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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much rant off topic and too thin on specifics, 11 Dec 2004
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The book contains duplicated material. All of Appendix B, over 50 pages long is repeated from material presented earlier in the book. There are lots of rants about security in general, rather than about specifics. For example, in chapter 7 there is a section on RFID technology. What this has to do about security for the home or small office computer is unclear. While the book does contain useful information, it is incomplete. For example how to safely configure a small network of computers, or recommendations to rename the Administrator and Guest accounts on Windows computers. It does not properly spell out what the risks are, but states that such and such is unsafe and best disabled. Sure, if you want absolute security, then disable all services and don't connect to the Internet.
The book would be best by starting off by configuring a computer (Linux or Windows) with minimal services, and then adding services one by one stating what the risks are and how to minimise the threat, ending up with the more risky such as P2P and Internet Chat. Too often we are left with disable this service unless you need it. Poor advice for an ordinary person who is left not knowing whether he needs the service or not. The book is biased to Open Source (nothing wrong in that), but fails to mention that many Internet services are only available from a Windows computer using Internet Explorer (e.g. Government Gateway site).
The front cover of the book states it is the "Experts Voice", which clearly the author is not. Although in all fairness to Thomas C. Green he only claims he is a security specialist not an expert.
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