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Not Your Mama’s Firewall

Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker
Cheswick and Bellovin
1994

There’s an awful lot of office cleaning going on at my library. This one came from the office of the Technical Services Librarian, who inherited it from a long-retired librarian. I think the publication date pretty much sums up what is wrong with it.

I don’t personally know enough about firewalls or internet security to know exactly how awful this is, so I’ve included the table of contents.

Weed your offices, people!

Holly

 

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Web of Deception

Web of Deception coverWeb of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet
Mintz (Editor)
2002

If you have the 2008 edition of this book, it’s probably still ok, although getting older by the minute.  This 2002 version is almost ten years old.  It still has some good information in it, but it is missing a lot and the emphasis is in the wrong places.  It’s big on Usenet groups and listservs and of course doesn’t mention social networking.  The information on email is pretty good, but missing the newest scams and techniques that spammers use.  If it’s the best you can do, you could maybe squeeze another year out of it for what it does have, but my patrons are asking about Facebook scams, Craigslist, and email spoofing.  That’s not in here.

Oh, by the way, you’ve won some money.  Just email your password and credit card number to submit@awfullibrarybooks.net and we’ll make sure you get a check from Nigeria.

(In case it’s not clear…that’s a JOKE!  Do not send us your passwords! Credit card numbers still welcome.)

Holly

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