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Googling Security: How Much Does Google Know about You?

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What Does Google Know about You? And Who Are They Telling? When you use Google's "free" services, you pay, big time-with personal information about yourself. Google is making a fortune on what it knows about you...and you may be shocked by just how much Google does know. "Googling Security" is the first book to reveal how Google's vast information stockpiles could be used ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published October 10th 2008)
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The internet can be a scary place and this books helps readers to understand how scary it can be and what you can do to protect yourself. The book covers the basics of how the internet and search engines can leave you vulnerable. While the book seems to focus on the dangers of relying too heavily on Google, there are plenty of other horrors in the book. If anything Google almost seems to come out ahead of other companies who end up having giant data dumps.

The basic premise of the book is that we
This is a very important book for anyone concerned about their online security. People should be keenly aware of what is associated with 'free' online services and what's in it for the companies who provide you with online access to email, maps, search, etc. in this day and age, we as consumers cannot afford to be ignorant of how the Internet works or who's watching and making money off of us. Just remember, if the 'service' is free, you are the product.
This book was good up to about the 3rd or 4th chapter. After that, it became extremely repetitive. So much so that I almost knew what it was going to say before I read it. However, the principles it discusses about online security are relevant particularly regarding search engines. I did feel that the risks involved were somewhat overhyped and got worse as the book went along.
Aug 16, 2012 Marcia rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Wow! Really makes you think about the cumulative value of the bits of data you make available (often inadvertently) on the Internet. Being in the tech industry, much of this wasn't new to me, yet the authors presented it with fresh perspective. They posed a couple of views that I hadn't considered. A must read if you're trusting any personal data on the net.
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