Windows Internet Security

Windows Internet Security : Protecting Your Critical Data

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Whether you're running Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98, or 95, if you're connected to the Internet, you're at grave risk from hackers -- especially if you're using an "always-on" broadband connection. With this practical guide, you'll learn exactly what to do about it -- even if you have little or no knowledge about computers or Internet security. The authors start by reviewing the threats to a Windows computer connected to the Internet, simply explaining what hackers know about your computer and the Internet -- and how they use that knowledge to attack systems like yours. You'll plan your defensive strategy, learning how to stop sharing resources you don't want to expose to the world, and choosing among today's leading "personal firewalls." You'll learn how to protect your e-commerce transactions; avoid viruses, worms, Trojans, and hostile Web pages; protect your privacy and anonymity on the Web; even cope with today's new wireless hacking attacks. The book includes a detailed chapter on Windows XP's brand-new computer security features. Finally, if you've already been hacked, the book offers systematic techniques for recovering.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 172.7 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 748.44g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130428310
  • 9780130428318

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Protect your Windows system against Internet hackers--right now!

Protect your Windows computer--NOW!Covers Windows 2000, Me, 98, 95, and Windows XPStop sharing your files with the worldInstall your own personal firewall--step by stepBlock your employer from reading your private emailAvoid worms, Trojans, viruses, and hostile Web pages

Whether you're running Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98, or 95, if you're connected to the Internet, you're at risk--especially if you're using an "always-on" cable modem or DSL connection. Now, learn exactly how to defend yourself--even if you know nothing about Internet security!

Windows Internet Security starts by reviewing the threats to your Windows PC: what hackers know about your computer and the Internet, and how they can use that knowledge to attack you. Then, step by step, you'll plan and implement today's most powerful defenses. Discover how to:

Stop sharing resources you don't want to expose to the worldChoose and implement the right "personal firewall" Protect your e-commerce transactionsAvoid viruses, worms, Trojans, and hostile Web pagesProtect your privacy and anonymity on the WebCope with today's new wireless hacking attacksRespond and recover if you've already been hackedMake the most of Windows XP's new computer security features

Windows Internet Security makes security comprehensible, practical-even easy! At home or at work, it's the one indispensable security book for every Windows user and administrator.
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Table of contents


Studying the Battleground.

1. Computer Architecture and Operating System Review.

Understanding the Internals of Your Computer. Size Matters. The Hard Drive. RAM. The Processor (CPU). Cache. The Motherboard. Bus Speed/Size. The Modem. The Network Interface Card. Serial and Parallel Ports. Summary of the Computer versus Library Analogy. The Modem in Detail. Operating Systems and Internet Security. Windows 95/98/ME. Windows NT/2000/XP. Linux. Other UNIX-Based Operating Systems and Macs. Windows CE. Summary.

2. Understanding the Internet.

A Little Byte of History. The Internet Service Provider. What Is an ISP? POPs. ISP Logging. Proxy ISPs. Web Addressing Explained. URIs. URNs. URC. URLs. Internet Protocols. http. https. ftp. Other Protocols. Breaking Down the URL. The Internet Protocol Address. Domain Name Servers. URL Abuse. Web Pages: Inside and Out. Web Servers. HTML. Scripting and Codes. Malicious Coding.

3. TCP/IP.

A Computer: A House. Your Computer Ports: Your Doors and Windows. Roads and Highways: The Internet. TCP/IP: An Overview. TCP/IP: Driving Rules. CEO Analogy. TCP/IP: The Gory Details. Packets. Layers. TCP/IP Handshaking. Knowing the Enemy.

4. Know Your Enemy.

The Hacker versus the Cracker. The Script Kiddie. The Phreaker. Ethical versus Unethical Hackers. Global Hackers.

5. Hacking Techniques for Unauthorized Access.

WetWare. Social Engineering. Social Spying. Garbage Collecting. Sniffing. What is Sniffing? How Does a Sniffer Work? How Hackers Use Sniffers. How Can I Block Sniffers? How to Detect a Sniffer. Spoofing and Session Hijacking. An Example of Spoofing. Buffer Overflows. Character Manipulation and Unexpected Input Exploits. The Normal Search Engine Process. The Hacked Search Engine Process. Exploiting Web Forms.

6. Hacking Techniques for Attacks.

SYN Flooding. Smurf Attacks. System Overloads. DNS Spoofing.

