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    How to Make a Gin & Tonic That Doesn’t Suck


    In a simple libation like a gin & tonic, the spirit should really shine. Too often, cloying, crappy tonic obscures the botanical qualities of its partner, rendering the G&T much less refreshing than it should be. Luckily, long-time cocktail writer Camper English—who literally wrote the book on the beverage—has some tips on how to tweak your tonic and ensure your G&T lives up to its full potential.

    • Packaging matters: For starters, Camper recommends buying tonic that comes in glass bottles, not because it’s pretty, but because it tends to be the best-carbonated.
    • You don’t have to use all tonic: If your tonic water is too sweet for your taste, Camper suggests “either diluting it with a splash of soda water, or adding a dash of bitters to counteract the sweetness. Some people freeze bitters into their ice cubes for a delayed effect.” (I think those people are very clever.)
    • Show some restraint with your citrus: Instead of a squeezing lemon or lime juice into the drink, “try it with just the peel—squeeze it peel-side down to express the oils into the drink. Also consider using grapefruit instead of lemon or lime in the drink; the bitterness of some grapefruits pairs really well.”

    Once you’ve mastered making a gin & tonic that respects, and doesn’t hide, your gin, you’re all set for a summer of sophisticated sipping. If you want to get your friends involved, you could host a DIY G&T party, but I wouldn’t fault you for keeping all the gin to yourself.

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    These terrifying ads selling violent services don’t show the true secret of the ‘dark web’ — that criminals behave a lot like regular companies


    computer hacker

    • Take a peek at some actual ads for services on the dark web.
    • What you can’t see is that these cyber criminals behave among one another in much the same way legit businesses behave to legit customers, a security researcher tells Business Insider.

    If you’re a criminal hacker you probably spend a lot of time on the "dark web."

    That’s the corner of the internet where hackers do things like sell stolen credit cards; buy "exploit kits," aka software products that help them hack; hire "botnets," or networks of hacked computers that can be programmed to do their misdeeds; or even hire a contract killer. The dark web is not accessible through a regular browser.

    If you are a cyber security researcher, like Ziv Mador, you also spend much your time on the dark web, infiltrating the online criminal networks, studying them, and using your knowledge to help businesses defend against them.

    Mador has spent two decades doing that. He’s currently a lead researcher for security company Trustwave and previously spent 14 years working in computer security at Microsoft.

    One of the most surprising findings in his years on the dark web is that these criminal organizations operate with a code of ethics much like the same ethics used by legit businesses, he told Business Insider.

    "These are vivid communications, very functional. These are communities where cyber criminals exchange a lot of information and are very helpful [to each other ] if they are looking for a piece of information," he described.

    So just like a programmer can get advice from fellow programmers on Stack Overflow or an IT pro can get product recommendations from others in IT on Spiceworks, cyber criminals will freely help one another solve problems or find products to do their own dark sites on their community websites.

    A trustworthy reputation

    There’s a good reason for this: their street cred is their most important asset.

    A projection of cyber code on a hooded man is pictured in this illustration picture taken on May 13,  2017. Capitalizing on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, hackers staged a cyber assault with a self-spreading malware that has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY"Their reputation is very important to them. Much like it is in the business world," Mador says. "Even though they are involved with criminal or shady activities, they have their own rules of engagement and it’s very similar to what people in the legit world do."

    For instance, they don’t share another’s contact info without that person’s permission. Spamming each other is a no-no and, above all else, they can’t cheat or con one another.

    Should they violate these ethics of behavior they would face any number of repercussions.

    For one, they would lose customers to their competitors. "They are very competitive," Mador says.

    Or, if they’ve really angered their fellow hackers, they could be "doxed," Mador says, meaning everything about their their real-life identity would be published for the other hackers to see. Unmasking a hacker’s identity, especially in relation to a pissed off customer, is dangerous for them on all sorts of levels.

    "They have administration panels where their customers can login and see live data on infections," he describes.

    They are also price competitive with the products they sell. For instance, a handful of gangs sell exploit kits and compete aggressively on price and features. These kits must always be up-to-date on the latest security holes that can be used for hacking.

    For the criminals that specialize in running botnets, networks of hacked computers for hire, they offer sophisticated realtime customer data analytics tools, similar to what any app developer wants from a cloud provider

    "They have administration panels where their customers can login and see live data on infections," he describes.

    Violence for sale

    Even services that advertise a terrifying list of violent services are often run with similar code-of-conduct considerations.

    For instance, these criminals often post a price list for the explicit acts of violence they will do from burning the car of an enemy to breaking bones.

    When offering a hitman for hire, some outfits advertise the money saving option of hiring a novice who might fail. That could cost $5,000 compared to $200,000 to hire the most experienced killer on the roster.

