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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.

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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:09PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @11:09PM (#1002976)

    Were you serious or poking fun?

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 04 2020, @02:24PM (2 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 04 2020, @02:24PM (#1003200) Journal

    If you poke fun, does fun not bleed?

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday June 04 2020, @03:01PM (1 child)

      by Freeman (732) on Thursday June 04 2020, @03:01PM (#1003214) Journal

      No, it just deflates.

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      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 04 2020, @03:31PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 04 2020, @03:31PM (#1003236) Journal

        Sort of like the autopilot.

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