Basic Privacy and Anonymity Part 2 Webinar, 31 August 2016

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This class is geared to those who either need to learn the basics of privacy and anonymity, or who would like a refresher. Everyone has the right to conduct their affairs in private, and this Basic Privacy and Anonymity webinar class will show you how to start doing that. Whether you’re a total beginner who’s never heard of any of this, or someone who’s dabbled but doesn’t feel comfortable with it, or even if you do it all the time and just want to double check and make sure you’re doing it right, this class is for you.


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These skills will help you protect not only you, but the people you talk to and work with.

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This is Part 2 of a two-session class. In this first session, we’ll cover the following:

  • Secure messaging – which ones are best for privacy?
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN) – how to connect to the internet anonymously.
  • Bitcoin Basics – how to buy and sell cryptocurrency for anonymous purchases.
  • Best practices for online activities – how to evade digital surveillance and protect your metadata.

(Check out the agenda for Part 1 here.)

Both sessions will have a question and answer period as well. Sessions are limited to 25 people so everyone gets a chance to ask questions.

We recently offered this class in-person as a one-day event, and it was a huge success. We had so many requests from outside the Pacific Northwest for this kind of training that we have broken the class up into two sessions, two hours each, and are offering them as a live webinar. (It’ll also be available later as an archive.)

This is an overview class, meant to introduce you to the concepts of privacy and why they’re so critical to Three Percenters and patriots. It’ll also set you up for more advanced classes we will be giving this fall that deal with more advanced functions and operations. If any of the following statements have ever come out of your mouth….

  • I’m not doing anything illegal.
  • There’s no point in any of this; the government can see you no matter what you do.
  • Go ahead and let them look!
  • If you try to be private you’re just making yourself more of a target.

you need to be in this class. You will have your eyes opened.

You get access to BOTH sessions–a total of four hours of live instruction—for $25. That not only includes both webinar sessions live, but access to them later as well so you can go back over the material.

Session 2 is August 31, from 6:30-8:30PM Pacific time. You can reserve your place and get payment info by contacting us here.

Don’t miss your chance to learn how to protect yourself and your group.


Basic Privacy and Anonymity Class, 25 June 2016

This class is geared to those who either need to learn the basics of privacy and anonymity, or who would like a refresher. Everyone has the right to conduct their affairs in private, this class will show you how to do that. Whether you’re a total beginner who’s never heard of any of this, or someone who’s dabbled but doesn’t feel comfortable or wants to make sure they’re doing it right, this class is for you. If you missed the Groundrod Primer class last month, then here’s your chance to get in on the same subject matter.

We’ll cover the following:

  • the Tor Browser – how to browse the clearnet and darkweb anonymously.
  • TAILS operating system – how to run a live system from a flash drive.
  • Secure messaging – which ones are best for privacy?
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN) – how to connect to the internet anonymously.
  • Bitcoin Basics – how to buy and sell cryptocurrency for anonymous purchases.
  • Best practices for online activities – how to evade digital surveillance and protect your metadata.

This is a one-day class, to be held in Bellevue, WA, and is open to all; there will be no vetting for this particular class. Make sure to get in on this one, because we’ll be offering a second class as a sequel to this covering things like creating a new identity for online activities, and how to make anonymous purchases that are not traced back to you.

Bring your laptop or tablet, a blank USB flash drive of 4 GB or more, and get ready to learn some critical skills.

DATE: Saturday, 25 June 2016
LOCATION: Bellevue, WA

The cost for this is only $50 for the whole day of hands-on training. As with all of our classes, 100% of all money taken in goes directly toward funding more classes. You’ll leave with a working TAILS system, some anonymous messaging accounts, and a Bitcoin wallet–with the skills to use them all.

Email us at to save your seat!


5 Ways to Improve Your Critical Thinking

Today’s helpful tidbit comes from Lifehacker, who has a great (common sense?) article on improving your critical thinking skills—which, by the way, are often sorely lacking. Next time you see a news article going viral, or someone’s “analysis” on something, stop and follow these 5 steps. You’ll find yourself being a lot more effective in separating the wheat from the chaff.

  • Formulate your question: Know what you’re looking for specifically. If you’re considering going on a diet, for example, know whether you’re trying to lose weight, have more energy, or just to improve your nutrition. Break things down to their base level.

  • Gather your information: Now that you know what’s relevant to your problem or decision, research it. Reach out to an expert, read up on the subject, or talk to people who have experience with the same subject matter.

