Training Material

Here you will find the most up-to-date versions of the training material. Use it to organize trainings of your own or to train yourself. Reach out to us if you have any questions or if you need support.


Main Presentation

This main presentation walks you through the Petronia investigation. Use it with your team to reproduce the training and review the digital security measures you learned during the training.

Hands-On Session Presentation

This presentation reviews the main digital security strategies and recommended tools seen during the MoneyTrail training.

Game: Limit the Damage

This is a fun game that you can play with your team and colleagues. Start by displaying the problem. Ask your audience to come up with proper solutions using the card deck that contains most measures seen during the MoneyTrail training.


Research Briefing

This provides you with the working story for your investigation.


Form your team. Each have their own roles in the investigation.

Background Info

Learn more about the background.

A Message From The Source

Someone is reaching out. Is this a credible source? Can this source crack the investigation?


Use the worksheet to oranize your thoughts as you build your investigative plan.

Threat Modeling: Build a Basic Protection Plan

Learn to identify threats and prioritize them.

Internal Factors

Life is full of surprises. Some of them may affect your investigation in ways you did not expect. Discover internal factors that may influence your plans.

External Factors

… Discover external factors that may influence your plans.

Identifying Data and Metadata

Emails may reveal more than what you might know.

Communication Cards

Are all communications channels created equal?

Communication Scorecard

Don’t judge communication tools at face value. Use the Communication Scorecard.

HOW TO USE THE SCORECARD: the scorecard helps you make informed choices when you need a secure alternative to popular communication tools. Examples:

Security Checklist

A quick way to track your progress as you secure your online trail: the Security Checklist.

Building Standard Operating Procedures

Build a plan to stay safe while using the internet. Adapt to different situations.

Card Game

Review your knowledge and that of colleagues bu playing this card game:

a. One team member is game leader and holds the “Situation” (red) cards. b. The others receive the “Measures” (green) cards evenly. c. game leader displays a Situation card to the team. d. Team members must choose the best solution to the presented problem by selecting a card from their hand. e. The person first to place the correct measure card on top of the Situation card keeps both cards. f. When the dealer has no more cards, the team member with most cards wins the game.

Password Card Deck

Another fun game to play in teams: try, as a team, to rank the password cards from the weakest to the strongest. Discuss your choices and possible disagreements.

Diceware Wordlist


Make a six-word passphrase.

Step 1: Roll five dice all at once. Note the faces that come up without looking at the wordlist yet. (On our dice, the EFF logo is equivalent to rolling a one.)

Step 2: Your results might look like this reading left to right: 4, 3, 4, 6, 3. Write those numbers down.

Step 3: Open EFF’s Long Wordlist [.txt] to find the corresponding word next to 43463.

Step 4: You will find the word “panoramic.” This is the first word in your passphrase, so write it down.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 five more times to come up with a total of SIX words.

When you are done, your passphrase may look something like this:

panoramic nectar precut smith banana handclap

Step 6: Come up with your own mnemonic to remember your phrase. It might be a story, scenario, or sentence that you will be able to remember and that can remind you of the particular words you chose, in order. For example:

The panoramic view, as I tasted the nectar of a precut granny smith apple and banana, deserved a handclap.

Learn more about the diceware method at


Safety For Journalists

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