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Hacking for Dummies [Digital]

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  • Digital
  • ISBN-10: 1118380959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118380956
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory text January 30, 2013
Format:Paperback
I first reviewed Hacking For Dummies in 2006 when it was in the 2nd edition. With the 4th edition of the book just out, my friend Kevin Beaver has a completely updated and valuable guide.

The current edition has the same basic motif, but is updated for Windows 8, Linux, wireless and other new hacking and penetration testing tools.

The books theme, like that of all books of the same genre, is that the best way to secure your network and web sites is to understand how adversaries will attack.

There is no shortage of introductory guides to hacking and penetration testing. The Hacking Exposed series is meant for those with more experience. You can consider Hacking For Dummies a kinder, gentler version of Hacking Exposed.

The book is meant for a reader who is comfortable with basic computer and network security concepts, but goes not expect them to be an advanced user.

The book is organized into seven parts. For those that don't have an interest in a particular topic, they can skill that section.

The book covers all of the core areas around securing an IT infrastructure; from physical security and operating systems; to wireless, mobile applications, applications and more.

While the reader is not expected to have a deep technical background, the book does go into some detail, as it must to provide a hands-on approach.

For those looking for a high-level theoretical approach to network defense, look elsewhere. This is an in the trenches guide to use to ensure that your organization's systems and network are secure.

If you are looking for a practical guide that can teach you real-world hacking and penetration testing skill, Hacking For Dummies is an excellent resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It gives a great general overview of hacking September 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It gives a great general overview of hacking. If you're looking for something which will specifically teach you how to perform attacks, this book isn't what you're looking for. It basically covers the potential vulnerabilities and how a hacker might go about exploiting the vulnerability and the tools one might use to go about it but it does not go into specifics. If I had to do it over, I'd prolly just download it offline because I'm pretty sure it's available for free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a little more info and explanation January 20, 2015
By Matt
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I bought this to learn and understand how to better protect my computer from all the different attacks. This book is a little too "dumbed down" and lacked a few explanations. I ended up buying a more indepth book. I would only recommend this to people who have no idea about computer networks.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good overview of the topic August 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book delivers exactly on what it promises: a high-level overview of the current world of computer, network, and website hacking. The information isn't so dense that it's incomprehensible, and it's just right for someone who is familiar with computers but doesn't consider themselves an expert or professional. This book easily leads into something far more comprehensive such as "The 24 Deadly Sins of Software Security" (Deadly Sins Software Security Programming Overall a very good read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Upon buying this, I expected to learn how to hack any system that I so chose, however, this book is more on defending against hacks by teaching you the basics of hacking. If you're expecting to hack into your school server and change the lunch menu, keep looking... Otherwise very interesting read, easy (my knowledge of computers is about as far as I can throw one, which is actually pretty far) the terminology is dumbed down for us who know nothing of the hacking world which is nice. I gave it four stars only because I felt as if he could of had a simpler section with just a to do list for easy security. Instead I had to read the entire thing. Overall great book. Peace.
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A book everyone should read! As Important as Anti- Virus software itself. Ready for a big reality check.bthis book tells you how Cyber Criminals are making a good living. ( Highly recommended for anyone who owns or uses computer technology).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars decent book August 19, 2013
By Bl1tz87
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Decent book with an overview of how to protect you or your business's information. I highly recommend this book for pin-testing and security.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not saying its a bad book its just over my head July 22, 2014
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Still reading but beyond my computer knowledge. Its not for Dummies but for Programmers. Not saying its a bad book its just over my head.
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