You are casually planning a diving trip with your friend during lunch. Later in the day, you see an advertisement for diving gear on your phone when you haven’t even Googled anything about it yet. The rumours about your phone recording your conversations are not new, and many are as worried as you are. 

So what do you do when you’re afraid of someone breaking into your home? You put in place a security system. Winston, a plug-n-play hardware filter for the home, is one such security system. This hardware filter promises to stop the tracking, spying and hacking that might be happening on all the devices connected to your internet. Currently in the last stage of production, it was designed in the United States, and is in demand on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

How does it work? Winston says it can do what ad blockers cannot.

It starts by encrypting your home internet activity, hiding your geolocation and preventing anyone from watching what you are doing.  

Winston prevents mass surveillance, smartphone spying, airline ticket bumps, online price manipulations, family profiling and much more. Some ad blockers only strip visible advertising from web pages, still leaving your data able to be collected, but Winston removes all the underlying tracking technologies. Ad blockers typically do not work well on cell phones & other devices, whereas Winston works on everything on your network.

Winston also doesn’t accept payment from advertisers to bypass blocklists like some ad blockers do, and instead of slowing your computer, Winston speeds up your web browsing by blocking tracking scripts.”

Winston promises to:

  1. Prevent spying, even if you had agreed to a contract that has sneakily included a request for your data
  2. Scrambles and encrypt your home network
  3. Use its Zero-knowledge technology to stop anyone trying to decrypt or or see your internet activity
  4. Hide your IP address from snoops — even when you’re browsing in incognito or private mode.

Unfortunately, this security system is currently “only intended for the United States Mainland, Canada and the UK. In addition to not being certified in or shipped with appropriate power supplies for other countries, we cannot currently ensure a quality Distributed Privacy Mesh Network at this time without sufficient users elsewhere. Others may use Winston, but with the Distributed Privacy Mesh Network turned off, which disables Winston’s anonymization. For purchases outside the USA, customers are responsible for VAT/GST.”

Do you want to see such systems in Singapore?