Check out our new videos! Our friends at The Buzz Lab made some great videos that help explain some of the ways to use SurfEasy to protect your privacy. You can see all of them on our Vimeo page or watch the one below that explains how SurfEasy leaves nothing behind.
Hey Kickstarters, thanks for checking out our project! We’ve spent the last 7 months developing SurfEasy to make it plug and play easy for anyone to secure their online privacy and freedom on virtually any computer or network. Now we need your help to get them produced.
SurfEasy is designed to do 4 things really simply:
1. Protect your online freedom: Bypass firewalls and other tools that are used to block or restrict access to your favorite sites – on any computer. This could be accessing Facebook at work or BBC news while traveling in China. (See FAQ for details).
2. Protect your online privacy: Encrypt all of your web browsing and prevent anyone from monitoring what you do online. This includes company networks, wifi-sniffers, your Internet Service Provider and others.
3. Use your own personal browser everywhere: SurfEasy’s password protected USB key lets you carry your own personal web browser with you in your wallet or purse. This lets you have all of your bookmarks, usernames, passwords and other preferences with you on any computer.
4. Leave no trace: SurfEasy is designed to leave no personal information on any computer you use. Plug it in to any PC or MAC and when you’re done, simply unplug it and walk away with all your personal information. No trace is left behind on any computer.
How many different computers or networks do you use during the course of a week or month to access your online life? I picked a random week and counted my use – 5 different computers and 23 different networks – and of those I only had confidence that my online privacy was reasonably protected on 1 computer and 1 network. For the other computers and networks (at work, at hotels, wifi hotspots, etc.) I had to trust third parties to secure the personal information I was transmitting over their networks or leaving on their machines. In many cases, I knew my information was not secured, or worse, actively being monitored. The goal of SurfEasy is to make it plug and play simple to protect your online freedom and privacy – to let you be confident in your privacy on any computer.
SurfEasy is a combination of a unique USB key and custom software. Lets start with the hardware.
Nearly as thin as a credit card, the SurfEasy USB key and holder are designed to be easily carried in your purse or wallet. We spent a lot of time on this custom industrial design to make it as thin as possible, while maintaining durability and great looks. The finish is a UV coating similar to what you would see on Apple products – it looks great and provides a scratch resistant finish.
Why a credit card? We considered other form factors, like a key chain, but we wanted something that you would be able to carry with you every day without hassle. We thought about frequent travelers and what they would carry with them. Most people don’t carry their keys on vacation, but you’ve almost always got your wallet. After all, your wallet is where you store some of your most important personal belongings and IDs – why should your online identity be any different?
The USB key itself contains a specialized hardware solution that runs about 3 times faster and last 10 times longer than a standard USB drive. This is important for SurfEasy, since the key holds your own personal web browser and internet connection encryption software. Since everything runs from the SurfEasy key (never on the computer) it’s important that the key is as fast and durable as possible. We expect your SurfEasy key to last over 3.5 years with daily use.
The software on SurfEasy is a highly-modified, patent pending browser based on the Mozilla platform that includes an embedded custom SSL tunnel solution, which wraps all your browsing in the same encryption used by the big banks. Your personal web browser looks and acts just like your normal web browser, but in the background a lot of custom development ensures your online privacy and ease of use. Here are just a few of the custom features:
Password protection locks access to the SurfEasy key and all your personal information whenever the USB is removed or after a period of inactivity.
Patent pending management of a complex network of private encrypted proxies that protect your online privacy and freedom without you having to press one button.
Custom Google search solution that lets you get localized search results behind a proxy network without passing your IP address.
Access some media that may be blocked in your country. (see FAQ's for details)
A lot of really hard stuff that makes everything look easy!
We’ve gotten a lot of the hard work done, but we need your help to start our first production run. Our product is designed and custom handmade samples have been created. Our software is working very well in beta and now we need to put it all together. With your support we will move forward into tooling and production and begin shipping SurfEasy’s to Backers in early October.
- (35 days)