    Being a researcher on the dark web takes a level of courage but also patience, Mador says. It can take years to infiltrate such websites, getting criminals to trust that the fake identity of the researcher is indeed a fellow criminal and not the account of a researcher or law enforcement officer.

    But once there, security researchers use their fake identities to monitor the underground, learning about things like stolen passwords, new types of malware and "what the next attacks are going to look like," Mador says.

    He also shared with Business Insider a few examples of actual ads pulled from the dark web.

    SEE ALSO: The founder of a $3 billion tech company warns: ‘Don’t go to business school. Everything you’re taught in business school is wrong.’

    This hacker for hire offers a wide variety of services

    This ad contains a resumè listing technical skills and qualifications

    Perhaps not surprisingly, there’s a fair share of postings in Russian

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    These Shoes Were Made for Traveling


    Whether packing your bag to head to the hills, walk around the museums, or hit up the beach, we scoured the market, tested, and compiled the best travel shoes of 2018.

    Best shoes for travel

    Not all shoes are created equal. The editors at GearJunkie travel countless miles each year, researching stories, tackling adventures, and strategically packing our gear to make it all happen.

    With permitted carry-on sizes getting smaller and smaller, we’re often parsing what to bring and what to leave behind. And nowhere does this become more relevant than when deciding which shoes to bring while traveling.

    We’ve asked our editors what they look for in a travel shoe and compiled a short list of what we like this year in the travel shoe category.

    The Right Stuff

    Selecting the right shoe often starts by looking at your itinerary. Sure, running shoes are light and comfy, but they can flag you as a tourist (and potentially an easy target for theft). And because blisters are never stylish, a good travel shoe needs to provide all-day comfort, day after day.

    Because form often follows function, we’ve listed the shoes we like best this season and categorized them by use. Here’s a look at some of our top picks.

    Best Travel Walking Shoes

    Breathable walker – Merrell Zoe Sojourn Lace Knit: $100

    Merrell Sojourn Lace Travel Shoe

    At just 4.5 ounces, these shoes are light. Add in the stretch knit upper and quick-draw elastic laces, and you’ve got a shoe built for travel. We found them comfortable right out of the box and happily wore them without socks. Feet will stay cool and supported whether taking in the city sights or hitting the trail.

    Pros: Light, breathable, and built for summer travel.

    Cons: Depending on your travel plans and personal style, they may be a bit too “athletic sneaker.” Especially for the fashionistas out there.

    Bottom line: A solid choice for warm-weather travel, especially if you enjoy going sockless.

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    Slip-on sneaker – Bucketfeet: $65

    Bucketfeet Artistic Travel Shoes

    Startup shoe brand Bucketfeet is wearable art that engages a community of 40,000 artists to license designs on canvas sneakers. Releases are small and rotate often, ensuring fresh designs are always available. The shoes are handmade to order, with designs printed on a poly-blend canvas, manufactured and shipped directly from the factory. Bonus: They are surprisingly comfortable. One editor wore them while touring Ecuador and found them up to the task, whether exploring the city, hiking the mountains, or heading to the beach.

    Pros: Walking art; you’ll be wearing designs that nobody else is likely wearing.

    Cons: Lack durable support. Recommended hand-wash only.

    Bottom line: If the world is your oyster, these shoes might be your canvas.

    Urban approach – Scarpa Margarita: $120

    Scarpa has deep roots in Italian alpine cobblery and was one of the first to release an approach shoe, a shoe that walks comfortably but with sticky rubber for mild climbs. The Margarita bridges the gap in the other direction, bringing a walking shoe that’s “approachable” for city life. The suede outer rides comfortably over a cushioning EVA midsole, and the entire shoe is washed in a DWR coating, making it easy to clean off evidence of your excursions.

    Pros: Distinct styling and fun colors bring a splash to your travel kit with out-of-the-box comfort.

    Cons: The suede material doesn’t breathe well and may cause your feet to sweat in warmer climates.

    Bottom line: Capably stylish, the Margaritas are versatile shoes capable of hitting the alps during the day and cooling their heels over a glass of sauvignon blanc in the evening.

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    Best Travel Running Shoes

    Lightweight runner – Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG: $150

    Like the idea of a barefoot shoe but can’t get into the 10-finger thing? A few brands follow the minimal moniker, but with a more mainstream vibe. We brought Vivobarefoot’s Primus Trail FG to Nicaragua this spring as our pedestrian shoe on a bikepacking trip.

    The shallow silhouette of the of the shoe is constructed from heat-treated synthetic mesh, which is then treated with a DWR coating, making it tough, breathable, and water resistant. The Primus Trail is cinched tight with a drawcord, keeping it snug on the run but still allowing easy on and off for airport security.

