Why tokens

Tokens are greater choice than usernames/passwords in case of super-long-term account ownership, which will span many generations of the token owners. Token can be easily inherited in digital form or even printed on paper. All the tokens are equally reliable security-wise unlike passwords.

Tokens types

Every token has its value assigned, which defines its power. There are 1000/500/250 y/GB tokens available currently, which secure the same number of years per GB of user’s data. Beautiful tokens always secure 1000 years per GB.

Tokens ids

Token id is a unique number, assigned to every token. It points to storage account where user’s data to be uploaded to. It also defines user’s site URL in the following form: https://retention.live/1234/.

It is also possible to construct user’s site URL by adding any non-digit characters, which are allowed in URLs, e.g.: https://retention.live/prefix1234suffix/ or https://retention.live/1one2two3three4four/.

Tokens pricing

Token price depends of token id digits variation (which is a number of different digits in the token id). Tokens with variation 4 and higher fall into regular category.

Regular tokens cost 100/50/25 USD depending of their power: to calculate number of years, secured by the token, just multiply its cost by 10.

Tokens with id variation less than 4 are beautiful tokens. They all secure 1000 y/GB of storage and cost higher, in inverse ratio to their id variation.

Variations 3/2/1 result in multipliers 1.5/5/10, used to calculate beautiful token final cost:
Token 1234 (variation 4) - 100 USD (base price)
Token 1233 (variation 3) - 100 * 1.5 -1 = 149 USD
Token 1222 (variation 2) - 100 * 5 -1 = 499 USD
Token 1111 (variation 1) - 100 * 10 -1 = 999 USD

Tokens security

Retention.live token is based on a standard 1024-bit RSA key and consists of its public part, owned by the service, and its private part, owned by the user.

After token has generated, its public part is registered in ledger database, that provides immutable and cryptographically verifiable transaction log. Therefore, no future changes of token public part are possible without instant disclosure of them to public. Token change history can be seen on token validation page.

Token private part is provided to its owner instantly and available for download for the next 24h. After this hours token deletion by its owner means ultimate loss of access to the data stored under the token id path and, effectively, transition of the site to read-only state for all the time secured by the token.

Crypto tokens

In times of rising of crypto markets it might be confusing if Retention.live tokens are crypto tokens? No, they are not. Retention.live token is classic access token, similar to key fob, which sole purpose is to provide an access to the service. We do not issue nor offer any type of crypto security/utility tokens.


Site URL

Data, uploaded by user, are available with user’s site URL. The URL can be constructed using token id digits, optionally mixed with any number of non-digit characters (while having the digits in the same order).


Yet another option for the site URL is link shortener service Forvr.

Site listing

Every site can be optionally listed in the public directory, placed in a category, defined in its meta-data. If 'Category' field is empty, site won't be listed.

Categories list is inherited from DMOZ project, you can list all the categories available by typing '/' in the 'Category' field.

Site exposition

Every site is to be exposed to public annually at no aditional cost. Exposition date set to site creation date by default and can be updated by the site token holder at any time. Exposition starts at 00:00 UTC time.

Please note that the soonest date you can expose your site using free exposition slot is in three days from now (the date of change).

There is Expose on demand feature which allows site exposition to public as soon as in 12 hours. Each ordered day of the paid exposition contributes a bonus year to the site longevity.

Site design

User files, uploaded under site URL are displayed to visitor using two representation modes: directory auto-index or static site mode.

In case of no index.html file found in the site directory, auto-indexing happens which provides clickable list of files and sub-folders to visitor.

Another option gives more space to site look and feel customization: index.html file might be used as an entry point to static web-site, which uses css/js files for content rendering.

Just create a folder in your computer with index.html file, which opens fine locally by any web-browser using its 'Open file' command. Link other files in the folder using relative paths like 'file.html' or 'css/file.css' (for a file, resided in sub-folder 'css'). When you're okay with how everything looks, upload the folder to Retention.live.

User accounts

No user accounts

We don't provide user accounts to make our users sites truly sustainable over the years. A token is the only key for the site which both provides an access to the files and secures their retention. Email and password, required in the token purchase workflow, are solely used to make token download most reliable and being teared down along with the token key in 24 hours after its generation.