Airlock

Prioritize your privacy by ending unwanted data collection

Airlock helps you reclaim your privacy by ending unwanted data collection. We review your apps and websites to reveal leaks of your personal data.

• Obtain personalized privacy reports on your apps and phone settings

• Monitor apps for privacy abuse 24/7

Reviews
  • Pros: 

    Super easy to understand and use

    Cons: 

    Supports the main apps but not all available apps

    I can understand why it would be hard to support every app in the app store

    Kate Seledets has used this product for one day.
  • Pros: 

    Helps combat my human laziness after quickly DLing needed apps and not reading all the fine print

    Cons: 

    Wishing there was a feature that allowed the app to parse thru privacy terms for all new apps I want to download so i’m aware in real time.

    Happy this exists!!!!

    Hannah A. Keck has used this product for one day.
Discussion
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Bruno Wong
Bruno WongMaker@bruno_wong
Hi Product Hunt! Bruno from Airlock here 👋 Today, my team and I are very excited to launch Airlock for iOS. We believe that everyone has the right to their digital privacy, and we understand it can be overwhelming for people to make sense of their privacy policy agreements, the data breaches we read about in the news, and updates around privacy regulation. It’s a lot of information to take in, and a lot of the time, it’s hard to know where to start! We spent a lot of time trying to understand the complexities of digital privacy and we found that a great starting point is to centralize the important information, so that it’s easy for anyone to get more context on where their personal data is going. Whether you are a person who’s a privacy expert or a person who has done very little, we design this app so that anyone can start to understand privacy a little more. The deeper you dive into Airlock, the more you’ll learn! That said, we are also working on some really cool automated solutions, but, as a first step, we just want people to try Airlock out and tell us what they like and what they want. Our dream is to empower people to understand and manage their digital privacy and our team is so happy to be able to embark on this journey with you.
Chris Messina
Chris Messina@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
Airlock is very cool! It feels very accessible and straightforward and provides useful, direct instructions on how to improve your own privacy protections or review your current situation. Given all the recommendations for so many popular apps, I think it might also be useful to have a priority indicator... I also don't know whether each action offers the same point value, or if some are more valuable. If it's the latter, then disclosing their point value might be a way to indicate their value/importance. If they're all weighted the same, then again, it would be useful to have a measure of impact for each recommendation. Besides being a bit overwhelming (OMG PRIVACY IS SO HARD), this app offers a wealth of useful information in one place. Love it.
Bruno Wong
Bruno WongMaker@bruno_wong
@chrismessina Great suggestion. The Action Items for each app are ranked in order of 'importance' (admittedly a bit of a subjective concept)... but there's no way for a user to know that. We are working on some solutions on being more transparent about that. In terms of priority, after a bunch of user testing, we found that improving privacy is a lot like trying to lose weight. You can't just cut to steamed veggies and exercise 7 days a week, or else you'll just give up. With privacy, if we tell you to do the highest priority items first (like using a password manager), it might feel too daunting and you might give up. So we ended up in a place where we, first, prioritize some lower hanging fruit Action Items, so that you gain confidence and momentum moving forward. That said, we are learning every day and will continue to tweak this part of the app 😃
Chris Messina
Chris Messina@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@bruno_wong I understand. I guess I ended up feeling a bit overwhelmed without some sense of urgency or priority... maybe you could also make it somewhat social (albeit, doing so while maintaining your commitment to privacy might be an interesting challenge) by showing which activities are trending or the most popular among Airlock users (which can be done anonymously, of course). I think I also felt a little confused about the whole notion of "privacy" though... like, what are you trying to help people solve for? Increasing their ability to be secret? Decreasing their threat surface area from possible hacks, etc? Giving people a peace of mind that they're not being tracked? Reducing the personalization and relevance of ads? There's this assumption that surveillance capitalism is bad but don't we want more relevant services and content for free? Are we actually ready/able to pay for all these things that we get for free? Can each of really afford to pay to turn off the surveillance given the large number of internet services many of us now rely on and use on a daily basis? I guess put another way — what's your philosophy when it comes to equipping consumers with these choices, and if you succeed, what does the world look like? How is it different and presumably better than the one we live in now?
