Why is it free ?
Good question. While Startboard is free during this beta period, we do have some monetization plans for our product. The basic widgets and themes (such as those that are available in beta version) will always be free, but we plan to add premium widgets with more powerful functions and customizations. You buy premium widgets once and then you’re free to use it as much as you want.
We also have subscription plan that will be revealed in more detail in the future.
Where is my data saved ?
Your data is saved locally inside the browser’s web storage. This enables you to work offline, have a fast and snappy page, and retain maximum privacy by making sure no personal data ever leave your computer.
How to uninstall startboard?
To uninstall Startboard, you can simply follow the instruction from your browser on how to uninstall browser extension. Please be aware that by uninstalling Startboard, you will lose all widgets content and preferences that you have created.
for Chrome users: Uninstall Chrome Extensions
for Firefox users: Uninstall Firefox Add-Ons
If you have time, let us know why you decided to uninstall Startboard so we can improve our product. Note: for firefox user, If you just want prevent Startboard from loading on every new tab, you can just change the new tab preferences in your browser. Enter “about:config” (without quotes) in the location bar → Search for preference name “browser.newtab.url” → Change the value to about:newtab.
Why does it need “permissions to access all data in all websites” ?
We need that permission to enable your board to access data from different providers (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Gmail). Startboard does not request any additional data other than the one that are visible on your board. That means we don’t read data from other tabs/windows.
Startboard needs several additional permissions to do things that are otherwise impossible to do for a normal web page. We keep improving Startboard so it will be more and more secure, and in the future we might reduce the need for some permissions that are currently in use, which consists of:
Access data from all website: Normal web page can only access data from it’s own domain, but Startboard main function is to combine different data from different providers in one page. This means we need to have permission to do cross-domain request from Startboard page.
Unsafe-eval script: The only time eval is used is inside the requireJS text plugin. We need it so that we can import assets from local indexedDB. We never use eval to process outside data. We need to load assets from database instead of simple file because we want to make it easy for our users to download / install new widgets from Startboard server. Since currently browser extensions are unable to write to a local filesystem, the only way is to save assets in a local database and eval them afterwards.
Cookies access: By default browser send cookies in subsequent requests to the same domain. Since we want to enable multi-login for the same account, we need access to browser cookies so that it’s possible to login using several different accounts in the same page (e.g. checking multiple Gmail accounts from the same board).
Do you plan to support other browsers ?
No IE, sorry. Opera and Safari support is planned in the near future.
Can I sync my startboard with other browser ?
Currently no, but we’re working hard on it. Expect version 2.0.0 to have it.
Does this make my browser slower ?
No. Startboard is very lightweight and basically is just a single HTML page. Widgets are loaded on runtime to make sure unused ones won’t take memory space. If you find that startboard uses unreasonable amount of CPU / memory, please report to us.
How is it different with another web portal like iGoogle?
In essence, Startboard serves the same purpose. However, we think you will like Startboard more, and here’s why:
With recent backlash against the closing of popular web portal, we get why people really becomes angry about it. We get that through time, opening your startpage becomes part of your daily routine, and your main way of getting information. With Startboard, there is no remote service, the page is located inside your own computer. So even when Startboard ceased to operate (though we really hope not), you can still use it.
Your page is completely personal for you. All data is saved inside your computer, and is never shared to external party, including Startboard server itself. This means that you never have to expose any sensitive data (password, email, etc) to third party. Nobody else can have access to your data unless you allow them to physically use your computer.
Since all data is saved inside your computer, you won’t have problems even in remote areas where internet connection is limited. Startboard caches the last retrieved information, so you can still open your page wherever you are.
How to keep Startboard from appearing on my new tab ?
For chrome users, currently the only way to disable is to uninstall the extension. For firefox users, please follow the notes on uninstallation instruction above.
Do you plan to open source it ?
We understand the benefit and strength of open source especially in terms of security and gaining trust from our users. The reason we don’t open source it is because we haven’t found an open source business model that aligns well with our long term vision. Let us know if you have an idea.