Our name was meant to represent a “wireless/wired utopia” where your internet experience was safe, secure, and private. That was a pretty cool idea when we launched way back in 2005, but it turns out we were all too prophetic.
Today’s internet has become a battleground where your online privacy, security, and freedom are under constant attack. Internet providers, search engines, and websites capture and analyze your online behavior to make you and your family a “product” to be traded and sold. Identity thieves, fraudsters, and hackers act with impunity. Censorship and content restrictions abound subverting the fundamental freedoms the internet once promised. Governments engage in state-level tapping and storing of your online communications even in countries where personal privacy was long considered to be an absolute right.
It’s gotten to the point where every search you do, every website you visit, and every post you write is captured, analyzed, and stored forever in some kind of permanent file on you. Creepy? Definitely. Orwellian dystopian nightmare? Gettin’ there.
With that in mind, we know that the thing to do on an “About” page is to post a humanizing group shot of all of us petting bunnies in a meadow or something . . . but that didn’t feel quite right considering the serious topic at hand. Although, it does sound strangely appealing.
Simply put, we believe you have the right to safely go online, go where you want, and have no one spying on you. Some argue that privacy is dangerous. Privacy is a powerful thing, sure, and like any powerful thing, it can be abused by creeps. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us should do without. The bottom line is, you can’t have freedom without privacy.
So, if you want to post your stuff for all to see and analyze, that’s what social networks are for. But your email, internet searches, websites you visit, etc., should be your business and no one else’s unless you say different.