The mission of RestorePrivacy is to raise awareness about online privacy and security issues while also giving you the tools and information you need to restore your online privacy and stay safe and secure in today’s digital environment.
RestorePrivacy is a digital privacy advocacy group committed to helping people stay safe and secure online. This website was founded in 2017 by a team of researchers and writers and offers the latest in privacy and security news, resource guides, and tutorials to help you stay safe and secure online. RestorePrivacy has been featured in numerous tech publications as well as print and news media outlets around the world.
Editorial and Site Guidelines
1. No sponsorships or paid reviews
RestorePrivacy does not accept any sponsorships or payments to promote products or services. Products and services are only recommended based on our own test results and research.
RestorePrivacy does not do any paid reviews. Many websites are paid to write reviews by the companies/services they are “reviewing”. This can come in many forms, but essentially the product or service is buying a good review. Unfortunately, this is quite common online.
With RestorePrivacy, all products/services are reviewed independently and we are never paid to conduct a review or test the service. Lastly, we will never be paid to change or modify any review.
2. No paid rankings, paid content, or paid linking schemes
RestorePrivacy will never be paid to rank/recommend certain products or services over others.
We will also not publish paid content or do “sponsored” posts. While the site does highlight a variety of different security and privacy tools, we are never paid to do so. We also do not publish guest posts.
And finally, we do not participate in any kind of paid link scheme. In other words, we will never be paid to link to certain websites, blogs, articles, etc. We follow standard webmaster guidelines and do not accept payment for links or content in any form.
3. No invasive tracking
RestorePrivacy does not use Google Analytics or other invasive tracking software. Instead, the site uses Clicky, which anonymizes visitor IP addresses, is fully compliant with GDPR data privacy regulations, and is officially certified by Privacy Shield for data protection compliance.
4. Complete independence
Another disturbing trend you can see in online media is the tendency for the review website and the products being reviewed to be owned by the same entity.
There are various reports floating around about VPN companies creating or buying out review websites. There are also examples of VPN review sites having direct ownership of VPNs they recommend to their readers. This also the case with various “privacy” websites.
Needless to say, RestorePrivacy remains completely independent and has no ownership or financial stake in ANY of the products or services appearing here.
Additionally, RestorePrivacy is not owned by any VPN service, digital media company, or any other entity. Instead, RestorePrivacy is owned and operated by a single privacy enthusiast who has been working in the digital privacy space since 2015.
Meet the RestorePrivacy team
Our operation consists of a small team of like-minded privacy and security enthusiasts.
Bill specializes in explaining complex technical topics to a non-technical audience. In his 30+ year career, he has covered many of the technological advances that shape our lives today.
From the earliest civilian uses of the internet and personal computers to the mind-boggling technologies of today, his writing has helped regular people understand systems they might otherwise find incomprehensible.
Sead is a veteran journalist with almost two decades of experience. His expertise includes cybersecurity and privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and business technology solutions. Born and based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sead’s work has been featured in numerous leading tech publications around the world.
Marko is a professional writer whose passion lies in tech. His expertise covers a broad range of topics, ranging from digital privacy and data recovery to cryptocurrency, gaming, and streaming.
Marko joined the RestorePrivacy team in 2022 and is from Croatia. He enjoys writing guides on accessing content from anywhere in the world.
Heinrich was born in a small town in the Midwest (USA) before setting sail for offshore destinations. Although he long chafed at the global loss of digital privacy, after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, Heinrich realized it was long past time to join the fight. Heinrich enjoys traveling the world, while also keeping his location secret and digital tracks covered.
Sven Taylor is the founder of RestorePrivacy. With a passion for digital privacy, Sven created this website to raise awareness about online privacy and security and help real people. His focus is on privacy research, writing guides, testing privacy tools, and website admin. Sven is a recognized expert in the digital privacy field and has been featured in numerous global publications.
Social media accounts
The only social media account used by RestorePrivacy is the official Twitter account here.
Our team members may or may not have other social media accounts (depends on the person).
How does RestorePrivacy pay the bills?
From the beginning, we have had donation options for our readers to support this site and cover the costs. Unfortunately, we learned that practically nobody donates to a site that offers free information. Covering the costs to run the site (full time) via donations is simply not possible.
In order to continue operating the site and covering all costs and time involved, RestorePrivacy has a select few affiliates that align with our mission. If you purchase a router on Amazon or a VPN subscription through a link on this site, we may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. As a general rule, we refuse to work with companies that have bad track records and/or dishonest practices.
Aside from hosting and other fixed costs of running a website, an enormous amount of time is invested in researching, writing, and testing various privacy and security tools.
There are four main ways you can support RestorePrivacy and our mission to bring you high-quality information on privacy and security topics:
- Share information from this site with others – spread the word.
- Link to RestorePrivacy’s articles and guides.
- Purchase products/services through links on the site. (We may earn a small commission if you choose to buy, at no additional cost to you – not a penny!)
- Donate to RestorePrivacy.
If you want to support RestorePrivacy with a donation, here is our Bitcoin address:
All donations are appreciated!
We can be contacted via the contact form here.