Friday, April 25, 2014

A Cybercop's Guide to Internet Child Safety by Glen Klinkhart

It sounds like a dry read.  If you are even functionally computer literate the first little bit, which explains things like what a network is, can be slow reading.  Set that aside and wade through it.  Especially if you don't have children.

Even those of us who are well familiar with the system of tubes that Al Gore invented should stick with this book - it rather quickly turns from stale guide to juicy stories.  It is a backstage pass to every episode of a crime drama where the bad guy gets caught...and Klinkhart tells you how!

As an adult, it confirms your nightmares about teenage boys with more time on their hands than brains in their heads, surprises you with how little you really know, and tells you how and why to take simple, inexpensive measures to keep your computer safe.

I mean your children safe from the internet.  No!  I mean keep you safe from all the crazy stuff that would never happen to you because you live in Middle of Nowhere Alaska and you only read in newspapers - except it does happen Everywhere in Alaska, and it happens every day, and the news only covers a fraction of what is going on.

I will forewarn those of a faint heart, there is some rather bold discussion about internet pornography, and a great deal of that discussion centers on child pornography, and it isn't pleasant.  The subject matter is handled in a vary mature, sensitive, forthright manner and I didn't find it the least bit offensive.  There are no photos or graphic descriptions.

That said, it will make the hairs on the back of your neck go up, and you may find yourself scrutinizing anyone making random comments about how cute Mary Janes are a little bit closer than you would have before the read.

There are crimes out there I didn't even know existed, yet thinking them through with Klinkhart's assistance - the criminalization of these acts makes all the sense in the world.  It should be a must read for every business owner, every computer and cellphone owner, everyone who purchases things on-line.

Reading A Cybercop's Guide prior to getting your child a cellphone or a computer is akin to reading the owner's manual before turning the key to a brand spanking new car.  Those who take the time will be well rewarded not in just knowing what to do, but also in knowing what not to do. 

Buy a copy by clicking here. 

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