The Story of Ever Accountable
Some years ago a religious leader spoke to my congregation about the dangers of pornography. He explained that because it is so pervasive and damaging we all need to take steps to protect ourselves on the internet. Next, he told us how he had an internet filter running on his personal computer, and that only his wife knew the password. His recommendation was that we all go home and install something similar on our own computers.
I followed his recommendation and searched out the highest-rated filtering software but soon found that it didn’t work well for me. Sometimes, the filter would block things I needed access to and, embarrassingly, this even happened once during a group project at school. I quickly realized that for this to work, I needed something that simply and reliably monitored my actions and reported them to my wife. Luckily, I love building things and have made a career out of writing software. Having the tools and a vision, I started working on an accountability system for my phone that would function exactly how I wanted it to.
I started by designing it to run in the background and stay out my way. Because my wife has a busy life, I spent a lot of time making the weekly reports complete yet easy to read. I made sure that the system would never consume more than a trickle of the battery. Most importantly, I ensured the app would not provide loopholes that let me disable or uninstall it without first sending my wife an alert. It would be pointless if I could get around it.
With all of this in mind, I thought the name Ever Accountable was a great fit. Since I first decided to do this, I knew that “light” had to be the central theme. Shining light on our actions is a symbol of accountability. Light eliminates the darkness that always surrounds pornography. Light reminds me of peaceful sunrises which fill me with strength and ambition to better myself. Light is clean, happy, and encourages me to be my best self. As Louis Brandeis said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
After hundreds of bug fixes and additions, Ever Accountable for Android is the highest rated accountability app in Google Play.
I encourage you to do the same thing my leader recommended to me: protect yourself from pornography on your internet-connected devices. Software alone is not enough, but good protective software can help tremendously in our always-connected world.
If you think Ever Accountable could help you, I promise that my team and I will work hard to keep developing the product and covering more and more apps every day. I’ve built a team of great people who help me make consistent improvements. We will be there for you if you ever need us.
I have the utmost respect for my customers and am humbled by their honesty and willingness to do what it takes to live in the light. We’re all in this fight together – let’s do everything we can to win it.