The Ashley Madison leak is a great example of why you can’t trust companies with your data.
Here is a quick synopsis of what happened: Ashley Madison (AM) is a dating website catering to people already in a relationship. So in short, it is meant for people that cheat on their partners. Because of that, privacy is very important. AM offered a paid service that allowed users to be ‘permanently’ deleted from the AM database when they were done using the site. If you are going to cheat, a feature like this makes a lot of sense since it would better ensure you wouldn’t be caught in the future.
Someone, somewhere, got wind that AM wasn’t actually deleting these user’s accounts and really the user data was still present. They took the data hostage, and gave an ultimatum to AM‘s parent company that AM needs to be taken down permanently or all user data would be publicly released (including those users who had ‘deleted’ their profiles).
AM refused this request and here we stand today. There are multiple sites already up where anyone go to easy search the released data searching for the names of colleagues, friends, neighbors, and partners.
What is the lesson here?
No one can be trusted with your data besides yourself. That is why OneSafe is great. We give you the tools you need to protect yourself online. Our tools are easy and simple to use. There are tons of products already on the market for tech-savvy user’s that care about privacy. But those tools are cumbersome, bulky, and generally have a bad user experience.
We’ve created a product that will bring online security to the everyone. It is simple to use, powerful, and most importantly, it enables users to protect themselves.