Bruno Wong
Bruno WongMaker@bruno_wong
@chrismessina Thank you for wanting to go deeper into this topic! I agree with your suggestion to make privacy more social. Social proof is something we are exploring and excited to integrate as our user base grows. In terms of what we are trying to help people solve for, we are still early so there’s so much to learn around this space. But, right now, what we do know is that privacy is different for everyone and we see 3 pillars of value creation: 1. Help people improve their privacy with specific Action Items 2. Help people shape and articulate their privacy preferences --- people need a foundation to start from, so that, as they use more services, they’ll have a clearer idea of data transactions they are comfortable with. 3. Give people more context --- it’s hard to make privacy decisions if you do not know whether or not a company has been unethical with user data and/or has an association with unethical companies. Moving forward, we believe these data points will play a bigger role in consumption of digital services. In terms of free vs paid services, yes, we do think we can afford to pay for these services. Early Web 2.0 was a complete data free-for-all where everything was shiny and new and people really didn't understand what they were giving away for 'free' services. We'd argue that people still really don't understand the value of what they're giving away: Facebook and Google are among the most valuable companies in the world, which makes clear that consumers are on the wrong end of the services-for-data exchange. But the pendulum is swinging. News and music are two services that we use every day have gone from free to largely paid over the last few years. Same goes for online video with the rise of Netflix et al. The ever-climbing payouts to App Store developers is another clear indicator that people are willing to pay for digital services. That's not to say that the data-for-services exchange should disappear from the web, just that it should probably be less common. And the people who choose to enter into that exchange should *definitely* approach it with a clear-eyed understanding of what exactly is going on. We hope that Airlock can play a role in the transition to that next equilibrium.
Mustafa Khan
Mustafa Khan@mustafa_khan2
Cool — a free privacy app. What's Airlock's business model?
Bruno Wong
Bruno WongMaker@bruno_wong
@mustafa_khan2 Hey! Good question. We have a lot of ideas about monetization, but right now, we’re focused on making a product that provides as much value for our users as possible. The one thing we can definitely say is that we’ll never sell the information that you give us access to.
Chris Messina
Chris Messina@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@bruno_wong what information do you currently or plan to have access to?
Bruno Wong
Bruno WongMaker@bruno_wong
@chrismessina Great question. We've designed Airlock to collect as little data as possible: you don't even have to submit your email to use the Airlock, so you can use it entirely anonymously if you're so inclined. We also don't ask for any permission to access any of the data on your device, because that's pretty much the exact opposite of what we stand for. You can read more about the data that we do (and don't) collect in our privacy policy here: https://www.tryairlock.com/priva...
Aaron Lawrence
Aaron Lawrence@aaronlawrence_designs · Designer and type hoader
I really like this product. It helped me find out things that Facebook was doing with my data that I wasn’t aware of and directed me on how to stop the data stream going forward. Great product, honest service and good timing! I’m curious if you can share any ideas you’re entertaining or have in mind for the future?
Bruno Wong
Bruno WongMaker@bruno_wong
@aaronlawrence_designs Thanks for the question! We are working on things that we can't dive into about right now, but I can share that we're exploring ideas around automation of those action items and even more proactive monitoring of the data you're sharing. We're also really interested in how upcoming privacy regulation will impact the lives of consumers :)
Maryam Taheri
Maryam Taheri@maryam_murphy
This is awesome but part of me wishes that you could just do it all for me!
Bruno Wong
Bruno WongMaker@bruno_wong
@maryam_murphy You read our minds! Our goal is to build in (optional) automation for as many of our Action Items as possible. Stay tuned 😉