Category Archives: Media

Google on Safes, Prisoners and Locks

When I installed Windows 7 and Snow Leopard lately, the progress bars must have been progressing too slowly. I was wondering what I was doing and I asked myself what the operating system actually was good for in times when one can do almost everything online (apart from running the computer, of course). According to [...]

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iPhone Safer

Three years after its introduction the iPhone mostly is regarded as a save device. “dottie” and “alpine” have been changed and forgotten; and “ikee” only attacked iPhones that have been jailbroken. Besides those I did not notice anything obscure. Surprisingly on its user interface no references to security features can be found. No safe as [...]

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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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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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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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