The creators of the North American Savvy Cybersecurity training program (2014) have written a practical book about how to stay safe online when using computers, tablets, and smart phones. Using eight rules, they discuss how to improve the secrecy of email addresses, passwords, and online financial accounts. They teach the reader to be mindful about security and their own online behaviors, and how technology can be used to monitor online security.
The book begins with ten yes-or-no questions to identify your cybersecurity score. The authors then provide
18 rules to follow, and why, for improving your security online. Some involve spending money, but many8 donít. The rules do take time and a basic knowledge of computers to implement. The authors provide helpful examples, and more than one option for how to do something. At the end of each chapter are action steps which include a completion date. This helps the reader stay on track and guides them along as they progress through the different sections. Each section completed increases your cybersecurity score.
There is a lot of information in this book, and it can be overwhelming, but it feels like the authors are with you every step of the way. They provide
18 easy-to-follow action steps, and within the chapter, they are broken down into even smaller manageable steps. Some steps might not apply to everyone (those without children or who do not do online shopping or banking), but itís useful information to know.
Computer books become outdated quickly, but this one will be useful for many years because the topics of mindfulness and secrecy are timeless. The software and hardware names will change, but many of the basics of the active steps will remain relevant (tighten your privacy settings on social media, install antivirus software, back up your files, examine email messages for signs of fraud).
The book is illustrated with black-and-white stick-man drawings (reflecting the simplicity theme of the book) and screen shots from the computer. The book includes Canadian addresses and Canadian words such as province and postal code. Back material includes an extensive glossary, index and bibliography.