    Pros: Minimal design with reasonable traction toes the line between a trail runner and a city walker. And it rolls up into a small package to stow away as a backup adventure shoe.

    Cons: A removable padded insole takes the edge off the street (and chilly ground), but don’t expect this shoe to guard against rocky terrain. It’s minimalist, after all. Racking up miles immediately out of the box could lead you down a sorry road.

    Bottom line: The wide toe box, paired with a low-to-the-ground profile, gives you a protracted grip on variable terrain.

    Midweight runner – Altra Vali: $110

    Our friends at lay track all over the world to get their stories. Tyler Benedict weighed in on his favorite travel shoe, from Altra.

    Knit uppers are taking over the lightweight running shoe category, but where the concept really shines is everyday use. It’s light, breathable, and stretchy, which makes it great on hot days. The real benefit for travelers, though, is that they stay snug enough for a morning jog but slip off (and back on) quickly when going through airport security.

    Altra’s foot-shaped last means a wide toe box. It’s an aesthetic that can take a little getting used to, but that combined with their zero-drop outsole and adequate cushioning means lower back pain is a thing of the past. We used them for all-day walks around Rome, parking deck parkour sessions, and pretty much every flight we’ve been on since they arrived.

    Pros: Lightweight, easy to get on and off without untying them, comfortable for long days of walking, good grip for pretending your an urban ninja, and very durable. And they dry quicker than most.

    Cons: If you’re not used to a zero-drop shoe, transition slowly into running in them. And some people don’t care for the big footprint … until they try them on.

    Bottom line: Altra’s foot shape, lack of arch support, and zero drop take a couple days to get used to. But we’ve converted everyone we’ve ever recommended them to, bar none. The stretchy knit upper and nearly an inch of padding makes them a great, comfy travel partner.

    Stylish runner – Allbirds Wool Runners: $95

    Allibirds Runners Travel Shoes

    Gone are the days of itchy wool. With the use of New Zealand merino wool, Allbirds presents the temperature-regulating, odor-minimizing awesomeness of wool in a soft, flexible, and outrageously comfortable package.

    These lightweight shoes will easily pack into your carry-on and will quickly become your favorite adventure shoe. I’ve worn a pair for well over a year — as hikers in the woods, as end-of-day camp slippers, and as daily around-town sneakers. They’re still going strong and look just as good as they did on day one. And their flexible, form-fitting design makes them especially great driving shoes and an excellent choice for epic road trips.

    Pros: Wool regulates temperature, breathes, and minimizes odors. Wear these with or without socks and enjoy all-day comfort.

    Cons: If you’re used to extra cushion and extreme arch support, the Allibird’s more casual design might not work for you.

    Bottom line: It’s a long-lasting, uber-comfortable sneaker that stays stink-free and easily transitions from the gym to a night on the town.

    Ultra-packable runner – Xero Prio Running Shoe: $89.99

    Xero Prio Most Packable Travel Running Shoe

    This minimalist shoe could easily become your new favorite for running, walking, lifting, and traveling. The wide toe box gives your feet plenty of room to spread out, and the 5.5-mm rubber sole gives just enough cushion while still remaining outrageously light and packable. And if you need a bit more, you can always add in the optional 2-mm insole. The Prio does seem to run small, so consider ordering a half-size up.

    Pros: Breathable, lightweight, and versatile.

    Cons: If you prefer an extremely cushioned running shoe, this might not be for you.

    Bottom line: It’s a lightweight, minimalist shoe that packs down impressively small.

    Best Travel Hiking Shoes

    Retro hiker – Danner Jag: $160

    Growing up in Portland in the ’80s, a pair of lightweight Cordura-slash-leather hikers from Danner was the de rigueur gear of every student. That, and a JanSport backpack. Times have changed, but the old is renewed in Danner’s venerable lightweight hiker. With new leather, lighter materials, and better traction, it’s back and better than ever. Just like “Star Wars” — excluding Episode I.

    Pros: The flexible sole and lighter materials won’t weigh you down after a long day in the city. The Jags are completely waterproof to boot.

    Cons: Being a boot, the Jag takes a little while to break in. (But once that’s done, it’s a trusted trail companion.) They’re on the lighter side for pure backpacking.

    Bottom line: Pull the pastel collars up and bring out the Ray Bans! The Jags will rock your wet-weather travels.

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    Lightweight hiker – Topo Athletic Terraventure: $110

    Topo Athletic Terraventure - Best Travel Hiking Shoes

    Whether logging miles on the trail, seeing the sights, or running on rugged terrain, the Terraventure will get you there comfortably. The cushioning on the heel prevents slippage while still allowing for agile movement. And the wide toe box gives plenty of room for feet to spread out. Add in the flexible rock plate, and you’ve got a shoe ready to tackle nearly any adventure you can dream up.

