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steal this computer book 3: what they won't tell you about the internet
Steal This Computer Book 3: What They Won't Tell You About the Internet
byWallace Wang ISBN:1593270003
No Starch Press 2003 (359 pages)

This offbeat, non-technical book looks at what hackers do, how they do it, and how you can protect yourself. This edition also covers rootkits, spyware, web bugs, identity theft, hacktivism, wireless hacking (wardriving), biometrics, and firewalls.

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Steal This Computer Book 3—What They Won't Tell You About the Internet
Part 1 - Information Overload (Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics)
Chapter 1 - Finding What You Need—The Magic of Search Engines
Chapter 2 - Alternative Sources of News and Information
Chapter 3 - Censoring Information (We Know What's Best for You)
Chapter 4 - Hacktivism—Online Activism
Chapter 5 - Pledging Allegiance—Hatred as Patriotism
Chapter 6 - Where the Hackers Are
Part 2 - Dangerous Threats on the Internet
Chapter 7 - Viruses and Worms
Chapter 8 - Trojan Horses— Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts
Chapter 9 - CON Games on the Internet
Chapter 10 - Online Stalkers
Part 3 - Breaking and Entering Computers
Chapter 11 - Probing a Target
Chapter 12 - Sneaking into a Computer
Chapter 13 - Digging In
Part 4 - Protection Yourself
Chapter 14 - Computing on a Shoestring
Chapter 15 - Protecting Your Data and Your Privacy
Chapter 16 - Waging War on Spam
Chapter 17 - Web Bugs, Adware, Pop-Ups, and Spyware
Part 5 - Protecting Your Computer
Chapter 18 - Firewalls, Intrusion-Detection Systems, and Honeypots
Chapter 19 - Computer Forensics: Recovering and Deleting Data
Chapter 20 - Protecting Your Computer
Appendix A - Software
Appendix B - A Hacker's Gallery of Rogue Tools
Appendix C - A Bit of History—Phone Phreaking and Other Phun
Appendix D - Glossary
List of Figures
List of Tables

Back Cover

WARNING: This book is not to be used for hacking into government computers, shutting down AOL, cracking software, phone phreaking, spreading viruses, or any other illegal activity.

Is your computer safe from computer viruses and malicious hackers? No matter how secure you think your computer is, it’s still vulnerable to a variety of attacks that can ruin your files or hoodwink you out of thousands of dollars.

This newly revised third edition of the best-selling Steal This Computer Book will help you protect yourself. You’ll discover:

  • How to tackle spyware, web bugs, and adware—seemingly innocent programs that harvest your private information
  • How hackers hide their identities and shred their files
  • How hackers write computer viruses and worms
  • How Trojan Horse programs work and how to defend against them
  • How hackers steal software and defeat copy protection mechanisms
  • How to fight back against spammers
  • How to tell when 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 when they get there

About the Author

Best-selling computer book author Wallace Wang is a former contributor to Boardwatch magazine, where he wrote a monthly column called “Notes From the Underground.” He is also a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv” and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas.