Security

In today's world of technology and internet security, there always seems to be a website being hacked and personal details being compromised.  A password, even a complex one, isn't really enough.  Luckily there are a few options out there to make our data a bit safer. You can use two-factor authentication with software (using an authenticator… Read More

We travel to Florida once a year and our favorite activity when we're there is to relax on the beach under an umbrella. When we need a break from all that relaxing, we like to walk along the surf soaking up the sun and looking for shells. Sounds perfect right? It is except that I'm… Read More

I got a giggle out of the thought of this gadget because I was imagining an angry little peanut screaming at the dog in a tiny voice, "There's a new sheriff in town!" while protecting my bag of Doritos or something. However, after reading what it can do, I can definitely see how it could be… Read More

I have watched with great interest the Bluetooth tracker segment of the gadget market for some time.  I have tried to figure out how I would use such gadgets in my own life, and have wondered just how well they work.  So I got my hands on the $19.99 MYNT Bluetooth tracker and put it… Read More

  The name McAfee will sound familiar to a lot of people reading this story because John McAfee is the founder of the McAfee anti-virus software that a lot of us have or had on our Windows PCs. John is a colorful character to say the least. He's no longer associated with the anti-virus software… Read More

We've reviewed a dozen or more wireless cameras that can be used as a home security system. They are usually setup to send alerts to mobile devices when detecting motion or sound. These simple systems are a viable alternative to higher priced systems that require a hefty monthly fee and significantly more complex installation. They… Read More

If you watched the news during the Christmas holidays you probably saw some video of a package being stolen off of someone's porch. This is an all too common issue during the holiday season and is becoming more prevalent during the non-holiday times with online ordering and delivery growing. The Package Guard Kickstarter project hopes… Read More

I hate keys!  I've replaced all of the entry locks at my house and summer cabin with either touchscreen or push button locks.  Up until now, I  didn't find a viable alternative to the padlocks I have to secure my property around the house or at work.  The Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock has made… Read More

When fellow Gadgeteer, Dave Rees, came to me and asked me to review a garage door controller, I was unsure, since I had no experience messing with garage door openers. Since it came with free installation, I agreed. A garage door controller and monitor is quite a bit outside of the box for me, but… Read More

I one day hope to live in a world where I can leave the house with only my smartphone in my pocket. I want to unlock my doors, start my car, make payments, etc., all from my smartphone. Devices like the Quicklock are helping us to rapidly approach that future. The Quicklock is a Bluetooth… Read More

While living less than 20 miles from downtown Seattle, we live out in the middle of no where at the end of a very long gravel road on a piece of property that we can't see any of our neighbors. It is a quiet and relatively peaceful place but remote enough people could drive up our… Read More

This post brought to you by 3M Company. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gadgeteer. How many times have you sat next to a stranger on a bus, train, plane, or at a cafe, with your laptop or tablet's screen visible? Most of you will say, that it happens to you… Read More

These slacks from Bluff Works can be worn at work or on your day off, and they offer special, secure pockets to protect your gear when you travel.  They have a couple of hidden zippered pockets - one in front to hold a passport and one in the back that can hold an oversized travel… Read More

As I've stated before, I love smart home products. I'm not entirely sure if it's laziness or the cool factor, but I love having the ability to control things from my smartphone. Nest recently announced a redesign of its Nest Protect fire alarm. I have the original Nest Protect at home and was excited to… Read More

The gavel comes down against the NSA: On Thursday of this week, The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ruled that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) hotly debated policy of collecting bulk data from American citizens’ telephone conversations, was unconstitutional. This ruling in ACLU, et al. v. James Clapper, et al., is… Read More