About Monocles

Monocles is a project founded to move to a more secure, ecofriendly, privacy respecting, fair and open source technical and digital life for everyone. Monocles search is a meta-search engine, aggregating the results of other search engines while not storing information about its users.
But that's just one little function you can use. We try to offer a complete independency from big companies while protection your data and communications with decentralized and open source services and applications.

Monocles is not a closed platform like many others. It is your secure access to an independent worldwide network.

Read more and become a member or support us

how to use your account?

Use more open source online solutions

Communicate and use the internet really privately and ecoconsciously. With just one monocles account you can use all these different open source online services and (web-)applications. There's more to come.
use a privacy-respecting meta-search engine. No one will ever know what you search nor show you ads. Protect your privacy and never become tracked again
get access to our cloud and collaborative productivity platform based on the famous nextcloud. Synchronize your data end-to-end encrypted and use it everywhere in a browser or with apps on your devices

use monocles e-mail services, one of the most secure e-mail servers, to exchange your electronic letters with high security standards and default end-to-end encrypted storage

use a secure and privacy focused international standard to quickly exchange with your family, friends and business contacts from any device with end-to-end encrypted messages. You can even make encrypted video calls if needed
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though videoconferencing consumes a lot of ressources during the current situation you can use monocles videoconference to virtually meet your family, friends or colleagues through encrypted connections
use monocles privacy focused, free and open source android apps optimized for the use with your monocles account


For companies, institutions and groups

We're offering solutions for ethical companies and groups too! Do you have an ecoconcious or ethical company and want to show your employers and customers you're taking care about the environment, security and privacy?
Just get in touch with us! (PGP)

Compliance and security tests

Assure yourself or others that we are really doing our best to protect your data and privacy by checking the security and functions of monocles or other services

If you ever find a weakness please contact us (PGP) quickly and we'll immediately correct any issues.
Thanks in advance




How we try to protect the environment

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We are running our own servers!

The monocles main servers are powered by our own solar plant. Shorter power connections save a lot of energy. Only when really needed do we use renewable energy from external energy providers to ensure constant availability

We also try to employ used parts as much as possible or even recycle old things to build up and upgrade the solar system and the server station with respect to the security of your data and stability of the connection. Recycling and reusing things as much as possible is the best we can do to minimize the damages towards the environments.

Help us saving the planet and ecosystem.




A monocles account

...includes all you need to communicate and work securely and ecofriendly without being tracked. So here is a simple and short summary of what you can get with a normal account.
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Cloud

Access to monocles ocean with plenty of additional functions and with 4 GB of storage for your documents and data. More storage is optional available.
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E-Mail

A secure monocles e-mail account with 1 GB storage and two different webclients to directly use it in ocean or separately.
For sure you can generate pgp keys or use your own keys!
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Chat

A monocles chat account with temporary storage for 1 month and access to a worldwide network. Accessible through our android app, a webchat inside ocean, through monocles interact or with many other xmpp clients on many platforms.
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Video conference

With your monocles account you can make secure conferences through monocles ocean. Even public with everyone.
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Web search

Though the monocles meta-search engine is free to use for everyone it is mentionable here nevertheless because you get the privacy respecting monocles webbrowser for android too!
sign up!

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We need your help too

monocles is completely privately funded and therefore unabated by companies or organizations. To pay our bills and keep our services available and protect the ecosystem and your digital life we also need your help. We think it is much more important to take care of your privacy, security and the ecosystem than wasting money on entertainment or an unhealty meal. Invest your money more ethically and use open source services and applications.

Please donate a litte to support this project or get a payed monocles account. Go open source!

donate / pay
Please pick one of the donation or payment methods
If you already signed up and didn't pay please send us the payment for at least 6 month (=24€) together with your new monocles e-mail adress in the reference. Without this reference we can't relate it and must handle it as donation.

Per letter

monocles c/o
Arne-Brün Vogelsang
Oberneulander Landstraße 172
28355 Bremen
Germany

Bank transfer

monocles c/o
Arne-Brün Vogelsang
IBAN: DE51 1203 0000 1060 6895 59
(Germany)

Transferwise

monocles c/o
Arne-Brün Vogelsang
BIC/SWIFT-Code: TRWIBEB1XXX
IBAN: BE21 9671 7181 0103

IOTA

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Cryptocurrency

After a long period of finding a more anonym payment method which doesn't consum much resources we choose IOTA. Compared to other common cryptocurrencies IOTA consumes the least resources and makes it possible to make free and anonym transactions. Although we are not statisfied with it we try to offer the best privacy we can and for that cryptocurrency seems the be the most secure.

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VAT ID no.: DE338256822 (International)