Media praise for Web Security, Privacy & Commerce

"This well organized and clearly written book is an essential resource for those concerned with security and privacy issues."
--William Sees, Managing Information, Oct 2002

"Book of the month. This well organized and clearly written book is an essential resource for those concerned with security and privacy issues."
--William Sees, Managing Information, October 2002

"Before you read anything else about Internet security, read this book. Anyone considering use of the Web for commercial purposes, no matter how large or small, should study it. Highly Recommended."
--Major Keary, PC Update, July 2002

"a fascinating read..."
--Martha Retallick, The Journal of the Tucson Computer Society, June 2002

"Well researched and expertly written...Analysts involved with web security are well-advised to add this book to their library."
--Patrick Mueller Information Security, March 2002

"The update to 'Web Security, Privacy & Commerce' is indeed warranted and welcomed...Simson Garfinkel and Gene Spafford are veterans in the computer security world. Garfinkel is the author of several highly acclaimed books, and Spafford is a professor of computer science at Purdue University. Their succinct writing style allows them to cover a huge amount of information in a little over 700 pages. The fact that 'Web Security, Privacy & Commerce, 2nd Edition' is nearly twice the size of the first edition is indicative of the fact that security has changed radically since 1997. Whether you run a web site or are concerned about security for your PC at home, 'Web Security, Privacy & Commerce' is a must read."
--Ben Rothke,, March 2002

"A good reference book to have."
--Industrial Networking & Open Control, Feb 2002

"...a good introduction to almost every aspect of security and privacy on the Web, and is written in the typical condensed O'Reilly style that packs tons of information into every page...Five stars out of Five."
--Mitch Tulloch,, Jan 16, 2002

"A needed update to a reliable classic by well respected security experts...if you're needing to learn more about this subject I can't think of another book I would recommend before it. I've been motivated enough to write a review on it, and for most of us that's probably a ringing endorsement by itself! 10 out of 10."
--Rich Wellner,, Dec 20. 2001

Reviews for the first edition:

"Web an oasis in a sea of Internet security misinformation. Practical, evenhanded, comprehensive and platform-neutral, this new book is the best source for Web security wisdom....[It's] the best single-volume guide to the dangers of life on the Web and the technologies and strategies that can help users and publishers enjoy the benefits and advantages of the Web."
--ENT, October 1997

"Garfinkel and Spafford deal head on with key elements of Internet and enterprise security. Web Security and Commerce addresses modern security technologies and applications in a comprehensive fashion, and is an important work in the explosive, fast-moving, and highly visible security field."
--Eric Greenberg, Group Security Product Manager, Netscape Communications Corporation

"This is a truly useful book which can help people avoid a lot of the risks in Webware. It is intelligently written, timely, informative, accurate, comprehensive, understandable, and a great pleasure to read. It is the Web-ster's definitive guide to security."
--Peter G. Neumann, moderator of ACM "RISKS" Forum and author of Computer-Related Risks

"This book is packed with useful information and solid advice for Web users, Webmasters, and developers. Garfinkel and Spafford skip the usual marketing hype and tell us how and why Web security works--or breaks down--in the real world."
--Dr. Edward Felten, head of Princeton University's Secure Internet Programming Group and author of Java Security.

"This book is for Web users and Webmasters who want or need to know about how and why Web security works - or doesn't. The authors cut through the hype and tell you how to minimize the risks of using the Web, with an informative and comprehensive discussion of browser vulnerabilities, issues with Java, Javascript, ActiveX, and plug-ins, cryptography, digital certificates, Web server security, legal issues and more."
--Geoff Choo, Director Solutions WEBzine,

"If you have a business, and you want to learn how to protect the security of your Web site, or if you're a Web surfer and want to know more about privacy on the Web, a new book, Web Security & Commerce by Simson Garfinkel with Gene Spafford, is the best I've seen."
--Michael Ketcher, Bull & Bear Financial Report, March 1998

"Garfinkel and Spafford provide a thorough, engrossing, and disconcerting overview of all the relevant security excellent book all around--generous with technical detail and practical examples, yet accessible and fascinating to read. It's recommended for anyone who's interested in the subject."
--John Frazer Dobson, Computer Shopper June 1998

"If you're looking for practical and real-world information on Web Security, then this book covers a lot."
--Bob Swart, Developer Magazine, Oct 2000