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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses (Absolute Beginner's Guides) [Paperback]

Andy Edward Walker
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9 Nov 2005 Absolute Beginner's Guides

Batten down the hatches! Hackers, spammers and thieves (oh my!) are after you! The mere act of turning on an Internet-connected computer can put you, your family, and your personal finances at risk by exposing you to viruses, scam artists, hackers, identity thieves, and spammers. How do you fight back? Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses is your first line of defense.

 

Clear, easy-to-understand definitions of viruses, spyware, and hackers will help you understand what you're up against everytime you go online. Then, you'll learn about other threats, such as identity theft, phishing, and other potential dangers you'll face in your everyday computing. Find out how to search out and destroy spyware, malware and other viscious programs that could potentially harm your computer. Then find out how to lock out hackers, spammers, and theives for good.

 

We'll tell you how to immediately cut the risk of being attacked in half — in less than 10 minutes! Protect your bank accounts, digital photos, digital music collection, masters thesis, and everything you hold near and dear on your computer with the help of the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 1 edition (9 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789734591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789734594
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,135,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batten down the hatches! Hackers, spammers and thieves (oh my!) are after you! The mere act of turning on an Internet-connected computer can put you, your family, and your personal finances at risk by exposing you to viruses, scam artists, hackers, identity thieves, and spammers. How do you fight back? Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses is your first line of defense.

 

Clear, easy-to-understand definitions of viruses, spyware, and hackers will help you understand what you're up against everytime you go online. Then, you'll learn about other threats, such as identity theft, phishing, and other potential dangers you'll face in your everyday computing. Find out how to search out and destroy spyware, malware and other viscious programs that could potentially harm your computer. Then find out how to lock out hackers, spammers, and theives for good.

 

We'll tell you how to immediately cut the risk of being attacked in half — in less than 10 minutes! Protect your bank accounts, digital photos, digital music collection, masters thesis, and everything you hold near and dear on your computer with the help of the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses.

About the Author

Andy Walker is one of North America's top technology journalists. Since 1995, he has written about personal computer technology for dozens of newspapers, magazines, and websites. His personal technology advice column was syndicated across the Southam Newspaper chain and today the body of work is published at Cyberwalker.com where more than 5 million unique visitors read the advice annually. Andy has appeared as a tech expert on hundreds of TV and radio broadcasts and now co-hosts hosted the internationally syndicated TV show Call for Help with Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur. Andy was born in the United Kingdom, educated and raised in Canada, and now lives in Toronto with a two cats and a really secure personal computer.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have 17 Sep 2006
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I think this book is brilliant. It tells it how it is, with humour, and in a language that is plain and clear. No "techno-babble".The outstanding thing for me was it offers options and shows more than one solution to each problem. This is clearly written by a man with a great understanding of computing problems and safe guards that a PC user has to face today.This book should be put in with every new computer that's sold.

Good work Andy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Protect your computer 28 Mar 2006
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If, like all responsible computer users, you are concerned about nasties like viruses, spyware and spam - then this book is essential reading. Not only does Andy Walker describe all varieties of these evils but he does so in a clear and easily understood way with explanations about why the anti-social amongst us perpetrate them. Andy then gives us some answers - and most of these are either freely available or can be obtained at minimal cost. Follow Andy's advice and make your computer secure - and don't be put off by the title - this book is designed for beginners but I bet there are many professionals out there who have computers that are less secure than mine now is after following Andy's advice.
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For some-one like me, who is reasonably computer literate but by no means an expert, this book is like a breath of fresh air. It is written in language that even I can understand and the author conveys his information in such a way that anyone can carry out the projects needed to protect his PC. Devoid of confusing computerese it leads one from page to page effortlessly. Well done Andy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful But Repititious and a Bit Disorganized 9 Mar 2006
By Louis Barbarelli - Published on Amazon.com
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This book does a pretty good job at clearing away some of the mystery surrounding home computer security. For the uninitiated, it defines viruses, spyware, adware, spam, phishing, etc. and does a pretty good job of helping you to understand how these threats differ from each other. The book is less successful in differentiating the symptoms that help indicate which type of infection you might have. I think the author should have included a "symptoms matrix" which showed, in one chart, which symptoms apply to which threat and which threats might exhibit overlapping symptoms. Let's face it, many readers of this book bought it because they are having some type of malware problem and they need help in diagnosing it and then fixing it. Understanding what may have caused the problem is an important step, but it's only a step.

The book puts too much reliance on virus checkers and spyware to resolve your problems. Even if these tools prevent 99% of all threats, it only takes one threat to bring your system to its knees. I don't think the book does enough to help you fix that type of problem.

I also felt that the book may be a little irresponsible in encouraging you to wipe your system clean (reformat your hard disk and start over) if all else fails. It's a little bit like a book about warfare that spends a lot of time on dropping a nuclear bomb but didn't explain very well all of the other less drastic measures that should have been tried first.

Another issue with the book is that Parts I, II, and III contain essentially the same tips organized in a different way. So, while the straightforward and humorous writing style should make a cover-to-cover read entertaining, the somewhat redundant sections actually make such a read a boring task as the book wears on. I suspect that the writer was trying to make these sections as self-contained as possible, but I don't think the book's organization was sufficiently well thought out. The author needed to make up his mind whether this book was going to be a compendium of stand-alone articles or a step-by-step tutor for beginners. It tries to be both and that gets messy as one gets deeper into the book.

In summary, if you know little or nothing about the topics covered in this book, I recommend it as a learning tool. It's also great for gearing you up to prevent problems. But don't expect it to help you much in getting rid of an infection after the fact. Unless you are into nuclear warfare.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product More for Experienced Users 6 April 2007
By MB Texas - Published on Amazon.com
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I checked the book out of the library to give me something to read on a trip, and liked it so much, I purchased it when I returned. It includes step by step instructions for the beginner, but as you get further into the book, some of the details may scare away new computer users. Working on computers for 20+ years, I figured it would be a good review, but I learned a lot.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secure your computer. 2 Dec 2005
By Ted - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a must have for anyone who owns a PC running windows. This is not your typical computer book. It is very well written, easy to read and is interspersed with excellent snippets of humor. Each chapter contains a wealth information, recommendations and sage advice to boot. Do yourself a favor and buy this book - secure your computer now.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for even the experienced computer user. 27 Nov 2005
By Craig A. Worden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What can I say?

I have read this book from beginning to end. It is an easy read, highlighted by Andy's wit and style of writing.

His vast knowledge is shared in every chapter. Being a seasoned computer user, this book has even taught me things that I thought I already knew.

I recommend this book for anyone who owns a personal computer. You can read it to learn or just have it sitting close by for reference.

I personally hope there are many more books in the future from this author.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Any PC User 26 Nov 2005
By M.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Andy Walker being the well known tech journalist, the book is a steal. It's a must have for any pc user whether you're a novice or advanced user. The book just shows the extreme amounts of tech knowledge he really has, just from reading the book I could tell it's only the tip of the iceberg relatively speaking. The book is great as is his easy to use website; [...] . This book will definitely help protect you online, as it does for me. Just having the book near your pc is like a help desk at your fingertips. If you are pc user who doesn't have a troubleshooting book, this would be a worthy choice.
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