The Book in 3 Sentences
- Kevin Mitnick is a famous hacker, who teaches you how to reduce your attack surface in this book.
- Any privacy you think you have is false.
- While some of this information is dated, the book was published in 2017, it still has a lot of useful information.
While I knew most of what was covered in this book, I did still find the content interesting. The little stories that Mitnick shares throughout the book were very interesting. Also, the length that one has to go to remain anonymous in our digital world, even back in 2017 is pretty crazy. I don’t believe that many American’s understand the amount of their privacy they are giving up by maintaining their current lifestyle, including participating in social media and using technology. Mostly, we have given up data about us, what we do online, by using tools like google, gmail, cellular phones, etc.
Who Should Read It?
While I think that this book is overkill for most, as most people don’t think that what they are doing is giving up their data. They believe as Mitnick points out that no one cares about what they are doing because they are just one of the 8 billion people on the planet. Hacker’s are going to over after the low-hanging fruit. They will not only attack large companies, data shows that they are attacking SMBs and individuals. Everyone should be aware, but this book is going to scare people and I believe that most people don’t have the skill set to execute Mitnick’s advise, even the minor things.
How the Book Changed Me
- It made me more aware of existing privacy concerns.
- I plan to implement some of the suggestions that Mitnick discusses to protect myself and my family.