Home Network Security Simplified [NOOK Book]


A straightforward, graphic-based reference for securing your home network

  • Set up a firewall
  • Secure your wireless network
  • Stop adware and spyware
  • Keep your children safe from online threats
  • Prevent a virus outbreak
  • Avoid Internet scams

Phishing. Malware. Spyware. Trojan ...

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A straightforward, graphic-based reference for securing your home network

  • Set up a firewall
  • Secure your wireless network
  • Stop adware and spyware
  • Keep your children safe from online threats
  • Prevent a virus outbreak
  • Avoid Internet scams

Phishing. Malware. Spyware. Trojan horses. Firewalls. Parental controls. If you have a home computer connected to the Internet, you need to understand these security terms. If that connection is high-speed (always on) or you run a wireless network, your need–your vulnerability–is that much greater. Now, with Home Network Security Simplified, you can get illustrated, easy-to-digest information written specifically for your needs.

For each class of security threat, Home Network Security Simplified provides a tutorial–including tricks and tools that hackers use, a primer on network security design fundamentals, and step-by-step instructions on implementing security solutions. The authors also offer tips for monitoring your network and show what to do in the event of a security breach. Specifically, you will learn how to:

Home Network Security Simplified features engaging four-color illustrations throughout, as well as informative security tips and pointers to other resources for more advanced information. Use this book to find the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your home network and your information are secure.

Jim Doherty is the director of marketing and programs with Symbol Technologies’ industry solutions group. Prior to joining Symbol, Jim worked at Cisco Systems, where he led various marketing campaigns for IP telephony and routing and switching solutions. Jim has 17 years of engineering and marketing experience across a broad range of networking and communications technologies. Jim is a coauthor of the Networking Simplified series, including Cisco Networking Simplified, Home Networking Simplified, and Internet Phone Services Simplified. He is also the author of the “Study Notes” section of CCNA Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack (CCNA Self-Study, Exam #640-801), Second Edition. Jim is a former Marine Corps sergeant; he holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from N.C. State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.

Neil Anderson is the senior manager of enterprise systems engineering at Cisco Systems. Neil has more than 20 years of engineering experience including public telephone systems, mobile phone systems, Internet, and home networking. At Cisco, Neil’s focus is large corporate customers in the areas of routing and switching, wireless, security, and IP communications. Neil is a coauthor of the Networking Simplified series, including Home Networking Simplified and Internet Phone Services Simplified. Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press®, the only authorized publisher for Cisco Systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133034868
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 8/9/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,317,164
  • File size: 44 MB
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Meet the Author

Jim Doherty is a Director of Strategic Marketing and Mobility Solutions at Symbol Technologies. Jim coauthored Home Networking Simplified, Cisco Networking Simplified, and other key titles by Cisco Press. Jim has 13 years of experience in the telecom and networking industries.

Neil Anderson is a manager in Enterprise Systems Engineering at Cisco Systems. Neil coauthored Home Networking Simplified, published by Cisco Press. Neil has over 20 years of diverse telecom experience, including public telephone systems, mobile telephone systems, IP networks, wireless, and home networks.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Tip 1: Use Firewalls

Why Do I Need Firewalls?

How Firewalls Work

Stateful Packet Inspection Firewalls

Personal Software Firewalls

Putting Firewalls to Work

Putting a Firewall Between You and the Internet

Enabling Personal Firewalls on Your Computers

Test Driving Your New Protection

What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Hacked

Sometimes, Firewalls Block the Good Stuff


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 2 Tip 2: Secure Your Wireless Network

Why Should I Care About Wireless Network Security?

What Do I Do About Wireless Security?

Change Your Password

Do Not Advertise Your Wireless Network

Scramble Your Signal

Disable Ad-Hoc Networking

How to Do It: Securing Your Wireless Network

Change the Router’s Default Password

Stop Advertising Your Wireless Network

Enable Wireless Encryption

Disable Ad-Hoc Networking

Prevent Unintentional Roaming

Wireless Security Checklist


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 3 Tip 3: Use Antivirus Protection

What Are Computer Viruses?



Trojan Horses

Commonsense Approach to Computer Viruses

How Antivirus Works

Virus Detection

Virus Prevention

Inoculating Yourself Against Computer Viruses

Turning On Antivirus at Your ISP

Installing Antivirus Software on Your Computers

Windows Live OneCare

What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 4 Tip 4: Keep Your Software Updated

Why Software Needs to Be Updated

Updating Your Operating System

Enabling Automatic Updates

Manual Operating System Updates

Updating Your Software Programs

Using Windows Restore Points

Creating a Restore Point

Restoring Your Computer to a Restore Point

What to Do If You Think Your Operating System Has Been Compromised


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 5 Tip 5: Lock Out Spyware and Adware

What Is Spyware and Adware?



Are Spyware and Adware Viruses?

Preventing Spyware and Adware

Exercising Common Sense

Installing a Popup Blocker

Installing an Antispyware/Antiadware Program

What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected

Spyware/Adware-Removal Tools

Removing Spyware and Adware Programs Using the Installed Programs List


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 6 Tip 6: Keep an Eye on Your Kids

What Are the Dangers Your Kids Might Encounter Online?





Illegal Peer-to-Peer Sharing

Maybe I Should Rethink This Internet Thing

Preparing Kids for Being Online

Establish and Communicate the Internet Usage Policy

Making Kids Aware of Online Dangers

Avoid Giving Out Personal Information Online

Policing Kids Online

Browse in Plain Sight

Monitor and Review Your Kids’ Websites and Blogs

Check Out Your Kids’ Blogs

Review Website History

Using Parental Controls

Parental Controls at Your ISP

Parental Controls at Your Home Network Router

Parental Controls on Your Computers

What to Do If You Think Your Child Is Abusing the Rules

Activity Loggers


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 7 Tip 7: Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

How Phishing Scams Work

Tricks of the Trade

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

What to Do If You Suspect You Are the Target of a Phishing Scam


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 8 Tip 8: Create Strong Passwords

Anatomy of a Lousy Password

Elements of a Strong Password

How to Create a Strong Password That You Can Remember

Additional Password Tips


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 9 Tip 9: Back Up Your Files

What Should I Back Up?

Where Do I Back Up To?

How Often Should I Back Up?

Storage Method Overview

Flash Memory

External Hard Drives

Networked Storage

Online Storage

DVD or CD Storage

Summary of Storage Options

Putting It All Together

Using Windows XP Backup


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 10 Tip 10: Use Common Sense

Urban Legends

E-Mail Stock Tips (Pump-and-Dump Scams)

Work from Home (Pyramid) Schemes

Money-Exchange Schemes

“Hot” Merchandise Scam

What to Do to Protect Yourself


Where to Go for More Information

Chapter 11 ”They Couldn’t Hit an Elephant at This Distance”



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