View Full Version : DotGon: Stop Your Private Photos From Going Viral

Jeff Elliott
09-08-2012, 02:28 PM

DotGon is a file security system that allows you to control your files after you have sent them, stopping unauthorized forwarding, and limiting when someone can view your file.


We have been working on DotGon for two-and-a-half years, have gone patent pending and now need the money to finalize our designs, turn the lights and servers on, and get enough people involved to have a successful beta testing phase before going live.

You would be doing us a huge favor if you would take a look at our Indiegogo page and partially fund our project. It would also be extremely helpful if you would like us on Facebook and help us spread the word.

EJS Technologies


09-08-2012, 06:44 PM
Seems like a great idea which would definitely be popular. Best wishes for your success. What are the possible drawbacks if any?

Jeff Elliott
09-09-2012, 01:16 PM
@ Jojomataketa

That is kind of a general question, but I think I know what you are asking, other than the regular drawbacks of development time, money, marketing, etc.

So far as the application is concerned, there is a problem with the ability to capture anything on the screen that a person can see. There are things that we can do easily to limit these down, like preventing screen capture, preventing copy and paste out of the application, and even collapsing the viewer if it feels like it is being tampered with. There are other things that we are doing that are a little tougher to do, like sniff for video capture and screen capture programs, which would both prevent the viewer application from starting up. But this is all defeated if someone takes a camera and just takes a picture of the screen, granted the image quality is poor quality at best. On the flip side, if you only send your files to people who are already trusted, the likelihood of them doing something like that to you is low, and if they did, we have plans to put together a banned list or a warning list of people who cannot be trusted. The way the full system works is that you would be able to remove access to your files before you broke up with someone, taking away the ability for devious behavior. We have also played with different systems that would insure that a picture always comes out blurry, but it is something that needs much more research before we would feel comfortable adding it in as a feature.....the limitation of file views down to a couple of seconds is a much better preventative.

Thank you for your interest in our project. Anything that you could do to help us get the word out would be extremely helpful to us. As a bunch of IT engineers, we are attempting to learn the intricacies of marketing as we go and are finding that it is a steep learning curve.

09-09-2012, 06:57 PM
Thanks very much for your reply. That is the kind of drawback I was thinking of. Another question: If the receiver looks at the file 'for a few seconds' and but needs to look at it again for 10 seconds after 20 minutes, or wants to look at it for 10 minutes at a time, is that possible and how?

Jeff Elliott
09-10-2012, 07:38 PM
The receiver has no control over extending the view time at all. If you needed to view the file again or for longer, you would need to contact that sender of the file and have them resend.

This is the core principle of the concept, the sender has all of the control.

In future versions we want to have the ability to pull files out or the application, or allow someone to edit and then send the file back to the originator. Such functions would allow extremely secure transport for the first idea and the second one would allow teachers to send out timed tests to their students. The educational aspects are extremely interesting to us, as it would allow a teacher to say that no student could start the test until a certain time and date, and then could only have the test open for a certain amount of time, regardless of when they started, and then send the test back to the teacher, all without letting the test be copied or transferred.

Such future features would greatly extend the value of the application, but we had to draw a line in the sand for what to include in the first version of the application.

Once again, thank you for your interest!


09-11-2012, 04:31 AM
One again, thanks for your reply. I can see the diverse benefits of the clever application. Great idea. Cheers!