Creative Encryption

by | Nov 20, 2017

Cloudflare, a tech company that provides a content delivery network, DDoS mitigation, Internet security services, and distributed domain name server services, has to take encryption seriously. And I mean seriously.

Randomness is essential to encryption because it can’t be predicted and replicated. Encryption relies on random number generators to create true, random data. However, computers are designed to be predictable. Can you imagine what would happen if every click of your mouse resulted in a random action?

Enter the wall of lava lamps in Cloudflare’s San Francisco office.

Cloudflare uses a camera to photograph the wall of lava lamps every millisecond. Every day. Every year. So many random factors come into play that, in turn, affect the pixels of the photograph, which changes the data. You could literally walk past this office, block some sunlight, and play a part in generating random data that helps to encrypt up to 10% of all Internet traffic. Isn’t that cool?


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Sarah recently relocated to Grand Rapids from metro Detroit, by way of Southern Indiana. She stumbled into a career in marketing accidentally with a focus on the outdoor industry and hunting. She has never been hunting, and her worst memories as a kid are of attempted camping trips. Her hobbies and interests include binge-watching sitcoms, teaching herself WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. She is obsessed with understanding BitCoin, even though she knows she never will.