Steal This Computer Book 4.0, 4th Edition
What They Won't Tell You About the Internet
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: May 2006
Pages: 376

National bestseller with over 175,000 copies sold!

If you thought hacking was just about mischief-makers hunched over computers in the basement, think again. As seasoned author Wallace Wang explains, hacking can also mean questioning the status quo, looking for your own truths, and never accepting at face value anything authorities say or do.

The completely revised fourth edition of this offbeat, non-technical book examines what hackers do, how they do it, and how you can protect yourself. Written in the same informative, irreverent, and entertaining style that made the first three editions hugely successful, Steal This Computer Book 4.0 will expand your mind and raise your eyebrows. New chapters discuss the hacker mentality, social engineering and lock picking, exploiting P2P file-sharing networks, and how people manipulate search engines and pop-up ads to obtain and use personal information. Wang also takes issue with the media for "hacking" the news and presenting the public with self-serving stories of questionable accuracy. Inside, you'll discover:

  • How to manage and fight spam and spyware
  • How Trojan horse programs and rootkits work, and how to defend against them
  • How hackers steal software and defeat copy-protection mechanisms
  • How to tell if 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 once they get inside
  • How corporations use hacker techniques to infect your computer and invade your privacy
  • How you can lock down your computer to protect your data and your personal information using free programs included on the book's CDIf you ve ever logged onto a website, conducted an online transaction, sent or received email, used a networked computer, or even watched the evening news, you may have already been tricked, tracked, hacked, and manipulated. As the saying goes, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you. And, as Wallace Wang reveals, they probably are.The companion CD contains hundreds of megabytes of 100% FREE hacking and security-related programs, like keyloggers, spyware stoppers, port blockers, IP scanners, Trojan horse detectors, and much, much more. CD compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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    Very entertaining, relatively non-technical, somewhat controversial

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    This book was fun to read, even though the author does appear in some cases to support ethically questionable activities. The information presented is quite good and thourough although this is not a technical manual. There is no definitive code listings or in-depth technical discussions on the internal workings of hacking programs. The CD included does have some older code from the first virii et al. The parts I enjoyed the most were the areas describing the history of hacking and the mentality of the hacker. The author does make a good distinction between the hobbiest, curious, and the criminal. The one drawback is the one-sided political commentary that sneaks into certain areas of the book.

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