An intuitive take on protecting your data from viruses

Anti-virus software is getting increasingly complicated and less wieldy to use. The number of different settings, customisations, profiles, partitions, ports, etc is making scanning your computer a chore. Couple this with the need to constantly stay vigilant due to the sheer amount of malware, viruses, spamware, trojan’s out there trying to infect your computer or portable devices.

Three designers, Kim Hye-won, Kim Ji-eun and Park Na-hyun, recent winners of the 2010 Red Dot Concept Design Award, came up with the idea of the Virus Spuit. Spuit in dutch means syringe and this is exactly what it is for a computer. It takes the complications out of dealing with computer viruses.

Simply plug in your device via USB and press a button. The Virus Spuit will begin to extract any malignant pieces of software it detects on the plugged in device. A colourful progress bar that lights up the Spuit gives you a feeling of the device “filling” up with virus, malware and other computer nastiness.

As a concept it’s great, however it may not appeal to everyone. In a world where most people have mobile phones, iPods, laptops, PCs, iPads, tablets, etc, do we need another device lying around that we need to plug in to things? Also the lack of options and customisation will turn many people away who will want more control of what happens on their devices, even when it comes to virus scanning.

Here are some further promo pics explaining the workings of the Virus Spuit:

Virus Spuit 2

Virus Spuit 3

Virus Spuit 4

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