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Computer Security for the Home and Small Office : APRESSPOD - Thomas C. Greene

Computer Security for the Home and Small Office


Paperback Published: 17th September 2004
ISBN: 9781590593165
Number Of Pages: 405

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Computer Security for the Home and Small Office addresses the long-neglected security needs of everyday users in the home, company workstation, and SOHO (small office/home office) categories, with emphasis on system hardening, eliminating malware, user and Internet privacy, encryption, and data hygiene.

The book offers comprehensive tutorials for protecting privacy, preventing system attacks and, most important, avoiding difficulties from buggy programs and software laced with hidden functions and networking capabilities.

Furthermore, the book is packed with information about open-source products with related security strategies for Windows users. One recurrent strategy: replacing insecure closed-source applications and utilities with safer open-source alternatives, thereby eliminating numerous routes to system exploitation and privacy invasion.

Also included is plenty of guidance for Linux users, and a full chapter weighing the advantages and disadvantages of migrating to Linux--a step that can greatly simplify computer security, even for the novice user.

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"Thomas Greene provides the home and SOHO user, and the work-at-home corporate user, a thorough, realistic assessment of the security and privacy risks they face, to instruct them in making their machines and networks unattractive targets for attack and to limit the damage an intrusion or other security snafu can cause. It is a general security and privacy handbook primarily for Window users, but ... accommodates Linux users with occasional boxed tips and sidebars." (it-expert, Issue no. 48, 2004)

About the Authorp. vii
About the Technical Reviewerp. ix
About the Illustratorp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
The Magic of Firewallsp. xvii
"Hackproofing"p. xxiv
An Open-Source Solutionp. xxvi
Why Mozilla?p. xxix
Introducing the Dark Sidep. 1
The Hacker's Lairp. 4
Child's Playp. 13
Free Porn and Easy Creditp. 21
Vectorsp. 31
Common Vectorsp. 33
Other Vulnerabilitiesp. 39
"Unsafe at Any Speed"p. 41
Defensep. 45
Becoming a Userp. 58
Social Engineeringp. 73
Serving Hackers with a Smilep. 75
Mad Cowsp. 88
From Newbie to Power Userp. 95
Network and Internet Monitoringp. 99
System Monitoringp. 112
Encryptionp. 119
Treasure Huntp. 155
Local Stealthp. 156
The Wibbly Wobbly Webp. 178
Online Stealthp. 181
The Open-Source Escape Hatchp. 195
A Fresh Approachp. 196
The Sins of William Perfidiousp. 204
Trust Nothing, Fear Nothingp. 219
"Depend on Us"p. 220
Disinformationp. 227
Unintended Consequencesp. 256
Database Hellp. 264
Trust Nothing, Fear Nothingp. 275
Glossaryp. 279
Procedures, Processes, and Portsp. 297
Proceduresp. 297
Notes on NATp. 348
Notes on Packet Filtersp. 349
Windows Processesp. 351
Portsp. 354
Online Resourcesp. 389
Security Newsp. 389
Resourcesp. 390
E-mail Listsp. 392
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9781590593165
ISBN-10: 1590593162
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 405
Published: 17th September 2004
Publisher: Apress
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 18.09  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.72