Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World, 1st Edition

  • Douglas Jacobson
  • Published By: Chapman & Hall
  • ISBN-10: 1439856192
  • ISBN-13: 9781439856192
  • DDC: 005.8
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Computer users have a significant impact on the security of their computer and personal information as a result of the actions they perform (or do not perform). Helping the average user of computers, or more broadly information technology, make sound security decisions, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World focuses on practical security topics that users are likely to encounter on a regular basis.

Written for nontechnical readers, the book provides context to routine computing tasks so that readers better understand the function and impact of security in everyday life. The authors offer practical computer security knowledge on a range of topics, including social engineering, email, and online shopping, and present best practices pertaining to passwords, wireless networks, and suspicious emails. They also explain how security mechanisms, such as antivirus software and firewalls, protect against the threats of hackers and malware.

While information technology has become interwoven into almost every aspect of daily life, many computer users do not have practical computer security knowledge. This hands-on, in-depth guide helps anyone interested in information technology to better understand the practical aspects of computer security and successfully navigate the dangers of the digital world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover._x000D_
Half Title Page._x000D_
Title Page._x000D_
Copyright Page._x000D_
About the Authors._x000D_
1: What is Information Security?._x000D_
2: Introduction to Computers and the Internet._x000D_
3: Passwords Under Attack._x000D_
4: Email Security._x000D_
5: Malware: The Dark Side of Software._x000D_
6: Malware: Defense in Depth._x000D_
7: Securely Surfing the World Wide Web._x000D_
8: Online Shopping._x000D_
9: Wireless Internet Security._x000D_
10: Social Networking._x000D_
11: Social Engineering: Phishing for Suckers._x000D_
12: Staying Safe Online: The Human Threat._x000D_
13: Case Studies._x000D_
14: Moving Forward with Security and Book Summary._x000D_
Appendix A: Reading List._x000D_
Appendix B: Basics of Cryptography._x000D_
Appendix C: Web Surfing Security Technologies._x000D_