19 Legitimate Ways on How to Make Money From Your Data (2022) [Part 1]

Updated: Jun 25

This post contains affiliate links. If I don't mention this part, the FTC will probably come after me like an IRS agent.


It's very concerning that our data is part of a $260 billion (USD) industry and we aren't given a cut of it since we're voluntarily giving away our personal information for free.


Yet, we skip on pages of the user agreement and click "I agree" all for the sake of convenience so we can immediate use a company's services.


And what do we get in return?


Big tech companies and smaller companies cyberstalking us after collecting and selling our data to different brokers in order to give us targeted ads and personalized recommendations online.


Although I can't magically make all your data rightfully yours again from various tech companies with a flick of a wand, what I can do is help you get a proper portion of your cut from the existing data you're already giving out along with anything that is Web3 related, specifically the part where you own your data and have the option to sell it or not.


I will be going through with you what these 17 services / mobile apps have to offer for you in detail and how you'll be able to make money from selling your personal data and properly getting paid for it:

  • Cocoon MDR Browser

  • Ozone

  • Solipay

  • Permission.io (Web3)

  • Delphia

  • UBDI

  • Tartle

  • Honeygain (Web3 option available)

  • IPRoyal Pawns

  • PacketStream

  • Clture

  • ATM.com

  • BIGtoken (currently unavailable)

  • Cashew

  • MSR

  • Reklaim

  • UpVoice


Along with 2 other decentralized services, making it a total of 19, which offer multiple advantages over the list I provided above:

  • Swash App (Web3)

  • GeoCash (Web3)


As well as a link to part 2 of this post at the very end.


 



Cocoon MDR Browser

(Available for Windows and MacOS [US only], Android (available internationally in countries where PayPal is supported)


Cocoon MDR Browser is built on Chromium, an open-sourced browser that Google Chrome is built on without all the necessary components that makes using Google Chrome extremely slow at times when having multiple tabs open.


If you're looking for a browser that is willing sell your money to data brokers anonymously while still getting a piece of that cash, you'll be glad that this is a legitimate source for getting paid for your data.


I believe that this is one of the best browsers for securing your data and anonymity while still getting paid for your data.


So if you're looking at adult-oriented websites, have no fear! Cocoon anonymizes all of that data so you're good to go!


So stop browsing the internet when Google and Facebook are tracking you everywhere while giving you personalized ads and start using this browser instead.


Pros:

  • Built-in antivirus using patent-pending, advanced isolation technology

  • Uses 2048-bit encrypted servers so the data you create in this browser doesn't trace back to you while being secure

  • Your personal identity is masked by their servers: IP Address, cookies, browser type, etc.

  • Using this browser will automatically tell websites you are located in the US regardless which country you are in (except China [China scary]) due to their US proxy servers

  • International users can get paid for using Cocoon's mobile app and get properly compensated for your geolocation

  • Not a memory (RAM) eater like Google Chrome

  • You have a chance of winning $125 via a note on their Facebook page

  • Only problem is that it's currently not active so you would have to contact them via email


Cons:

  • Currently using a previous build of Chromium instead of an up-to-date version

  • Some Chrome extensions will not be compatible

  • Some websites will have issues with functionality such as videos due to lack of certain plugins that aren't included in Cocoon

  • Dashboard still shows that it is still on Version Win 0.1.3 after a year although the About Cocoon section shows that it is updated over time

  • Using a VPN will disable your earnings until you disable your VPN

  • Withdrawal to PayPal is subject to a 3% fee regardless of using the automatic 3-month withdrawal or not despite their claim of free automatic withdrawals

  • Earnings have declined within a year during 2020.

  • ~6000 page views used to give out approximately $25 (see picture below)

  • Now it costs around $10 for 150000+ page views in 2021

  • Possible for you to get flagged for unusual activity for any unknown reason or no reason at all and have your earnings suspended (like I did while using it normally)



The Verdict


Overall, Cocoon now is a decent browser. You can still earn money off on your data through desktop or Android but it's not worth as much now in comparison to early 2020. But Humanity Forward has taken notice of this browser via Facebook link below.



Definitely not showing you my testimonial since my mostly hidden email can be easily identifiable.



What earning in Cocoon MDR used to look like in early 2020

The amount of page views used to earn you that much money in early 2020.

That is not the case in 2021 now that earnings have been reduced by approximately 80-85%.




Download Cocoon MDR Browser now via their website for Windows and Mac by clicking here or through the Google Play Store by clicking here.


For a more decentralized option, I highly recommend scrolling down to the Swash App.



