Computer Security for the Home and Small Office

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* Does not assume prior knowledge, yet goes beyond introductory level

* Patient, step-by-step instruction with a minimum of jargon

* Recognizes the increasing use of home systems and public systems by corporate users (telecommuters).

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Dear Reader,

The media bring us daily reports of malicious hacking, virus and worm outbreaks, spyware, privacy invasion, identity theft, and commercial profiling via the Internet. We hear much about these threats, yet we're rarely told how realistic each one is, or offered much help in avoiding them. Books covering computer security fall into two categories: technical manuals requiring substantial prior knowledge, and books for users offering a few simplistic bromides. What's long been lacking is a computer security manual that's understandable to the average user, yet truly comprehensive. So I decided to write one.

In this book you'll find patient, step-by-step tutorials for protecting your privacy, surfing the Web anonymously, and hardening your Windows or Linux system against attacks from outside, and, more importantly, from within: from software that's full of bugs or laced with hidden functions and secret networking capabilities. There is also a good deal of background material that will demystify computer security and help you to become a better judge of the threats you need to worry about, and those you can safely dismiss. It is neither difficult nor expensive to harden a computer system or small office network and frustrate malicious hackers, virus writers and privacy invaders. Computer security is not a black art. You can learn it, and you will.

Thomas C. Greene

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Thomas C. Greene is associate editor of The Register, the leading independent IT news daily, where he has been a senior editor and columnist for 5 years. Tom covers cybercrime, computer and network security, and Washington politics and legislation related to information technology.

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