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Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World / Edition 1

Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World / Edition 1

by Douglas Jacobson, Joseph Idziorek Douglas Jacobson
ISBN-10:
1439856184
ISBN-13:
9781439856185
Pub. Date:
11/27/2012
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
ISBN-10:
1439856184
ISBN-13:
9781439856185
Pub. Date:
11/27/2012
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World / Edition 1

Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World / Edition 1

by Douglas Jacobson, Joseph Idziorek Douglas Jacobson
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Overview

Computer users have a significant impact on the security of their computer and personal information as a result of the actions they perform (or do not perform). Helping the average user of computers, or more broadly information technology, make sound security decisions, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World focuses on practical security topics that users are likely to encounter on a regular basis.

Written for nontechnical readers, the book provides context to routine computing tasks so that readers better understand the function and impact of security in everyday life. The authors offer practical computer security knowledge on a range of topics, including social engineering, email, and online shopping, and present best practices pertaining to passwords, wireless networks, and suspicious emails. They also explain how security mechanisms, such as antivirus software and firewalls, protect against the threats of hackers and malware.

While information technology has become interwoven into almost every aspect of daily life, many computer users do not have practical computer security knowledge. This hands-on, in-depth guide helps anyone interested in information technology to better understand the practical aspects of computer security and successfully navigate the dangers of the digital world.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439856185
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

What Is Information Security?
Introduction
How Much of Our Daily Lives Relies on Computers?
Security Truisms
Basic Security Terminology
Cyber Ethics
The Perception of Security
Threat Model
Security Is a Multidisciplinary Topic

Introduction to Computers and the Internet
Introduction
Computers
Operation of a Computer
Overview of the Internet
Computers and the Internet
Security Role-Playing Characters

Passwords under Attack
Introduction
Authentication Process
Password Threats
Strong Passwords
Password Management: Let’s Be Practical

Email Security
Introduction
Email Systems
Email Security and Privacy

Malware: The Dark Side of Software
Introduction
What Is Malware?
How Do I Get Malware?
What Does Malware Do?

Malware: Defense in Depth
Introduction
Data Backup
Firewalls
Software Patches
Antivirus Software
User Education

Securely Surfing the World Wide Web
Introduction
Web Browser
"HTTP Secure"
Web Browser History

Online Shopping
Introduction
Consumer Decisions
Spyware and Key-Loggers
Wireless Sniffing
Scams and Phishing Websites
Misuse and Exposure of Information

Wireless Internet Security
Introduction
How Wireless Networks Work
Wireless Security Threats
Public Wi-Fi Security
Wireless Network Administration

Social Networking
Introduction
Choose Your Friends Wisely
Information Sharing
Malware and Phishing

Social Engineering: Phishing for Suckers
Introduction
Social Engineering: Malware Distribution
Phishing
Detecting a Phishing URL
Application of Knowledge

Staying Safe Online: The Human Threat
Introduction
The Differences between Cyberspace and the Physical World
Consider the Context: Watch What You Say and How It Is Communicated
What You Do on the Internet Lasts Forever
Nothing Is Private, Now or in the Future
Can You Really Tell Who You Are Talking with?
Cameras and Photo Sharing
I Am a Good Person, That Would Never Happen to Me
Is There Anything I Can Do to Make the Internet a Safer Place for My Child?

Case Studies
Introduction
Unable to Remove Malware: Help!
Securely Handling Suspicious Email Attachments
Recovering from a Phishing Attack
Email Account Hacked? Now What?
Smart Phones and Malware
Hey! You! Get off My Wireless Network
Bad Breakup? Sever Your Digital Ties
"Display Images Below"? The Meaning behind the Question
Phishing Email Forensics
It’s on the Internet, So It Must Be True
Buying and Selling Online

Moving Forward with Security and Book Summary
Introduction
After the Completion of the Book
Defense-in-Depth Tasks
Chapter Summaries

Glossary

Appendix A: Reading List
Appendix B: Basics of Cryptography
Appendix C: Web Surfing Security Technologies

A Summary and Bibliography appear at the end of each chapter.

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