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.
|Publisher:||No Starch Press|
|Series:||Steal This Computer Book Series|
|Edition description:||Third Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.94(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.13(d)|
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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.
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.
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.