By Bruce Schneier, author of recent book, Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security

I’ve been reading a lot about how passwords are no longer good security. The reality is more complicated. Passwords are still secure enough for many applications, but you have to choose a good one. And that’s hard. The best way to explain how to choose a good password is to describe how they’re broken. The most serious attack is called offline password guessing. There are commercial programs that do this, sold primarily to police departments. There are also hacker tools that do the same thing.

As computers have become faster, the guessers have got better, sometimes being able to test hundreds of thousands of passwords per second. These guessers might run for months on many machines simultaneously.

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Review: TheSnugg Leather iPad Flip Case

by Khalid Hosein on February 17, 2014

TheSnugg brown leather iPad flip caseThe folks at TheSnugg.com saw our review of the My Pad iPad case and wanted some GfG love for their iPad case too. We were more than happy to oblige and covered their leather iPad case.

I tested out a brown iPad 3 flip case in distressed brown, and was quite pleased with it. I only had minor quibble which I’ll get to later.

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Infographic: Real Spy Gadgets you first saw in the Movies

by Khalid Hosein on January 26, 2014

Despite being neck deep in the industry, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly technology progresses. Take ‘spy’ gadgets for example. Once upon a time, these were only to be seen in James Bond movies as mere fantasy. Fast-forward to today, and not only are many of those figments now real, they are extremely affordable. We’ve featured more than a few here at GfG ourselves.

The folks at UK’s Online Spy Shop put together a nice infographic that highlights some of the real-world spy gadgets that exist today that once made their debut on the silver screen. Ah, the future is stranger than you might think! The full graphic is after the jump.

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Review: My Pad Leather iPad Case

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Studio Credence sent us a sample of their take on the now very common iPad case – this one very closely resembles a classic leather-bound book that you may find on a bookshelf of an “old money” household. Named the My Pad iPad Case, the My Pad is in fact made with leather and suede, […]

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Opening the Door on Some Cool Garage Apps

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The garage door goes up. The garage door goes down. To the casual neighbor passing by it might not look like anything special. But it’s what’s behind that door, and maybe more importantly, the technology behind it all that is quite special. New technology centering around that sometimes forgotten “room” in your house is blowing […]

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Giveaway for Geeks! Win the PC Game of your choice!

We’ve teamed up with the folks at Cheapdigitaldownload.com to bring you a Thanksgiving giveaway of a CD key for any PC game of your choice. Cheapdigitaldownload is one of the web’s biggest dedicated games guide and review sites. They test and anonymously check CD key vendors of games on PCs, Gamecard and Xbox. How to Enter? Simple: […]

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Hilarious Adobe ad shows what happens when you don’t track your marketing!

Here’s a hilarious video put together to advertise Adobe’s Marketing Cloud offering that highlights what happens to online marketers when they don’t know where their traffic is really coming from or what it’s doing. Stay tuned to the end of the video to get the whole joke! Yup, definitely one of a company’s worst nightmares […]

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Review: Dark Energy’s Reservoir – 8000 mAh Portable Charger

Another portable charger you say? But wait, you’ll want to read about this one. The $129 Reservoir from Dark Energy is an 8000 mAh monster that can do double duty charging either 2 phones at once or 1 phone and 1 tablet. I love the design – the all black, rubberized look with the pattern […]

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Infographic: How to Start Your Own Country!

Here’s a timely infographic that explains the bigger points on how to start your very own country! Yes, it’ll most likely need to be out at sea somewhere, but although this may seem a bit tongue-in-cheek, it’s at least partly do-able, Sealand being a real example. Click the image to see the full graphic.   […]

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Review: Klingg Magnetic Earphone Cable Holder

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Are you tired yet of your headphones bouncing up and down and everywhere when you’re at the gym or on your bike or running? Instead of putting it down my shirt and out the bottom like I do, try out a Klingg earphone magnet. Klinggs are a fairly straightforward, lightweight 2-piece accessory that secures your […]

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