Trump Preparedness: Digital Security 101

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We hope you'll join us for this important workshop, where experienced guides will explain practical digital security measures you can take to prepare for January 2017, when Donald Trump gains control of the United States' police and spy agencies. Expect down-to-earth advice and hands-on guidance geared to a non-technical audience.

Where: Noisebridge Hackerspace, 2169 Mission Street, Third Floor

When: November 22nd, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

We want to help everyone concerned about their security under the Trump administration, but we especially want to help high-risk communities, including:

  • Immigrant communities, undocumented or otherwise
  • Muslim religious groups
  • Communities of color
  • Educators working with undocumented students
  • Lawyers representing undocumented clients
  • Journalists
  • Civil rights activists
  • LGBTQ people
  • Victims of harassment and stalking

We will be working partly from the EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense Guide. You should come away from this workshop with a better understanding of your personal "threat model" and better security on your devices. Make sure you bring your laptop and your phone!

Our awesome friends at Keybase are providing food and drinks, and will give a breakout talk about the Keybase Filesystem.

You can RSVP on Meetup to help us estimate how many people are coming, but it's not required!

If you would like to volunteer as a guide or organizer, email John Shutt at


3:30pm - 6:30pm Set up space for the event, including pre-cleaning, food and drinks, A/V, seating, and tables.

6:00pm - 6:30pm Guides gather at the space for a quick orientation, and divide up responsibilities.

6:30pm - 6:50pm Greet attendees, wait for stragglers. Get dinner provided by Keybase. Gather everyone in the Hackatorium.

6:50pm - 7:10pm Explain the purpose of the event and how Noisebridge works. Briefly touch on the various tools people can learn about throughout the space, and the schedule for the evening. Discussion of the tradeoffs of security. Definition of key terms like “encryption,” “anonymity,” and “metadata.” Guided meditation on realistic personal threat modeling.

7:10pm - End of Event Guides positioned throughout Noisebridge, centered on the Hackatorium, will help people with specific projects:

  • Install Signal and learn how to use it for messaging and calling, and how to verify safety numbers
  • Install Tor Browser and understand the basics of how Tor works, and what Tor does and doesn’t do
  • Enable full-disk encryption of phones and laptops
  • Install security updates on phones and laptops
  • Troubleshoot how to remove viruses and adware that have already infected your devices
  • Sign up for EFF alerts
  • Learn how to back up data from the cloud, and then remove it
  • Enable two-factor authentication on key accounts
  • Improve privacy setting on social media accounts
  • Set strong device passwords and learn to use a password manager

Breakout Session: 7:30pm - 8:00pm Breakout session on the Keybase filesystem in the Turing classroom.

Breakout Session: 8:00pm - 9:00pm Noisebridge weekly meeting in the Hackatorium.

9:00pm - 10:00pm Event breakdown and cleanup.


Chema Hernández Gil

Danny O'Brien

John Shutt


Liz Henry


Max Goodman

Ruth Miller

Steve Phillips

Stephen Calnan

Trent Robbins