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  • Paperback: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.72 x 9.04 x 6.04
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (May 1, 2004)
  • ISBN: 159059326X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars Based on 8 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank in Books: #59,324
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Appleman provides the information teens, or anyone else for that matter, should know before venturing out onto the Internet...


About the Author
Daniel Appleman is the president of Desaware Inc., a developer of add-on products and components for Microsoft Visual Studio, including SpyWorks, StateCoder, and the NT Service Toolkit for .NET languages and VB6. He is a cofounder of Apress, a publishing company specializing in high-quality professional level books for computer programmers and IT professionals. He is the author of numerous books, including <i>Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts and Code</i>, <i>How...
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Book Description
You Know You're in Trouble When...
  • Your family and friends know everything you're doing on your computer!
  • Someone is impersonating you during an instant messaging session.
  • Sudden dropouts and lag occur during online game play.
  • Your computer crashes unexpectedly and for no apparent reason.
  • Mysterious pop-up windows appear at strange times.

This is a book about computer security and privacy, written especially for the many people who, just like you, are taking advantage of all the Internet has to offer. It goes beyond the "beware the dangers of chat room" warnings you're already aware of and tells you not only how to protect your computer form the latest invasions of viruses, worms, and Trojans, but also how to fight back and actually do something about them.

You Know You're Safe When...
  • You know how anitvirus tools and firewalls actually work&emdash;and how they can fail.
  • You play online games without leaving your system open to attack.
  • You can surf the Web and shop without leaving any traces to follow.
  • You can clean viruses off a system&emdash;and even get paid for it!

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2 out of 5 stars Windows only!, September 15, 2004
Reviewer:   Lorenzo "LRP" (Albuquerque, NM USA) - See all my reviews
GET A DIFFERENT BOOK IF YOU USE MAC OR LINUX. This book is not entirely useless if you own a computer that's not Windows-based -- only about 2/3 of it, and no attempt is made to generalize the remainder. We bought this book because our daughter was leaving for NYC armed with a WiFi-equipped Apple Ibook, and we thought this book would be the perfect backup, having read several glowing reviews. I fully expected the book to be *mostly* about Windows-based machines. I did NOT expect it to absolutely and totally ignore MacOS and Linux. It is written as if the words "computer" and "Windows box" are synonymous. You can see the table of contents before you buy; the appendix title "Registry Tricks" should have tipped me off. It's especially irritating (and not the author's fault, of course) that none of several fairly extensive professional reviews mentioned the book's total lack of information about Macs or Linux boxes. I'm not disagreeing with other reviews praising this book; I can see that it would be very useful to a Windows user; in fact I have another daughter who IS a windows user, and I'm going to give her the book. What I am saying is that it's of only the thinnest marginal use to Mac and Linux users like me.

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5 out of 5 stars An excellent and realistic reference for teens, August 19, 2004
Reviewer:   Raymond Lodato "grey geek" (Boston, MA) - See all my reviews
  
*Ahem* If you are a teenager who uses computers, or the parent or guardian of a teenager who does, buy Always Use Protection, by Dan Appleman! Always Use Protection is broken up into three main parts: Protecting Your Machine, Protecting Your Privacy, and Protecting Yourself.

Protecting Your Machine goes through all of the "gremlins" that can bother your computer, how to get rid of them and how to prevent them from coming back. Dan covers the three main preventions: anti-virus programs, firewalls, and regular system configuration and updates. He relates to the types of programs that teenagers are likely to run, such as P2P software and online games.

Always Use Protection explains how to determine which anti-virus programs are available, but puts the responsibility for choosing one squarely in the reader's lap. Firewalls are discussed in detail, as well as their possibly unintended consequences. News items speak frequently about how a virus got into machines mainly because available security updates were simply not installed. Dan makes sure that the reader understands how to update their system. The configuration chapter describes many little tweaks available to harden your browser and e-mail reader that many people are not aware of.

If this book was only chapter 9 - What to Do When You've Been Hit - it would still be worth the cover price. In this chapter, Dan gives a careful, step-by-step menu of what you can and should do to recover as much as you possibly can, eradicate the malware that is causing the problem, and get your system back to a usable state.

The next four chapters form Part II - Protecting Your Privacy. In here, Dan explains the various ways your personal information can be gleaned, mostly from a user innocently filling in a form supplied by a con artist. He talks about identity theft and what it means to a teenager. The need for good passwords is clearly discussed, but he acknowledges that most people won't use strong enough ones. Finally, he talks about how to use a chat room safely and how to recognize and avoid being taken in by a scam.

The appendixes have good summary information, and a special appendix just for the parents. It give good advice to make sure your teenager is willing to come to you for question without worrying about losing online privileges.

All in all, Always Use Protection should be read by every parent and, hopefully, by their kids. I'm going to get my 15- and 13-year old to read it. I liked the approach, the content, and the presentation so well, I had to rate this 5 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars A must read for any Internet connected computer user, August 15, 2004
Reviewer:   T. Bowman - See all my reviews
  
As a programmer-want-a-be, (well, not really, I am more a programming hobbyist ... doing it for a living makes it a "Job" and would take the fun out of it) I am always looking for help from an "expert" starting way back in Visual Basic 3 days and up to today with VB.Net, On many occasions, I have turned to Desaware, Inc. and particularly the President, Dan Appleman, who I have developed quite a respect for his in depth knowledge of VB. I own and read all his books as well as his eBooks. His material is always loaded with very detailed technical insight of Microsoft technologies and developer platforms. So, it was surprising to me that he kind of took a different direction on his latest offering, "lways Use Protection: A Teen's Guide to Safe Computing"

This is an excellent book that every teen and their parents should read. He also runs a related web site at http://www.AlwaysUseProtection.Com. OK, the site does plug his book at every turn, but there is useful information along the way. The book is a comfortable 250 pages and reasonably priced at $18.

It is about time someone brought the Internet lingo down to the level that everyone can understand. (Dan.. there are a few passages where your ego shows through ... drop them in the next edition.)


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4 out of 5 stars Treats you like an adult, July 18, 2004
Reviewer:   W Boudville (US) - See all my reviews
     
The Apress publishing house has been making a name for itself with ultra-indepth technical texts for computer users. Here, Appleman gives us something slightly different. He pitches this book towards you, the teenager. All he assumes is that you use a computer connected to the Internet. You might perhaps have little or no prior experience. That's ok. He goes through a bunch of things you should be aware of. Like viruses and worms, and what to do if your computer gets infected. Or how to be cautious in chat rooms and when using Instant Messaging.

Appleman does go into a reasonable level of detail. More perhaps than a comparable Dummy's or Idiot's book. He believes that there is a certain modicum of detail you should know, and he does not dumb down a topic below that level. He's treating you like an adult.

Speaking of which, there are two other audiences for this book. One is parents. The other is teachers or librarians. There must be members of each group wondering if they need to catch up to their kids on this stuff. And casting around for a good text.

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