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Have you locked the castle gate? : home and small-business computer security
Shea, Brian.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Addison-Wesley, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 193 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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QA76.9.A25 S463 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A non-technical guide to computer security for home and small business users. It simplifies security with step-by-step techniques and real-world analogies, shows how to protect files, fend off viruses and hackers and shop safely online. It covers PCs, Internet security, email security and more.

Author Notes

Brian Shea is currently the team lead for a Windows security team at one of the nation's largest financial institutions. His duties include securing the bank's Windows systems and helping home users who dial in to secure their own systems. During his ten years in the computer security field, he has written everything from security programs to white papers for management and nontechnical staff. Brian lives near Seattle with his wife and daughter. When not working, he can often be found enjoying the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Installing Locks in the Global Village
Who Needs to Read This Book?
Why the Homestead Example?
Is the Example Important?
Introduction to the Homestead
Is Your House Locked at Night?
What's Important Here?
Sidebar: Key Security Concepts
Starting Out
Important Assumptions
It's Your Data
Where to Look First
How Secure Is Your System Out of the Box?
1 Assessing Risk
Data Classification
What Am I Protecting?
Is It Worth Protecting?
Who Am I Protecting Against?
Sidebar: Who Are They?
Risk Assessment Checklists
2 General Network Security
Security In-Depth, or Layered Security
Grant All versus Deny All
Encryption or Clear
Sidebar: Determining Strong Enough and Moore's Law
Defining Access and Rights
Users and Their Roles
Sidebar: Who Is the Boss? Granting Administrator Privileges
Grouping Users
Providing File and Directory Access
Granting Privileges
Sidebar: Domain versus Workgroup
Denying Access
Sharing Files
Data Backups
Selecting a Network Security Model Checklist
3 Securing Your Computer
Securing Your Windows System
Sidebar: Service Packs and Hotfixes
Sidebar: What Is the Registry?
Sidebar: Security Configuration Editor
4 Securing Your Servers
Why Servers Are Different
Where to Start on Your Server Security
Sidebar: The OSI Model
Securing Windows NT Servers
Sidebar: Why Protect Your Performance Data?
Sidebar: Resource Kit, MSDN, and TechNet
Securing Windows 2000 Servers
Server Security Checklist
5 Connecting to the Internet
Types of Connections
Sidebar: Why Should You Worry?
Basic Internet Security
Advanced Internet Security
Sidebar: More About Encryption
Who Is Watching You?
Privacy Issues
Internet Security Checklist
6 E-mail Security
Why E-mail Is Cool
How E-mail Works
Security Issues with E-mail Systems
Sidebar: Encryption in E-mail
Sidebar: What Makes It Junk Mail?
Getting Off E-mail Lists
E-mail Security Checklists
7 Web Security
What Is the World Wide Web, Really?
What They Know About You
Cookies and Security
Browser Security: Why Is It So Important?
Sidebar: Sandboxes
Web Page Security
E-commerce Security Issues
Web Security Checklist
8 Defending Against Hackers
The Extent of the Problem
Sidebar: Signs of a Social Engineering Attack
Can Anyone Help?
9 Viruses, Trojan Horses, Hoaxes
Computer Viruses and Trojan Horses
Sidebar: Nimda, Code Red, and I Love You
Why Should I Care?
Defending Against Threats
Hoaxes and Why They're a Problem
Sidebar: Crying Wolf or Real Threat?
Active Content on the Web
Virus and Trojan Horse Security Checklist
Appendix A. Additio