Bug Bounties

We create bounties that will be paid out to anyone who finds a major security bug in any of our supported projects. These grants will incentivize the world to comb through the code of our projects and look for problems, dramatically improving the world's confidence in the integrity and security of the projects.

Professional Audits

We give grants to well-known professionals or organizations to audit code and look for bugs, clandestine back doors, or other errata that could compromise security. This adds another layer of oversight and integrity checking to reinforce the trust in all of our supported projects.

Direct Funding

We give grants to worthy projects to enable them to hire staff. This will facilitate code changes to implement bug fixes, and make improvements or upgrades to our supported projects, allowing them to advance in quality, features, or proper documentation of code at a much faster pace.

Latest News On OSTIF.org

OSTIF is Officially a Charity – We Have IRS 501c3 Status

The Open Source Technology Improvement Fund is now a Tax-Exempt Charity Today we received official word from the US Department of the Treasury, that our application for 501c3 non-profit status has been accepted. This means that we are now exempt from being taxed as a corporation in the United States, and that people from the

Kickstarter Lessons and Our Fundraising Future

Our KickStarter has just ended and we have learned a lot about how to raise money for our supported projects. We faced a number of challenges that were difficult to overcome in the short window that we had while the KickStarter was live. We have extensively evaluated every aspect of the effort and got

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