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Steal This Computer Book 4.0: What They Won't Tell You About the Internet [Paperback]

Wallace Wang
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May 18 2006 1593271050 978-1593271053 Fourth Edition

National bestseller with over 175,000 copies sold!

If you thought hacking was just about mischief-makers hunched over computers in the basement, think again. As seasoned author Wallace Wang explains, hacking can also mean questioning the status quo, looking for your own truths, and never accepting at face value anything authorities say or do.

The completely revised fourth edition of this offbeat, non-technical book examines what hackers do, how they do it, and how you can protect yourself. Written in the same informative, irreverent, and entertaining style that made the first three editions hugely successful, Steal This Computer Book 4.0 will expand your mind and raise your eyebrows. New chapters discuss the hacker mentality, social engineering and lock picking, exploiting P2P file-sharing networks, and how people manipulate search engines and pop-up ads to obtain and use personal information. Wang also takes issue with the media for "hacking" the news and presenting the public with self-serving stories of questionable accuracy. Inside, you'll discover:

  • How to manage and fight spam and spyware
  • How Trojan horse programs and rootkits work, and how to defend against them
  • How hackers steal software and defeat copy-protection mechanisms
  • How to tell if your machine is being attacked and what you can do to protect it
  • Where the hackers are, how they probe a target and sneak into a computer, and what they do once they get inside
  • How corporations use hacker techniques to infect your computer and invade your privacy
  • How you can lock down your computer to protect your data and your personal information using free programs included on the book's CD If you ve ever logged onto a website, conducted an online transaction, sent or received email, used a networked computer, or even watched the evening news, you may have already been tricked, tracked, hacked, and manipulated. As the saying goes, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you. And, as Wallace Wang reveals, they probably are. The companion CD contains hundreds of megabytes of 100% FREE hacking and security-related programs, like keyloggers, spyware stoppers, port blockers, IP scanners, Trojan horse detectors, and much, much more. CD compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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    If ever a book on cyberculture wore a fedora and trench coat and leaned against a lamppost on a foggy street, this is the one. It is an unabashed look at the dark side of the Net--the stuff many other books gloss over. It's hard-edged, wisecracking, and often quite cynical as it pours over the reality of online scams, illegal activities, and simple annoyances.

    Wang's stated goal is to open the reader's eyes about what's really there. He shows what's being done, how it's being done, and how to avoid problems or even strike back. He begins with a chapter about the news media, and his message is that no source is to be trusted completely. He examines issues important to Internet users: the cost of getting computerized (with tips on how to find the real bargains), who is using the Internet as a source of hate information, and how your privacy can be invaded and protected.

    He shows you the secrets of malicious hackers and others and how some of them attack computer systems without the ethical mindset typical of the original, idealistic hackers. Wang shows you how you can set up your defenses against such an onslaught, discussing how to protect yourself and your kids from online stalkers and how online con games work.

    Wang never claims that the Internet is the electronic den of darkness that the pop media make it out to be. But he makes it clear that something this big has its lowlights--it's own "net noir." His messages are "know your enemy" and "be careful who you trust," an ideology verified by the examples he provides. --Elizabeth Lewis --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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    ...an intriguing book that outlines many of the secrets of hackers scammers, spammers and others....If you are a frequent user of the Internet you won't be able to put this book down. Steal This Computer Book is immediately fascinating and alarming. -- The Tampa Tribune, August 1998

    If you're smart, and you work on the Internet, you'll get [Steal This Computer Book] before that teen-aged computer geek down the block does....If you, as a citizen of the Internet, are going to walk these electronic streets alone, then you had better be armed. -- Sarasota Herald Tribune, August 1998

    This book is not going to make a lot of people very happy--and it's going to make a lot of others very nervous....It tells you how hackers, phone phreakers and other online misfits wreak the havoc they cause--and fives you enough information to let you do so yourself -- Houston Chronicle, August 1998

    When it comes to computer security, Steal this Computer Book: What They Won't Tell You About the Internet reminds us that sometimes the best defense is a good offense. -- Midwest Book Review, September 1998 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! June 10 2013
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    Anyone who owns a computer really MUST read this book! It has a wealth of information and tips, etc. And it gives insight that most people don't know about. Don't trust the internet, don't trust your computer, just read this book and be SAFE online! Wished I would have bought it sooner, could have saved me a lot of headaches!
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