A Special Thank You

I would like to thank Mike from HTPCguides.com for assisting us with migrating our servers to Linux, optimizing their performance and hardening our complex infrastructure in order to get ready for our KickStarter. We used two guides in particular: http://www.htpcguides.com/install-configure-configserver-csf-firewall-security/ http://www.htpcguides.com/install-wordpress-on-raspberry-pi-with-raspbian/ (no, our servers are not running Raspberry Pis, we used the 2nd guide to install and configure

KickStarter Project Submitted for Final Approval

We have just submitted our KickStarter project for final approval. We will hear back in 24-48 hours on final approval and be ready for launch! We are uploading videos to YouTube, reaching out to privacy companies, and gearing up to make waves in the privacy community! Spread the word, donate and most importantly use and support

OSTIF Site is Optimized — Better Faster Stronger!

In our efforts to chase down a nasty bug in Microsoft IIS that caused first time visitors to get timeout errors, we uncovered a number of serious performance issues with the site. I (Derek) have spent the last two days migrating the site completely to free software. The site is now over four times as fast

Our KickStarter Project Image!

We are revealing our KickStarter project image. This is the image that you will first see for us on the site when the campaign begins! Credit goes to Zach Graves for creating the

Kickstarter Financial Goals Revealed

We are releasing our final goals for the OSTIF Kickstarter project. This includes four sets of goals, from our primary goals to three sets of stretch goals should we exceed funding for our primary goal. The figures we have reached are based on multiple price quotes for services from companies that we would entrust

Kickstarter Rewards Revealed

We have agreed upon our rewards that we will be offering for Kickstarter to donors that support our cause. We've tried to balance giving our donors well deserved recognition and rewards with keeping the overhead for the donation drive down. The (tentative) rewards will be as follows: Donate up to $30 A big warm thank you for

The March Toward Kickstarter Continues

A series of updates on what we have been up to! We continue to negotiate the terms of bug bounty agreements with our supported projects. A special thank you to Matt Caswell of OpenSSL, Samuli Seppänen of OpenVPN, and Mounir Idrassi of VeraCrypt for our ongoing dialogue. The website will be updated soon to reflect

OSTIF Progress Report – Transparency – September 23rd 2015

OSTIF is marching toward our first major fundraiser and we have reached a number of milestones. We have established our Kickstarter account. Our website is in its near-final form. Only minor graphic edits remain. We are compiling lists of organizations to reach out to in order to solicit donations. This includes businesses, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and political

OSTIF Pay Structure – Efficiency Targets – Overhead

Transparency - OSTIF Operational Efficiency and Salaries The OSTIF board has discussed at length the issues of pay, overhead and efficiency for the organization. We have tackled the issue and are hoping to meet or exceed our goals for keeping overhead low and efficiency high, while rewarding successful campaigns and incentivizing good work. We also