HD = Hacking Dojo
THA = The Hacker AcademyContent:
- HD - Think martial arts training...The material is laid out so that you are taught certain content at each level. You test (written and practical exam) into the next level.
- THA - You get access to all the material at once. As tturner said in his review, there's core material and cutting edge. Core to give you the basics, cutting edge to touch on newer concepts.- My thoughts: I'm in the HD Shodan class at the moment. I'd say the beginner material is comparable to the one months worth of material I saw at THA. HD doesn't have material comparable to THA's "The Mind of a Hacker" though, which is a really cool module to help you understand the mindset, not just when it comes to security, but just the mindset in general. I can't speak to the caliber of the upper level material of HD as I'm not there yet and I didn't watch any of the upper level material at THA, but at quick glance it seems THA may have the edge with their "cutting edge" material updates.Teaching method:
- HD has weekly classes where you're taught a specific topic by the instructor live via Skype and a desktop sharing app
- THA you're taught topics through prerecorded videos
- HD also offers prerecorded videos for each topic taught by the instructor available on a wiki for viewing in between the weekly classes- My thoughts: While videos are nice, I really like having a live instructor...and with HD you get both.Student interaction:
- HD has a discussion forum, students chat in a chat group with other classmates around class time via Skype.
- THA - You leave comments beneath each video topic, much like how you would reply on a blog post.- My thoughts: As I said in my previous post, I like the type of interaction that discussion forums invite. Saying that, there isn't much action on the HD forums and most students bail after the live class. THA is laid out like a blog, so you're left with chatting via video comments. Which unless a person wants to go back to previous videos to check the comments, you're usually left with students on the same level as yourself.Instructors:
- HD - One instructor and one assistant instructor when he's not able to make class. Read Thomas Wilhelm's bio here
(click on "about the instructor).
- THA - A few instructors who put together the content for the videos. Bios are linked here
.- My thoughts: Both courses have top level instructors. Pentesters, authors, etc...Contacting instructors:
- HD - Contact is usually made via email or on Skype.
- THA - You can leave comments on videos, but it's better to contact via email. An email will get you an appointment setup to talk to an instructor via email, phone, instant messenger.- My thoughts: HD only has one instructor, so it can be a little difficult trying to get a hold of Tom as he has a pentest job during the day, teaches college classes and has a family. I never tried to contact the THA instructors, but I'd imagine that it's a bit easier to get a hold of somebody as they have a few of them.