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Hacking for Dummies
Kevin Beaver
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Hacking for Dummies (For Dummies)

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While you're reading this, a hacker could be prying and spying his way into your company's IT systems, sabotaging your operations, stealing confidential information, shutting down your Web site, or wreaking havoc in other diabolical ways. "Hackers For Dummies" helps you hack into a hacker's mindset and take security precautions to help you avoid a hack attack. It outlines ...more
ebook, 378 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2004)
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Aug 28, 2007 Kipp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
The book is from 2004 but still has a lot of very valid information. It focuses not only the software approach of white-hat (good guy) hacking, but also social engineering (i.e. tailgating an employee through a building). I learned that you should keep your passwords protected with software such as KeePass. I also learned that there are such things as hardware keystroke loggers (I was only aware of the software implementations...the hardware versions cost less than $50 USD) that can be used to g ...more
David Roberts
Apr 03, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read to research this post was Hacking For Dummies 4th edition which is a very good book which I read at This book is primarily about ethical hacking which is checking computers and computer networks for vulnerabilities. Any computer won't be totally invulnerable to hacking but the trick is to make it so difficult and time consuming it's not worth it. With most computer networks hackers don't bother hacking the password with a password cracker program ins ...more
Anuradha Wickramarachchi
A good book to have a good top down approach to know about hacking and networking internals. The book also provide a very good understanding on how to deal with proper tools to make systems more secure and reliable for users.
Jason Caldwell
Not what you're looking for probably. This is an overview of hacking and goes over social engineering, password picking, etc... It does get into some computer hacking towards the end of the book but does not have a lot of depth.
Dec 16, 2015 Natosha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I always was curious about hack computers, for good of course and find the best way to prevent damage or anyone stealing my information on my devices. Therefore, the book Hacking For Dummies, 5th Edition by Kevin Beaver has really caught my attention and drawn me into learn more! I noticed many on the market, but if your a beginner and don't really hack often or work in a company to check computers for viruses and do tests, than this book really can guide you to different ways you to help you pr
Feb 15, 2017 Anrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good information. Good writing!
Sep 11, 2008 Sephiroth_76 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Computer people everywhere
This book covers the basics (and non-basics) of computer interferance and safety. With every thing from password cracking to network prompts and telnet, this book is a must go for computer geeks everywhere. It not only shows how hackers do what they do, it also shows how to defend against it in every manner possible. Also, unlike most hacking books, has tips for people without the web! Jam-Packed with info that is essential to anyone who wants to love computers, this is a no brainer choice!
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overall this book was pretty bad, mostly it gave me the names of some outdated and very expensive (some in excess of $200) computer programs for guessing passwords, but there was some teqnuiqes like looking over somebody's shoulder to see the password, its simplicity did not warrant 300+ pages and the information is not worth the phonebook paper it is written on, for everybody who wants to learn hacking just go on google and search the following terms... deep net, low orbit ion cannon, how to ha ...more
Apr 12, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
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Mar 25, 2016 Adham Basha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 02, 2014 Govind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will give me if knowledge about hacking.
Patrick Quirk
Feb 11, 2016 Patrick Quirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great resource book. If you want to get up to speed on the basics of performing security assessments, including hands on exercises, this book is for you.
Research for web pen testing techniques.
Jul 31, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very broad overview of the subject of hacking (as should be expected in a "...for Dummies" book). Content was well organized and easy to understand.
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Sep 16, 2014 ARahman Rashed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I knew it would be a time waste.
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