  • Apply the information and ask critical questions: What concepts are at work? What assumptions exist? Is your interpretation of the information logically sound?

  • Consider the implications: Look beyond the short-term and think about how your decision will shape things in the long-term. Something that will benefit you now may not benefit you in the future. What’s at stake? What can go wrong?

  • Explore other points of view: By understanding other perspectives, you learn more about the subject. You’re also given an opportunity to reflect on the information you have and how you feel. For example, if you learn why people are against the diet you’re considering, that may affect your decision.


Watch the TED talk on this here. Also try this article on critical thinking. Remember—facts don’t care about your feelings, your agenda, your likes or dislikes. Follow the truth, no matter where it leads.

Free Online Cyber Security Training

With the Thanksgiving holiday going on, we took a bit of time off to focus on our families. We are still here, however, and still working on bringing you excellent training spanning all the fields that you need to be a well-rounded partisan. While others are fighting over TVs and brawling in the store aisles, you can sit back and get some much-needed free online cyber security training right there on your couch—including CompTIA certification. Think about that. Free online cyber security training. is billed as the “world’s first free and open, online Cyber Security and IT training platform.” They believe cyber security and IT training should be free to all, and they offer entire courses in some pretty critical fields. The following list is JUST their Cyber Security Learning track (they have others as well):

  • CompTIA Security+ – In this class you will gain a stable foundation of Cyber Security and Information Assurance as well as prepare for the security industry’s most sought after entry level certification.

  • Cryptography – Learn how to secure data communications through the use of cryptographic messaging and practices.

  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing – Learn the fundamentals of hacking and penetration testing. Think like a hacker, so that you can stop them from intruding into your systems. This class will help prepare you for the industries most sought after certification, EC-Council’s CEH.

  • Computer and Hacking Forensics – In order to catch cyber criminals, you have to learn how to retrace their steps and correctly acquire and document the evidence. Also prepare for the industry leading CHFI certification from the EC-Council.

  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) – This advanced certification covers deep topics that span across both Cyber Security as well as Information Assurance.

  • ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – Become an expert in information systems auditing and controlling with this leading auditor certification from ISACA.

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – The leading certification for Information Assurance management personnel. This course is both very deep, and very broad. Be ready to study hard!

  • Post Exploitation – Learn what to do to maintain your presence and to gather intelligence after you have exploited the target system.

  • Social Engineering and Manipulation – Take a look inside the form, function and flow of a highly skilled social engineering cyber-attack. Learn to protect the human element.

  • Python for Security Professionals – Learn the commands and functions that every aspiring cyber security professional must know from Python. This isn’t a full programming course, but rather a course designed for non-coders who are developing their career in security.

  • Metasploit – An in-depth look inside the Metasploit Framework intended to show you how to use it to its full potential.

  • Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering – An introduction to reverse engineering malware. This class is for experienced Cyber Security professionals, generally at least two to three years in the field is preferred.

  • Advanced Penetration Testing by Georgia Weidman – This class is for advanced Cyber Security professionals. You will learn in depth, hands-on, advanced hacking techniques to help you target and penetrate almost any highly secured environment.

What does all that mean? It means that you can start at the beginning, and get walked through all the way to advanced skills, including certification, for free (all you pay for is the certification exam if you choose to get certified). It means you no longer have an excuse to not know at least the basics of things like cyber security, social engineering, encryption, and other topics. If nothing else, take the Social Engineering and Manipulation course.  These are skills used against us every day. Learn how to defend against them…or use them yourself.

This weekend while you’re laying around stuffed on turkey leftovers, take a look at and what they have to offer.

Get Involved! Choose Your TOWR Classes Now!

We are constantly looking for more classes to offer in our quest to help patriots combat apathy and become more well-rounded, well-trained partisans. Now we want to hear from you. What kinds of classes would you be interested in taking? What are your weak areas? What do you need training in?

You might be tempted to jump on the tactical courses, but we encourage you to think outside of that mindset. Are you aware of the strategic targets near your home? Do you know what the threats are in your immediate area if SHTF? Are you able to handle an attacker or intruder in your home? Can you effectively debate your liberties and explain WHY you believe what you believe? Do you understand how to set up a network and leverage it? Are you good at primitive skills?

Take a look at the list below and choose what areas you’d like to train in. We’ll use this to determine classes for the spring. Thanks for your participation in TOWR Classes. Together, we can Educate. Empower. Resist.

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