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Web Security and Commerce (Nutshell Handbook) Paperback – 11 Jun 1997

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  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565922697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565922693
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,633,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explaining what the real security risks of web commerce are, this text goes on to explain how you can minimize them. Designed for Web surfers and system administrators responsible for the security of a critical web server, this provides information on all there is to know. Entertaining as well as illuminating, it looks behind the headlines at the technologies, risks, and benefits of the web.

From the Author

So you want to make money on the Internet?
This book is based on my experiences from two years' worth of reporting on web security "advances" and running a small ISP on Martha's Vineyard. Although it's nearly impossible to keep up with the developments in web security, I've done my best to bring out an interesting and timely book.

This book basically has two kinds of information. The first is backing on the whole notion of web security and commerce: What are the real security risks on the web today? How can your server be compormised? How can somebody take over your browser? What threats are worth protecting against, and which should you let pass?

The rest of the book talks about the specific pieces of software that are used on the web today and the implementation problems that companies like Netscape and Microsoft have had getting out programs that are secure. I look at security issues with helper applications, Java, ActiveX, CGI scripts, and more.

This book was incredibly difficult to write because the whole web security landscape keeps changing every few months. Nevertheless, I think that you will find this book interesting and readable.

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