    Pros: Good traction, comfortable padding in toe and heel, and enough style to easily transition from backcountry trail to city tour.

    Cons: Can hold water and dries slowly if submerged.

    Bottom line: If you’re looking for a do-all shoe, the Terraventure is a strong contender. Tackle the trail and head out on the town without ever changing your shoes.

    Urban Travel Shoes

    Hightop – Chaco Thompson Chukka: $135

    The brand that defined the river sandal is all grown up now, with a line of refined, city-wise shoes. Not straying too far from the sandy shoals, the Thompson is Chaco’s interpretation of the venerable desert boot. We like the look of the soft, buttery leather riding over the whitewall and airy soles found on the Thompson Chukka.

    Pros: Lightweight and supportive, the Thompson’s simple lines bring an element of subtle class to your travel kit. It’s the little things, like the stitching and the Achilles notch on the cuff, that class this shoe up like it was sewn by hand.

    Cons: The Thompson is a fair-weather boot. Wet weather and snow? You’ll want to look elsewhere.

    Bottom line: Lawrence of Arabia would have proudly rocked these kicks at any teahouse.

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    Roll-up boot – Lems Boulder Boot: $125

    Lems Boulder Boot for women

    If you’re after a light and fashionable minimalist boot that rolls up to the size of a water bottle, fits like a glove, and still offers plenty of wiggle room in the toe box, then look no further. The Boulder Boot has a zero drop and is a barefoot design. The outer material is made out of full-grain leather, and the inner liner is 100 percent cotton. Previously, traveling light meant foregoing boots, but the Boulder Boot has changed that. Check out our full review here.

    Pros: Oh so packable.

    Cons: The minimalist design might not offer the support you’re after.

    Bottom line: Boots that roll up to the size of a water bottle. It’s like magic for your feet.

    Best Travel Sandals

    Versatile flip-flop – Astral Filipe & Rosa: $75

    Astral Rosa Travel Sandals

    Looking for a flip-flop that can easily transition into a full sandal? Let us introduce you to the Rosa. Known for making paddle-friendly gear, North Carolina-based Astral knows how to make a shoe that provides all-day comfort, traction, and durability. The dual density rubber pods on the bottom will keep you from slipping in even the wettest conditions, and the varied color options match any style.

    Pros: Light, comfortable, and easy to slide on and off.

    Cons: Rocks can get underfoot, and the open design doesn’t provide a lot of toe protection.

    Bottom line: If you want the ease of a flip-flop and the utility of a sandal, this shoe could become your favorite travel companion.

    Updated classic – Teva Voya Infinity: $40

    Teva Voya Infinity Travel Sandal

    These sandals have a pillowy-soft topsole and just enough style to comfortably wear wherever your travels may take you. The webbing is extremely durable and dries quickly. And our editors found the adjustable webbing design provided plenty of support while easily adjusting to a variety of foot shapes.

    Pros: Adjustable webbing allows for a custom fit. Extreme comfort paired with a hefty dose of style.

    Cons: May not stand up to heavy hikes or extreme wear.

    Bottom line: Choose these if you’re looking for the classic comfort of a Teva with fashion-forward design, all for less than 50 bucks.

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     Durable style – Pikolinos Antillas Walking Sandal: $195

    Pikolinos Best Women's Travel Sandal

    Sure, these look way too nice for adventure travel. But hear us out. Our editor swears by them and has worn a pair for years on end — living out of an old VW van, hiking in Ecuador, traveling across Cyprus. You name it, these sandals have done it. (The pictured pair is going on two years’ constant daily use and has never lost a single bead). Made by Spanish brand Pikolinos and hand-beaded by the Massai tribe of East Africa, these leather sandals are built to last.

    Pros: Comfortable enough for hiking, stylish enough for any city pursuit.

    Cons: The leather can dry out if worn in water often.

    Bottom line: If you want an all-day sandal but don’t want to give up on style, this is a winner.

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    Lightweight comfort – Merrell Around Town Sunvue Thong: $70

    Merrell Travel Sandal

    Complete with a cork footbed and air cushion pillow in the heel, your feet will thank you for traveling with these sandals. The adjustable strap allows for a snug fit over your arch, and the grip technology on the sole provides plenty of traction. And at just 5.9 ounces, we can’t believe how light and comfortable these are.

    Pros: Soft, padded sole provides all-day comfort.

    Cons: Some people simply dislike “big toe loops” on their sandals.

    Bottom line: From beach excursions to around-town adventures, these sandals are soft, easy to clean, and super cute.

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    Have a favorite travel shoe we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments and we’ll check it out for future updates.

    And now that you’re feet are covered, make sure you’re ready to head abroad safely:

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