About the Workshop

Are you crossing the border soon? Are you interviewing for a new job? Do you advertise that your home is vacant while you're on holidays? Your contribution on social media may come and haunt you.

On the upcoming CryptoAus Sydney workshop, we will use tools and practices to clean up your mischievous Facebook photos, comments and likes from the past.

We will also show how you can dig into your Gmail account to find clear-text passwords, non-expiring password reset links and other sensitive stuff that should be deleted permanently.

We show how you can dig into Twitter to identify and delete your dodgy tweets from the past.


To get the most out of the workshop (and avoid any disappointment), please read the following instructions carefully.

Social media archives

Download your social media archive to get the most value from the workshop. Note that in some instances this could take a few days so please plan in advance.


Open My account → Personal info & privacy-Download your data → Create Archive

Wait for an email confirming the download is ready. More help is available on: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3024190


Visit Settings → General → Download a copy of your Facebook data
Wait for an email confirming the download is ready. More help: https://www.facebook.com/help/131112897028467/


Go to your Account Settings → Request my archive
Wait for an email confirming the download is ready. More help is available on: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170160

Technical Skills

This workshop will cater for people with different technical abilities. There will be two streams: basic and advanced

While the basic stream is covering simple concepts and searches, the advanced stream will cover command line and programmatic approaches.

Software Requirements

To participate in the workshop, we suggest to use an operating system you’re comfortable with:

  • Windows 8.1 or better (Basic stream)
  • Linux or Mac (Advanced stream)

Also required:

  • A web browser (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice (to open the Twitter archive)
  • An email client (Mozilla Thunderbird or similar)
  • JSON viewer (e.g. https://jsonviewer.codeplex.com/)
  • A picture viewer (jpg, gif etc.)
  • Python (advanced stream only)