Sacramento's cryptoparty is a free social gathering for discussion of all things security.  We're open to all skill levels and interests and hope to teach the community about encryption and security basics.

For our first cryptoparty, we will focus on email encryption:  the basics of public key cryptography, setting up a mail client to use PGP, creating and signing keys.

Bring a laptop if you have one.  Spare Linux machines will be available to practice on if you don't.  Memory sticks or portable hard drives will help if you plan to use one of these.

You can get a head start by installing these: gpg ( , Mozilla Thunderbird (, and enimail ( 

Bring picture ID so people can sign your keys.

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  • Laurie A.

    I went to download everything for tomorrow and saw that gpg is not supported on a 64 bit windows 8 system. Guess I need to bow out. Maybe next time :(

    October 23, 2013

    • Nick C.

      You could also install a virtual machine. I set everything up in a debian virtual machine using vmplayer. Took about two hours or so.

      October 23, 2013

    • Laurie A.

      Thanks guys :) See ya there.

      October 24, 2013

  • Jon

    Glad to see some cryptomania :) I won't be at this event but am interested in crypto events in general. You may want to consider key signing events as one example.... after people get 'keyed up', of course.

    October 23, 2013

    • Richard J.

      There will actually be key signing at this event as well. We'll be doing more stuff like this in the future, stay tuned.

      October 23, 2013

  • Robyn S.

    I finish boot camp at 7 so I'll be a little late.

    October 23, 2013

  • Nick C.

    Should we have GPG[masked] or[masked] installed?

    October 23, 2013

    • Richard J.

      Hey Nick, for what we're doing it shouldn't matter, however, I'd go with[masked]

      1 · October 23, 2013

    • Nick C.

      Thanks, will do

      October 23, 2013

  • Richard

    Where's the beer?

    1 · October 18, 2013

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