2019 What should I bring to DEFCON

What should I bring to DEFCON?

TL;DR At a Minimum you should bring:

  1. Laptop
  2. Cell Phone
  3. Tablet
  4. External Battery Pack
  5. Small Surge Protector

From here it depends on what you want to spend your time doing.

If you are going to the hardware hacking side, You might want to bring,

  • Soldering Iron
  • Solder
  • 3rd hand
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Soldering Mat

If you are going to the lock picking village, you might want to bring,

  • Lock pick Kit
  • Bump Keys

If you are going to hang out in the Wifi or SDR village, you might want to bring,

  • An Alfa Card or card compatible of injection mode
  • Hack RF

How to prepare your gear for DEFCON.

  • You can start installing early or on the first night you are in Vegas. After you have downloaded what you want to install, get it updated and patched. Once you have installed this for DEFCON, Do not do your banking, social media, or other personal data on the box. If you build up your laptop at home, make sure to forget your home wifi.
    • Before you head to to Vegas, I strongly suggest setting up a personal VPN. (More on this later)
    • When you are at the con, participate in as much as you can, Hit the Villages, Look at the DEFCON Program DVD and Music cd.
    • When you are ready to head back home, place all of the programs, Notes, and material you got at Defcon onto a DVD or USB Drive. Then wipe your hard drive on the last night you at at Vegas. You don’t want something following you back home that is possibly compromised.
  • Cell Phone & Tablet: Same Thing
    • Back up personal info, or just buy a burner phone (with cash)
    • Factory Wipe
    • Load Minimum Account Information
    • Load up useful apps
    • Use it for taking notes, Recording Talks, Taking Pictures, Etc
    • On the last night of the con, back up your data to an SD card or Thumb drive
    • Factory Reset the device
  • External Battery Pack
    • These are very helpful in keeping your devices always charged and ready to go, which leads me to…
  • Small Surge Protector
    • There are over 25,000 people who are bringing their gadgets, and everyone needs to charge, so bring a small power strip or surge protector, so If you find a wall outlet, you and a few other people can charge at the same time.
  • Online services and apps cost money, how do I purchase them safely?

To buy a vpn online, or get a few apps on your defcon ready cell phone or tablet, you need to get money.

What I have done, with high success in the past, is using gift cards/PrePaid Cards.

I have tried a few different ones over the years, and the best one thus far has been the OneVanilla PrePaid MasterCard.

https://www.onevanilla.com/ You can buy them at Walmart, It costs $5 to activate the card but has no fees afterward.

On some sites this will not work, so your mileage may very.

After you have your gear ready to go, you need to secure your coms.

You can check out the past post on how to get a VPN up and running Creating a OpenVPN Server for Defcon.

Till I See You Online,

Signing out

– Gater_Byte

Posted by Gater_Byte

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