Steal This Computer Book 3: What They Don't Tell You About the Internet

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This offbeat, non-technical book looks at what hackers do, how they do it, and how you can protect yourself. The third edition of this bestseller (over 150,000 copies sold) adopts the same informative, irreverent, and entertaining style that made the first two editions a huge success. Thoroughly updated, this edition also covers rootkits, spyware, web bugs, identity theft, hacktivism, wireless hacking (wardriving), biometrics, and firewalls.

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Overview

This offbeat, non-technical book looks at what hackers do, how they do it, and how you can protect yourself. The third edition of this bestseller (over 150,000 copies sold) adopts the same informative, irreverent, and entertaining style that made the first two editions a huge success. Thoroughly updated, this edition also covers rootkits, spyware, web bugs, identity theft, hacktivism, wireless hacking (wardriving), biometrics, and firewalls.

This worldwide bestseller, with over 150,000 copies sold of previous editions, is a great crossover title that appeals to both readers with computer security experience and those new to the topic. The included CDROM has over 300 programs.

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""If this book had a soundtrack, it'd be Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side."
Library Journal
Many titles help network administrators repel hackers and network attacks (see Computer Media, LJ 3/1/03, LJ 8/03). This updated edition of Steal, however, assists home users in conquering their own vulnerabilities (both external and self-imposed), while providing background and insight into the computing underworld. Discussion ranges from Internet filtering to protecting personal data, veering between philosophy and hands-on strategies. The result: an odd but fascinating compendium of resources, recommendations, and philosophical musings. Appendixes include recommendations of defensive software, an annotated list of hacker tools, a history of phreaking (a form of eavesdropping), and a glossary. Highly recommended for larger libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593270001
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 5/10/2003
  • Series: Steal This Computer Book Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Wang is the author of several best-selling computer books, including My New Mac, My New iPhone, and Steal This Computer Book (all No Starch Press). He is also a successful standup comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Information Overload (Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics)
1 Finding what you Need: The Magic of Search Engines
2 Alternative Sources of News and Information
3 Censoring Information (We Know what's Best for you)
4 Hacktivism: Online Activism
5 Pledging Allegiance: Hatred as Patriotism
6 Where the Hackers are
Pt. 2 Dangerous Threats on the Internet
7 Viruses and Worms
8 Trojan Horses: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts
9 Con Games on the Internet
10 Online Stalkers
Pt. 3 Breaking and Entering Computers
11 Probing a Target
12 Sneaking into a Computer
13 Digging in
Pt. 4 Protecting Yourself
14 Computing on a Shoestring
15 Protecting your Data and your Privacy
16 Waging War on Spam
17 Web Bugs, Adware, Pop-Ups, and Spyware
Pt. 5 Protecting your Computer
18 Firewalls, Intrusion-Detection Systems, and Honeypots
19 Computer Forensics: Recovering and Deleting Data
20 Protecting your Computer
A Software
B A Hacker's Gallery of Rogue Tools
C A Bit of History: Phone Phreaking and Other Phun
D: Glossary
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    This book opens your eyes to your vulnerability.

    A good book, gets you thinking. Most people are too comfortable on the internet, it is when you are too comfortable that you are most vulnerable. Author is also good about touching on the subject of 'hacking' most people do not realize not every person capable of being a hacker is bad. Bottom line, you can learn something from everyone, be careful about where you get your information, expecially if it is free. This book does a good job describing in plain language the risks that are lurking on the internet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Buy it.

    I read Wallace Wang¿s Programming for Dummies and bought this book. Because of the title, I thought it would be trashy or an imitation of the old Yippe Steal This Book. On the contrary, it is quite different. The book contains five main sections, covering three main themes: information, Internet scams and threats, and protection. Like his other books, this is well written and easy to read. It is not a ¿how to¿ book for either hacking or creating impregnable systems. The book is an objective treatise on exploring cyberspace, an explanation of what sometimes occurs, and a guide to intelligent utilization of resources. Most of all, Mr. Wang opens the door to opening your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Great ideas for protecting yourself on the 'Net

    This book is an excellent book about 'the stuff that you should know about the 'Net, but remains hidden' because certain folk don't want you to know about it. Subjects like hate groups on the net, censored web sites, ways to keep your computer from getting viruses and Trojan horses, ways to avoid having your computer get 'hacked,' even ways to find cheap software. This book has a wonderful collection of information you won't find in most 'general' computer books. Reading through this book it was amazing to discover how easy a lot of this information is to find online if you know where to look for it. You can use search engines to find a lot of information about hate groups or censored web sites for example. Or you can search the web and find sites about hate groups, online activism, or even sites with 'alternative news sources.' Viruses and worms are also a problem and Wang describes how to deal with them, or to keep 'hackers' from breaking in to your computer (and it can be done easily enough, but it's also relatively easy to keep most of the away), or how to delete sensitive files on your computer well enough to keep them from being recovered by unscrupulous folk. Wang even includes a 'hacker's gallery of rogue tools' for 'hacking' or 'cracking other folks' computers. Wang also takes great pains to say these tools should never be used for breaking into other people's computers, which is good (and probably saves him and his publisher from legal trouble) but it is good for the average computer user to know about their existence. All in all, a great book about how and what to do to protect yourself from the 'dark side' of the Internet.

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