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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1 edition (Oct. 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130334480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130334480
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
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I found this book by accident while looking for another computer book. I flipped through it. It captured me so I decided to buy.
Even though I work on computers for a living, I still found several useful information from the book. Reading the last chapter which touched on the relationship issue, I wished the author had written the book several years ago. If I'd had the book then, I might have saved myself several regrets and become wiser without having to learn what I know now the hard way myself.
Other than a light touch of useful technical info, the author gives a very insightful perspective on the computer technology, esp. the internet world itself. I really, really enjoyed this book as I savored and immersed myself in the author deep thoughts and the extensive background info, which gave me a better understanding of how things've become.
I give this book 2 thumbs up and highly recommend it as a must read for anyone who'd love to broaden their mind and perspective.
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By Sandy on Feb. 26 2002
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Along with the thoughts of previous reviewers, I find it difficult to come up with more adequate adjectives for this fine book. Such a wealth of information, based on extensive research!!
I was hardly prepared for the fascinating history, psychology, education, and thoroughly compelling subjects covered in this humorous, personal approach. It is not a book that you can put down and refer to periodically. It's a page turner from cover to cover.
If all who participate in activities on the web were to seriously consider the observations and suggestions provided within these pages, what a considerate, happy place the net would remain.
Hopefully, all responsible human beings will follow these guidelines.
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On the second page of his latest book, "Internet Insecurity," Harley Hahn says, "this is not a normal computer book, not by a long shot." And he keeps the promise.
The computer sections of bookstores are filled with volumes on hacking and computer safety, many of them written for people who run servers, networks and large computer operations or who are charged with tracking the hackers. Some of them seemingly just want to scare us into shutting down out computers and never accessing the Internet.
Hahn's book is neither of these. It's written so even beginners can understand it, and it follows through on another promise made on the first page:
"I do not want you worrying needlessly about things that are not really a problem. For example, regardless of what you might hear, you do not need to worry about computer viruses or about unknown perpetrators breaking into your system -- not if you take a few simple precautions ... There are far more important things I want you to think about: how the Internet affects your privacy, your security, your money, your relationships, your work and your family."
I cringed when I read that, but Hahn is well-respected, and I wanted to see what he had to say, so I bought the book. While I'm not going to give up my anti-virus software or my firewall, I understand where he's coming from and agree that -- if we all followed his advice -- we'd probably be safe. I'm just not sure that most people are willing to follow the advice he offers.
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By A Customer on Dec 23 2001
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I have enjoyed all the Harley Hahn books I've read so far, but this book is my all time favourite. As always, Harley combines a fun style of writing with useful technical instruction and the reader will learn a lot of interesting facts in a very enjoyable way.
As I read Internet Insecurity, I wished that Harley had written it 3 years ago, when I was just beginning to use the internet. If I'd known then what I've since learned from the book, I would have avoided learning about online relationships the hard way, for instance. Because the dangers of the internet are not what we commonly think of, and although we need to know about computer viruses, and be aware of privacy issues, the most painful mistakes that we make are due to a lack of understanding of this new technology, which is set to change our lives in so many ways.
I would recommend Internet Insecurity to anyone using the internet. As well as being a fascinating way to learn all about the origins of the internet, computer viruses, online shopping, sex and relationships, it is the only book I have found which addresses the concerns we all have, and separates the real from the imaginery fears associated with the internet. I found the book both thought provoking and yet entertaining, and I have certainly learned a lot from reading it.
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By A Customer on Dec 11 2001
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Like all Harley Hahn books, it's written in such an entertaining style that what might otherwise be dull technical details become fun to read about.
Not that Internet Insecurity deals exclusively with technical details. It's much more about how our lives will be affected by using this new technology, and is an insight into some of the problems we're only just starting to face. Like the danger of unwittingly becoming involved in an online relationship, or the pitfalls of buying and selling online.
Harley Hahn explains about computer viruses, giving an interesting history of how they started and advice on avoiding them. He also talks about the role of cookies, and the ways of protecting both yourself and your computer, and keeping your inbox free from spam.
In fact, anyone who uses the net would be well advised to read this book - it contains a huge amount of vital information, and will help you understand more about the impact of the net on our lives. I finished it wishing he'd written the book 3 years ago - if I'd read it then, I might have avoided some of the mistakes I subsequently made!
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