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REVIEW: "Degunking Your Email, Spam, and Viruses", Jeff Duntemann

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKDYESAV.RVW 20041205 Degunking Your Email, Spam, and Viruses , Jeff Duntemann, 2004, 1-932111-93-X, U$24.99/C$37.99 %A Jeff Duntemann
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      "Degunking Your Email, Spam, and Viruses", Jeff Duntemann, 2004,
      1-932111-93-X, U$24.99/C$37.99
      %A Jeff Duntemann feedback@...
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      %P 334 p.
      %T "Degunking Your Email, Spam, and Viruses"

      Lots of books have "quick tips" at the front these days. Usually
      these are nothing more than promotional fluff, designed to convince
      you that the author Knows Important Stuff. However, when I perused
      the suggestions for what to do about email and viruses if you had
      limited amounts of time, I was quite impressed that Duntemann had, in
      fact, carefully selected those tasks that would give the most
      protective value for the temporal coin. I could cavil at a few, but
      generally this list is very well chosen for those readers who do need
      to get started right away.

      Chapter one is an introduction, defining the various problems, and
      outlining the "12-step" program that structures most of the rest of
      the book. Although chapter two is supposed to be about creating an
      email strategy it doesn't go quite that far. But Duntemann does
      provide guidance on the type of email user you are, and notes the
      importance (which varies) of having alternative email addresses.
      Various email clients, and important features, are reviewed in chapter
      three. The advice is good (although I don't know why he is dissing
      Pegasus :-) Chapter four outlines good email habits, and effective
      practices for using and managing email. The advice on maintaining
      contact and synchronization on the road, given in chapter five, is
      helpful to travelers although I am not sure that it a) applies to
      everyone, and b) is a "gunky" problem. Chapter six provides valuable
      advice for managing stored or saved messages.

      Chapter seven describes the situation with regard to spam, and
      suggests the standard actions to avoid it. The concepts and tools for
      spam filtering are outlined in chapter eight. Chapter nine walks the
      reader through the installation and "training" of POPfile, while ten
      lists arguments against non-Bayesian spam prevention filters and

      Chapter eleven is a good introduction to the broad categories of
      malware. The choice and evaluation of antiviral programs, given in
      chapter twelve, is quite decent, although the space and precedence
      given to the "three sisters" seems to be excessive: companies like
      Sophos, F-Prot, and Avast turn out technically superior products and
      are hardly "obscure." Spyware and adware, as well as suggestions to
      limit them and products to deal with them, are covered in chapter
      thirteen. Chapter fourteen has good advice about dealing with worms
      (although I'm surprised that Duntemann did not mention turning off
      DCOM, which would probably have saved his friend some grief). Chain
      letters and scams are discussed in chapter fifteen. (I was teaching
      in Nigeria when I read this book, so I found the coverage of the 419
      scam ironic. Nigeria isn't in chaos: it just seems that way.)
      Chapter sixteen finishes off with advice on what to do if you *have*
      been hit with something nasty.

      The book has a lot of very practical and useful information. It is
      written at a level that any intermediate user, and many intelligent
      novices can use directly without further experimentation. (A few
      items could use more detail: how do you turn an .iso file into a
      bootable CD?) I would recommend this as an excellent reference to
      have to hand for pretty much any computer user.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKDYESAV.RVW 20041205

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