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How to Stop E-Mail Spam, Spyware, Malware, Computer Viruses, and Hackers from Ruining Your Computer or Network: The Complete Guide for Your Home and Work Paperback – January 1, 2009


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (January 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601383037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601383037
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This beginner's guide to network security provides a basic overview of many of the most common threats to home and small business networks and suggests a variety of solutions for thwarting these hacks and attacks. Covering topics from firewall setup to malware detection applications to responses to the Nigerian Prince email scam, the work provides clear and simple advice for protecting your data and hardware from intruders and criminals. Other topics discussed include viruses, wireless network encryption with WPA2 and web browser security. Brown is the author of several books about the Internet. --Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

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Bruce C. Brown was born in Bayshore, New York, but moved around quite a bit in his youth, finally settling down in Silver Springs, Florida. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1984 and has completed more than 30 years of service to our nation. Bruce is the author of fourteen published books and has been recognized with numerous awards for his writing.

To date, he has written "How to Use the Internet to Advertise, Promote and Market Your Business or Web Site: With Little or No Money", "The Ultimate Guide to Search Engine Marketing: Pay Per Click Advertising Secrets Revealed", "The Complete Guide to E-mail Marketing: How to Create Successful, Spam-Free Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience and Increase Sales", "The Complete Guide to Google Advertising: Including Tips, Tricks, & Strategies to Create a Winning Advertising Plan", "The Complete Guide to Affiliate Marketing on the Web: How to Use and Profit from Affiliate Marketing Programs", "The Secret Power of Blogging: How to Promote and Market Your Business, Organization, or Cause with Free Blogs" and "Returning From the War on Terrorism: What Every Veteran Needs to Know to Receive Your Maximum Benefits", "How to Build Your Own Web Site With Little or No Money: The Complete Guide for Business and Personal Use", "How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Web Site Design Business", "Google Income How Anyone of Any Age, Location, and/or Background Can Build a Highly Profitable Online Business with Google" and "How to Stop E-Mail Spam, Spyware, and Computer Viruses from Ruining Your Computer: The Complete Guide for Your Home and Work". Bruce is currently working on his latest project, a 2nd Edition to his first book "How to Use the Internet to Advertise, Promote and Market Your Business or Web Site: With Little or No Money."

Four of his books have won prestigious awards. Bruce has three children and a beautiful wife, Vonda. His oldest son, Dalton, is a graduate from the University of South Florida and St Leo University. His middle son, Jordan, is a graduate from the University of Florida and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Texas School of Law. His youngest son Colton graduated from the University of Florida and is serving with the U.S. Coast Guard. Bruce has been happily married to Vonda for 30+ years and is currently serving as Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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By Jason Marmon on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Let me begin by saying that Brown's book was not what I expected. As an avid programmer, I was hoping this book would give me insight on the relatively elusive topic of network hacking. Instead, as a teenager growing up in the technological revolution, I was disappointed by the lack of profound knowledge bestowed upon me by this book. The seemingly verbose prose didn't really keep me reading - it was almost as if the book was entirely fluff.
That isn't to say it isn't a worthwhile book - for some. Certain details such as the security (or lack there-of) of WEP keys would be useful for any small business owner aiming to have a secure network; however, a large majority of the book was spent explaining why you shouldn't download attachments from strangers. The way I see it, there are two scenarios related to this:
1) The reader has enough technological knowledge to modify and own their own network, thus they already know not to open attachments from strangers.
2) The reader does not know not to open attachments from strangers, and is therefore completely unqualified to set up their own network, and would have no reason to read this book.
Now, a book on why you shouldn't open attachments from strangers would be okay on its own, but this book has such a broad array of topics and specific nomenclature that it will waste a large chunk of your time, one way or another.
All in all, I think this book really missed the mark somewhere. It borders the line between too detailed and not detailed enough, thus it doesn't really cater to much of an audience at all. I would not recommend this book to anyone, really. There is much better material to cater specifically to one's needs, rather than this weird combination of overly specific and almost insultingly obvious.
-Jason Marmon
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By Joel K. on May 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I do not usually write scathing reviews, but in this case, I feel it is necessary. This book simply did not deliver on it's title. It should have been titled: "A Primer on Malware for Dolts" because it didn't have any really useful information on actually 'How to Stop' anything. This was like a $4.99 e-book that they decided to print -- poorly laid out with a lot of redundancy, and only basic tips that you can get from a simple internet search. To top it off, the copy I had was poorly printed (crooked pages with the page numbers cut off at the bottom), and cheaply bound. It was also very dry reading. I don't think the intended audience (complete novices) could get past the first chapter.

If you want a basic overview of malware and what to do about it, save yourself the trouble and get a '...For Dummies' book. If you must read it, check your library. Please do not promote bad publishing by buying this book!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The title alone, was the reason why I wanted to review this book. Who hasn't had some kind of e-mail spam in their inbox? In this book, you'll learn how spammers think and what the goals of spyware and virus are.

In the news, you always hear about government and big business being cyber attacked, but you don't hear much about small business or the average person who are attacked everyday. Hackers send out their virus to either test their virus or to try to steal personal and private information from your computer. In other words, hackers are thieves.

In the book, you'll learn all there is to know about malware, spyware, adware, viruses, spam, spoofing, phishing worms, trojans, SQL injection, Hijack, Rootkits, Bots, and the impact of Malware. You'll read about the 10 most Common E-mail Scams and How to Defend Against Them.

Honestly, I already knew quite a bit on the subject matter, and if you are also well informed, then this book might not be for you. Someone new to computers, or has little knowledge about protecting your computer, will find this book interesting. There are plenty of links listed for paying and free firewalls, virus scans, and other useful information to keep your computer safe from cyber attacks.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Consumer on June 5, 2011
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I was excited to get this book to learn advanced practices on removing viruses and spyware. This book just talks about basic common sense things. It does not teach you any advanced skills on how to remove the latest viruses or spyware. You can get all this information on the Internet. There is no need to buy this book.
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