Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses
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Batten down the hatches! Hackers, spammers and thieves (oh my!) are after you! The mere act of turning on an Internet-connected computer can put you, your family, and your personal finances at risk by exposing you to viruses, scam artists, hackers, identity thieves, and spammers. How do you fight back? Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses is your first line of defense.



Clear, easy-to-understand definitions of viruses, spyware, and hackers will help you understand what you're up against everytime you go online. Then, you'll learn about other threats, such as identity theft, phishing, and other potential dangers you'll face in your everyday computing. Find out how to search out and destroy spyware, malware and other viscious programs that could potentially harm your computer. Then find out how to lock out hackers, spammers, and theives for good.



We'll tell you how to immediately cut the risk of being attacked in half - in less than 10 minutes! Protect your bank accounts, digital photos, digital music collection, masters thesis, and everything you hold near and dear on your computer with the help of the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 175.3 x 223.5 x 25.4mm | 612.36g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0789734591
  • 9780789734594

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Batten down the hatches! Hackers, spammers and thieves (oh my!) are after you! The mere act of turning on an Internet-connected computer can put you, your family, and your personal finances at risk by exposing you to viruses, scam artists, hackers, identity thieves, and spammers. How do you fight back? "Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses" is your first line of defense. Clear, easy-to-understand definitions of viruses, spyware, and hackers will help you understand what you're up against everytime you go online. Then, you'll learn about other threats, such as identity theft, phishing, and other potential dangers you'll face in your everyday computing. Find out how to search out and destroy spyware, malware and other viscious programs that could potentially harm your computer. Then find out how to lock out hackers, spammers, and theives for good. We'll tell you how to immediately cut the risk of being attacked in half - in less than 10 minutes! Protect your bank accounts, digital photos, digital music collection, masters thesis, and everything you hold near and dear on your computer with the help of the "Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses."
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Table of contents

Introduction.

How This Book Is Organized.

Special Elements Used in this Book.

Reader Competition...of Sorts.

I. SECURITY BASICS: SOME VERY REAL THREATS.

1. Viruses: Attack of the Malicious Programs.

What Is a Computer Virus?

What Is It?

Who Triggers a Computer Virus?

How Does It Spread?

What Damage Can It Do?

Viruses: As Many Kinds As Sniffles in Kindergarten

Macro Viruses

Memory-Resident Viruses

File Infector Viruses

Boot Viruses

Multi-Partite Viruses

Worms: Network-Savvy Viruses

Trojan Horses: Hey Helen, the Achaeans Left Us a Present!

Virus Hoaxes: Fake Viruses that Scare the Heck Out of You

Who Creates Computer Viruses?

What Not to Do!

When Viruses Attack!

Disconnect As Soon As Possible

Virus Infection Found! How to Cleanse Your System

My Antivirus Program Won't Update!

Now I Have Your Attention...

Antivirus Checkup: 10-Minute Tactics

Install Windows Security Updates

Update Your Virus Signatures

Fortify Your Computer: Strong Virus Defense in a Few Hours

Install or Upgrade an Antivirus Program

Scan Your Computer for Viruses

Install Service Pack 2 and Enable Virus Protection

No Worm in My Apple?

Is That a Virus in Your Pocket?

2. Spyware: Overrun by Advertisers, Hijackers, and Opportunists.

What Is Spyware?

What Does Spyware Do and Why Is It Bad?

How Does Spyware Sneak onto My Computer?

Types of Spyware: Snoops, Adware, Cookies, and More

Spyware: I Spy with My Little App

Adware: Attack of the Pop-ups

Snoopware: I Wanna Know What You're Up To!

Browser Hijackers: Turn This Browser Around, We're Going to Cuba.com

Key Loggers: Snooping on Your Typing Skills

Dialers: Dial In, Dial Out, Dial Often

Trojan Horses: Pretty Ponies with Deadly Insides

Cookies: Does My Oreo Have a Tape Recorder in It?

Who Is at Risk?

How Do I Know If I Have Spyware?

Defend Yourself Against Spyware

Spyware Countermeasures: 10-Minute Tactics

Ban All Spies: Strong Spyware Defense in an Afternoon

Run a Full System Scan

Install a Second Anti-spyware Program

Inoculate Your System

Use Firefox

Clean Cookies

Spyware Infection Found! How to Scrub Your System

How to Fix a Browser Hijack

Decimate the Little Suckers with CWShredder

Microsoft Mimics HijackThis: System Explorers

3. Hackers: There's a Man in My Machine.

What Is a Hacker?

Who Are the Hackers?

What Damage Can Hackers Do?

