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Dan Tynan
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August 6, 2005 0596007752 978-0596007751 1

From the moment you're born, you enter the data stream-from birth certificates to medical records to what you bought on Amazon last week. As your dossier grows, so do the threats, from identity thieves to government snoops to companies who want to sell you something. Computer Privacy Annoyances shows you how to regain control of your life. You'll learn how to keep private information private, stop nosy bosses, get off that incredibly annoying mailing list, and more. Unless you know what data is available about you and how to protect it, you're a sitting duck. Computer Privacy Annoyances is your guide to a safer, saner, and more private life.Written by privacy pro Dan Tynan, and based on interviews with privacy experts from all over the globe, Computer Privacy Annoyances serves up real-world advice in bite-sized portions that will help you stop the snoops in their tracks. The book even addresses non-computing threats, from telemarketer-cum-stalkers, thieves at your mailbox, nosy folks in your HR department, cell phone eavesdroppers, and more.The key areas covered include:

  • Privacy at Home
  • Privacy on the Net
  • Privacy at Work
  • Privacy in Public
  • Privacy and Uncle Sam
  • Privacy in the Future
Daniel Tynan has written about Internet privacy and security for nearly a decade. His work has appeared in more than 40 national publications. As executive editor at PC World, Tynan edited a special issue on Internet Privacy that won a Grand Neal Award and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He has won more than a dozen other honors, including nine Neals, four Maggies, and two Computer Press Association Awards.


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"All in all a very useful book. " - John Bryant, BJHC&IM, December 05

About the Author

Daniel Tynan has written about Internet privacy and security for nearly a decade. His work has appeared in more than 40 national publications. As executive editor at PC World, Tynan edited a special issue on Internet Privacy that won a Grand Neal Award and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He has won more than a dozen other honors, including nine Neals, four Maggies, and two Computer Press Association Awards. Tynan has contributed to PC Annoyances (O'Reilly), The PC Bible (Peachpit Press), and Super Searchers Go to the Source (CyberAge), and has appeared on CNN, CBS, NPR, and other national media outlets. Yet he remains humble and self-effacing, living with his family, two dogs, and eight chickens in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina.


Product Details

  • Series: Annoyances
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596007752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596007751
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Give This Book To Everyone You Know August 22, 2005
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If you have been thinking about what to give friends or family as a gift for their birthday or Christmas, you might want to consider O'Reilly's new book, Computer Privacy Annoyances (Dan Tynan, 177 Pages, ISBN 0596007752). Why do I say this? The bottom line reason is that the average Internet and Personal computer user need a simple, easy to follow reference guide to help them understand the threats to their privacy in the online and physical worlds. In fact, the book might better have been titled "Personal Privacy Annoyances", because the lessons extend beyond just the computer world. In fact, every ISP should hand this book out to their subscribers, new and old.

Tynan does not waste any time getting to the point, discussing privacy issues at home, work, in the stores and on the streets. In plain English, he explains worms, spam, hackers and viruses in easy to understand wording. He explains what the threats are, where they come from and how to protect against them. He talks about HIPAA, the large number of organizations not in compliance, and the loopholes that put your health care information places where you may not want it to be, You will learn about airport security, and what little you can do about it.

There is so much excellent material in this book, I could write forever. I think you can get a sense for my excitement about this book. Part of this excitement is tied to the layout. Unlike many O'Reilly (or other publishers) books which can be very dry in layout/presentation, this book is presented much like a college and/or school workbook. This makes it incredibly easy to read and follow. It is also much, much cheaper than many other technical books that offer less value.

Who Should Read This Book?

You. Your mother and father. Your In-laws.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for today's computerized society... September 4, 2005
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Privacy? Good luck! Even the slightest misstep on line (or anywhere else, for that matter) can open you up to privacy intrusions that you may not know about. Dan Tynan does a really good job in outlining these areas in Computer Privacy Annoyances. This is pretty much required reading for living in our heavily computerized society.

