Protect Yourself Online

If you've been reticent to buy goods and services online because of security fears, you might want to take a look at Protect Yourself Online.

Protect Yourself Online attempts to steer Net newbies through the issues relating to protecting your privacy and the security of commerce on the Net. In targeting this audience, Danda avoids lots of technical jargon, preferring to explain problems like denial of service attacks with examples of recent events and simple diagrams.

A chapter on 'Internet Fundamentals' helps beginners come to grips with the technology basics like how e-mail works, connecting to the Internet and IP addresses. The book then moves on to sections on the types of threats common on today's Internet, cryptography and encryption, and viruses.

Part two of Protect Yourself Online deals with Web Privacy and Security. In this section, readers will find advice for tackling problems like cookies and changing security settings in Internet Explorer (this is a Microsoft Press book, "so don't look for details on other "browsers). There are also tips for protecting yourself when shopping online, participating in newsgroups and filtering content.

*Part three and part four deal, respectively, with e-mail privacy and security (including encryption and how to digitally sign an e-mail) and desktop security (such as strong passwords, backdoors and operating system vulnerabilities). There's also a separate chapter within desktop security on securing notebooks - an area not often given adequate coverage despite the high level of theft of notebooks.

If you are looking for a straightforward explanation of the issue of security - and you use Microsoft operating systems and browsers - this book could be the answer. Anyone past the beginner stage, however, will already be aware of most of the problems and solutions covered.

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