August 30, 2005
PC Pest Control: Exterminate PC Pests!
Sebastopol, CA--As most PC users already know, Internet invaders are
attacking home computers at alarming rates. "The danger starts the minute
you boot your PC," warns Internet and computing expert and author Preston
Gralla, "and it only gets worse as you surf the Web, check your email, or
shop online." Pests can invade a PC in all sorts of ways--via email, a
pop-up ad on a web site, an instant messaging session, or a web link. An
intruder can also make a direct connection to a PC when a user is at home
or using a wireless hotspot.
But there are things PC users can do to fight back and stay safe. For
everyone who is sick of feeling victimized by hackers, viruses, worms,
spam, pop ups, spyware, and other pesky intruders, Gralla's new PC Pest Control (O'Reilly, US $24.95) arms users with all the right tools
and knowledge to outwit PC pests and their creators.
"You really don't have a choice about whether to take control of your PC
and wrest it back from pests," Gralla insists. "Either you do it, or your
computer will become unusable."
Many PC users are already running firewall and anti-spam software. But
there's so much more that can be done to control PC intruders and stay
pest free. PC Pest Control shows readers simple, necessary methods for
killing spyware, fighting spam, knocking out pop ups, blocking intruders,
protecting a wireless and wired home network, stopping scammers in their
tracks, and more.
PC users will learn:
Where their computer is most vulnerable
How and why pests make their way onto a system
Which are the most common kinds of PC pests
How to detect, identify, and kill a wide variety of pests
Ways to protect their identity online
Ways to keep their kids safe online
How to minimize wireless and home networking dangers
Not only will PC users learn about prevention, monitoring, and
recovery--even more importantly, they will learn how to compute safely;
they'll learn the simple, everyday practices and precautions they can put
into place immediately to protect their computers from malicious Internet
PC Pest Control
ISBN: 0-596-00926-7, 288 pages, $24.95 US, $34.95 CAN
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