CLASS: Take Back Your Online Privacy (April 23)

A calico cat curls up in bed with a laptop. (Flickr / David DeHetre, CC NC license)

After Congress voted to repeal online privacy protections, many people have suggested using a Virtual Private Network to protect your browsing behavior. Unfortunately, not all VPNs are created equal.

In this free class, we’ll talk about how to select a VPN that meets your needs, and some other simple steps you can take to create a more secure online experience on your computer and phone, including Signal and other basic uses of encryption. We’ll also discuss Wikileaks’ Vault7 release, and what it means for both activists and everyday computer users.

Please bring your phones and/or laptops so we can help you lock things down!

We strive to make all Oh Shit! What Now? events a space free of oppression, so please leave your bullshit at home. For more information on our group, our safer spaces policy and our rules, please see our FAQ:

Class details

  • What? A free workshop on online privacy and computer security.
  • When? April 23 from 2-4 pm
  • Where? Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, TX 78751
  • Why? To learn to protect yourself online from greedy ISPs, hackers, and the government.
  • FREE.
  • Monkeywrench Books is wheelchair accessible, and a short walk from several bus lines.


The following are some links that were used in the creation of the class, but you don’t need to study in advance — we’ll make it simple for you.

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