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Essential Computer Security provides the vast home user and small office computer market with the information they must know in order to understand the risks of computing on the Internet and what they can do to protect themselves.
Tony Bradley is the Guide for the About.com site for Internet Network Security. In his role managing the content for a site that has over 600,000 page views per month and a weekly newsletter with 25,000 subscribers, Tony has learned how to talk to people, everyday people, about computer security. Intended for the security illiterate, Essential Computer Security is a source of jargon-less advice everyone needs to operate their computer securely.
Written in easy to understand non-technical language that novices can comprehend
Provides detailed coverage of the essential security subjects that everyone needs to know
Covers just enough information to educate without being overwhelming
All computer users at every level. Home users, small business users, and large business.
Instructions for online access
Part I: Bare Essentials
Chapter 1: Basic Windows Security
Why Do You Need to Be Secure?
Why Are You at Risk?
Chapter 2: Passwords
Storing Your Passwords
One Super-Powerful Password
Chapter 3: Viruses, Worms, and Other Malware
The History of Malware
Chapter 4: Patching
Why Should I Patch?
How Do I Know What to Patch?
Part II: More Essential Security
Chapter 5: Perimeter Security
From Moats and Bridges to Firewalls and Filters
Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Chapter 6: E-mail Safety
The Evolution of E-mail
E-mail Security Concerns
Chapter 7: Web Surfing Privacy and Safety
The Revolutionary World Wide Web
Web Security Concerns
Chapter 8: Wireless Network Security
The Basics of Wireless Networks
Basic Wireless Network Security Measures
Additional Hotspot Security Measures
Chapter 9: Spyware and Adware
What Is Adware?
What Is Spyware?
Getting Rid of Spyware
Part III: Testing and Maintenance
Chapter 10: Keeping Things Secure
General PC Maintenance
Patches and Updates
Windows XP Security Center
Chapter 11: When Disaster Strikes
Check the Event Logs
Enable Security Auditing
Review Your Firewall Logs
Scan Your Computer
Restore Your System
Start from Scratch
Restore Your Data
Call In the Pros
Chapter 12: Microsoft Alternatives
Common Desktop Environments
The X Window System and Window Managers
E-mail and Personal Information Management Clients
Office Application Suites
Running Windows Applications on Linux
Part IV: Security Resources
Appendix A: Essential Network Communications
TCP and UDP Protocols
Understanding IP Addresses and DNS
Managing IP Addresses
Appendix B: Case Study
Employing a Firewall in a SOHO Environment
Introducing the SOHO Firewall Case Study
Designing the SOHO Firewall
Solutions Fast Track
Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix C: Glossary of Technology and Terminology
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- © Syngress 2006
- 8th November 2006
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Tony Bradley, CISSP-ISSAP, is the Guide for the About.com site for Internet / Network Security. He has written for a variety of other web sites and publications including SearchSecurity.com, WindowsNetworking.com, Smart Computing Magazine and Information Security Magazine. Currently a security architect and consultant for a Fortune 100 company, Tony has driven security policies and technologies for antivirus and incident response for Fortune 500 companies and he has been network administrator and technical support for smaller companies. He is Microsoft Certified as an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) and MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) in Windows 2000 and an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) in Windows NT.
He has on average over 600,000 page views per month and 25,000 subscribers to his weekly newsletter. He created a 10-part Computer Security 101 Class which has had thousands of participants since its creation and continues to gain in popularity through word of mouth.
CISSP-ISSAP, a security architect and consultant for a Fortune 100 company.