You all have your favorite prepper website, and we can only hope that favorite prepper website is usCrow.org but to each his own. However, after we launched Elite Membership we had several comments and emails asking why we made such a drastic change, and what truly made usCrow.org stand out above the rest. My simple but albeit controversial response is this, every other prepper website is a threat to your security.
Why your favorite prepper website is a threat
I’m no proponent of fear mongering, nor am I too keen on having this website ostracized by every other site out there, but we’re not here for them…we’re here for Americans. Here’s the deal, have you ever wondered why usCrow.org doesn’t have ads? We have over 50,000 visitors a month and we’d surely profit from it, yet we will don’t have ads. Why? Other than my profound OCD, it is a huge threat to our readers’ security…
Data Mining aided by your favorite Prepper Website
Believe it or not, even if you are the greyest guy on the web, the minute you visit their site big data mining is at work. 99% of the sites you visit are using an Amazon Affiliate account for displaying Amazon ads on their websites. In order for the ads to work they have to have their website connected to AWS (Amazon Web Services) via a API Key (Application Programming Interface). Ever notice how Amazon ads always display something you’d be interested in? Why do you think that is?
That website’s content is scanned via AWS, in addition to behavioral targeting aided by cookies stored on your computer, your IP and MAC Address all to form a massive amount of data about you. Who has access to this wealth of information about you? Along with everyone in the Fortune 500, the United States Federal Government.
Now, before you say it there are links throughout our site that list products that will direct you to items listed on Amazon. However, these are only one way links and are not a part of the AWS data mining system.
Why data mining effects you
We are all wary of the government having any information about us, but in an article we wrote a couple years ago ‘The American Government is Targeting Preppers’ revealed the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) considered people who purchase in bulk, or buy military items are considered a danger to the state, which could possibly get a few of us (myself included) added to a government watch-list. Could this be paranoia or prudent vigilance? Maybe both, but only time will tell if those who aired on the side of caution were right or wrong.
The unsecure prepper website
I guess what sets this site apart is that we’ve learned from our mistakes, and we put our users’ security first. We learned about a year ago that we needed to beef up our security policy and hire some folks to protect our users information, and connections. Let’s be real, no one has ever tried to nationally organize militia elements on such a scale, nor has any other website offered the type of specialized content we offer so security is a big deal…
The only SSL SHA2 encrypted prepper website
I was completely astonished to find out that we really are the only prepper website with SSL SHA2 security. I mean come on! Websites like SHTFPlan.com get over a million users and they can’t spend a little money to secure their site users? These people are putting in their email addresses, names, and various bits of information about themselves over unsecured connections without blinking an eye. Oh, how they grey aren’t so grey.
What’s even worse? A couple of these sites are active militia coordination sites, and one of which is infested with intelligence gathering accounts. Think I’m lying, look at the sites listed below, that green lock and the https prefix is only next to usCrow.org and none of the others. If you visit any of these sites and hover over the page icon it will specifically your ‘Your connection to this site is not secure’…
Major security holes that only we have addressed
SSL SHA2 data encryption is not everything by any means, and it seems we are the only ones who have taken additional steps to protect our readers. Websites are vulnerable to all kinds of different attacks, so we took it a step further and hired a company to perform daily malware scans/removals, install web application firewalls, and protect against DDoS attacks.
Long story short, nothing happens on this site that we are not aware of and are not protected against. However, there is nothing I’ll put past US CYBERCOM but either way they can’t get to our data without breaking a litany of laws and without being detected. The last and final step we will take to protect our users as our site grows will be to migrate the site to private servers with additional layers of encryption, but for that Elite Membership needs be at a minimum of 1,000 members.
This article wasn’t written to put any other prepper website out there on blast by any means! However, if you are profiting from your site you should at the very least provide your users a little protection. My hope is as people click the images above of the unsecured websites the webmasters of those sites will see the incoming traffic from this article, read it, and fix the issue. Should they do so, I will take them off the list of unsecured prepper websites.
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