Internet Privacy for Dummies

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By John R. Levine, Ray Everett-Church and Gregg Stebben.
August 2002, 384 pages, US$21.99. C$32.99, £18.99, ISBN 0-7645-0846-6.

How much privacy do you have when you connect to the net, surf the web, send e-mail, or buy something online? Or when you use the phone or open a bank account? Not as much as you would hope, but probably not as little as you fear.

In this comprehensive new book, three privacy experts lead you through the privacy swamps of today's online world, telling you what's a problem and what's not, and offering concrete advice to protect the privacy you have.

Also check out the extremely fabulous companion web site that our co-authors put together with news, excerts, polls, and much more. (We hate to say it, but it's much cooler than this site.)

Table of Contents


Part I: Electronic Privacy Overview.
1: How Private Are You Right Now?
2: The Law, the Privacy Industry, and You.

Part II: PCs and Privacy.
3: Safety Check: Looking under the Hood of Your Computer.
4: Privacy for Computers and Networks with Multiple Users.
5: Privacy for Laptops and Handheld Devices.

Part III: Privacy on the Internet.
6: You and Your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
7: Fighting Back against Hackers.
8: Viruses, Worms, Macro Viruses, and Trojan Horses.
9: "Help! There's a Hole in My Browser!".
10: Why the E in E-Mail Stands for Easy-to-Intercept.
11: Spam: Why It's Not Just a Funny Lunch Meat Any More.
12: Safely Shopping Online.
13: Safe Banking and Investing Online.

Part IV: Beyond the PC: Offline Electronic Privacy.
14: Protecting Your E-Money, E-Credit, and E-Dentity.
15: Your Telephone and Your Privacy.
16: Protecting Your Privacy at Work.
17: The Government Is Here to Help - or Not.

Part V: The Part of Tens.
18: Ten Privacy Freedom Fighters Who Fight for You.
19: Ten Ways to Fight Back for Fun and Profit.
20: Ten Easy Tricks for Cutting Down on Spam.
21: Ten Reliable Sources for Computer Virus Information.
22: Ten Great Privacy Books (Other than This One!). Index.

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