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REVIEW: "Have You Locked the Castle Gate", Brian Shea

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKHYLTCG.RVW 20020825 Have You Locked the Castle Gate , Brian Shea, 2002, 0-201-71955-X, U$19.99/C$31.99 %A Brian Shea %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew
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      "Have You Locked the Castle Gate", Brian Shea, 2002, 0-201-71955-X,
      U$19.99/C$31.99
      %A Brian Shea
      %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
      %D 2002
      %G 0-201-71955-X
      %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
      %O U$19.99/C$31.99 416-447-5101 fax: 416-443-0948
      %P 193 p.
      %T "Have You Locked the Castle Gate: Home and Small Business
      Security"

      Chapter one is entitled "Assessing Risk." It deals with the basic
      concepts, but in a somewhat confused manner, and sometimes stresses or
      sensationalizes minor points. A grab bag of security concepts drifts
      into Windows specifics in chapter two. The author has said that he
      will be concentrating on Windows, since it is the most widely used
      system for home computers, but the material tells only *how* to, for
      example, set up groups, and not what groups are used for in terms of
      security. Chapter three is more of the same: more miscellany, and
      more Windows. The discussion of servers, in chapter four, is almost
      entirely devoted to Windows, and is weak on security concepts and
      technologies such as firewalls. There is a set of vague ideas about
      the Internet in chapter five. Chapter six, on email security, has
      some good suggestions, but a number of gaps. Web security is a
      questionable checklist of browser settings, almost entirely for
      Internet Explorer, in chapter seven. "Defending Against Hackers," in
      chapter eight, sounds like it should be important, but it is hard to
      find any point. Chapter nine, on viruses, starts with a surprisingly
      good set of definitions (recognizably from "Robert Slade's Guide to
      Computer Viruses") but quickly deteriorates into errors (the Internet
      Worm was *not* an accident), and poor suggestions (it does not make an
      awful lot of sense to talk about "boot disks" for scanning Windows
      systems without getting into a lot of detail).

      I am all in favour of having a relatively simple and straightforward
      guide to security for home and small business users. But Jeff Crume
      already did "Inside Internet Security" (cf. BKININSC.RVW), and did a
      much better job.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2002 BKHYLTCG.RVW 20020825


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