I'm not familiar with peertube, but I'd be willing. The account in question is owned by my hacker group and not me personally so I can't directly download the VoDs and I didn't record it locally while I was streaming.

        Still always moving
  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by takyon on Thursday June 04 2020, @01:43AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Thursday June 04 2020, @01:43AM (#1003019) Journal