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Book details of 'I Love the Internet, but I Want My Privacy, Too!'

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TitleI Love the Internet, but I Want My Privacy, Too!
Author(s)Chris Peterson
PublishedSeptember 1998
PublisherPrima Lifestyles
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Chris Peterson has created a highly pragmatic guide for all those who want to enjoy the benefits of the Internet but are concerned about maintaining their privacy. Peterson examines the trade-offs, showing how properly shared information can provide you with important services, from enhancing your health care to protecting you from criminal activity. The flip side, however, is that erroneous information can prevent you from finding employment, deny you credit, or even bring you into conflict with law enforcement. Individuals can use Peterson's information to determine how much personal information they are willing to divulge. Peterson also shows how to watch for online scams and how to deal with the possibility of erroneous information. Several times throughout the book she pauses for a "privacy profile exercise," which enables you to discover what information about yourself is already public on the Internet or what information is being exchanged between your computer and others to keep track of your online activities. A special section deals with children online, the risks they face, and what steps you can take to protect them from both commercial and personal predators. She also covers the steps currently being taken by government and the private sector to assure you greater control over private information.

Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
My wife is the office Information Wizard. Not holding a technical job, she has her finger on the pulse of what goes on and who needs to know about it. She constantly amazes not only her co-workers, but also friends and family, by her ability, given only a name, to get into contact with a person or company within mere minutes. She uses that secret and arcane source of data known to its initiates only as-- the phonebook. Very funny, you say. Well, I have a serious point to make. Three of them, actually. The first is that there is a great deal of publicly available information about you. The second is that most people do not know how to effectively use such information, and so are easily startled by someone who does. Did you know that, given your address, I can find your name and phone number? No, I don't have to use the Internet. I go to the library and look in the "Criss-Cross" directory. Which brings me to my third point: the net is not the be- all and end-all snooping tool. Chapter one rambles over a variety of topics, seemingly concentrating on the fact that some people would like information about you, and that information is available on the Web. Proprietary, and thus not public, databases are discussed in chapter two. Chapter three talks about the information you may trail through cyberspace without knowing it. However, the material has a rather suspect technical background. Besides getting the number of IP addresses wrong, the text confuses chat rooms and Usenet newsgroups, and has a description of cookies that fails at several points. In addition, the "privacy profile" exercise uses a site that has a function dealt with by another site in an unrelated domain. No mention is made of the dangers inherent in this practice. Some stories about information gathering by employers starts out chapter four, but it moves on to a miscellaneous collection of instances of personal harassment and other unpleasantness. Medical information, unrelated to the Internet, is reviewed in chapter five. Chapters six and seven both look at children on the net. The material on pornography is definitely overhyped, to the point of decrying the loss of the Communications Decency Act, but the examination of commercial abuse of children's trust is rather good. A couple of drawbacks of blocking software is mentioned, though not the hidden agendas that some have. Chapter eight looks at some technologies that assist in maintaining privacy, such as anonimizing sites and encryption. The explanations contain a large number of small errors, and ultimately don't do much ot help non-specialists understand the issues. Some US regulations regarding privacy are discussed in chapter nine, although most is unrelated to the net. An Internet extension to the US Social Service Administration is reviewed in chapter ten. More US work on regulations is mentioned in chapter eleven. While the book does discuss a number of issues of privacy related to the Internet, it does so in a ragged and often disorganized manner. Much of the content of the book has nothing to do with the Internet, and some of the material is only just short of hysteria, with little attempt at balance. Technical discussions are either missing or incorrect, and this lack of background degrades the value of the book as a whole. Overall, the level is that of a general magazine article, and is unlikely to be of significant use to the Internet using public. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999

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Even if you are a casual user of the Internet, you may be unwittingly "sharing" important information for anyone to see. What you can find out about yourself online may startle you. Now, learn how to control your personal privacy at work and at home without giving up the versatility of the Internet.I Love the Internet, but I Want My Privacy, Too! gives you the tools you need to protect yourself and your family in cyberspace. Shop online, e-mail a friend, transfer sensitive documents knowing that your most personal information will escape the prying eyes of Web thieves and Internet snoops. Let your kids surf the Net without running into online predators or pornography.Inside you will find: Guides to "safe sites" and online security software Easy step-by-step instructions to secure your computer for your children Personal privacy profile exercises Resources on the nation's leading Internet privacy advocates And much more!All this is offered in non-technical and reader-friendly terms, including simple exercises you can perform to see what's on the Internet about you!"An excellent resource for the newbie and the professional. A comprehensive look at the most important issue facing the Net today."—Brian O'Shaugnessy, director of public policy, Internet Alliance"I Love the Internet is a useful guide for parents and their children."—Katharina Kopp, Ph.D., senior policy analyst, Center for Media Education

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