It has come to our attention that there is a brewing controversy around the digital currency exchange Coinbase (https://coinbase.com). Most specifically, a lot of people appear to be sharing differing opinions about whether or not Coinbase is a safe service and can be trusted to protect the data and even the digital currency entrusted to them. You can see some of these opinions by checking out #DeleteCoinbase on twitter.
As such we have added Coinbase as an option to both our site (https://SecRate.io/site/coinbase.com) and app (https://SecRate.io/app/Coinbase) lists. A digital currency exchange is a very important service; one that holds a lot of very important data, much of it able to be easily monetized by malicious parties. So the security and privacy features of this service need to be top notch.
As such, we would like to hear from you. We won’t be posting any opinions ourselves, as it is very important for us as a review platform to remain neutral in everything that we do; so as to not show any bias in either direction. But we understand this controversy to be powerful, important, and growing…
Are you qualified to write a dictionary? Yeah, me either. But did you know that if thousands of us put our heads or rather our words together we could compile a very respectable dictionary that would prove useful to the general population. Oh wait….. That is how early dictionaries did come into usefulness. Regular people were consulted and observed and their words were analyzed and combined by scholars to bring us dictionaries.
There is a new service that uses this same mechanism. The magic of vast numbers of people working together to form a reliable cohesive assessment of the security and privacy of the online companies that we all deal with every day. You see, on our own this task seems daunting, but if we can harness the power of everyone’s experience and understanding about these factors, combined with the analysis of the cybersecurity experts, we can and we will empower ourselves to make the internet a much safer and more secure environment for us all.
SecRate.io was created for two reasons:
To be a free resource where people can quickly look up the security and privacy track record of any company they intend to utilize online.
To develop a clear place for companies to see how they are being publicly assessed in these areas and thus have a chance to respond to public concerns and tighten up their security and privacy policies.
Both of these missions are of minimal effectiveness with only a few people’s input. Like myself and 3 good friends making a dictionary for everyone to use. You know we’re going to miss some good words if we don’t consult with a lot more people. Similarly SecRate needs you. It needs lots of normal people to share your opinions and your experiences and together we will build a powerhouse of information that we can all use to guard our privacy and keep our families safer online.
Let’s take a look at the first one. Creating a combined resource to be able to check how well a given site or mobile app is doing in the areas of privacy and security. The database has started with the top most visited sites and apps and we will keep adding new ones. You can even go on the site and request specific companies be added. Now, at first with only one or two reviews for a site the information will not be as helpful. But as it continues to grow and we reach hundreds and even thousands of reviews the metrics of that will be incredibly useful. Especially with the added weight of reviews from cybersecurity professionals mixed in there as well. This will be the place to go to decide if you want to enter your credit card number into a particular site or if you want your kid downloading a specific app.
Secondly becoming a place where companies can see how they are doing and be motivated by our sheer numbers of users to make changes for the better. If you or I tell a particular site that we are not happy with their use of our private data and we are going to stop using their site, they don’t care at all. But if 25,000 users on SecRate collectively rate the same site a 1 or a 2 for privacy they are much more likely to stop and listen and start to make appropriate changes.
This is a free service. And now is the time for everyone to jump in on the ground floor and make this happen. The Europeans are taking back their privacy and security rights online and SecRate is one of the first big steps outside of Europe to help us start to reclaim and secure these important rights. Join us today.