Some recent reviews from students on the GroundRod Primer course... **** I've been waiting since June 2013, and the initial Edward Snowden revelations of massive unconstitutional surveillance, for this class. I found GroundRod Primer to be an absolutely essential course for American citizens that want to regain privacy in their digital communications. After completing this class, and implementing even some of the recommendations, you will once again be able to express yourself freely via digital comms without the self-censorship that has become increasingly prevalent with the knowledge of illegal government spying. That is a GREAT feeling.
K covered the various types of encryption and the context in which each was most useful. Discussions on the best VPN providers (and why), email providers, passwords and passphrases were very useful. The discussion of crypto-currency was very interesting. K clarified how to best get started with Bitcoin and start using a payment method that cannot be tracked, just like cash in the physical world. Crypto-currency holds much promise in the event of a dollar collapse or bank failure.
The usability of Linux and secure comm tools have dramatically increased since 2014 (kudos to all the open source developers!). K did a great job of walking us through these tools on laptops booted from a USB drive provided for class exercises. The pros and cons of each were discussed so you had a clear idea of the best context in which to use a tool. The class had a good combination of lecture and exercise. While we covered a lot of material I did not feel rushed. This was a class with substance and immediate practical application.
Make the commitment now to attend a GroundRod Primer class in your area. You will not regret it.
**** Ground Rod Primer Part I Phoenix, Arizona June 11 & 12 Why you want this class: You are an American citizen You want to protect your assets and rights. You are a Windows (or Mac) user. You are Linux user but don't use encryption Don't take the class if you already work for IRS, FBI or NSA, it'll only make you better. K, the instructor uses these methods and tools as a professional. Imagine Richard Petty giving defensive driving classes. The class consists of two eight-hour days, with generous breaks. K takes questions throughout the day. The sessions are conducted in a "lab" format. A concept or topic is presented and software solutions are explained, then students use the software tools. K provides individual coaching to make sure you've grasped the idea. In our class he provided laptops when student's machines stopped working. The instruction is clear, concise but casual. K doesn't talk over you or down to you. You'll get your money's worth. The class is focused on internet use. securing your data storage securing email, file transfer and chat keeping online traffic private and secure (VPNs) anonymous web surfing (TOR and Darknet) and commerce (crypto-currency) The software tools are all Linux-based and available at zero cost. The hard part is knowing which tools to use. K has done the time-consuming work of filtering good from the bad and mediocre. His classroom operating system is pre-loaded and configured on a usb drive, your machine is unchanged. Your outlook will be changed. Good encryption, properly applied works. K shows how good tools make the job easy. Your part is changing habits and incorporating the tools. God bless our work, JS-06
I recently took the GroundRod Primer course from Combat Studies Group and enjoyed it immensely. I am an Info Security professional with 20+ years of experience in securing corporate networks. The class covers the basics very well and even a experienced guy like me learned a few new things. The class also does a great job teaching a tough, very technical, subject to folks that may only have basic computer skills. In summary, whether you're a seasoned info sec professional or someone just learning computers, you will enjoy this class and learn how to better your personal security.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the class guys!
Brisco strained against his leather collar, seemingly eager to leave the immediate area. Eva's 70 year old fingers snapped back on the disgruntled terrier's leash, but she could certainly understand his unease. Even though the neighborhood “safety checkpoints” had been a part of their daily life for the better part of the year, she never could resolve herself to see them as anything other than a 21st century re-envisioning of cold war east Germany. The pat downs, the scanning and downloading of her cell phone, the x-ray and search of her belongings just to get from one part of town to the other. Of course it was all necessary because of all the “terrorist activity” in the area; or so she was told.
Once inside her apartment, she began what had become a twice a week operation...removing Brisco's ornate leather collar...pulling back the stitching....retrieving the microSD card hidden between the leather laminate and beneath one of the several steel sequins that decorated his collar. She noted the small red sticker attached to the tiny device, indicating that it was a time sensitive message and needed to be passed as soon as possible. She plugged her “special” thumb-drive into her old laptop and turned it on. The system recognized the bootable operating system on the thumb drive and the hardened OS came to life. She entered her passwords and inserted the microSD card. She opened the Truecrypt volume that resided on the micro and observed one file entitled “r6K?q@71”, this meant nothing to her, not that it should have.....while she and several other groups had the monthly passphrase to open the disk itself, the file inside could only be opened by the intended recipient. She typed up her short courier report, which was basically her version of a succinct SALUTE report for the last few days, encrypted it with her PGP key and inserted it into the Truecrypt volume of the micro. She returned the micro to it's furry courier and pulled the thumb-drive from the laptop, causing the computer to scrub it's memory before shutting down.
Eva gathered her things, and with Brisco in tow, headed towards the door, pausing for a moment to look at a picture on the wall. She needed courage right now and looking at the white haired man in the picture that she had shared her life with..... until agents of the regime took him away forever ….refueled her cause and steadied her nerves. Brisco broke her from her thoughts with a muffled woof, as if reminding her of the time sensitive nature of their mission.
As she and her cohort headed to their dog park rendezvous, she let a half smile show.....lives depended on her, she mattered! – perhaps now more than ever...
This serves as an example for the ongoing COMSEC series. More to follow.......
As many of you know, AirVPN is one of my recommended VPN providers. They are currently having an anniversary promotion until June 12 of 25% off any VPN plan. I encourage everyone to check it out AirVPN SALE , they also accept over 15 different crypto-currencies.
1) When you connect to purchase a plan, do so via TOR, another VPN or an anonymous computer away from your home internet. 2) Pay with Bitcoin (properly mixed) or other crypto-currency. All that security/anonymity is ruined when you pay with your easily tracked Visa/MC/Bank account. 3) If they want a contact email address, use a seperate anonymous one that you use for nothing else, or better yet, a throw-away one from Yopmail, Guerrilla Mail, etc. 4) Have more than one VPN provider at your disposal. 5) And for the love of ******, use a strong 20 character password or passphrase.
It's "Brave New 1984" folks...............behave accordingly.
Since the GroundRod Phoenix class was scheduled for Memorial day weekend, and at the request of many of the students, we are rescheduling the Phoenix class for June 11-12.
Class fee is $350 ($300 if we go beyond 10 students). You can reserve your seat by making the $100 class deposit on the Store page (options are available if you do not wish to use Paypal, just email me).
Libertas secure tablets are now shipping with Avare ADS-B software installed. This allows you to track aircraft in your AO in real time. You just need to plug in a RTL-SDR USB attachment with the included adapter and you are in business.
Current Libertas owners can install the app from the CSG store in Aptoide.
Note* The map function will not work as it relies on Google maps (Libertas blocks all Google framework), however it does provide the data readout which is what matters in this case.
*** Class is a go. Host can be reached at Host , or you can email me at CSG to secure your seat. Once you are confirmed I will forward instructions for the class link up. It will be held in the vicinity of the DFW airport.
I have had several inquires into the GroundRod Primer course scheduled for May 14-15, but I have not had anyone step up to host it yet. I need to hear from the prospective students this week if this is going to happen. If we cannot hit the 10 student minimum, I am willing to do a 6 student minimum at $350 a head (the price will return to $300 if we hit the 10 student minimum).
I will be deploying again soon, so time is running out to make these courses happen. Email me here CSG to reserve a seat or to offer to host.