The Art of Invisibility

The Art of Invisibility

The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data

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"Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumer's identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge--and he teaches you "the art of invisibility." Mitnick is the world's most famous--and formerly the Most Wanted--computer hacker. He has hacked into some of the country's most powerful and seemingly impenetrable agencies and companies, and at one point he was on a three-year run from the FBI. Now, though, Mitnick is reformed and is widely regarded as the expert on the subject of computer security. He knows exactly how vulnerabilities can be exploited and just what to do to prevent that from happening. In THE ART OF INVISIBILITY Mitnick provides both online and real life tactics and inexpensive methods to protect you and your family, in easy step-by-step instructions. He even talks about more advanced "elite" techniques, which, if used properly, can maximize your privacy. Invisibility isn't just for superheroes--privacy is a power you deserve and need in this modern age, "--Amazon. com.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0316380490 (electronic bk.)
9780316380492 (electronic bk.)
0316380512 (electronic bk.)
9780316380515 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 005.8 MIT
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 309 pages) : illustration
Additional Contributors: Vamosi, Robert - Author

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tjdickey
Nov 08, 2017

This book should scare you.
Written by a convicted hacker and computer security consultant, "The Art of Invisibility" gives us a series of real-life stories of hacking, surveillance, data mining, and identity theft; each is followed by very practical (and often technically detailed) tips on how to avoid the pitfalls. As such, it reads as part real-life thriller and part latter-day "Anarchist's Cookbook." Whether you are concerned about your privacy from governments, or from hackers, or just from the big data reach of Google claiming (with justification) that *they* know you better than you do; from Edward Snowden to the average emailer and online shopper; the digital introvert of any version can gain a lot of practical tips in these pages.

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Wilddonkey
May 11, 2017

The Art of Invisibility is a great book. Kevin Mitnick knows privacy from both sides of the law having done hard jail time for hacking. I have no idea whether his incarceration was justified, but I think the Art of Invisibility is enhanced by his experience. I know well the technology he describes in the book and I believe he is a trustworthy and knowledgeable source. You can follow his advice.

But will I recommend his book to my friends and colleagues? For journalists, political activists, whistle-blowers, and others who are compelled to keep secrets, The Art of Invisibility, with one reservation, is a reliable handbook, but what about the rest of us who worry about privacy, but for whom online privacy is not an existential threat?

For those folks, The Art of Invisibility may be good reading, but probably not the best source. The challenge facing most of us is to pick out a reasonable plan for privacy that does not place us in a glass house, but, at the same time, is not so onerous as to hide ourselves in a self-imposed dungeon. For that purpose, The Art of Invisibility is not so good. Should I use Tor? Do I need a VPN? How can I decide? These questions are the crucial for most of us. The Art of Invisibility shows us how to hide, but does not help us much in deciding when hiding is necessary.

Kevin provides many detailed instructions for setting up a private environment. This is a strength and a weakness. As I write this, 3 months after The Art of Invisibility was published, his instructions are great. Six months from now, some of them will be confusing as technology changes. A year from now, some of those instructions will be flat out wrong. That's the way technology works. This is my caution to someone who needs privacy badly: Kevin's recommendations are great today, but they are bound to be sub-optimal in a few months.

For the right audience, this is a great book. For many readers, I fear it will be hard reading and confusing.

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