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Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World [Paperback]

Douglas Jacobson , Joseph Idziorek

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Nov. 27 2012

Computer users have a significant impact on the security of their computer and personal information as a result of the actions they perform (or do not perform). Helping the average user of computers, or more broadly information technology, make sound security decisions, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World focuses on practical security topics that users are likely to encounter on a regular basis.

Written for nontechnical readers, the book provides context to routine computing tasks so that readers better understand the function and impact of security in everyday life. The authors offer practical computer security knowledge on a range of topics, including social engineering, email, and online shopping, and present best practices pertaining to passwords, wireless networks, and suspicious emails. They also explain how security mechanisms, such as antivirus software and firewalls, protect against the threats of hackers and malware.

While information technology has become interwoven into almost every aspect of daily life, many computer users do not have practical computer security knowledge. This hands-on, in-depth guide helps anyone interested in information technology to better understand the practical aspects of computer security and successfully navigate the dangers of the digital world.


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"… a practical, application-oriented introduction to security education and literacy. While the information is technical enough to provide value to information systems professionals, the organization around specific topics makes it accessible to non-technical users looking for information on specific issues. … the book would be appropriate for an upper-division introductory course on information security … a good book for use in educational training programs developed by corporate information security managers. Technical information security professionals could also benefit from reading the book. … the material is well-written and effectively organized."
—W.T. Neumann, Computing Reviews, March 2013

"User error was manifest last week when it was detailed that the New York Times was penetrated over the course of four months by Chinese hackers who infiltrated its network and obtained passwords for a significant amount of the Times reporters and employees. Attempting to alleviate such user error issues, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World is a helpful security awareness book. … The book provides information about essential security topics in an easy-to-read manner. … a worthwhile guide for an organization to have in their information security awareness program. It provides the reader with an understanding and appreciation for the magnitude of computer security. Had the New York Times employees been aware of the risks and taken actions as written in Computer Security Literacy, odds are that the effects would have been much less, and they wouldn’t have been a cover story in their own periodical."
—Ben Rothke, RSA Conference.com, February 2013

"… a good primer for laypersons who use computers, giving this audience a broad understanding of important points. … Recommended"
—S.A. Patton, Indiana State University in CHOICE Magazine, June 2013


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book April 4 2013
By Jim Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best books I've read on computer security, and no I don't know or have any affiliation with the authors or anything like that. I'm just someone who wants to know more about computer and internet security to avoid online scams, getting hacked and becoming an identity theft victim.

The book is in color and the diagrams used are simple and well explained (click on the "Look Inside" to view part of the book). To explain concepts, the authors selects every day, easy to relate to analogies like a post office letter for network routing. The one thing I didn't like was the lack of an index in the back.

I think the book is written at a level one might find used for a first year introductory college course on computer security. The authors don't assume you have a background in computer science or engineering. Rather as someone else pointed out in their review, the book is written more for the layman.

I debated whether to buy this book because there's a lot of free security information available on the internet that covers the same topics as the book. But what I found was the internet has a lot of wrong, outdated and conflicting information which can leave you vulnerable when it comes to computer security. I felt it's worth the price of the book to make sure I had the latest (as of 2012) and right information (the authors are an Iowa State professor and a program manager at Microsoft) so I purchased the book and I don't regret it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective end-user security awareness guide Feb. 4 2013
By Ben Rothke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the most important papers on computer security and usability was Why Johnny Can't Encrypt, A Usability Evaluation of PGP 5.0 by Alma Whitten and J.D. Tygar. They noted that user errors cause or contribute to most computer security failures.

User error was manifest last week when it was detailed that the New York Times was penetrated over the course of four months by Chinese hackers who infiltrated its network and obtained passwords for a significant amount of the Times reporters and employees.

Attempting to alleviate such user error issues, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World is a helpful security awareness book.

The book is written for the non-technical user, and attempts to provide a thorough overview of all areas where they need to be aware of the information security and privacy risks.

Critical areas such as phishing, malware, social engineering, email issue, e-commerce and more.

The book provides information about essential security topics in an easy to read manner.

While the book is intended for non-technical users, it does take a somewhat technical slant. For those readers that are comfortable with command-line edits and other configuration changes, they will not be intimidated by this book.

Overall, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World is a worthwhile guide for an organization to have in their information security awareness program. It provides the reader with an understanding and appreciation for the magnitude of computer security.

Had the New York Times employees been aware of the risks and taken actions as written in Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World, odds are that the effects would have been much less, and they wouldn't have been a cover story in their own periodical.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Computer Security Literacy" > A Practical Hands-On, In-Depth User Guide < Feb. 11 2014
By Michael GreenGold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Computer Security Literacy : Staying Safe In A Digital World, Circa 12.2012" in its 14+ Chapters, 344+ Pages seeks to educate US, the non-technical user, at the user layer, and focuses on practical topics that WE are likely to encounter on a regular basis...It has long been recognized that WE, the user, are the weakest link in the Security chain..."Computer Security Literacy", a hands-on, in-depth user guide, provides relevant knowledge & information in our multiple daily uses of Information Technology...Going Forward, WE, the user, often have the greatest impact in the Security of our Computers and Information, as it turns out, by the Results of the Actions that WE do or do not perform..."Computer Security Literacy" provides practical Security education to give US, the user, the context to make sound Security decisions!!!...>>> Michael ...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a tech savy person, and this book was a big help Jan. 10 2013
By Jess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I stumbled onto this book while looking for a book for one of my classes. I was having a number of PC issues at the time, and decided to give this a read. It was very helpful for me! I used to be pretty nonchalant about my computer use while online, and I have paid the price for some errant clicks a number of times before. This opened me up to what phishing attacks were, and how to tell if something is likely a scam or a dangerous link. I think I have become a smarter internet user, and hopefully this book can do the same for you.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book, good read even for a lehman Jan. 10 2013
By JF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A friend of mine referred me to this book, and I really enjoyed it. It has a lot of good information about protecting oneself when online. A lot of times these books fall into the trap of getting too technical, and that can be really confusing for the average computer user looking for some information. I thought it stayed readable, even to a lehman, and covered a good variety of topics that tackle questions that people face everyday while online. If you are looking for a book that will help answer all of your questions about online security and safety, this is definitely a good place to start.

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