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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online


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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2605-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2605-6

Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online is a comprehensive book that melds detailed, how-to information on PC hardware and operating system security within the context of protecting one's privacy in a digital world. It is designed for individuals who are serious about their privacy and who also want an accessible, one-stop source of practical information. The book offers clear discussion of privacy issues as they affect everyday users of digital devices, covering all current and near-future devices and technologies that pose privacy risks to users.

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Privacy Organizations and Initiatives

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)

What's So Special About This Book? The Problem. The Cause. The Solution. Here to Help.


1. The Quest for Privacy in the Information Age.

Growth Factors. The Cost of Privacy. Case Study: Online Identity Search. Points of Disclosure. Appendix Descriptions. Future Trends.

2. Defining Privacy: Social and Legal Aspects.

The Historical Right to Privacy. The Path to Privacy. Security Versus Privacy. Privacy Laws. Privacy Cases. Privacy Compromise. Privacy Violation Consequences. Privacy Policy Best Practices.

3. Privacy Organizations and Initiatives.

Privacy Organizations. New Initiatives.


4. Legal Threats to Individual Privacy.

Reasons for Privacy Laws. Threats to Privacy. Individual Threats to Privacy. Government Threats to Privacy. Business Threats to Privacy. Technologies for Legal Privacy Invasion.

5. Illegal Threats to Individual Privacy.

Hackers. Business Threats. Credit Card Theft. Spyware. Government Threats. Identity Theft. Fraud.


6. Understanding the Online Environment: Addresses, Domains, and Anonymity.

IP, Anyone? TCP/IP Addresses. The Domain Name System. Anonymity on the Internet. Current Trends.

7. Understanding the Online Environment: Web Surfing and Online Payment Systems.

Site and Portal Registrations. The Web of Marketing. Third-Party Content. Can You Trust Them? Contests and Freebies. Precautions for Web Surfing. Cookies. Web Bugs: Nasty Little Critters? Solutions: Web Surfing, Personal Information, Web Bugs, and More. Spyware. Shopping on the Internet.

8. E-mail Security.

The Mechanics of E-mail. The Dangers of E-mail. Where Does E-mail Go, and Who Can Access It? Spoofing and Spamming. Viruses, Trojans, and Worms. Pretty Good Privacy: Encrypted, Sealed, and Signed E-mail. E-mail Solutions. Secure Web-Based E-mail Solutions: Yahoo!/Zixit Mail, HushMail, and LokMail. Looking for More E-mail Solutions? Alternatives to PGP.


9. Securing Your Internet Transactions with SSL and Digital Certificates.

What Is SSL? Why Do We Use SSL? A Brief History of SSL. SSL Technically Speaking. Key Lengths and Encryption Strength. Configuring Your Web Browser for SSL. SSL Doesn't Protect Everything. Attacks on SSL. What Are Digital Certificates? What Are Digital Signatures? The Almighty Certificate Authority. Problems with Certificates.

10. Understanding Your PC Operating System and Its Security Features.

Footprinting Analysis. Vulnerability Information and Resources. Physical Security. Controlling Logical Computer Access. Patches and Updates. User Accounts and File Security. Security Resources: Share-Level and User-Level. Using Policy Editor and Enforcing Password Security. Password-Protecting the Screensaver. Service Packs. Windows NT Passwords. The Windows NT Audit Policy. Users and Groups. NTFS File and Directory Settings. Sharing Folders. The Windows NT Registry. Encrypting File Systems. File and Directory Settings. Lockdown Steps. Local Security Policy. Port Restrictions. IPSec. Unix/Linux. SSL, HTTPS, S-HTTP, S/MIME, and SSH. Other Tips for Your Home PC.

11. Securing Your Standalone PC: Broadband Connections.

Threats Recapped. Cable Access. Digital Subscriber Line. Dial-Up ISPs. DSL Versus Cable Versus Dial-Up. Personal Firewalls. Comparison Chart. Feature Comparison.

12. Securing Your Standalone PC: Viruses, Chat, and Encryption.

Virus Infections. Privacy and Instant Messaging. Home Encryption. Threats. Encryption Systems. Securing Files on the System. Product Comparison: Personal File Encryption. Encryption Algorithms. Password Examples. The Dark Side of Encryption.

13. Securing Your Home Network.

The Growth of Home Networking. Broadband Connectivity. The Need for Home Networks. Problems with Home Networks. Network Design. Firewall Configuration: WinRoute. Additional Internal Network Protection. Messaging Services. Secure Filter Rule Settings. Troubleshooting Potential Problems. The Ideal Firewall. Traffic Analysis. Why Test Network Security? Security Testing Procedures. Security Checklist.


14. Securing Your Privacy Using Other Digital Devices.

PDAs. Viruses, Trojan Horses, and Malware. Mobile Phones. Bluetooth. Research In Motion's Blackberry. Backup and Other Options. The Wireless Threat. The Benefits of Wireless Technology. How Does Wireless Work? Basic Security Features. Disadvantages of Wireless. How Your Security and Privacy Are at Risk. What Kinds of Attacks Are Out There? Wired Equivalent Privacy Weaknesses. Misconfiguration. Sniffing, Interception, and Monitoring. How Can You Protect Yourself? Sample Wireless Products.


15. Parental Controls.

Benefits to Children. Threats to Children. Implementing Controls. Third-Party Products. Government Involvement.

16. Guarding Your System Against Hacking.

What Is a System Compromise? What Is Intrusion Detection? Collecting Evidence. Detecting a Compromise. Security Maintenance Measures. Defining Baseline Security Standards.


Appendix A. Personal Firewall Software.

Appendix B. Antivirus and Anti-Trojan Horse Software.

Appendix C. Parental Control Technology.

Appendix D. Encryption and Privacy Software.

Appendix E. Selected References.



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