7. Walk-Through of a Hacker Attack.

The Goal Stage. Walk-Through of a Hack. Information Gathering. Planning. Execution. Clean Up. Planning the Defense.

8. Building Your Defense Strategy.

Fortifying Your Defenses. Virus/Trojan Protection. Virus Scanners. Trojan Scanners. Firewalls. Hardware Firewalls. Software Firewalls. Hardware/Software Combination Firewalls. Which Firewall is Best for You? Restricting Access by IP. Restricting Access by Port (Service). Restricting Access by Protocol. Restricting Access by Keyword. Restricting Access by Application. Encryption. Encryption Details. Symmetric Encryption. Asymmetric Encryption. Putting Different Types of Encryption to the Test. Origin Verification. Secure Sockets Layer. Virtual Private Network. Disadvantages of Encryption. What Encryption Does Not Do. Recovery. Summary.

9. Personal Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems.

Do Personal Firewalls Really Work? The Fallacy of "Laying Low". Why Do I Need a Personal Firewall? McAfee Personal Firewall. Norton Personal Firewall. BlackICE Defender. ZoneAlarm. Intrusion Detection Systems. Honeypots.

10. Stop Sharing Your Computer.

Network Shares. Password-Protecting Shares on Windows 95/98/ME. Removing Shares on Windows 95/98/ME. Removing Shares on Windows NT/2000/XP.

11. E-Commerce Security Overview.

Thwarting E-Criminals. Who is the Real Criminal? Stolen Goods Online. Secure Transactions.

12. Mastering Network Tools


13. Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses.

Viruses. A Virus Defined. MBR Virus. Macro Virus. File Infectors. Combination Viruses. Worms. Virus and Worm Prevention. I've Been Infected! Now What? Trojans. How a Trojan Works. The Backdoor Blues. Detecting and Removing Trojans. Hostile Web Pages and Scripting.

14. Malicious Code.

Programming Languages. Low-Level Languages. High-Level Languages. Scripting Languages. Programming Concepts. Program Parts. Malicious Client-Side Scripting. Denial of Service Scripts. Intrusive Access Scripts. Malicious Server-Side Scripting. PHP. ASP. Perl. The Virus/Worm. An Example of Viral Code. Moving With Stealth.

15. Privacy and Anonymity.

Cookies. Cookie #1. Cookie #2. Cookie #3. Unpleasant Cookies. Cookie #1. Cookie #2. Controlling Those Cookies. Your Online Identity. Registration Requests and Unique IDs. Online Identification. Hardware IDs. Spyware in the Workplace. Chat Programs. Proxies and Anonymity. Browser Caching.

16. Big Brother is Watching You.

Email Spying. Keeping Your Email Private. Web Page Monitoring. Defeating Corporate Web Filters. Chat Program Monitoring. Keep Your Chats Private. Spyware. Spying on the Employee. Spying on the Consumer. Spying on the Family. Government Spyware. Commentary: Ethics and Privacy. Future Trends.

17. Windows XP: New Security Features.

The Microsoft Internet Connection Firewall. Windows XP Wireless Security. 802.1x-Port-Based Network Access Control. New Windows XP Wireless Features. Microsoft's XP Hacker Test. Test Site Description. File Encryption and User Control.

18. Future Security Threats.

Mobile Computing. Wireless Network Hacking. Automated Hacking. Advanced Topics.

19. Registry Editing.

Introduction to Registry Editing. Purpose of the Registry. Parts of the Registry. Using the Registry. Backing Up the Registry. Restoring the Registry. Manipulating Registry Keys.

20. Disaster Recovery.

Creating a Boot Disk. Down but Not Out (Computer is Infected, but Still Functioning). Down and Out (Computer is Inoperable). Using FDISK/Format.

Appendix A: Common Trojan Ports.


Appendix B: Annotated Bibliography.

On the Web. Books. Internet Search. Hacking/Security Conferences.


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About Seth Fogie

SETH FOGIE is currently Senior Security Consultant at VirusMD Corporation, where he moderates the firm's Internet Security Help forum. He served six years as a U.S. Navy Nuclear Engineer and earned his MCSE before becoming the Network Administrator for a large retail company.

DR. CYRUS PEIKARI has served as Chief Technical Officer for VirusMD Corporation since 1998. Dr. Peikari is a physician in Dallas, TX who personally has several patents pending in the computer virus field. He has also spoken at Defcon, the annual hacker security conference in Las Vegas, NV.
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