Monthly Archives: January 2010

Wooden Shields

Recently I discovered these woden shields at a toy store in Berlin. They are not only a proof how infantile some symbols of security have become. Being so cute and so hyper-real, it is the toy stores where one can find the most fitting counterparts to icons in real space. Firewall icons very much resemble [...]

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Lufthansa Locks Up Miles

Lufthansa uses one of the glossiest and best retouched safes I discovered recently. The “Lufthansa Miles” you receive for your flights are safe behind this digitally cleaned door. Here the safe is not used to signify secure flights and aircrafts but “miles” that do not expire. “Miles” being somehow intangible data, I guess it is [...]

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Blue Lit Bank Vault

The current front page of Chip magazine promises save places for everyone’s data. As my current fascination for depictions of safety show, the rendered safe the designer place beside the caption is an fascinating commonplace cause for distrust. Eventually it was the blue light that made me even more curious. Will my data not only [...]

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Firefox and Vatican Team Up

On the lookout to distinguish themselves from the sometimes lame symbols of safety big proprietary software makers are using, Mozilla Foundation often finds unconventional and humorous ways. As my former professor Olia Lialina points out in her collection of “Car Metaphors” and related computer analogies, the new key symbol from the Security page of Firefox [...]

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StudiVZ Locks

German student community StudiVZ definitely is not known to be a safe service. Several times security issues have been reported (for example on Welt Online). User data has been manipulated and read out, for example by students from Merz Akademie Michael Russ, Bernd and TobiX. Nevertheless StudiVZ claims to be safe. At least they put [...]

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