Our Values

Ownership

The company behind Safing is Safing ICS Technologies GmbH, a private company registered in Austria. The company is fully owned by its three founders:

Privacy First

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union clearly states in Article 8:

Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her.

Privacy is your right, we want to do our part to make it easier for you to reclaim that right!

Open Source

To ensure maximum privacy and transparency we need to be open in every aspect. That’s why we publish all of our hard work as open source. This way you and others can validate if we truly stay to our word. But we do not want to stop there.

Ethical Funding

Taking money always means opening up to influences. That is why we see it as our responsibility to be thoughtful about taking investments. We do not want parties to gain influence which do not or might not stand behind our values. That is why in our current funding phase we took more personal risks instead of selling parts of our company for easy money.

Transparent Funding Policy

For us, ethical funding also means we want to make sure that our users know who paid for the programs and services they use.

As a result we openly share how we are funded. All our funding (and partnerships) will remain public!

Influences updated June 2019

This section shows what influences the company is exposed to. This includes received funding, partnerships, supporters, trainings and other things.

Personal Investment
Starting from 2017
We invest our personal time and money to further push the project and company. Starting from 2017, and drastically increasing over the next years, we personally invested over 200.000€ in value.
invested over 200.000€ in value
You can support us by donating.
Netidee
2017-2019
Netidee funding from 2017 helped us to kickstart all this. In late 2018, they granted a follow-up funding for the year 2019 🎉
received 47.799€ funding (2017)
received 30.048€ funding (2019)
another 7.512€ held out in prospect (2019)
ESA-BIC Austria
2018-2020
Safing ICS Technologies GmbH is participating in the ESA Business Incubation Centre Austria.
We are incubated by Accent, with SPG and the Lower Austrian State as the contractual partners.
coaching over the incubation timespan
received 30.000€ in funding
another 20.000€ held out in prospect

FoE

Fund of Excellence
2018-2019
The Fund of Excellence is an investment fund by the Erste Group, that invests in people, rather than companies.
They are actively investing in one of Safing's founders.
receiving continuous personal funding

Clear Business Model

Instead of pushing a free product and worry about the business model later, we wanted to have a strong foundation and have this figured out right from the start:

The subscribers of our Safing Privacy Network will be our main source of income. As soon as we can carry ourselves with SPN, we will further develop privacy enabling, open source tools. One such product in the pipeline is a free Application Firewall, which will block malicious outgoing connections.

If you like what we are all about, consider supporting us by subscribing to SPN or engaging in our community!