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Hacking for Dummies

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A new edition of the bestselling guide-now updated to cover the latest hacks and how to prevent them!It's bad enough when a hack occurs-stealing identities, bank accounts, and personal information. But when the hack could have been prevented by taking basic security measures-like the ones described in this book-somehow that makes a bad situation even worse. This beginner g ...more
ebook, 408 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2004)
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Aug 28, 2007 Kipp rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Sep 13, 2008 Sephiroth_76 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
This book will give me if knowledge about hacking.
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.
too technical for me.
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