Author Archives: johannes

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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No PC is as Safe as a Castle

With the current issue of SFT (I bought it because “Short Circuit” was included) came a small booklet. In corporation with Focus Money and Chip, it was informing its readers how chip cards from ReinerSCT make online banking, surfing and shopping more secure by the use of chip cards. On page 8 I found the [...]

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Security Most Essential

At first they erected the Firewalls. Their bricks were so perfectly rounded and their surface was so perfectly repetitive that one never could be sure if those walls really were constructed of 14 brick stones or if they were prefabricated in one piece. Each of the Firewalls came with a vibrant globe attached to its [...]

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Norton’s Fading

On “Idioms—Suggestions on how to talk in the 21st century” Dragan Espenschied names the software “Norton AntiVirus” among other striking examples to have added computer analogies to our contemporary language today. The problem with the software of Peter Norton was and is that you cannot be protected by Norton AntiVirus and work at normal speed [...]

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Tower by Everaldo Coelho

At Iconfinder I found a nice tower icon by Everaldo Coelho. A real cutie. The tower icon is a masterpiece in simplification and exaggeration of forms at the same time. I will use its universality as browser and iPhone icon for the blog of the Defence Project. P.S. Thanks Everaldo for making it available with [...]

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Stronghold for Safety

In the same stack of printed materials, I discovered a German advertising leaflet for Windows Vista. It is entitled with „Klarheit. Erleben.“ (“Clarity. Experince.”) It promotes the then new “Aero” interface, the “Flip 3D” window switch and “Windows Defender”. According to this leaflet, with “Windows Defender”, Vista is a stronghold for more safety („Ein Bollwerk [...]

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Defence in Context

On the lookout for depictions of safety, I discovered a German advertising “magazine” from 2007. It reads as if it was written by Microsoft himself to promote Windows Vista. It is called “Vista Komplett” and for me it was already worth buying, only because of the beautiful glossy double pages of Vista’s wallpapers—but I also [...]

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An Inflatable Castle is Always a Good Start

Introduction to the Defense Project by means of an ad from Deutsche Telekom.

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