Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World

Douglas Jacobson, Joseph Idziorek

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November 27, 2012 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Professional - 368 Pages - 186 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439856185 - CAT# K12637

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Features

  • Assesses computing actions in the context of security
  • Describes computer security terms and best practices
  • Covers the strengths and weaknesses of security mechanisms
  • Provides examples of common security threats and their sources and motivations, including how phishing emails deceive users
  • Explains the role of users in protecting their own computing environment and personal and confidential information
  • Discusses current event topics and how they relate to everyday computing tasks

Summary

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.