DINAcon Awards Nominee


Project Start: 03. March 2016

Project Category: #2 Best Newcomer

Illotros GmbH


SnowHaze empowers users to regain full control over their personal data on the internet. Its browser and the VPN service allow users to fight against tracking, phishing and data theft. With a simple and accessible solution, SnowHaze meets the needs of privacy-aware internet users. We have combined very technical features into an easy to use interface. The core of SnowHaze VPN is a novel, communication protocol which makes SnowHaze the first and only VPN offering privacy by design - meaning that even SnowHaze doesn't know its users. Big companies put a lot of effort into scraping all the user data they can. Users usually don't know how to avoid this privacy invasion and don't have the time to put a lot of effort into protecting their data. Between privacy and usability we tend to choose usability since we cannot picture the risks. With SnowHaze we managed to combine privacy and usability and convince internet users that data protection just became simpler.

Project Business Case

Good and honest services are not free. The community of privacy aware users are willing to spend money for good products. We rely on a Freemium model based on subscriptions for our VPN service. The browser is available as a free app. We value a clear and open business model as many other providers in the same industry engage in suspicious activities.
A similar service targeted at businesses is often requested and we recently started a pilot project with a company that is to spread a business version of SnowHaze to its customers.

Project Importance

...privacy and data protection is a human right. However, every right must be made accessible to everyone. With SnowHaze we managed to empower more users to take back control over their data and fight against invasive data collection of big companies. Before, these technologies were reserved to those with enough technical knowledge to use them. Now even our grandparents are able to protect their data. The VPN industry is mostly very intransparent. Honest and trustworthy services that care about the users and not solely about their profits are needed. Many applications and websites are developed without any knowledge about security and cryptography. Best practices in terms of cybersecurity and encryption must continue to evolve.

Project Impact

The only completely private browser for iOS would stop to exist and all the planned improvement will never see the light. The privacy focused user will miss all the great options that are only available in SnowHaze such as the very granular per site settings, the customizable tracking options and the connection security features. Equally important as the product we develop is the potential for data privacy that we make accessible to anyone and the advocacy of internet privacy. A project stop would undermine the common vision for a free internet that we share with our users.

Project Facts

License: Other

License Description: Currently, SnowHaze is open source but not licensed.

Maturity: We are well established and many people are using it

Number of Contributors: 7