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Welcome to the Uppsala University CryptoParty!

We offer a learning space for all to introduce ourselves to the basic tools for self-protection in the digital space. Topics include anonymous browsing, encrypted communication, disk encryption, and general security advice regarding computers and smartphones.

We hold monthly meetings at the Uppsala University Ångström Library. Our events are open to everyone. If you need help entering the premises please contact the organizers.

We follow the guidelines of CryptoParties, but depending on interest also deviate into other security related topics, e.g. CTFs. Some of our participants have a background in IT, but this is not a requirement. Our main goal is to create a self-organized learning space where participants can share knowledge about digital privacy, anonymity and security for all levels of prior knowledge. If there is something you do not understand feel free to interrupt and ask us. There are no stupid questions, we are happy to explain!

Note that we do not recommend any proprietary software, but we also want to support people that can not freely choose the software they use, for example on their work computers, so we might refer to non-free tools.

You can subscribe to our mailing list[1] to receive news about our events. We also have a chat on freenode. Use an IRC client or a webchat to join the channel #cryptoparty-uppsala.


Previous CryptoParties

  1. CryptoParty on 20/1/20 (Lösenordsbytardagen) at Carolina Rediviva focusing on more secure passwords. Lösenordsbytardagen is a day to reflect on the security of our passwords and user accounts, and a day to remind us to secure some of our accounts.
  2. CryptoParty/Linux Install Party on 13/12/19 at the Ångström Library
  3. CryptoParty on 22/11/19 at the Ångström Library discussing three topics. Approaches to increase privacy both as a user of YouTube, and generally as an internet user hardening the Firefox web browser.
    • YouTube without recommendations (Slides)
      Using RSS feeds to prevent aspects of tracking from YouTube, and removing personalized recommendations. Instructions on how to set this up.
    • A Tor gatewayed platform for everyday use (Slides)
      Using a virtual machine stack with its own virtual LAN with all traffic routed into the Tor network. All to be run on top of any host operating system. The virtual machines are available for download (also through the Tor network) as easy to install images with no configuration needed. There is a Swedish article that discusses their configuration.
    • Hardening the Firefox web browser (Slides)
      How to eliminate hidden telemetry sent to Mozilla Inc, Google and Pocket.
  4. CryptoParty on 25/10/19, at the Ångström libary focussing on DNS-over-HTTPS (aka DoH; Slides)
  5. CryptoParty on 27/9/19, at the Ångström libary focussing on disposable email addresses.
  6. CryptoParty on 28/6/19, at theÅngström Library with a presentation Horse Battery Staple — correct? on password security.
  7. CryptoParty with the ACM-W student chapter on 26/4/19 at the Ångström library.
    Amelia Andersdotter: Rights are not important if you don't use them
    There is a new EU data protection legislation, GDPR, that asserts giving new protections to individuals. But is the legal framework enough to protect individuals? How do you actually make use of your data protection rights? Amelia Andersdotter will suggest some practical methods to protect personal data in spite of powerful companies and governments.
  8. CryptoParty on 22/3/19 focusing on Full Disk Encryption (Slides).
    Some relevant references:
  9. CryptoParty on 22/2/19

[1] The mailing list is hosted by Uppsala University. If you subscribe, they will process and store your mail address as long as needed to provide the mailing list service to you. You can unsubscribe at any time. CryptoParty Uppsala will not give your mail address to others.

[proprietary] Note that this software is proprietary.