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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jack Unger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly Recommended

My name is Devin Akin, and I'm the Author of the official CWNA Study Guide for Planet3 Wireless. I spend quite a bit of time reading other people's books, whitepapers, etc. I think Jack has hit a homerun with this book. It covers around 3/4 of the CWNA exam material and is very straightforward and easy to read. His experience in the industry certainly shows through his graphic examples and detailed instructions. If you're planning on starting a WISP, this is the book for you. If you're interested in passing the CWNA exam, this book is highly recommended as supplemental reading material due to its tight focus on the ever-growing and ever-changing WISP market. There are many complex topics that Jack spells out clearly and concisely. Bravo on a job well done Jack!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Building the Perfect PC

A definate 5 star book. I have wanted to build a pc for the last year or two. Never have been satisfied with previous books and I reviewed them all at the various book stores.
First, they explain the aspects of building a PC in regular language that 90% of us can understand. The provide excellent hints on buying, online and in retail stores, everything you could need to get the job done. The book is also up to date technology wise.
I can't stress how much of a help this book is. I have recommended this book to two other neophyte builders with great results. Jeff

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Introduction to Cryptography

I read this book after reading 'Cryptonomicon' by Neal Stephenson, which is a fictional novel that also deals with secret codes and cryptography (and is an excellent read by the way). I wanted to know more about the subject of cryptography, so I tried this book out. It a very good introduction to the subject. It simplied the concepts enough so that they were easy to understand. Another good feature of this book, is that it wasn't all technical - there are historical aspects of secret codes and how those codes were broken.
Simon Singh has done an excellent job of taking a complex subject, and making it an enjoyable read. If you're a curious mind who enjoys understanding how things work, read this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As good as the previous HE books

"Hacking Exposed" series grew from a relative unknown to one of the most famous information security books of all times. The interesting part about it is that its reputation is largely deserved.
The fourth edition presents an incremental improvement over the previous ones. Considering that the previous books were great, it is no mean feat! Its is a pity that the book lacks "What's New" section, which would be useful for those familiar with the series.
As usual, the book offers balanced platform coverage (UNIX, Windows, Novell) and follows the same winning paradigm (from scanning to owning the system). The above is obvious since the same author crew from Foundstone is behind the book. The book is somewhat biased towards the attacker side, just as the title promises. Among new sections are wireless security, web hacking and attacking clients (such as web browsers) by malicious servers. The latter section presents some interesting tips on attacking over email, web browser (via ActiveX and other malicious technologies), IRC, etc.
Overall, if you own the 3rd edition, there is some motivation to go grab this one. However, if you haven't read "Hacking Exposed" yet, run to the store to get your copy if you are involved with network or system security in any role. For novices the book will server as a useful introduction to security and hacking, for intermediate readers the book will bring new tools and techniques and will serve as a useful refresher for experts. Companion website hackingexposed.com has the books' table of contents and some other material.
Anton Chuvakin, Ph.D., GCIA, GCIH is a Senior Security Analyst with a major information security company. His areas of infosec expertise include intrusion detection, UNIX security, forensics, honeypots, etc. In his spare time, he maintains his security portal info-secure.org