The Art of Deception is written by a hacker (or, as he calls himself, a “social engineer”) and describes the ways in which hackers can exploit human nature to bypass security measures. The book was hyped as being “like reading the climaxes of a dozen complex thrillers”, but I don’t think it lived up that hype. Although I found it interesting to read about the clever ways hackers go about getting very classified information, it wasn’t exactly edge-of-your-seat reading. Read more »
Welcome to the new year everyone! I’m currently visiting my boyfriend in sunny Atlanta, so I’m mostly postponing my resolution setting to when I won’t be wasting precious time with him 🙂 However, I am planning on doing a 52 week photography project where I take a picture a week all year. To do that, I will be starting a new section on the blog, Photography Friday, where I will post each week’s picture. I will also be participating in the Cannonball Read challenge to read and review books ( blog available here). This will require me to do more detailed reviews than I’ve been doing so far. Feel free to share your own resolutions in the comments! Read more »
My books came in! I also stopped by the non-fiction section and picked up some books for the challenge:
005 – The Art of Deception – one of the very few books in this section I’d want to read all the way through, as most are tutorials for computer programs and programming. This book is written by a hacker and describes the “most serious security weakness – human nature”. Supposedly like reading a mystery novel.
006 – Click – this section includes books on “special computer methods”, mostly stuff on artificial intelligence. Click describes the results of data-mining the information we share online, but seems less dry than that description makes it sounds. Reminds me a little of Freakonomics – both authors search through seemingly unconnected data for conclusions about human nature.
This week Bookends will just be two books, since I spent most (10 hours!) of Thursday driving to my parents’ house for the holidays. Next time I must get some audio books, because otherwise I’ll spend the whole time wishing reading while driving was a viable option! Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys these reviews and has a wonderful holiday 🙂 Read more »