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A Zoom court hearing for a teenager accused of orchestrating last month's major Twitter hack was repeatedly ‘Zoombombed’ with pornography. The interruptions were so frequent that the hearing was eventually suspended.

In a year when Zoombombing became a thing and Twitter suffered its most serious hack to date, the security flaws in products like these have become headline news nearly every week.

Protecting our data and protecting ourselves from the risks of products like these is why our founders created Self. Giving you back control of your data, login and accounts, so however bad the products are, you’ll be safe.

Apple’s iOS 14 is currently in beta and due to be released in autumn. It includes a raft of new privacy-focused features which allow users more control over what data app developers can collect about them.

We think this is great. Moves like this and the growing popularity of privacy-focused browsers and search engines such as Brave and DuckDuckGo show that the general public are becoming far more privacy savvy.

At Self, we believe that your data belongs to you and only you should have access to it. If you do choose to share it with a company or individual, you should have absolute control over what information you give them and what they can use it for.

Over 120 charities in the UK and US, including the National Trust, have had their supporters’ data compromised after an attack on the cloud computing provider Blackbaud. The ransomware attack took place in May, but Blackbaud only informed its clients of the breach this month.

As one of the world’s largest providers of database software for non-profits, Blackbaud holds a huge amount of personal information on its servers. Storing all of that data in one place is hugely risky, as this single attack has shown.

We created Self because we see so many of these stories – where even the people who are supposed to be in control of our data, aren’t.

Instead, Self stores all of your personal information on your device, and only there. Not only does this make hacks such as this one impossible, but you stay in complete control of your data.