Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons

A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Security and Privacy for Non-Techies

Book Description:

Rely on this practical, end-to-end guide on cyber safety and privacy written expressly for a non-technical audience. You will have just what you need to protect yourself—step by step, without judgment, and with as little jargon as possible. Just how secure is your computer right now? You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you are like most people, you have no clue how these things work and don’t know the real threats.
Protecting your computer is like defending a medieval castle. While moats, walls, drawbridges, and castle guards can be effective, you would go broke trying to build something dragon-proof. This book is not about protecting yourself from a targeted attack by the NSA; it is about arming yourself against common hackers and mass surveillance. There are dozens of no-brainer things we all should be doing to protect our computers and safeguard our data—just like wearing a seat belt, installing smoke alarms, and putting on sunscreen.

Author Carey Parker has structured this book to give you maximum benefit with minimum effort. If you just want to know what to do, every chapter has a complete checklist with step-by-step instructions and pictures. This revised and expanded fourth edition contains more than 170 tips to make you and your family safer. It includes:

Updates for Windows 10 (May 2020) and Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina)
Updates for iOS 13 and Android 10
Updated recommendations on the best apps, products, and services
More than 170 tips with complete step-by-step instructions and pictures
A preview of Mac OS 11 Big Sur and iOS 14