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Tübix Community Conference in Southern Germany

I went to my first Tübix this year. Tübingen is a beautiful college town ( Universitätsstadt ) on the Neckar river in southwestern Germany.

I particularly enjoyed the talks on SSH and authentication, both of which led into my talk on privacy and security via a password manager. I picked up a couple new ways of explaining things from the SSH talk and look forward to listening to it again.

PLUG July East Valley Meeting Wrapup

Thursday's PLUG meeting for July went well. We had a large crowd for mid-summer including lots of new faces.

Announcements included an opening for teaching electronics at a local community college. The department head showed up, so I handed it over to him for descriptions of the classes and what they need. He's adamant about a GNU/Linux infrastructure being vital to the success of the program and has hired 4 previous instructors from PLUG.

Online Privacy and Security Using a Password Manager

[This is an article I wrote for Linux Journal]

Internet and cloud companies do not have perfect security. We're all familiar with large scale data theft from big corporations. While most do a great job considering the attacks against them, you can do your part by protecting your own accounts.

It's common wisdom to use a different password for each account. Better yet is using a unique email address as well. That quickly becomes unwieldy, so we need an external brain.

Tübix times two

Tübix has kindly accepted two of my proposals for the beginning of June conference in Tübingen, Germany.

In the morning I will be showing uMatrix, a privacy and security webextension browser add on. Via a simple interface uMatrix allows personal rules for website cookies, JavaScript, CSS, pictures and video.

In the afternoon I will be speaking on privacy and security via better control o
f account credentials and private data.

Both talks will be in German. The conference is in German and Schwäbisch.

Personal Online Security, Privacy, and Password Management for Ubucon at SCaLE 16x

My "Personal Online Security, Privacy, and Password Management" for Ubucon at SCaLE is tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to giving the presentation in conjunction with SCaLE. It was popular when I gave it at Linuxfest Northwest a couple years ago and the many times I've given it for local groups.

Last year Linux Journal used my article as the cover story. The article was based on the presentation I will be giving at Ubucon.

LinuxJournal Cover Story

Linux Journal chose my article about online privacy and security using a password manager as the cover story for this month's edition. You have to be a subscriber to read it right now.

The cover graphic to go with my article could be depicting chop sticks pulling a password out of a data stream, so it's also an article that can be accompanied by Sriracha.

etckeeper at SCaLE 15x

SCaLE accepted my etckeeper talk for SCaLE 15x.

As a system administrator I find it important to track changes in configuration files. Revision control systems have some fatal flaws for tracking /etc/. Luckily Joey Hess' excellent etckeeper wraps several revision control systems and adds the features we need to track our configuration files.

online privacy article for Linux Journal

Linux Journal will be publishing my article about Online Privacy and Security Using a Password Manager in the January edition ( pre-emptive URL ). I adapted my talk ( given at LinuxFest Northwest last year ) for print and concentrated more on the password manager aspect.

Thanks to Linux Journal for accepting my article and publishing it.

Verifying debian images signatures and checksums

Verifying signatures

Debian's CD verification page doesn't explain how to find and use the keyring from the package.

This page will explain how to get the keyring package and use it to verify the gpg signatures for the checksum files if you are running debian. The directions will likely work for any debian-based distribution.

Install debian-keyring ( sudo apt install debian-keyring ). Also install gnupg if it isn't already installed ( see GnuPG sidebar for details ).

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