Cloudflare keep the internet safe using … lava lamps?

Cloudflare are one of the biggest internet security companies around. 

Established in 2009, Cloudflare have grown to an extent where they now safeguard over 10% of all internet traffic.

With a huge media focus on hacking and online safety, and growing customer concerns relating to their data and privacy, Cloudflare are more than aware of how vital internet security is. Using a range of cutting-edge features, combined with the novel utilisation of a ubiquitous, dorm-room adornment.

Cryptography is the practice of writing and solving codes. It’s used all across the internet. It’s also the system that underpins how Bitcoin and the blockchain system works. The more secure the code, the harder it is to crack.

Enter the Wall of Entropy; the key to Cloudflare‘s impenetrable coding system.

What may look like a simple retro fetish display is actually an intricate system in which the random sequences caused by the heating ‘lava’ (a mixture of oil and water), is scanned and used to generate a complex and ever-changing code.

This makes it almost impossible to crack, especially when a few other random and unpredictable factors are thrown in.

TechCrunch sent along their writer and host Tito Hamze down to the Cloudflare offices to check it out.

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.