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Whether you're an entrepreneur, a manager in a small-to-midsize business, or a home user, chances are your PCs and networks aren't nearly as secure as you think. You need to fix that. Don't wait: Get Defeating the Hacker, and get started.
We expected this book to be technically strong. Author Robert Schifreen's been involved with computer security, well, forever. In 1985, he became the first person on earth to face a jury trial for alleged hacking -- and escaped scot free, because what he'd done wasn't against the law yet. He's long since reformed; he works with corporate clients nowadays, and sure enough, he knows his stuff.
But here's what we didn't expect.
#1. This book is written in plain English. Anyone who can run Windows can understand (and do) most of what's in here. Even the more technical content is surprisingly accessible.
#2. It's remarkably thorough. Plenty of "insider" security books promise more than they deliver. Not this one. Schifreen covers everything from passwords to patching to phishing to penetration testing to piracy to P2P. And the rest of the alphabet, too: wireless security, spyware, e-commerce fraud: You name it, it's here.
#3. This book's well and truly packed with tips and insights from the author's own experience. One minute, Schifreen's telling you how well biometrics really work; next minute he's pointing you to a free downloadable 1,000-page book on web site security.
#4. Best of all, this stuff's really doable. Some security books are terrifying and succeed only in immobilizing their readers. Not this one. In this one, every chapter ends with specific, realistic "action points": steps you can take right now. Very, very empowering. Bill Camarda, from the May 2006 Read Only