If you thought hacking was just about mischief-makers hunched over computers in the basement, think again. As seasoned author Wallace Wang explains, hacking can also mean questioning the status quo, looking for your own truths and never accepting at face value anything authorities say or do.
The completely revised fourth edition of this offbeat, non-technical book examines what hackers do, how they do it, and how you can protect yourself. Written in the same informative, irreverent, and entertaining style that made the first three editions hugely successful, Steal This Computer Book 4.0 will expand your mind and raise your eyebrows. New chapters discuss the hacker mentality, social engineering and lock picking, exploiting P2P file-sharing networks, and how people manipulate search engines and pop-up ads to obtain and use personal information. Wang also takes issue with the media for "hacking" the news and presenting the public with self-serving stories of questionable accuracy.
Inside, you’ll discover:
–How to manage and fight spam and spyware
–How Trojan horse programs and rootkits work and how to defend against them
–How hackers steal software and defeat copy-protection mechanisms
–How to tell if your machine is being attacked and what you can do to protect it
–Where the hackers are, how they probe a target and sneak into a computer, and what they do once they get inside
–How corporations use hacker techniques to infect your computer and invade your privacy
–How you can lock down your computer to protect your data and your personal information using free programs included on the book’s CD
If you’ve ever logged onto a website, conducted an online transaction, sent or received email, used a networked computer or even watched the evening news, you may have already been tricked, tracked, hacked, and manipulated. As the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. And, as Wallace Wang reveals, they probably are.
The companion CD contains hundreds of megabytes of 100% FREE hacking and security related programs, like keyloggers, spyware stoppers, port blockers, IP scanners, Trojan horse detectors, and much, much more. CD compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
|Publisher:||No Starch Press|
|Edition description:||Fourth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Wallace Wang is the author of several best-selling computer books including of the Steal This Computer Book series, Steal This File Sharing Book, The Book of Nero 7, and Visual Basic 2005 Express: Now Playing (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.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Early Hackers
Chapter 1: The Hacker Mentality
Chapter 2: The First Hackers: The Phone Phreakers
Chapter 3: Hacking People, Places, and Things
Part 2: The PC Pioneers
Chapter 4: Ansi Bombs and Viruses
Chapter 5: Trojan Horses and Worms
Chapter 6: Warez (Software Piracy)
Part 3: The Internet Hackers
Chapter 7: Where the Hackers Are
Chapter 8: Stalking a Computer
Chapter 9: Cracking Passwords
Chapter 10: Digging Into a Computer with Rootkits
Chapter 11: Censoring Information
Chapter 12: The Filesharing Networks
Part 4: The Real World Hackers
Chapter 13: The Internet Con Artists
Chapter 14: Finding People on the Internet
Chapter 15: Propaganda as News and Entertainment
Chapter 16: Hacktivism: Online Activism
Chapter 17: Hate Groups and Terrorists on the Internet
Part 5: The Future—Hacking for Profit
Chapter 18: Identity Theft and Spam
Chapter 19: Banner Ads, Pop-up Ads, and Search Engine Spamming
Chapter 20: Adware and Spyware
Part 6: Protecting Your Computer and Yourself
Chapter 21: Computing on a Shoestring: Getting Stuff for (Almost) Free
Chapter 22: Computer Forensics: The Art of Deleting and Retrieving Data
Chapter 23: Locking Down Your Computer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very informative book on cybersecurity. For some may be a rude awakening on the problems the cyberworld deals with today. Enjoyed reading each chapter which gave various perspectives of the hackers of today
Some techniques are well know, email phishing for instance, hoever the book covers lesser know topics with very good detail. This is a fantastic tool on how to inform people what can and truly does happen and how you can easily prevent most of problems.
This book is full of useful information whether you are a novice or an experienced hacker.
Its a great book.
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