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Author Bachrach, Daniel G.,
Title 10 don'ts on your digital devices : the non-techie's survival guide to cyber security and privacy / Daniel G. Bachrach, Eric J. Rzeszut.
Imprint Berkeley, CA : Apress, [2014]

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Author Bachrach, Daniel G.,
Subject Computer security.
Computer networks -- Security measures.
Mobile computing -- Security measures.
Data protection.
Alt Name Rzeszut, Eric J.,
Add Title Ten don'ts on your digital devices
Description 1 online resource (xx, 180 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Note Includes index.
Summary In nontechnical language and engaging style, 10 Don'ts on Your Digital Devices explains to non-techie users of PCs and handheld devices exactly what to do and what not to do to protect their digital data from security and privacy threats at home, at work, and on the road. These include chronic threats such as malware and phishing attacks and emerging threats that exploit cloud-based storage and mobile apps. It's a wonderful thing to be able to use any of your cloud-synced assortment of desktop, portable, mobile, and wearable computing devices to work from home, shop at work, pay in a store, do your banking from a coffee shop, submit your tax returns from the airport, or post your selfies from the Oscars. But with this new world of connectivity and convenience comes a host of new perils for the lazy, the greedy, the unwary, and the ignorant. The 10 Don'ts can't do much for the lazy and the greedy, but they can save the unwary and the ignorant a world of trouble. 10 Don'ts employs personal anecdotes and major news stories to illustrate what can--and all too often does--happen when users are careless with their devices and data. Each chapter describes a common type of blunder (one of the 10 Don'ts), reveals how it opens a particular port of entry to predatory incursions and privacy invasions, and details all the unpleasant consequences that may come from doing a Don't. The chapter then shows you how to diagnose and fix the resulting problems, how to undo or mitigate their costs, and how to protect against repetitions with specific software defenses and behavioral changes. Through ten vignettes told in accessible language and illustrated with helpful screenshots, 10 Don'ts teaches non-technical readers ten key lessons for protecting your digital security and privacy with the same care you reflexively give to your physical security and privacy, so that you don't get phished, give up your password, get lost in the cloud, look for a free lunch, do secure things from insecure places, let the snoops in, be careless when going mobile, use dinosaurs, or forget the physical--in short, so that you don't trust anyone over ... anything. Non-techie readers are not unsophisticated readers. They spend much of their waking lives on their devices and are bombarded with and alarmed by news stories of unimaginably huge data breaches, unimaginably sophisticated "advanced persistent threat" activities by criminal organizations and hostile nation-states, and unimaginably intrusive clandestine mass electronic surveillance and data mining sweeps by corporations, data brokers, and the various intelligence and law enforcement arms of our own governments. The authors lift the veil on these shadowy realms, show how the little guy is affected, and what individuals can do to shield themselves from big predators and snoops.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction; Chapter 1: Don't Get Phished; A Closer Look at "Phishing"; "Target"-ed Phishing; Other Forms; What Should You Do?; Additional Reading; Chapter 2: Don't Give Up Your Passwords; Where Did Passwords Come From?; Password Threats and New Solutions; Alternatives to the "Simple" Password: Biometrics and Two-Factor Authentication; Bigger Can Be Better. . .; Mix It Up; Protecting Passwords; What Should You Do?; Additional Reading; Chapter 3: Don't Get Lost in "The Cloud "; What Is "The Cloud"?; Cloud Controversy and Risks; Formalizing an Informal Relationship; Data Breaches.
Not Just for Storage AnymoreReliability; Accessibility; What Should You Do?; Additional Reading; Chapter 4: Don't Look for a Free Lunch; Software-Consider the Source; Issues with Warez; Hidden Agenda; Lesser Threats; How to Protect Yourself; Additional Reading; Chapter 5: Don't Do Secure Things from Insecure Places; Background: Wireless Networking at Home, at Work, and on the Road; Home Sweet Home. . .; Back at the Office. . .; On the Road Again. . .; Encryption Standards; VPN; Workplace Security, on the Road; Extra Layers of Protection; Other Uses for VPNs; Additional Reading.
Chapter 6: Don't Let the Snoops InWho Are the "Snoops"?; Boundless Informant; PRISM; Tempora; MUSCULAR; FASCIA; Dishfire; Optic Nerve; So, Who Else Is Snooping?; For-Profit Corporations; Employers; Where Your Data Are ... ; Data on the Move; Taking an Active Role in Protecting Your Data; Data at Rest; Additional Reading; Chapter 7: Don't Be Careless with Your Phone; Mobility in the 21st Century; When It's the Employee's Device, but the Company's Resources-BYOD; When It's the Company's Device, but Used at the Employee's Discretion-COPE; Know Your Rights; Physically Securing Your Phone.
Start Me Up-but Not Without a PasswordWhen a Password Isn't Enough; Losing (and Finding!) the Key to Your Digital Life; Mobile Law; Insecure Background Wireless Networks; Don't Trust a Wireless Network Based on Its Name; Don't Trust Your Phone to Connect for You; Bluetooth Hacking; Malware Apps; Operating System Updates; Additional Reading; Chapter 8: Don't Use Dinosaurs; Software: It Has an Expiration Date; The "Good Old Days" of Software; New Software for a New Era; Don't Forget About Mobile Apps; Windows XP; Not Just Windows; Not Just Operating Systems; Not Just Desktops and Laptops.
What Can You Do?Additional Reading; Chapter 9: Don't Trust Anyone Over ... Anything; What Is Social Engineering?; Keep Your Eye on the Ball; Hooking the Phish; Social Engineering via Social Networking; Knowledge Is Power; Big Companies, Big Problems; Ransomware; In-Person Tricks; Not Your Mother's Kind of Tailgating; How to Combat Social Engineering; Additional Reading; Chapter 10: Don't Forget the Physical; Physical Security: An Overview; Physical Security at Home; Letting Outsiders In; Removing Temptation; Don't Blanket the Neighborhood with Wi-Fi; Physical Security at Work.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed November 20, 2014).
ISBN 9781484203675 (electronic bk.)
1484203674 (electronic bk.)
1484203682 (print)
9781484203682 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-1-4842-0367-5
OCLC # 894509205
Additional Format Printed edition: 9781484203682

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