Contents: Privacy At Risk; Privacy At Home; Privacy On The Net; Privacy At Work; Privacy In Public; Privacy And Uncle Sam; Privacy In The Future; Index

In this Annoyances title, Tynan looks at a wide range of activities and situations that involve a potential unwanted loss of privacy. Using a question and answer format, he effectively shows how seemingly innocent activities (like booking a hotel room or ordering a kosher meal on a flight) can be logged and combined to build a profile of your activities that may not present a very flattering picture of who you are and what you do (and with whom). While there's the obligatory chapters on spam, online registration sites, and the like, there are also excellent chapters that cover privacy at work (what your employers can and can not do) as well as health record concerns. Things may not be as secure and private as you think they are...

Realistically, there's already more information out there to be gleaned than you'd probably expect and be comfortable with. But by reading and digesting the contents of this book, you can start to reduce your exposure going forward. Even just the awareness of privacy concerns will start to cause you to question *why* a merchant might want certain information. They may *want* your zip code or phone number, but that doesn't mean you *have* to give it to them. Even if this book keeps you from making just one mistake that would lead to identity theft, then it's more than paid for itself. A recommended read...
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Computer Privacy Annoyances

O'Reilly

By Dan Tynan

ISBN 0596007752

As someone who gets asked questions about Internet use and safety all the time, a book I had been itching to read was "Computer Privacy Annoyances", by Dan Tynan. According to the cover, the book covers "How to avoid the most annoying invasions of your personal and online privacy."

The quick and dirty? The book gives very practical, real-world examples of how your data can be used, yet the author manages to avoid sounding like a doomsayer... even some of the more scary scenarios don't come off sounding like sensationalism, just honest (and sometimes even apologetic) examples of what could very realistically happen. (I thank you, Mr. Tynan.)

I'll take bets on anyone that doesn't learn at least ten new things they didn't know about their privacy rights. Mr. Tynan has taken the proverbial "They" and reduced it to the very organizations that "they" really are. Did you know you can request a copy of your FBI files? Do you know who has the power view it? Do you know who is collecting data on you at this very moment and what they are doing with it?

The book's format allows for a surprisingly fast read. Well organized sections such as privacy at home, on the Internet, in public, at work, and even on a federal level allow for quick chapter absorption. In each chapter, the author states the annoyance, and then the fix. This allows for quick skipping over an 'annoyance' that might not annoy you that much.

I did notice that the author made no mention of the everyday information users give out about themselves without even realizing it, such as usernames that contain birthdates and such.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wider than just the web
This book covers more than just your digital privacy. It sweeps on a wide variety of privacy topics. I find that a good thing since it's comprehensive. Read more
Published on September 29, 2005 by Jack D. Herrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Computer Privacy Annoyances
This book is an eye-opener on privacy invasion, and how it can harm you in countless ways. It is a comprehensive study of the many forms privacy invasion can take, especially as... Read more
Published on September 7, 2005 by Edward Laskowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't run, Can't hide
Much as we don't want to, privacy is something we all need to think about and protect these days, unless we want to give up our computers and other gadgets and go back to stone... Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by K. T. McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Computer Tips & Snarks at Their Finest
Dan Tynan's Computer Privacy Annoyances is sharp and smart, full of tips and oozing with snark that makes for non-stop reading fun. Read more
Published on August 21, 2005 by Tamara Thorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
This book is a thorough, well organized and easy to read accounting of what we all need to know to protect ourselves from the ever increasing pool of identity preditors.
Published on August 19, 2005 by C. OConnor
5.0 out of 5 stars Little brother looking out for big brother
Excellent book. Information is easy to digest. Clear instructions on how to protect your privacy. Content is useful and accurate. Our library ordered several copies.
Published on August 18, 2005 by Eileen T. Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Informative, practical and exceptionally witty. A must read for all those concerned about sharing personal information.
Published on August 17, 2005 by M. Houtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared Straight
Scary and informative...anyone with any self-respect who reads this book will be compelled to take action. Read more
Published on August 17, 2005 by NRL Builders, Inc.
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