September 30, 2014

In brief: New free eBook released to those with no prior experience to protect privacy in a digital world

(LiveHacking.Com) – The CryptoParty, a new, decentralized, global initiative aimed at introducing basic cryptography tools to the general public, has released its first handbook. The CryptoParty Handbook is designed to help those with no prior experience to protect their basic human right to Privacy in the online world.

The book covers a variety of topics like passwords, browsing, email encryption, VPNs, hard disk encryption and secure file sharing. In each of these areas the book describes the dangers to privacy and recommends which open source tools to use.

By recommending open source tools, rather than commercial tools, the authors hope that users will start to take their online privacy seriously without needing to spend money on sometimes expensive software products.

The CryptoParty Handbook is the brainchild of Marta Peirano and Adam Hyde who came up with the idea after the first Berlin CryptoParty, held on the 29th of August, 2012. Others including Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev, co-organisers of the Berlin CryptoParty (along with Marta) were very enthusiastic about the book. It was written in the first 3 days of October 2012 at Studio Weise7, Berlin. Approximately 20 people were involved in its creation, some more than others, some local and some far (Melbourne in particular).