In late March 2017, Congress passed a law making it possible for your ISP to sell sensitive private information about their customers -- including their detailed browsing history. Interest in VPN services immediately spiked. But using a VPN doesn't actually solve this problem, it just pushes it further downstream -- because there's nothing preventing your VPN provider from doing similiar undesirable things. That's not to mention that more than half the VPNs in the Google Play store don't actually encrypt your web traffic.

So, how are you going to protect yourself? More over, how are you going to help your less technically sophisticated friends and family protect themselves? Chances are, if you're at this conference, you have the technical skills to set up and run your own VPN service, which you can also make available to friends and family. (There's even a chance that all of you using the VPN together might provide better cover for your collective privacy.)

Attendees at this talk will learn about various Open Source alternatives that simplify setting up a VPN. The talk will discuss the pros and cons of hosting this VPN service within the US, versus outside the US. Enabling the VPN on a per-computer basis versus a whole network approach will also be discussed. Other, related, privacy-enhancing services (such as centralized ad blocking) will also be covered.

With great nerdery comes great responsibility -- come learn how you can help yourself and your friends and family preserve their privacy!


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Ben Mathews at 16:38 on 17 Jul 2017

I learned something and the speaker was engaging. The talk was worth attending.