Hacking For Dummies by Kevin Beaver (Author)

Hacking For Dummies by Kevin Beaver (Author)
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Hacking For Dummies by Kevin Beaver (Author)

Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (January 12, 2010)

A new edition of the bestselling guide-now updated to cover the latest hacks and how to prevent them! It's bad enough when a hack occurs-stealing identities, bank accounts, and personal information. But when the hack could have been prevented by taking basic security measures-like the ones described in this book-somehow that makes a bad situation even worse. This beginner guide to hacking examines some of the best security measures that exist and has been updated to cover the latest hacks for Windows 7 and the newest version of Linux.

Offering increased coverage of Web application hacks, database hacks, VoIP hacks, and mobile computing hacks, this guide addresses a wide range of vulnerabilities and how to identify and prevent them. Plus, you'll examine why ethical hacking is oftentimes the only way to find security flaws, which can then prevent any future malicious attacks.

Explores the malicious hackers's mindset so that you can counteract or avoid attacks completely Covers developing strategies for reporting vulnerabilities, managing security changes, and putting anti-hacking policies and procedures in place Completely updated to examine the latest hacks to Windows 7 and the newest version of Linux Explains ethical hacking and why it is essential Hacking For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how to put all the necessary security measures in place so that you avoid becoming a victim of malicious hacking.

Review ‘…it is easy to read, the presentation is clear and uncluttered, it caters for a variety of audiences…' (BCS.org, February 2010). From the Back Cover Get out your white hat and learn where your systems may be vulnerable You're a good guy or gal, so why do you need to learn how to hack? Because the only way to be sure your systems are secure is to find out how the bad guys work and examine your defenses from their point of view. This guide shows you how, explains common attacks, tells you what to look for, and gives you the tools to safeguard your sensitive business information.

Build the foundation — understand the value of ethical hacking, what's involved, and the malicious hacker's mindset

Games people play — discover how hackers use social engineering to breach security and what to do about it

It's the network — explore common network vulnerabilities and the creative ways they're exploited

Down and dirty OS hacking — learn how Windows, Linux, and Novell NetWare are being attacked and how to scan for vulnerabilities

Sneak attacks — see why applications, especially Web apps, are vulnerable and how to protect them

Get the message — prepare for attacks on e-mail, IM, and VoIP systems

Tools of the trade — learn about Metasploit, BackTrack, and other important security testing tools

Now what? — find out how to use the information you gather to minimize business risks

Open the book and find:

What makes a hacker hack

Why you need to hack your systems

How to gain management's approval for your ethical hacking tests

Countermeasures to common attacks

Linux and Novell NetWare risks

Techniques for defending databases

How wireless LANs are compromised

Ten deadly mistakes to avoid

Learn to:

Use the latest ethical hacking methods and tools

Test your Windows or Linux systems

Hack databases, VoIP systems, and Web applications

Report vulnerabilities and improve information security