Use Jisti as a video conferencing alternative to zoom.

What is Jisti?

Jitsi Meet
More secure, more flexible, and completely free video conferencing.

Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.

What else can you do with Jitsi Meet?

Share your desktop, presentations, and more
Invite users to a conference via a simple, custom URL
Edit documents together using Etherpad
Pick fun meeting URLs for every meeting
Trade messages and emojis while you video conference, with integrated chat.

And it’s easy to get started

Step 1:

First grab some headphones and connect them to your device! It doesn’t have to have a mic built into them, because your device most likely has another Mic. Trust me here, it will save your ears and troubleshooting issues later

Next Go to and Click the “START A CALL”

Step 2:

This will open the page

You can name the meeting or it will randomly create a room name.

If you are on a laptop, I suggest you use the chrome browser, and then click the link below to install the Jitsi Meeting extension

If you are using a mobile device, click in the bottom left hand corner to download the Jisti app to your phone or tablet.

Here is the link to the app for Android

Here is the link to the app for iOS

(Optional) You can connect your calendar and create a reoccurring meeting

When you are ready to meet, click the “GO” button.

Step 3:

It will then ask you for permission to access the Camera and Microphone, and you want to click “Allow”

Step 4:

If you need to change any settings see the picture below locate them.

You can share your screen if you click the icon to the far left.

If you want to share your room information with other people or have the option to call in from a phone, click the “Share & Call-in Info” icon, which is the Circle with the I in the center.

Step 5:

Send the room name to your friends, and they will connect!

If you aren’t talking, its a good habit to mute your mic.

When you are done with the call, you can close the window.

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VPN For The Win!

DEFCON is around the corner!


And now it’s time to be prepping you gear.

Wipe the laptop, phone, tablet, you name it.

Install a fresh copy of the OS, Factory reset, update and patch at home.

After you do so, Make sure to “Forget” you Home Wifi network from your devices.

Otherwise your devices will continue to look for it, leaving breadcrumbs of who you are and where you live.

Now, to talk about making or buying a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Instead of me rehashing what a vpn is, check up the EFF’s definition.

I did personal research and compared a few different implementations.

I am a fan of spinning your own using OPENVPN on a linux box in the “Cloud”.

It really doesn’t matter what service you use. AWS, GODADDY, Digital Ocean, etc….

I have been happy with Digital Ocean, It only cost $5 a month for their base model, to have your own server up and running.

If you want to try them out, Here is the $10 credit link

And there are great step by step guides on how to set it up,

But why do that, when you can get up and running in 5 minutes!

There is a script that helps automate this process,

It’s called OpenVPN road warrior.

It was made by Nyr on github.

But I found this guy who took that and did a few more steps to secure you.

You can check out his comments in his github to see what he changed.

The other route you can take is with a paid for vpn service

One of Holon Members did a case study on a bunch of paid for services, and by far Mullvad was the clear choice.

“BOB” said that he has been using mullvad while torrenting and has never had a problem.

And there is a ton of documentation on how to get it up and running.

When I set up my VPN, I wanted to connect back to my home lab. Most things work just fine in the VPN, but when I try to watch Netflix, it is blocked.

With Mullvad, you won’t have that problem. It’s meant to connect around the world and give you access to an otherwise blocked area.



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