BN.com Gift Guide

Bandits on the Information Superhighway

Overview

Most people on the Internet behave honestly, but there are always some troublemakers. What risks might you encounter online? And what practical steps can you take to keep yourself safe and happy?Bandits on the Information Superhighway provides a crash course in Internet "street smarts," revealing realistic risks that every user should know about. In addition, this book debunks the overhyped scare stories about Net pornography, computer crime, and dangers to children, perpetuated by the uninformed media. The Net ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $1.99   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Showing 11 – 10 of 0
We’re having technical difficulties. Please try again shortly.
Showing 11 – 10 of 0
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Most people on the Internet behave honestly, but there are always some troublemakers. What risks might you encounter online? And what practical steps can you take to keep yourself safe and happy?Bandits on the Information Superhighway provides a crash course in Internet "street smarts," revealing realistic risks that every user should know about. In addition, this book debunks the overhyped scare stories about Net pornography, computer crime, and dangers to children, perpetuated by the uninformed media. The Net really is a safe place, as long as you take a few simple precautions. Bandits provides that knowledge.Bandits covers online privacy, fake money-making schemes, deceptive advertising, electronic junk mail and "spamming," safe buying and selling, advice for parents, online romance do's and don'ts, pranks and hoaxes, users' rights, and much more.This book will show you:

  • How much privacy you have on the Net, and how you can get more
  • How to spot common Internet scams, like "get rich quick" schemes and deceptive advertising, and where to look for help if you get ripped off
  • The "Ten Commandments" of buying and selling personal items on the Net, when you don't know the other people involved
  • What every parent should know about the Internet, and the simple truth behind popular "scare stories" about pornography and pedophiles
  • The risks of meeting, trusting, or falling in love with people that you've never met in the flesh
  • With first-person anecdotes, technical tips, and the advice of experts from diverse fields, Bandits on the Information Superhighway helps you identify and avoid risks online, so you can have a more productive and enjoyable time on the Internet.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Danny Yee

Daniel J. Barrett's Bandits on the Information Superhighway is the best book yet in O'Reilly's What You Need to Know series, and perhaps an even more valuable contribution to making the Internet accessible than their classic The Whole Internet. It is a survey of all the bad things that can happen to you online: It explains what the dangers are and what you can do to minimize them. Bandits is not just for new (and not so new) users frightened by the uncertainties of being online; it is also for those who are not yet connected, who have put off getting Internet access through fear of the unknown.

The eleven chapters of Bandits (not counting the introduction) can be read independently of one another. The topics covered are privacy (mostly dealing with e-mail and news rather than computer security in general); get rich pyramid schemes; other common scams (advertisements dressed up as ordinary posts, students trying to get others to write their assignments, etc.); how to avoid paying money for free information; how to buy and sell safely; Usenet spams, April Fools' day jokes, urban legends, and junk e-mail; Internet relationships (particularly romances); looking after children (including some much needed deflation of media pornography myths); legal issues (what are your rights?); what to do if you are ripped off (where you can turn to for help when there isn't anything you can do); and what the future holds for the Internet.

The format of Bandits, like that of the other What You Need to Know books, is designed to be as friendly as possible: It has short, personal anecdotes (including some from ordinary users) in the margin, separate boxes dealing with more specialized subjects, and only as much technical material as is absolutely necessary. But Barrett knows his stuff, and the contributors include respected Usenetters such as Joel Furr and Brad Templeton: Not once did I stop and think "hey, that's not right," or "that's not the right way of putting that."

I do think a few improvements could be made to Bandits. It assumes in several places that users are connecting to a Unix server over an ethernet (lots of concern about packet sniffers, and discussion of "finger" and "talk") rather than to an ISP using a modem. (Not only are people in the latter class now a majority of Internet users, but they are the ones who most need Bandits, since they are less likely to have a system administrator to turn to for advice or reassurance.) Although a lot of URLs are provided as sources for further information, the focus is heavily on e-mail and Usenet, and there is little discussion about the Web itself. (It would have been useful to explain, for example, that http://www.univ.edu/admin/ is more likely to be an "official" page than http://www.univ.edu/~bloggs/me.html.) And finally, there is nothing on intellectual banditry. (The infamous antiArmenian robo-poster Serdar Argic, for example, was more than just a spammer: It was his complete reversal of the truth and his creative use of references which really made him dangerous.) Admittedly, the ability to distinguish the respectable and objective from propaganda and the lunatic fringe is hardly something one can hope to teach in a chapter, but it would have been nice to see a few guidelines.
Electronic Review of Computer Books

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565921566
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/8/1996
  • Series: What You Need to Know Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Barrett has been immersed in Internet technology since 1985. Currently working as a software engineer, Dan has also been a heavy metal singer, Unix system administrator, university lecturer, web designer, and humorist. He is the author of O'Reilly's Linux Pocket Guide, and he is the coauthor of Linux Security Cookbook, and SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

What you need to know about this book
Ch. 1 Welcome to the Internet! 1
Ch. 2 Protecting your privacy 17
Ch. 3 "Get rich quick" schemes 47
Ch. 4 Appearances can be deceiving 63
Ch. 5 Free information ... for a price 75
Ch. 6 Buying and selling on the Net 83
Ch. 7 Pranks, spams, and time wasters 99
Ch. 8 Strangers, friends, and lovers 123
Ch. 9 Parents and the Internet 141
Ch. 10 Your rights on the Net 157
Ch. 11 What to do if you are ripped off 175
Ch. 12 What will the future bring? 199
Understanding Internet addresses 213
Index 219
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)