Targets of a Hack Attack

Corporate Networks

Web Servers

Personal Computers

Hacker Motivation: I Think Therefore I Hack

Tools of the Trade: Pass Me a Trojan Horse, Would You?

Firewall: Shut Out the Hackers

Software Firewalls: Programs That Stop Hackers

Windows Firewall: Built-in Defense

Third-Party Software Firewalls

Recommended Firewall Freebies

Hardware Firewalls

Easy Defense with a NAT Firewall

Stateful Inspection: The Meticulous Traffic Cop

How to Detect a Hacker Attack

How to Fix a Hacker Attack

Steps You Can Take Immediately After Being Hacked

Batten down the Hatches-10-Minute Tactics

Turn on Windows Firewall

Activate the Firewall on a Mac OS X System

Wall off the World-Install a Better Firewall in an Afternoon

Install a Two-way Software Firewall

Install a Hardware Firewall

4. Identity Thieves and Phishers: Protect Your Good Name and Bank Account.

What Is Identity Theft?

Techniques Thieves Use to Steal Your Identity

How They Become You: Identity Theft Techniques

Preventative Measures: How to Not Become a Victim

Signs You're a Victim

What to Do If You're an Identity Theft Victim

What Is Phishing?

How Does Phishing Work?

Email Address Spoofing

Link Spoofing

Web Address Spoofing

What Is Pharming?

What Damage Can Be Done By Phishing?

Who Is at Risk? Everyone!

Don't Get Phished: 10-Minute Tactics to Stay Off the Hook

They Won't Ask, You Don't Tell

Use Caution and Cut and Paste

Communicate Securely

Install an Anti-spam Filter

Block Phishing Sites with NetCraft

Carry a Big Spoofstick

Keep Your Antivirus and Anti-Spyware Programs Up-to-Date

Keep Your Computer Software Up-to-Date

Ensure You Are You: Take an Afternoon to Protect Your Identity

Check Your Credit Reports

Shred It Before You Chuck It

Read Your Statements

5. Spam: Unwanted Email from Hell.

What Is Spam?

Why Does Spam Keep Coming?

Why Doesn't Someone Stop the Spammers?

How Do Spammers Get My Email Address?

Website Harvesting

Dictionary Spamming

Commercial Email Lists

Newsgroups, Discussion Forums, and Interactive Websites

Contests and Other Free Offerings

Email Forwarding

The Damage Spam Can Do

Reduce the Flow-10-Minute Tactics to Reduce Spam

Don't Respond

Don't Post Your Email Address on the Web

Webmasters Shouldn't Use mailto

Turn Off Image Display in Email Programs

Turn On Junk Mail Filtering

Kill More Spam-In an Afternoon

Install an Anti-spam Program

Fight Back!

6. Wireless Network Snoops: Lock Down Your Wi-Fi Network.

What Is a Wireless Home Network?

What Damage Can a Wireless Network Snoop Dish Out?

Who Are the Snoopers?

Wardrivers

Bandwidth Bandits

Wireless Hackers

Your Wi-Fi Network Is Full of Holes!

How to Access Your Router Set-up

First Line of Defense: Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

Turn On WEP

Turn On WPA

MAC Address Filtering: Keep Out the Scottish

Detecting a Visit from a Wireless Snoop

I'm Under Attack! What to Do If You Discover a Wireless Network Snoop

Turn Off Wireless Access

Activate Security Measures

Assess the Damage

Wireless Security Workup: Quick Tactics and Some That Take a Little More Time

10-Minute Tactic: Change the Router's User ID and Password

10-Minute Tactic: Change Your Default SSID

10-Minute Tactic: Turn On the Windows Firewall

10-Minute Tactic: Turn Off UpnP

10-Minute Tactic: Turn Off Your Router When Not in Use

Time Intensive Tactic: Be Careful with File Sharing

7. Privacy Snoops: Cover Your Tracks and Your Reputation.

Why Your Privacy Is Important

What You Leave Behind on Your Computer

Web Browser

Documents

Movies and Audio Players

Email

Chat Programs

Who Are the Privacy Snoops?

The Consequences of Being Caught

Emergency Tactics-I Am Being Snooped On!

