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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2004 edition (April 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159059326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590593264
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,172,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Appleman provides the information teens, or anyone else for that matter, should know before venturing out onto the Internet... -- About.com - Tony Bradley

About the Author

Daniel Appleman is the president of Desaware Inc., a developer of add-on products and components for Microsoft Visual Studio, including SpyWorks, StateCoder, and the NT Service Toolkit for .NET languages and VB6. He is a cofounder of Apress, a publishing company specializing in high-quality professional level books for computer programmers and IT professionals. He is the author of numerous books, including Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts and Code, How Computer Programming Works, and Dan Appleman's Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the Win32 API, and he is the author of a series of eBooks on .NET-related topics.

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And while you're at it, you might want to read it yourself.
Thomas Duff
Ahem* If you are a teenager who uses computers, or the parent or guardian of a teenager who does, buy Always Use Protection, by Dan Appleman!
R. Lodato
It is about time someone brought the Internet lingo down to the level that everyone can understand.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Target Audience
Although the title suggests it's for teens who need to know the basics of computer security, it could also be useful to the vast majority of average computer users of all ages.
Contents
The book is written to cover the basics of computer security (firewalls, antivirus software, privacy, etc.) from the perspective of teens who use the computer in unique ways. The content is divided into four parts:
Part 1 - Protecting Your Machine - Gremlins In Your Machine; When Software Attacks: All About Viruses; From Sneaks To Slammers: How Viruses Get On Your System; The Built-In Doctor: Antivirus Programs; Guardians At The Gate: Firewalls; Locking Up, Part 1: Software Updates; Locking Up, Part 2: System And Application Configuration; Backups: The Most Important Thing You'll Probably Never Do; What To Do When You've Been Hit
Part 2 - Protecting Your Privacy - When They Think It's You, But It Isn't: Identity Theft; Passwords: Your Key To The Internet; The Traces You Leave Behind: What Your Machine Says About You; Every Move You Make, They'll Be Watching You
Part 3 - Protecting Yourself - Chat Rooms, Public And Private; Scams
Part 4 - Appendixes - Everyday Security; Registry Tricks; A Note For Parents; Index
Review
"The Teen's Guide To Safe Computing"... No, this isn't a moralistic guide to what sites are good and bad for your kid to be visiting. "Always Use Protection"... It's a book on what and how to secure your computer from attacks and scams, written with the unique needs of the teenaged computer user in mind. But don't let that stop you from reading the book if you're a parent (or even if you don't have kids). You'll learn plenty.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By herrkraft on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I wish the students of the university where I work would read this book...I wish the faculty and staff would read it as well. I wish my mom and younger brothers would read this book.
It was refreshing to find a book that tells the average computer user what they need to know to protect themselves when using a computer, both on and off the Internet...without making them feel stupid or forcing them to muck through tons and tons of details and complexity. I really appreciate the position that both technology and behavior are necessary to keep oneself safe when using a computer. Sure, the particulars will change over the years, but the lessons of personal responsibility and being necessarily cautious will endure.
This book covers all the major security threats faced today by average users. While targeted at teens, most anyone who uses a home computer, uses email regularly, or shops online will benefit from this book. It hits it all...wireless security, proper passwords, using a credit card instead of a check card when online, refusing 3rd party cookies... Chapter 5, the one on firewalls, does get long...but the author readily admits and warns the reader about that ahead of time.
At our university, we constantly fight the notion that, "the school has a firewall, so if my computer gets infected when using the school's network, it's your fault and the university should fix my computer." This book, and I'm so glad to see it covered starting on page 59, explains that when getting on a local network equipped with a firewall / router protecting you from outside attacks you are still vulnerable to attacks and infections from other local machines.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Lodato on August 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
*Ahem* If you are a teenager who uses computers, or the parent or guardian of a teenager who does, buy Always Use Protection, by Dan Appleman! Always Use Protection is broken up into three main parts: Protecting Your Machine, Protecting Your Privacy, and Protecting Yourself.

Protecting Your Machine goes through all of the "gremlins" that can bother your computer, how to get rid of them and how to prevent them from coming back. Dan covers the three main preventions: anti-virus programs, firewalls, and regular system configuration and updates. He relates to the types of programs that teenagers are likely to run, such as P2P software and online games.

Always Use Protection explains how to determine which anti-virus programs are available, but puts the responsibility for choosing one squarely in the reader's lap. Firewalls are discussed in detail, as well as their possibly unintended consequences. News items speak frequently about how a virus got into machines mainly because available security updates were simply not installed. Dan makes sure that the reader understands how to update their system. The configuration chapter describes many little tweaks available to harden your browser and e-mail reader that many people are not aware of.

If this book was only chapter 9 - What to Do When You've Been Hit - it would still be worth the cover price. In this chapter, Dan gives a careful, step-by-step menu of what you can and should do to recover as much as you possibly can, eradicate the malware that is causing the problem, and get your system back to a usable state.

The next four chapters form Part II - Protecting Your Privacy.
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