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15 Jun 2017

A Look at the book Hacking: A Beginners’ Guide to Computer Hacking, Basic Security and Penetration Testing

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Book Title: Hacking: A Beginners’ Guide to Computer Hacking, Basic Security and Penetration Testing

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Book Author: John Slavio

Book Edition: 1st

Book Format: EBook

Date published: January 25, 2017

ISBN: B01N4RTPJF

Number Of Pages: 74

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I had questions about this book when I saw the title and wasn't sure it was something I was really interested in reading. But my curiousity got the best of me. Plus, I have read other books by John Slavio and have found his subject matters and interests to be quite diverse (Pokemon, hacking, not a whole lot in common in those interests other than technology based) and figured I would see what he had to share in this book.

It is a super short read, so don't expect to be taken too in depth with the content. The book itself is only 74 pages long, and you breeze through it pretty fast. It gives you an overview of things rather than taking you in to the how and why of hacking. And in my opinion, that is good. I don't like the idea of teaching people HOW to hack. I can just imagine what my kids would do if given a guide to help them hack... Not something I want to be promoting!

I do feel the book gives readers a good look at what kinds of information is compromised in a computer breach. It is an eye opener. So many of us don't think about security and the details that can get out when someone unwanted gets in. And I also think the author did a good job of explaining the difference between good hacking and bad. You don't think of hacking as being good, but he explains what this means and helps you better understand.

As for the overall feel of the book, I am not sure. I saw more grammatical mistakes and some mechanics errors that distracted me. I have found it is hit and miss with Slavio's works. Most books are well presented with little to no distracting errors. But sometimes you get one that is a bit choppier, and this happened to be one of those for me. Of course, that could also have been because I didn't find the subject matter to be something of great interest to me, going in to reading the book with a negative thought process and dislike of the idea of hacking. I might have simply prejudged the book based on that.

Regardless, if you are looking for a beginner's guide to help you better understand and practice on your own own network and computers, this is a decent starting point. If you already have a basic understanding of security and hacking, or if you are looking for a how to hack type of book, this is not what you want.

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