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[liberationtech] 2015 is the Year of Bore-Sec

Nathan of Guardian nathan at
Fri Jan 2 09:52:36 PST 2015

In the last few months, the Guardian Project team has been thinking
about how to approach the next five years of our work. An idea of
“security so easy and seamless, that it is boring” came to the surface
through some discussions. This led us to look for inspiration in
important inventions and innovations of the past, that provide safety
and security to all on a day-to-day basis, without the users of these
technologies hardly thinking about them. This is no longer about James
Bond super-spy technologies, it is about having as little impact on your
day-to-day use of mobile technology while still providing the maximum
protection to your data and communications, as possible.

Here then, as inspiration and our guiding lights, is our list of safety
inventions of the past that we aim to be “Boring Like….”

(Please view/share the link for all the inspiring bore-sec photos:

Boring Like Seat Belts (buckle up!)
Boring Like Pasteurized Milk (though of course, we do respect your raw
dairy folks out there…)
Boring Like Baby Gates (kids and dogs hate ‘em, but they are a necessary
fun killer for any household)
Boring Like Smoke Detectors (though our friends at Birdi are aiming to
make them exciting again…)
Boring Like Childproof Lids (again, for the parents out there, a literal
life saver)
Boring Like Anti-Lock Brakes (the modern automobile is one of the best
examples of bore-sec!)
Boring Like Surge Protectors (wouldn’t you rather lose your $2 power
strip then your $1000 computer?)
Boring Like Restaurant Inspections (peace of mind from a single letter
rating when you go out to eat…)
Boring Like Life Vests (even dogs love ‘em!)

Have some ideas of other great “Bore-Sec” tech? Add them in the

With our work on critical security and privacy enhancements for mobile
devices and apps, we aim to bore. The best security is the kind you
don’t have to worry about, until you need it (and then you won’t know
how you ever lived without it…)

Here’s to breaking new “Bore-Sec” ground in 2015! Happy New Year!

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