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Captcha Gonna Catch-ya

Question everything, don't take anything as a given (additional samples added as attachments).

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

All too often we take things for granted online -- our security and privacy included. The idea behind this entry is to demonstrate how even the most innocuous things, the things we take for granted or that we think are keeping us safe, can be easily turned against us. In the wake of all of the recent data breaches with companies such as Capital One and Equifax I designed this to show just how easy it is to fall prey to a far less technical attack. It's intended to be reminiscent of a phishing attack as well as invoke the concepts surrounding social engineering.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

A variation of the original theme this image depicts how all too often people reuse the same passwords for different services leaving them increasingly open to attack. If one account gets hacked, all of the accounts on which the same password was used is now easily accessible to the hacker(s) as well. This theme could continue to be expanded upon in a variety of ways as it plays on the security apparatuses that we commonly use to help keep ourselves safe online. Using the checks, captchas, form fields, etc, that we associate with security to show just how insecure we actually are is certainly a better resonator than the tired image of a hooded individual in front of a laptop.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

That coming up with alternative ways to depict cybersecurity is as enjoyable as it is challenging -- that's proabably what makes it enjoyable.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I'm a 32 year-old Chicago native. I hold a Master's in English and am employed as a content manager at a Growth Consultancy in the western Chicago suburbs. I started teaching myself how to code in middle school and have always loved learning about new technology and revel in taking old pieces of tech apart to see how they work and how I can push the limits of what they were designed to originally do.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

To test the limits of my creative thinking abilities and have a bit of fun along the way. If something I come up with is able to be in some way useful, all the better.


What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a visual creator by hobby.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • In the news

Location: City

Downers Grove

Location: State / District


Location: Country

  • United States of America


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These are very solid contributions to raising awareness about the level of sophistication of attacks. Browsing the Internet has become as demanding as driving a car in rush hour traffic, which might be the subject of another work of yours if/when you are selected for the second round.

As a fellow entrant, I invite you to visit my submission and let me know what you think.

Best of luck.

John Messing

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