Administrator

Limited Users

Guest Accounts

How to Create PC Privacy

Obscure Your Trail-In About 10 Minutes

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox

Cover Your Tracks-In an Afternoon

Clean Multimedia Players

Windows Media Player 10

Real Player 10

Protect Your Email

Turn Off Saved Sent Items

Empty Deleted Items Folder

Don't Leave Email on the Server

Wash Windows

Scrub Microsoft Office

Deleted Files Are Not Gone

Turn Off Chat Logs

Clean Restore Points

II. STRATEGIES FOR SAFE AND SECURE COMPUTING.

8. Let's Smash-Proof Windows: Tweak Windows XP Nice and Tight.

If Windows XP Is a Dike, You're a Little Dutch Boy

Step 1: Trash Unnecessary Programs

Step 2: Install Firefox

Step 3: Install Antivirus Software and Scan for Viruses

Step 4: Install Anti-Spyware Software and Scan for Spyware

Step 5: Block Out the Bad Guys and Install a Firewall

Step 6: Install and Configure Microsoft Updates and Service Pack 2

Step 7: Install Netcraft's Anti-Phishing Toolbar

Step 8: Protect Yourself from Spam

Step 9: Managing Your File Sharing Security

9. Starting from the Beginning: Wiping a Hard Drive and Rebuilding from the Ground Up.

Light the Fuse and Stand Back

Let's Get Started

XP Installation CD or System Recovery Disk

Windows SP2: The Mother of All Service Packs

Collect Your Drivers

Installation CDs for Your Programs

Internet Service Software and Settings

Security Programs

Step 1: Download Drivers and Software You Need for the Re-install

Got a Recovery CD? That's Good News!

Retail Copy of Windows XP? There's Some Work to Do

Step 2: Back Up!

Outlook

Outlook Express

My Documents

IE Favorites and Cookies

Firefox Favorites

Saved Games

Pictures, Music, and Videos

Microsoft Office 2003 Settings

Windows Media Player

Other Odds and Ends

Step 3: Pull the Plug on the Network

Step 4: Wipe Away Windows

Using a System Recovery CD

Using a Windows XP Install CD

Step 5: Re-install Windows

Step 6: Re-install Your Drivers

Step 7: Install Protection Against Malware

Install an Antivirus Program

Install an Anti-spyware Program

Install a Firewall

Step 8a: Install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (from CD)

Step 8b: Install SP2 from the Internet

Step 9: Configure Your Security Settings

Step 10: Install Firefox

Step 11: Configure Your Networking

Home Network

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)

Cable Internet

Dial-up

Step 12: Update Windows with All Recent Security Patches

Step 13: Update All of Your Security Programs and Security Signatures

Step 14: Activate Windows

Step 15: Re-install Your Programs

Step 16: Other Things You Can Do

10. Ongoing Maintenance: Fend Off Future Threats!

Note to Self: Keep Computer Secure

Daily Routines: Walk the Dog, Feed the Kids, and Secure the Computer

Update Your Antivirus and Anti-Spyware Signatures

Update AVG Signatures

Update Microsoft AntiSpyware

Update Spybot Search & Destroy

Weekly Routines: How to Never Be Bored on Saturday Morning

Scan for Viruses and Spyware

Check for Firefox Updates

Monthly Routines: Clean the Garage, Trim the Hedge, and Update Windows

Windows Updates

Inspect Other Computers

Router Firmware Updates

Patch Microsoft Office

Software Updates

Bathe Once a Year Whether You Need It and Reformat and Re-install, Too

Wipe Your Hard Drive and Re-install Windows

III. TOOLS FOR MAINTENANCE AND PROTECTION.

11. Selecting Software: Steals, Deals, and Software Duds.

Security Software: Nothing in Life Is Free, Except Software

Payware: Software You Pay Hard-Earned Cash For

Freeware: Don't Pay a Cent Software

Weirdware: When It's Not Payware or Freeware

Gimpware: Free Software, but Not All the Bits Work

Trialware: It's Free, Until It's Not

Shareware: I Trust You to Pay Me

What Should I Pay for My Security Toolbox?

Choosing the Right Security Software

Antivirus

Anti-Spyware

Firewall

Anti-Spam

12. Tools of the Trade: Security Products You Should Own.

Which Security Software Is Right for You?

Antivirus Programs

Freeware

Payware

Anti-Spyware

Freeware

Payware

Firewalls

Anti-Spam

IV. APPENDIXES.

A. Glossary.

Index.
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About Andy Walker

Andy Walker is one of North America's top technology journalists. Since 1995, he has written about personal computer technology for dozens of newspapers, magazines, and websites. His personal technology advice column was syndicated across the Southam Newspaper chain and today the body of work is published at Cyberwalker.com where more than 5 million unique visitors read the advice annually. Andy has appeared as a tech expert on hundreds of TV and radio broadcasts and now co-hosts hosted the internationally syndicated TV show Call for Help with Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur. Andy was born in the United Kingdom, educated and raised in Canada, and now lives in Toronto with a two cats and a really secure personal computer.
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