Symantec: Throw your laptop away

Symantec came up with fresh idea to advertise their Norton software outdoors:

Throw it away

Throw it away

The guy throwing away his laptop – this means to me the “speed of throwing laptop away”. Actually this is precisely my case a month ago.. (the rest is here)

Maximum Security Apartments

Maximum security apartments?

Maximum security apartments?

The name “Iron Gate” sounds secure. Too secure. Suspiciously secure. I am curious, does this apartment complex have electric fence and gun towers as well?

How it appears:
1. Good name for state penitentiary facility. For example: Iron Gate maximum security prison (like Pelican Bay, San Quentin, Corcoran, Folsom, etc).
2. Surrounding neighborhood safety sucks

I friggin’ hate this city!

What if I hate the one I live in?

What if I hate the one I live in?

Sometimes people designing things seem to make very general assumptions that may be generally true. I personally like where I live, but many people apparently don’t.

Limiting password length sucks…

…but inconsistency sucks even more. Check out the American Express login form:

I'd like to use my usual password.

I'd like to use my usual password.

When you sign up for web access, password length is limited to 7 characters, which is a quite bad design decision in itself. What if I have a scheme to generate 10-character long passwords? Why on Earth can’t I use it?!

But this particular system sucks even more: in the log in form, the password length is not limited. Once I forget that this particular web site does not accept passwords of my usual length, I won’t be able to log in anymore: I’ll keep trying my regular password technique again and again, and it will fail over and over. If you limit the password length you should at least do it consistently, so if I enter a longer password when registering and have some characters thrown away, it would be nice for the log in form to do the same. This way your strange idea of limiting the password length would at least be transparent to me.

Not the best name for a security company.

You may have a trojan!

You may have a trojan in your system!

– Have you prepared the market penetration report for our home security company division?
– Yes, here it is. I must say, we’re doing pretty badly with computer professionals!
– Really? What’s wrong with them?
– I don’t know, but every time they hear the company name they just laugh hysterically and hang up on us!
– Hm-m-m, I wonder why..?

Yeah really, why? 😉