Understanding the Digital World

What You Need to Know about Computers, the Internet, Privacy, and Security

Author: Brian W. Kernighan

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884802

Category: Computers

Page: 256

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The basics of how computer hardware, software, and systems work, and the risks they create for our privacy and security Computers are everywhere. Some of them are highly visible, in laptops, tablets, cell phones, and smart watches. But most are invisible, like those in appliances, cars, medical equipment, transportation systems, power grids, and weapons. We never see the myriad computers that quietly collect, share, and sometimes leak vast amounts of personal data about us. Through computers, governments and companies increasingly monitor what we do. Social networks and advertisers know far more about us than we should be comfortable with, using information we freely give them. Criminals have all-too-easy access to our data. Do we truly understand the power of computers in our world? Understanding the Digital World explains how computer hardware, software, networks, and systems work. Topics include how computers are built and how they compute; what programming is and why it is difficult; how the Internet and the web operate; and how all of these affect our security, privacy, property, and other important social, political, and economic issues. This book also touches on fundamental ideas from computer science and some of the inherent limitations of computers. It includes numerous color illustrations, notes on sources for further exploration, and a glossary to explain technical terms and buzzwords. Understanding the Digital World is a must-read for all who want to know more about computers and communications. It explains, precisely and carefully, not only how they operate but also how they influence our daily lives, in terms anyone can understand, no matter what their experience and knowledge of technology.
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Millions, Billions, Zillions

Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers

Author: Brian W. Kernighan

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691190135

Category: Mathematics

Page: N.A

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An essential guide to recognizing bogus numbers and misleading data Numbers are often intimidating, confusing, and even deliberately deceptive—especially when they are really big. The media loves to report on millions, billions, and trillions, but frequently makes basic mistakes or presents such numbers in misleading ways. And misunderstanding numbers can have serious consequences, since they can deceive us in many of our most important decisions, including how to vote, what to buy, and whether to make a financial investment. In this short, accessible, enlightening, and entertaining book, leading computer scientist Brian Kernighan teaches anyone—even diehard math-phobes—how to demystify the numbers that assault us every day. With examples drawn from a rich variety of sources, including journalism, advertising, and politics, Kernighan demonstrates how numbers can mislead and misrepresent. In chapters covering big numbers, units, dimensions, and more, he lays bare everything from deceptive graphs to speciously precise numbers. And he shows how anyone—using a few basic ideas and lots of shortcuts—can easily learn to recognize common mistakes, determine whether numbers are credible, and make their own sensible estimates when needed. Giving you the simple tools you need to avoid being fooled by dubious numbers, Millions, Billions, Zillions is an essential survival guide for a world drowning in big—and often bad—data.
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Discovering Computers, Fundamentals - Student Success Guide

Author: Gary Shelly,Misty Vermaat

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285632818

Category: Computers

Page: 96

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What is this Student Success Guide (SSG) print supplement? The SSG helps students understand the relevance of the material, by relating chapter content to everyday life with a thought-provoking question. Students are able to retain material through use of the Chapter Study Guides, which help solidify their understanding of the material presented. The SSG assists in the implementation of course goals, via content that is organized into general goals that students are expected to have for the course. Additionally, it increases performance on tests and quizzes by pointing students to content/resources (in the print book and on the CourseMate) that assist with learning key items, studying important concepts, and reviewing essential material. Lastly, the SSG keeps students current with technology by presenting ways for them to learn about the latest advances, changes, trends, breakthroughs, and products. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Computer Security Literacy

Staying Safe in a Digital World

Author: Douglas Jacobson,Joseph Idziorek

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439856192

Category: Computers

Page: 368

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Computer users have a significant impact on the security of their computer and personal information as a result of the actions they perform (or do not perform). Helping the average user of computers, or more broadly information technology, make sound security decisions, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World focuses on practica
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How Computers Work

Author: Ron White

Publisher: Que Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 452

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The best illustrated look at the world of personal computing is back - newly revised and updated.
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Harmful Content on the Internet and in Video Games

Tenth Report of Session 2007-08, Vol. 2: Oral and Written Evidence

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215523372

Category: Internet and children

Page: 409

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Harmful content on the Internet and in video Games : Tenth report of session 2007-08, Vol. 2: Oral and written Evidence
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Computer Security Basics

Author: Rick Lehtinen,Deborah Russell,G. T. Gangemi

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 0596006691

Category: Computers

Page: 296

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Provides information on computer security, covering such topics as viruses, access controls, Web attacks, encryption, wireless network security, and biometrics.
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Protect Your Digital Privacy

Survival Skills for the Information Age

Author: Glee Harrah Cady,Pat McGregor

Publisher: Que Publishing

ISBN: 9780789726049

Category: Computers

Page: 652

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Discusses such electronic privacy concerns as what privacy is, how it relates to individuals, laws and regulations, identity theft, monitoring devices, and how to protect Internet transactions.
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Essential Cyber Security Handbook In English

