3 Things You Should Know about Hackers and Hacking

Every time you’ve watched an action movie where hackers are involved, you’ve perhaps wondered if hackers in real life actually live this sort of life of rapid typing and some seriously advanced use of computers (aided by that fluorescent green text). Well you might be disappointed to learn that hacking isn’t quite as exciting as the movies portray it to be as we explore some interesting facts about hackers and hacking you should know.

  1. The Green Text is a Theatrical Effect

Sure, some hackers (even white hat hackers and programmers) love emulating what they see in the movies and set their programming environments to depict that famous green text you see in the movies, but that really isn’t how it’s ordinarily done. The most experienced of hackers (all types) use a simple development environment which can resemble nothing more than a text processing application that only really highlights some of the syntax features of the code for readability.

  1. Lots of Boring Work

Hacking is quite boring in reality, whether the hacker in question is a white hat or black hat hacker. There is almost never any rapid typing or trying to access some “mainframe” or anything of that sort, with hacking usually entailing a lot of repetitive work to try and expose weaknesses or plug them.

  1. It’s Easier to Destroy than to Construct

White hat hackers (hackers who hack with the aim of pointing out security vulnerabilities and weakness with the aim of having them fixed) will tell you from first-hand experience that it’s perhaps easier to be a black hat hacker (crackers who harbour malicious intent with their attempts at exploit vulnerabilities) than it is to be on the good guys’ side. Even the most potent of black hat hackers would feel as if they fall short on their skills if they were on the side of aiding security instead of trying to break it.

3 Smart Devices That Are Paradoxical

What makes a device a “smart device?” We could perhaps look at mobile phones and how they evolved from being dubbed feature phones to Smartphones to get the answer, but then again some feature phones did indeed have internet connectivity capabilities. We could perhaps refer to smart devices as those which can connect to and interface with others in a feature-rich and intuitive way, which is why though some smart devices are in fact paradoxical by their very nature.

A Smart Wine Bottle

Why on earth does a wine bottle need to have internet connectivity capabilities? I know what you’re thinking — this could perhaps be a good thing, especially if wine lovers can keep tabs on the perfect temperature conditions under which to mature and store their wine, but that’s not what this makes this particular smart wine bottle “smart.” Ferngrove Wine Group, a Chinese winemaker’s idea of their smart wine bottle makes use of wireless tech to combat counterfeiting. It may be a high-end wine, but yeah, I don’t know hey…

Smart Cat Water-Fountain

The fact that this idea raised $56,000 via an IndieGogo campaign is rather concerning, but that was $44,000 short of its intended target of $100k. So this smart cat water fountain was intended to encourage cats to practice better water-drinking habits while helping the pet-owner keep an eye on the water-intake of your kitten, from your Smartphone! I mean there’s natural instinct on the part of the cats for that, isn’t there?

Smart iKettle

Really? A £100 kettle which connects to your phone to alert you when you can pour your hot water and delivers to you some reminders of when you should refill. Oh and it also tells you when the kettle is empty! Ground breaking stuff this, isn’t it? I’ve been using my “dumb” kettle which does exactly the same things manually all wrong!