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Hacking For Dummies 4th Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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'If you are looking for a practical guide that can teach you real-world hacking and penetration testing skills, Hacking For Dummies is an excellent resource. (RSA Conference. January 2013)

From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Defend against the latest Windows® 8 and Linux® hacks
  • Develop an effective ethical hacking plan
  • Protect web applications, databases, laptops, and smartphones
  • Use the latest testing tools and techniques

Are you a defender of systems?

Then you need this book!

Learn how to ward off attacks

Until you can think like a bad guy and recognize the vulnerabilities in your systems, you can't build an effective plan to keep your information secure. This book helps you stay on top of the security game! Here's just what you need to know about penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, security best practices, and every aspect of ethical hacking.

  • How a hacker thinks — explore the malicious mindset and learn what steps to take as you plan your ethical hacking program
  • Recognize common tricks — learn about social engineering, password-cracking techniques, and physical security issues
  • Get rolling — choose the right tools and set your plan in motion
  • Demystify mobile security — learn to protect smartphones, laptops, and tablets used in your organization
  • Protect the network — discover weaknesses in TCP/IP and wireless networks and learn to secure them
  • Lock your Windows — fortify your Windows and Linux operating systems against attack
  • App attack — find the vulnerabilities in business applications such as e-mail, web apps, and databases
  • Use what you learn — correct the flaws you find and keep looking for more

Open the book and find:

  • Fundamentals of ethical hacking
  • The weak links in most security programs
  • Countermeasures to network vulnerabilities
  • Help establishing an ongoing program
  • How to develop reports on the information you gather
  • Tips for selling your plan to management
  • Case studies of common hack attacks
  • A list of ethical hacking tools and resources
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118380932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118380932
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Any "for Dummies" book is great. I find some PDF's online. but nothing compared to having the real thing in front of you.
obviously you won't become a NSA worker by reading this book. but will definitely give you a foundation to start your learning.
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Yes I bought this book, being an amateur PC user, hoping to understand and learn something. I have read most of the book. Page up and page down about being ethical. Much less computer techniques and not so many practical lessons and tips. Throw away your money on something else.
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I am ploughing through the book. Massively padded with repetition and whaffle so far...up to Chapter 3, the only useful stuff is a partial list of free hacking software. I hope he gets down to some serious explanation soon, but I am not holding my breath. So far, like a pillow, handy but full of fluff.
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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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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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