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Popular Mechanics Who's Spying On You?: The Looming Threat to Your Privacy, Identity, and Family in the Digital Age Paperback – November 6, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1588168580 ISBN-10: 1588168581

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588168581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588168580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erik Sofge is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics and lives in Boston, MA.
 
Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs, and influences 9 million curious minds that read the magazine every month. The magazine features breakthroughs in the latest innovations in science and technology.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on January 4, 2013
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I saw this book being promoted on TV. It claimed to give you steps on protecting your privacy and identity.

Well, if you are like me and are looking for some protection advice, do not expect to find it here! The very fact that you are reading this review means you have access to a computer and if you order anything from Amazon you pay by credit card so of course, that makes you vulnerable. Unfortunately, the authors do not offer any viable advice to protect us in this digital age in this book. They offer lame remedies! Essentially, one would have to stay within the confines of their home to not be vulnerable! Using a phone, paying with a credit card, driving an electric car, or using a car with OnStar or EZ Pass, going to the MD answering a questionnaire, filling a prescription, walking through an airport, using a computer, going on Facebook, just walking down streets where there are security cameras everywhere all make us all targets of identity theft as well as victims of being spied upon. Unfortunately, the authors do not give any real practical advice other than saying we shouldn't do any of the aforementioned activities.

Really? Certainly that's impossible! The only option then would be to live in the hills as a recluse.

The obvious advice they gave is to make your passwords strong, have a password on your phone and clean up Facebook.

The only practical advice they offered was basically in the last chapter. What we as the reader perhaps would not have known is to encrypt all online activity with Tot, beware of spy software that sells info and to use Privacy Choice to eliminate cookies and disrupt online tracking.

The book had 173 pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By monstercatambush on March 3, 2014
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This book was a timely acquisition, and well worth the money. Working in an office full of criminal defense attorneys, we are increasingly amazed (and not just a little creeped out) by the amount of electronic information we get when the prosecution responds to our requests for discovery materials. Rumors as to just how much information law enforcement, the government, and skeevy kids on basement laptops, can actually access are rampant. What a surprise to read that the rumors only scratch the surface. The various chapters cover who is spying on you, your location, your home, your phone, your computer, your money, your DNA, and (probably the most disturbing chapter) your kids. Each of these chapters cites numerous examples of individuals, groups, and corporations whose deepest secrets are exposed, revealed, and frequently exploited. Some examples are of frightening scope and breadth. Some of the examples involving children are downright terrifying, and often cruel. Most chapters, besides providing the aforementioned examples, also provide tips on avoiding the described pit-falls of our new electronic world. There is also some historical material regarding the origin of the concept of privacy, and how the traditional "expectation of privacy" is a quickly disappearing illusion. The final chapter runs through all the categories of disappearing privacy (as noted above) and provides helpful tips on how to minimize ones exposure. Just the references as to how the ubiquitous E-ZPass records can be turned against you are enough to make you want to hurl the thing off the next bridge!Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mel grub on June 22, 2014
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This should be read by all Americans. I found the book to be true and what the people in Washington are doing to this country is trying to destroy a free America. The creation of the homeland security is a page right out of the Dictators hand book.
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I found this noted in my Popular Mechanics magazine. What was NOT mentioned is that is is 2 years old!! Technology moves faster than that. Blink and there is something new / different.

Still, it does contain information that is quite useful ( If only for the reader to grasp the general risks ).
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Tell you how various agencies and hackers are looking at your personal devices an the exposure you have using these devises.
we are loosing right faster than you can imagine.
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