Saturday, April 30, 2016

GroundRod Primer Review from Pennsylvania

The host of the recent PA GroundRod course, IDPA Grandmaster Jack Weigand of Weigand Combat Handguns Inc, was kind enough to send in a review for me to share with the readers...


GroundRod Primer Course Review

Please understand this review is being written by a non computer guy. I
see computers as a tool and the less complicated the better. I need to
be spoon fed information and repetition is required. In this class I got
what I needed.

It is a two day course of non stop input, not rushed but ongoing. K did
a great job in not let anyone get behind. He patiently answered
questions and jumped in and helped when necessary. There was the full
spectrum of students from casual computer user to some fairly high speed
dudes in the class. I can safely say no one was bored.

The course started out with an explanation of what the threats are,
defensive measures and physical counter measures. It was nice to have
all of that in a nutshell. It was an eye opener to me, I knew some of
the threats but not all of the threats we were introduced to.

A great explanation of what operating system to use and why. This was
worth the price of admission. As a non techie guy, Linux was a known
entity but I didn't know much about it. I am now in the process of
changing over to it.

A fantastic explanation of open source software proceeded, I finally
understand why that it is so important to use open source products.

Then we proceeded into various pieces of software. Each was explained in
detail, what it did, why we needed it and how to use it. Disc
overwriting software, encryption software, Keyfiles, passwords and keys,
wireless security, Internet protocols and such. We delved into VPN
(virtual personal networks) which was of great interest to me. I am
already running one. We went over the “Dark Net” and that could have
been a day long study on its own. Tor was a good deal of time in the
class and for good reason. Meta data was a interesting study and how it
is used against you. Web browsers were discussed the pros and cons of
many of the popular offerings.

Email was of course a popular topic and the inherent risks of using
that. Encrypted chat was discussed, setup and used. Constructing,
managing and storing passwords and the software to do all of that was
setup and used. Steganography was discussed and demonstrated, awesome
field of study.

We ran Tails and rummaged through a lot of modification, setup and
running that. I have that running since the class.

Last but not least, Bitcoin was discussed and demonstrated in great
detail. I was completely enthralled with that topic and am starting to
use that also.

All in all you are given a fantastic overview and taste for computer
security and how to establish pretty secure communications using your
computer. I believe I have 20 pages of notes and suggestions for study
in my notebook for further implementation and use.

If you are not sure the course is worth the time and money it will
consume I believe I can say from my vantage point it was worth that and
much more. I told K to sign me up for the followup course to this one.
Hopefully I will have this one digested by then.

Jack Weigand

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GroundRod - Arizona (***Updated***)

I have a GroundRod Primer course penciled in for 28-29 May in Phoenix.

Host can be reached at

Register with me or via the host.

Cost: $300

Need to bring: Laptop, 3 USB drives, note taking material.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Training Calendar

Calendar page updated today....


ALSO - Wyoming and Missouri folks that made course requests. I only have a few of you so far, so let me know if you are willing to host (and what area) and I will try to get you a course date.

GroundRod - Georgia

Okay, we have a host and I have penciled in Atlanta for 4-5 June. Host for this event can be reached at, . Reserve your seat via the host and as we get closer I will send out Paypal links. If you don't want to do paypal, let me know and we will work out other arrangements. Also, I still give discounts for Bitcoin payment.


I have had several requests for Texas and Arizona as well.

For Texas, lets aim for 14-15 May in the Dallas/FW area. I just need one of you to volunteer to host.


For Arizona, 21-22 May in Phoenix or Tucson area. Again, just need a host.

For those that host, you get a "free' seat to apply to yourself or a friend in need.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

GroundRod Upcoming Locations

I have had requests for courses in the following locations:





If you are in or near one of these areas and wish to attend an upcoming class, let me know and we will make it happen. The host in each area needs to hit a minimum student threshold before I can commit, so drop a line and let's take back our privacy.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Class Availability Nationwide

The interest in the GroundRod course has been overwhelming. I have received many inquiries as to when I would be offering the classes in "this state or that state"....Folks, I am willing to travel to nearly anywhere to do the course. All I need is:

1) A point-of-contact / host to organize things locally

2) A classroom / venue (needs to have internet, power, whiteboard, projector screen or wall)

3) At least 10 paying students (travel expenses can get steep)


I have seen a lot of interest in the Georgia/Florida area if anyone wants to put on the "host" hat and make that happen. My weekends are filling up, so let me know as soon as possible.

libertatem requirit nisu

Monday, April 4, 2016

GroundRod Comes to the East Coast

GroundRod Primer course scheduled for 23-24 April in Pennsylvania. Email the host at:  to reserve a seat (or you can email me by clicking the link at the top of the page)

Cost: $300

Need to bring: Laptop, 3 USB thumbdrives (4-8 GB), note taking material.


 GroundRod Primer is designed to address the fundamental concerns of journalists, concerned citizens, activists, whistle blowers, missionaries and liberty lovers in general, with regard to digital security. Whether hackers, governments, criminals or acts of espionage; our privacy is in serious jeopardy.

You will learn to secure your devices and communications in the following ways:

Properly employ symmetric and asymmetric encryption
Create and safely store powerful passwords
Guard against common criminal and state level intrusion techniques
Recognize unsafe software you are using now and explore safe replacements
Surf the web anonymously
Explore the deep web
Transfer files safely
Communicate securely and privately
Understand and deal with malicious firmware

GroundRod Primer is meant to take the uncertainty and guesswork out of digital security, give you a fundamental base of knowledge to grow from and get you up and running with the highest levels of security available TODAY.

Follow on courses will delve deeper into these subjects and address escape and evasion techniques and other tradecraft.

GroundRod Class in Spokane

We had a successful GroundRod Primer course with the Whiterose folks last week and are looking forward to the follow-on classes with them.

One thing that has remained consistent for me over the years, whether teaching CQB, shooting or technical subjects, is the incredible quality of students I see coming through the classes. I see people that are taking ownership of their lives and seeking to better themselves in a world that is struggling to stay free. It is always personally humbling and challenges me to always be improving and deliver the best content I can.

Next class will be held in the Spokane, WA area. Email me or the host at
if you want to reserve a seat.