 



Ozone.ai

(Available for any country that supports PayPal, only on iOS)


Ozone is a fairly new start-up launched in 2019 by Lyndon Oh, Ph.D and Ben Colman who formerly worked at Google (and Facebook for Lyndon Oh).


And since they worked at these tech giants, they know how their rules work after being so frustrated with how the data model works.


As a result, Ozone works by playing their reverse Uno card and playing their game by making these companies pay you for your data.


So if you feel like companies should pay you for shopping on their website after giving them your data, you will be glad that this is possible.


I do believe that you should be earning anonymously as well and that is perfectly possible with Ozone considering that you and only you hold the private keys to your data and your personal identity in a highly encrypted server.


So if you wanna get businesses to find your data and pay you properly, you only need to allow them to search you based on information you provide such as age [25-35], gender, zip code, and a category you're interested in.


Or you could put down irrelevant information about yourself and say you're a 300 pound dude [named Chuck] living in their mom's basement. But that's definitely not advisable by me if you want to earn more money for your data. Gotta keep it relevant for companies to find you.


And it's super easy to set up your account and get started. All you need to do is provide basic information about yourself, take a few, extremely short surveys and you're good to go.



Pros:

  • Earn money easily from browsing through their Chrome extension

  • Surveys (except the ones by partners) are painlessly quick and easy which will take 30 seconds to 1 minute of your time even it says 5-10 minutes. You would get at most 10 questions, as far as I've seen.

  • Data you share is anonymized and highly encrypted similar to banks banks and e-commerce sites (password-protected and encrypted storage)

  • Only you have access to the private keys to your data

  • Shopping deals and offers are targeted to you using your anonymous data

  • You have a list of which companies are paying you for your data

  • Comes with a 5X dividend boost on your data when you install their extension

  • Available to anyone worldwide


Cons:

  • Currently not enough features on your account since Ozone is fairly new

  • Referrals are limited to 30 people who successfully sign up per account

  • Customer support doesn't bother replying when I had questions since I put an email tracker to see whether they read my email or not

  • They rarely give out new surveys

  • iOS app has not been updated in a long time so the app is currently unusable (please bother them to update the app)

  • Cashing out is hard if you don't do partner surveys since development is really slow

  • Only available to PayPal for now



The Verdict


I like how there's more transparency in which companies are interested in paying for your data and the fact tat their surveys are usually 4-6 straightforward questions each and they give out at least $0.25 USD quickly just like that.


There's also customized online deals and offers that are easily adjustable to turn on or off. I personally like this method because there's a bunch of companies that have my data which includes my identity and they still don't know what I want.


What makes Ozone unique is that my identity is left out and companies are left with these breadcrumbs information, which could be absolutely anyone, to create ads that are relevant which reduces spending for them. I would say it's a win-win for both of us in my opinion.


But since Ozone is a new start-up, there is information that is still left unfilled to us which you can ask them through their email: contact (at) ozone.ai.


Recently, they've released a new in-currency system called O3 which can be converted to cash, discounts, gift cards from various stores and eventually, cryptocurrency.


You can see how much you've earn in fiat money or O3 points via their extension though you only need to multiply the amount of fiat money you've earned by 100,000 (for USD at least).


Development is still taking place and they're planning to fix the problems that Citizen Me, Wibson, and Datum are unable to provide to us (they're all terrible since I tried them) and I do have high hopes for them in the future and can't wait to see what they'll release next.



Click here to sign up for Ozone.


For questions about Ozone, you can check their FAQs by clicking here.


For a more decentralized option, I highly recommend scrolling down to the Swash App.




 



Solipay.tech

(US region only)


After a few years in development, Solipay is a mobile app that is finally released around the end of 2020 after about 2 years in development.


If you're looking for an app that is able to give you money for doing nearly absolutely nothing but sharing your data while using your phone normally, this would be one of the most laziest but efficient ways to earn easy money.


All you need to do is install the app after you get your invitation in your email and turn on whichever permissions you choose for your profile and you're all set.


I believe that we should properly get compensated for our data from these tech companies and data brokers based on how much time we spend on our phones and computers.


So if you're sick and tired of being treated as the product due to these companies, you'll be glad that Solipay will help you treat you more like a person instead.


So what are you waiting for? Sign up for their app for early access today.


Pros:

  • You're getting paid based on your:

  • Browsing history

  • Identifiers

  • Mobile device information

  • Banking information

  • Location history

  • Personal information about yourself such as age and email

  • You do actually get paid for your data from companies such as Amazon for your location history

  • Added Solipay Shopping which lets you earn up to 65% cashback for your purchases in the app

  • They read do reviews on the App Store and Google Play Store and are responsive to emails

  • Monthly competitions for earning up to $250 per month


Cons: