July 25 2017 KLUG Meeting with R Wolf

Rafael Wolf of Express IT Solutions, LLC gave the Kalamazoo Linux Users Group a very technical and enlightening presentation in the use of the Raspberry Pi as a secure remote access solution.  Using his creative solution only port 80 need be open for establishing an SSH connection. www.eitsonline.com More »

Computing, Freedom and Privacy

Kalamazoo College Departments of Physics and Mathematics/Computer Science sponsored a discussion on computing, freedom and privacy led by world renown “Free Software” activist and a member of the Internet Hall of Fame Dr. Richard Stallman.  http://internethalloffame.org/inductees/richard-stallman Dr. Stallman gave an articulate and passionate talk on GNU (GNU is Not Unix), GPL (General Public License), and More »

Home Built NAS Server Presentation

Kevin Quiggle gave a great presentation on his “Home Built” NAS server at our Jan. 24th Meeting.  The system featured an AMD motherboard with 16 Gb of RAM, three sets of mirrored SATA hard drives, NAS4Free and the ZFS file system. For more details of this build goto: https://sites.google.com/site/ More »

KLUG Annual Holiday Party 2016

The Kalamazoo Linux User Group was very pleased to welcome Kalamazoo’s native son, Matt Crampton, to our holiday party.  Matt co-founded KLUG in 1998, and as a rising star in the Silicone Valley, he co-founded Gigwalk in 2010.  He currently serves as Gigwalk’s CTO. Gigwalk is an innovative addition to the “Sharing Economy” where Gigwalkers More »

KLUG Meeting Dec. 13th 2016

The group remoted into the ClearOS server that we are setting up for our network lab.  Working from a terminal on a Linux laptop we used the SSH protocol and learned the how to login remotely.  We then created group and user accounts using command line tools.  We will be expanding the network in future More »

Security Risk Assessment

Scott Mischke has arranged for a presentation by the Director of Information Security at MPI Research, Randy Slain, on security risk assessment “best practices”, especially as a precursor to qualification in the pharmaceutical industry;  common challenges they face with security. identifying vulnerabilities and conducting due diligence audits to mitigate risks. The presentation will begin at More »

FLOSS Presentation

Scot Henderson made another great presentation at our weekly KLUG meeting.  The topic, FLOSS or Free Libre Open Source software was very interesting and informative.  We learned the difference between Free and non-free software in the GNU/Linux world.  Scot introduced us to vrms (virtual Richard M Stallman); https://scottlinux.com/2014/02/19/find-non-free-software-installed-on-your-debian-machine/ … an apt that will detect any More »

KLUG Jan 5 2016 Meeting

Scott #3 demonstrated is big drone and flying skills at our first meeting of the new year.  He also demonstrated that he is as equally proficient at flying a mini drone that our group intends to print in the future using the 3D printer we are building. More »

Computer Donation

Kalamazoo Linux Users Group making our sixth computer donation of 2015 at The White Oaks Retirement Residence in Lawton MI. Kalamazoo Linux Users Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to promote GNU/Linux and “Open Source” products and to share our knowledge and experiences using new technologies with each other and the public. More »

November 28th KLUG Meeting

At this weeks KLUG meeting Paul demonstrated the new Tails 3.3 distro installed on a USB thumb drive with a persistent and encrypted file system.  We watched a short TED Talk video: https://youtu.be/Va07q3HFEZQ where we were introduced to the “DeepWeb”.

Using the Tor browser built into Tails we learn more about visiting the Deep Web at: https://www.guidingtech.com/50281/dos-donts-deep-web-surfing/

Browsing to an index of the Deep Web at: http://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion  we were able to easily navigate to some of the sites on the Deep Web.

I will be working on creating an Deep Web server using the same Tails distro with nginx web server installed on a USB thumb drive and demonstrating at a future meeting.

 

Introduction to password managers, Presented by Scott Cleveland

Password Management

Are you securing your passwords?

Do you use the same 5 (or less) passwords for all your websites?

You know you need to do better for your online information.

Come to KLUG Tuesday October 3rd for an introduction to password managers.

Keep all your important passwords secure, available and on you at all times.

Agenda:

Overview of why you need a password manager and the danger of using the same password for multiple sites.

The potential problem of using Google or Facebook login for multiple sites – oath

The current best solution to the problem – password managers

How easy it is to have random passwords for every site

Live demonstration of LastPass and 1Password

Last-pass – has a free version and it works on ANY system or smart phone.

This will be a live demo on Linux, iOS, and Mac.

Discussion on how password managers can be a part of a practical disaster recovery plan:

Concept of giving a trusted party the location of a paper backup so loved ones can sort out your affairs if the worst should happen.

Picking a master password.

Total presentation 1h to 1h 15min

Q&A session 15 – 30 min

July 25 2017 KLUG Meeting with R Wolf

Rafael Wolf of Express IT Solutions, LLC gave the Kalamazoo Linux Users Group a very technical and enlightening presentation in the use of the Raspberry Pi as a secure remote access solution.  Using his creative solution only port 80 need be open for establishing an SSH connection.

www.eitsonline.com

Computing, Freedom and Privacy

Kalamazoo College Departments of Physics and Mathematics/Computer Science sponsored a discussion on computing, freedom and privacy led by world renown “Free Software” activist and a member of the Internet Hall of Fame Dr. Richard Stallman.  http://internethalloffame.org/inductees/richard-stallman

Dr. Stallman gave an articulate and passionate talk on GNU (GNU is Not Unix), GPL (General Public License), and FSF (Free Software Foundation).

GPL (General Public License)

The central idea of copyleft is that we give everyone permission to run the program, copy the program, modify the program, and distribute modified versions—but not permission to add restrictions of their own. Thus, the crucial freedoms that define “free software” are guaranteed to everyone who has a copy; they become inalienable rights.

FSF (Free software Foundation)

“Our mission is to preserve, protect and promote the freedom to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer software, and to defend the rights of Free Software users.”

“Yoda’s aphorism (“There is no ‘try’”) sounds neat, but it doesn’t work for me. I have done most of my work while anxious about whether I could do the job, and unsure that it would be enough to achieve the goal if I did. But I tried anyway, because there was no one but me between the enemy and my city. Surprising myself, I have sometimes succeeded.

Sometimes I failed; some of my cities have fallen. Then I found another threatened city, and got ready for another battle. Over time, I’ve learned to look for threats and put myself between them and my city, calling on other hackers to come and join me.

Nowadays, often I’m not the only one. It is a relief and a joy when I see a regiment of hackers digging in to hold the line, and I realize, this city may survive—for now. But the dangers are greater each year, and now Microsoft has explicitly targeted our community. We can’t take the future of freedom for granted. Don’t take it for granted! If you want to keep your freedom, you must be prepared to defend it.” – Richard Stallman … https://stallman.org/

Free GNU/Linux Distros:  https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html

Home Built NAS Server Presentation

Kevin Quiggle gave a great presentation on his “Home Built” NAS server at our Jan. 24th Meeting.  The system featured an AMD motherboard with 16 Gb of RAM, three sets of mirrored SATA hard drives, NAS4Free and the ZFS file system.

For more details of this build goto:

https://sites.google.com/site/

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