Privacy Workshop

Next one at alerta festival @ LAG
And in nijmegen:

We made a mailinglist for people that went to the workshop / are interested, the idea is that you can ask for help or discuss about stuff:
You can subscribe here:

Slides as pdf:

Below you will find links that explain in more detail how to install and use the tools that have been adressed during the workshop, as well as some suggested further reading.

Facebook etc.

EFF Surveillance Self Defense -
Comprehensive list of tutorials in english on a.o. installing and using privacy tools (including PGP, OTR etc.), an introduction to threat moddeling and tips on how to keep your data and computer safe.

Security in a box -
Guides in a lot of languages for using privacy tools

Passwords and passphrases
Passwords and passphrases can be seen as your last line of defense in protecting your accounts, systems and files. This makes it important to make sure that your passwords are secure. Generally speaking, strong passwords are long, highly random and don't use dictionary words. Because this makes them hard to remember, it can be a better choice to create a strong passphrase. Passhprases are more easy to remember because they do consist of dictionary words, but use many of them, ideally words that have no logical connection to each other.

An easy way to use strong passwords is by generating and storing them in a password manager. This way you only need to remember the master passphrase for the password manager, while still being able to use strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts and services. A cross-platform, free software password manager that you can use is KeepasX.

The Intercept have written an article on how to use the Diceware method to create strong, truly random passphrases. Read it here.

look at:

Setting up icedove/thunderbird (mailclient that supports gpg) :
Setting up enigmail:
Explanation in dutch on the basics of GnuPG:
Introduction to public key cryptography and PGP:

Learn how to use PGP signatures to verify documents. Most free software developers sign their installation packages so you can verify that the software has not been tampered with. The nice people of TAILS created an easy explaination on how to do this:


OTR is a protocol to encrypt your chats, it works on any protocol, but we would suggest you use XMPP (jabber).

If you have a xmpp account and want to use OTR , then have a look at how to set that up:

If you do not have a email account at a provider that supports XMPP (puscii and riseup do) but still want to use XMPP: Systemli offers free xmpp accounts.

Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity. It is an easy way to stay secure and uses all the privacy tools that have been mentioned in the workshop.

Other links

The Camera Panopticon
Aral Balkan's keynote presentation during Last year's Big Brother Awards explains in detail why people should stop using the services of Google and Facebook. Invest 30 minutes of your time to watch this presentation, even if you think you allready know al this.

Why privacy matters
Glenn Greenwald, one of the first journalists to cover the Snowden files, explains why privacy matters -even if you have "nothing to hide"- in this Ted talk.



If you are interested in hosting a Pink Noise Privacy workshop then please contact us at: pinknoise at puscii nl