Author: Nam H Nguyen

Publisher: Nam H Nguyen

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 311

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The Essential Cyber Security Handbook is a great resource anywhere you go; it presents the most current and leading edge research on system safety and security. You do not need to be a cyber-security expert to protect your information. There are people out there whose main job it is trying to steal personal and financial information. Are you worried about your online safety but you do not know where to start? So this handbook will give you, students, scholars, schools, corporates, businesses, governments and technical decision-makers the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions on cyber security at home or at work. 5 Questions CEOs Should Ask About Cyber Risks, 8 Most Common Internet Security Issues You May Face, Avoiding Copyright Infringement, Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Online Trading, Banking Securely Online, Basic Security Concepts, Basics of Cloud Computing, Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet, Benefits and Risks of Free Email Services, Benefits of BCC, Browsing Safely - Understanding Active Content and Cookies, Choosing and Protecting Passwords, Common Risks of Using Business Apps in the Cloud, Coordinating Virus and Spyware Defense, Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices, Data Backup Options, Dealing with Cyberbullies, Debunking Some Common Myths, Defending Cell Phones and PDAs Against Attack, Disposing of Devices Safely, Effectively Erasing Files, Evaluating Your Web Browser's Security Settings, Good Security Habits, Guidelines for Publishing Information Online, Handling Destructive Malware, Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices, Home Computer and Internet security, How Anonymous Are You, How to stop most of the adware tracking cookies Mac, Windows and Android, Identifying Hoaxes and Urban Legends, Keeping Children Safe Online, Playing it Safe - Avoiding Online Gaming Risks, Prepare for Heightened Phishing Risk Tax Season, Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft, Privacy and Data Security, Protect Your Workplace, Protecting Aggregated Data, Protecting Portable Devices - Data Security, Protecting Portable Devices - Physical Security, Protecting Your Privacy, Questions Bank Leaders, Real-World Warnings Keep You Safe Online, Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams, Recognizing and Avoiding Spyware, Recognizing Fake Antiviruses, Recovering from a Trojan Horse or Virus, Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses, Reducing Spam, Reviewing End-User License Agreements, Risks of File-Sharing Technology, Safeguarding Your Data, Securing Voter Registration Data, Securing Wireless Networks, Securing Your Home Network, Shopping Safely Online, Small Office or Home Office Router Security, Socializing Securely - Using Social Networking Services, Software License Agreements - Ignore at Your Own Risk, Spyware Home, Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites, Supplementing Passwords, The Risks of Using Portable Devices, Threats to mobile phones, Understanding and Protecting Yourself Against Money Mule Schemes, Understanding Anti-Virus Software, Understanding Bluetooth Technology, Understanding Denial-of-Service Attacks, Understanding Digital Signatures, Understanding Encryption, Understanding Firewalls, Understanding Hidden Threats - Rootkits and Botnets, Understanding Hidden Threats Corrupted Software Files, Understanding Internationalized Domain Names, Understanding ISPs, Understanding Patches, Understanding Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Understanding Web Site Certificates, Understanding Your Computer - Email Clients, Understanding Your Computer - Operating Systems, Understanding Your Computer - Web Browsers, Using Caution with Email Attachments, Using Caution with USB Drives, Using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms Safely, Using Wireless Technology Securely, Why is Cyber Security a Problem, Why Secure Your Browser, and Glossary of Cybersecurity Terms. A thank you to my wonderful wife Beth (Griffo) Nguyen and my amazing sons Taylor Nguyen and Ashton Nguyen for all their love and support, without their emotional support and help, none of these educational language eBooks and audios would be possible.
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Learning Bitcoin

Author: Richard Caetano

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785286153

Category: Computers

Page: 236

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Embrace the new world of fiance by leveraging the power of crypto-currencies using Bitcoin and the Blockchain About This Book Set up your own wallet, buy and sell Bitcoin, and execute custom transactions on the Blockchain Leverage the power of Bitcoin to reduce transaction costs and eliminate fraud A practical step-by-step guide to break down the Bitcoin technology to ensure safe transactions Who This Book Is For If you are familiar with online banking and want to expand your finances into a resilient and transparent currency, this book is ideal for you. A basic understanding of online wallets and financial systems will be highly beneficial to unravel the mysteries of Bitcoin. What You Will Learn Set up your wallet and buy a Bitcoin in a flash while understanding the basics of addresses and transactions Acquire the knack of buying, selling, and trading Bitcoins with online marketplaces Secure and protect your Bitcoins from online theft using Brainwallets and cold storage Understand how Bitcoin's underlying technology, the Blockchain, works with simple illustrations and explanations Configure your own Bitcoin node and execute common operations on the network Discover various aspects of mining Bitcoin and how to set up your own mining rig Dive deeper into Bitcoin and write scripts and multi-signature transactions on the network Explore the various alt-coins and get to know how to compare them and their value In Detail The financial crisis of 2008 raised attention to the need for transparency and accountability in the financial world. As banks and governments were scrambling to stay solvent while seeking a sustainable plan, a powerfully new and resilient technology emerged. Bitcoin, built on a fundamentally new technology called “The Blockchain,” offered the promise of a new financial system where transactions are sent directly between two parties without the need for central control. Bitcoin exists as an open and transparent financial system without banks, governments, or corporate support. Simply put, Bitcoin is “programmable money” that has the potential to change the world on the same scale as the Internet itself. This book arms you with immense knowledge of Bitcoin and helps you implement the technology in your money matters, enabling secure transactions. We first walk through the fundamentals of Bitcoin, illustrate how the technology works, and exemplify how to interact with this powerful and new financial technology. You will learn how to set up your online Bitcoin wallet, indulge in buying and selling of bitcoins, and manage their storage. We then get to grips with the most powerful algorithm of all times: the Blockchain, and learn how crypto-currencies can reduce the risk of fraud for e-commerce merchants and consumers. With a solid base of Blockchain, you will write and execute your own custom transactions. Most importantly, you will be able to protect and secure your Bitcoin with the help of effective solutions provided in the book. Packed with plenty of screenshots, Learning Bitcoin is a simple and painless guide to working with Bitcoin. Style and approach This is an easy-to-follow guide to working with Bitcoin and the Blockchain technology. This book is ideal for anyone who wants to learn the basics of Bitcoin and explore how to set up their own transactions.
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