Who’s watching you online? These days, it’s hard to be sure. But the recent Edward Snowden revelations of NSA data mining and the constant threat of identity theft from criminals mean your privacy is in jeopardy.

The Basics of Digital Privacy teaches you how to protect the privacy of your data and your identity while surfing, searching, and interacting with others in a virtual world. Author Denny Cherry teaches professionals how to keep huge databases secure, and he will introduce you to the basic concepts of protecting your identity, your financial data, and your personal information from prying eyes while using your computer and smartphone. You’ll learn how to stay connected and conduct business online, while protecting your privacy with every keystroke and click.

The Basics of Digital Privacy gives you clear, non-technical explanations of how to safely store personal information online, create secure usernames and passwords for websites, and participate in social media without compromising your privacy. Learn how to find out who’s watching you online, and what the law has to say about your privacy rights. A great resource for anyone who ventures into the online world on a daily basis!

Key Features

  • The most straightforward and up-to-date guide to privacy for anyone who goes online for work, school, or personal use
  • Real-world examples show you how cyber criminals commit their crimes, and what you can do to keep your identity and your data safe
  • Written by author Denny Cherry, who teaches top security professionals how to protect huge databases of information
  • Learn the best ways to create secure passwords, chat, text, email and conduct business online without compromising your identity and your personal data


Computer and mobile device users concerned about online privacy, InfoSec professionals, and Security Awareness trainers

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Author Biography
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Storing Your Personal Information Online
    • Abstract
    • Information in This Chapter
    • Storing your personal information online
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Usernames and Passwords for Websites
    • Abstract
    • Information in This Chapter
    • Picking a username
    • Picking a password
    • Two-factor authentication
    • The more important the longer they should be
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Your Home Network
    • Abstract
    • Information in This Chapter
    • Securing your home network
    • Other devices on the network
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Securing Your Home Computer
    • Abstract
    • Information in This Chapter
    • Data encryption for the home user
    • What do those website security logos mean?
    • When Tech Support calls you
    • Internet games and downloads
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Posting Information Online
    • Abstract
    • Information in This Chapter
    • Kinds of information that shouldn’t be posted online
    • How to protect information that is posted online
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Who’s Watching What You Do?
    • Abstract
    • Information in This Chapter
    • How can someone watch what I do?
    • How can a government watch what I do?
    • How can I stop people from watching what I do?
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Laws and Internet Privacy
    • Abstract
    • Information in This Chapter
    • The law and changing technology
    • Is all this legal?
    • Is all this moral?
    • Summary
  • Index


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About the author

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry (MCSA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCM) has been working with Microsoft technology for over 15 years starting with Windows 3.51 and SQL Server 6.5. In 2009, Denny was named as a Microsoft MVP for the Microsoft SQL Server product, and in 2011 Denny earned the Microsoft Certified Master certification for SQL Server 2008. Denny has written dozens of articles for a variety of websites as well as print magazines on a variety of subjects including SQL Server, Clustering, Storage Configuration, and SharePoint.