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Personal Cybersecurity : How to Avoid and Recover from Cybercrime (Paperback) (Marvin Waschke)
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Discover the most prevalent cyber threats against individual users of all kinds of computing devices. Learn the defensive best practices and state-of-the-art tools available to you to repel each kind of threat.
Personal Cybersecurity addresses the needs of individual users at work and for home use. This book for digitally literate non-expert users covers personal cybersecurity for all modes of personal computing whether on consumer-acquired or company-issued devices: desktop PCs, laptops, mobile devices, smart TVs, WiFi and Bluetooth peripherals, and IoT objects embedded with network-connected sensors. In all these modes, the frequency, intensity, and sophistication of cyberattacks that put individual users at risk are increasing in step with accelerating mutation rates of malware and cybercriminal delivery systems.
Traditional anti-virus software and personal firewalls no longer suffice to guarantee personal security. Users who neglect to learn and adopt the new ways of protecting themselves in their work and private environments put themselves, their associates, and their companies at risk of inconvenience, violation, reputational damage, data corruption, data theft, system degradation, system destruction, financial harm, and criminal disaster. This book shows what actions to take to limit the harm and recover from the damage.
Instead of laying down a code of "thou shalt not" rules that admit of too many exceptions and contingencies to be of much practical use, cloud expert Marvin Waschke equips his readers with the battlefield intelligence, strategic understanding, survival training, and proven tools they need to intelligently assess the security threats in their environments and most effectively secure themselves from attacks. Through instructive examples and scenarios, the author shows users how to adapt and apply best practices to their own particular circumstances, how to automate and routinize their personal cybersecurity, how to recognize security breaches and act swiftly to seal them, and how to recover losses and restore functionality when attacks succeed.
What You'll Learn
- How computer security works and what can it protect us from
- How a typical hacker attack works
- How to evaluate computer security threats to the individual user and corporate systems
- How to identify the critical vulnerabilities of a computer connected to the Internet
- How to manage your computer to reduce vulnerabilities to yourself and your employer
- How the adoption of newer forms of biometric authentication affects you