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Password painting

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Ken writes “WEP password, meet oil landscape. Recycle that old painting into a functional piece of tech decor. Keep your network protected while your house guests can surf the ‘net and admire art.”Link.

18 thoughts on “Password painting

  1. Why?
    I thought this would have something to do with the functional use-pictures-as-passwords idea from microsoft:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1986713.stm
    Instead it tells you to put big ugly letters in the middle of your painting?
    Sure, guests can have my wep key, but I don’t like to hang it up on the wall, isn’t that a little insecure? Maybe this thing could at least have an on/off switch?

  2. I’ve seen similar concepts, just done with a little more style

    One place I contracted at had a double helix hanging sculpture with each node being a digit in the WEP key along one spiral, and the ssid along the other

    they used vinyl stickers on what looked like glass balls, but could have been acrylic
    it was slick, albiet kind of difficult to see since it spun slowly, or not so slowly when the AC kicked on

    and I really don’t know how many people there ever noticed it being anything but a piece of art
    basically hiding something in plain sight

    another had a more practical approach, visitor badges had the visitor wlan ssid and key on the back, and it looked like some badges had one key and other badges had another, not sure if that meant one AP with multiple keys, or multiple APs

  3. I think it’s brilliant and a nice piece of quasi-kitsch with a function!

    RE: “Sure, guests can have my wep key, but I don’t like to hang it up on the wall, isn’t that a little insecure?”

    I wouldn’t let anyone in my home that I wouldn’t let on my network. Would you? And I doubt the guy who is delivering my fridge will go “Aha! Jackpot! That looks like a 64-bit WEP key! This sucker is 0wn3d.”

  4. I think it’s brilliant and a nice piece of quasi-kitsch with a function!

    RE: “Sure, guests can have my wep key, but I don’t like to hang it up on the wall, isn’t that a little insecure?”

    I wouldn’t let anyone in my home that I wouldn’t let on my network. Would you? And I doubt the guy who is delivering my fridge will go “Aha! Jackpot! That looks like a 64-bit WEP key! This sucker is 0wn3d.”

    Furthermore, if you’re really all that concerned with security, why on earth are you still using WEP?

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