Learn how V0LT protects your privacy!
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Last modified: March 6th, 2021, ~2:45PM
In the modern connected world, privacy is a huge concern. Companies and governments collect your information and activities in order to create profiles about you and sell information about you to advertisers. I believe that you should have full control over your information, which is why privacy is one of the main aspects I aim to achieve with V0LT. On this page I'll explain how V0LT protects your privacy, how your information is handled, and what you can do to verify my claims.
Third Party Services
Description: V0LT never uses closed-source third party services by default. While I do use third party tools to develop and produce content, I only ever embed open source software that I can verify isn't putting any back-doors or tracking software into V0LT content. The one exception to this rule is Itch.io. I use Itch to distribute most of my software. However, Itch is only loaded if you specifically set it in your account preferences. By default, only a link to the page is loaded, which doesn't allow for cross site tracking.
Verification: Install uMatrix, an open source browser extension that allows you to see what domains are being loaded on any given webpage. You'll find that on the V0LT website, no external resources are used. Everything loaded is loaded directly from the V0LT server.
Description: All new V0LT programs are open source, which means anyone can read the code that makes them work. However, there are older V0LT programs that are closed source, so keep in mind that these are much harder to verify when it comes to privacy claims.
Verification: Visit the page of the program that you want to verify, then click 'Source Code'. This will redirect you to a GitHub page where you can view all the code behind a specific program. If you want, you can compile this code for yourself to make sure that there aren't any backdoors in the precompiled version.
Verification: Simply visit any webpage on the V0LT website, and notice that there are no advertisements. If you want, I encourage you to install some kind of adblock software to further protect your privacy on sites that do display advertisements.
Description: When you sign up for a V0LT account, your username is stored in plain text. This means that me, and anyone who potentially gains access to the V0LT server can see your username. Your password, on the other hand, is 'hashed', which means it is unreversably scrambled. Whenever you sign in, the password you enter is re-hashed, and compared against the one stored in the account database. Even if someone were to hack the V0LT server, they wouldn't be able to read your password.
Verification: Unfortunately, there isn't really a way for you to verify this, since it would require that I give you direct access to the V0LT server. Like everywhere else, I suggest that you don't reuse a password from elsewhere on your V0LT account. Not only does this protect you if I were lying about hashing your password, but it could also stop extensive damage if someone were to compromise your V0LT account somehow.
Description: In the event that there is a successful attack on the V0LT server, I will do my best to notify everyone as soon as possible using ChatJet. I'm currently working on a new system using PGP signed messages to replace this.
Verification: While it is difficult to prove whether or not I accurately report breaches, you can view all previous breach reports by going to the Services tab, clicking ChatJet, and looking for messages posted in the 'v0ltsecurity' community by user 'cvieira'. If a report is posted by another user, be skeptical of it's truthfulness.
Information Collected Summary
Description: V0LT collects very little information about you, but there are still certain things that must be collected in order to run the website, and specific services that you may choose to use. This graphic explains what information is collected and how it is handled. The font color just makes it easier to quickly distinguish between each line, and has no meaning itself. The indicator light in front of each line indicates whether or not the characteristic is a bad or good thing, for people who aren't as technically adept. Green indicates good, yellow indicates that it's not perfect, but not concerning, and red indicates something that you should take note of and be careful with.
Deleting Your Information
The way the V0LT account system works, no information about you is collected, except information you directly enter into the site. That means that when you remove information from V0LT, it is deleted entirely from all records on the site. If you'd like to delete your information from V0LT, unfortunately you'll have to do so manually, since your activity isn't tied back to your account in a way that's easy for a program to manipulate. For example, if you'd like to delete your data for the cloud stored notes service, simply open the notes service, delete all the text it contains, then press 'Submit'. Since the only information stored about notes you store on the V0LT notes service is the note text itself, this immediately removes all of your notes information. A similar process can be applied the your Messages, Home Base, and ChatJet data. Simply delete the information in the service, and it will be instantly deleted from all V0LT records.
If you have any questions about how your data, V0LT's security measures, or anything else, don't hesitate to contact me. You can send an email at email@example.com. If security and privacy is a concern, you can contact me on Matrix at @cvieira:matrix.org, or use PGP over email.