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Posted February 4, 2011
The title alone, was the reason why I wanted to review this book. Who hasn't had some kind of e-mail spam in their inbox? In this book, you'll learn how spammers think and what the goals of spyware and virus are.
In the news, you always hear about government and big business being cyber attacked, but you don't hear much about small business or the average person who are attacked everyday. Hackers send out their virus to either test their virus or to try to steal personal and private information from your computer. In other words, hackers are thieves.
In the book, you'll learn all there is to know about malware, spyware, adware, viruses, spam, spoofing, phishing worms, trojans, SQL injection, Hijack, Rootkits, Bots, and the impact of Malware. You'll read about the 10 most Common E-mail Scams and How to Defend Against Them.
Honestly, I already knew quite a bit on the subject matter, and if you are also well informed, then this book might not be for you. Someone new to computers, or has little knowledge about protecting your computer, will find this book interesting. There are plenty of links listed for paying and free firewalls, virus scans, and other useful information to keep your computer safe from cyber attacks.
*I would like to thank the Atlantic Publishing Group for sending me a copy to review.
Posted January 19, 2011
I believe this is the most important book on the market for anyone that has a computer and is connected to the Internet. (Statistics show 7 billion world-wide.) Written in easy, lay-language Bruce C. Brown gives us an understanding of the various terms associated to intrusions and theft of data. He also includes information on detection and gives safe websites for more information or software protection.
Brown states that "...there is no single solution to the issue of protecting against hackers and their nefarious deeds, and it is never possible to be 100 percent hacker-proof." This statement in itself urges us to install a variety of defense mechanisms on our computers.
On a personal note, being previously hacked while using other systems, I was pleased to read that "Windows 7 is without a doubt the most secure and stable version of Windows ever produced." I find it sad that we have to be so aware and protective because of wicked people wanting to hack into our lives for monetary or malicious gain. However, with knowledge gained through books like this we can become cognizant of what we need to do ourselves.