Public Service Announcement: Always use VPN on public (especially unencrypted) wi-fi.
Most of the conference videos are up on Youtube and they are very informative and fun. There are a lot of good talks. I’ve picked a few to showcase here but you should check out the whole playlist of SHA2017 videos.
Decentralize! Self-hosting in your own home using Sovereign
In the Decentralize! talk, the software Sovereign is explored and shown to be a good way to set up your own personal cloud and host your own services and data. Sovereign is a set of playbooks that can be run to install the software on a server that you run. It’s similar to the Freedom Box project.
The software you can self-host with Sovereign is:
- Dovecot, Postfix and Roundcube for email servers and a webmail interface
- Jabber/XMPP messaging server with Prosody
- RSS reader
- VPN server with OpenVPN (FreedomBox also can do this)
- Git code repository hosting
Recently, Yahoo was caught leaking all of its users emails to the NSA. Yes, you read that correctly, Yahoo allowed the NSA to search through all emails. If your emails are unencrypted and you were using Yahoo Mail, the NSA knows a lot about it. It’s worse than that though, because emails can come from other mail providers. So your friend who uses Gmail or their own server will have all the emails sent to your Yahoo mail account searched by the NSA as well.
But enough fear-mongering, what can we do about it? The first step is checking out ProtonMail. The second step is telling your friends to check it out.
Email is your identity on the Internet and how you get things done. Email contains newsletters and important work-related data, and it can contain personal data. Using unecrypted email is dangerous and ProtonMail’s goal is to protect you by being open source and by encrypting email.