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

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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.

Twitch:https://www.twitch.tv/defcon201live
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYDQaOHbK5trRU2CDgb0qSg
dLive:https://dlive.tv/defcon201
Invidious [TOR]:http://axqzx4s6s54s32yentfqojs3x5i7faxza6xo3ehd4bzzsg2ii4fv2iid.onion/channel/UCYDQaOHbK5trRU2CDgb0qSg
Periscope:https://www.twitter.com/defcon201nj

73 de NCommander, hoping that you're all safe

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by NCommander on Wednesday June 03 2020, @10:38PM (4 children)

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Wednesday June 03 2020, @10:38PM (#1002971) Homepage Journal

    Because most people use Windows, and right now, if I tell someone "Use Tails, install 30+ privacy stuff, etc.", they're not going to bother. If I can get some using protonmail, and switch away from Chrome, it's steps in the right drection.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @01:08AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @01:08AM (#1003005)

    I guess you hang out in different circles than I do. No one uses Windoze there. If I advise someone "Use Tails, install 30+ privacy stuff, etc.", they may not bother, but I couldn't care less.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @01:25AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @01:25AM (#1003013)

    Exactly. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 04 2020, @02:22PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 04 2020, @02:22PM (#1003198) Journal

      This message brought to you by the NSA.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @08:33PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04 2020, @08:33PM (#1003351)

        If that's your attitude, then any steps to secure your systems are futile and shouldn't be taken. After all, it just takes one crack and and your system is fucked. And you'd better believe the bad guys, however you define them, know plenty of cracks.