Cyber Crisis - It's Personal Now

Non-Fiction - General
90 Pages
Reviewed on 03/26/2017
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

My perspective as the author comes from having been a part of computer technology and software businesses since shortly after the launch of the first Apple and IBM personal computers. In these public and private technology and related companies, I have served as CEO, board member, and strategic advisor. Through this work, I gained experience, understanding, and perspective, about digital age developments and their personal impacts, good and bad. The Web is us, and we as a collective are the Web. After reading Cyber Crisis, my hope is that you will better understand this dynamic relationship, and will be motivated to accept a higher level of personal responsibility for your digital well-being.

I have also written two previous books whose driving themes involve greater self-reliance in personal and business life: Life Expectancy - It's Never Too Late to Change Your Game, and The Power of Urgency.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

If you've ever had thieves break into your home, toss your personal possessions helter-skelter and take off with your valuables, you know how invaded you feel, not to mention the subsequent financial costs you'll incur to replace what was stolen. That's how it feels to be hacked. It's what William Keiper calls a Cyber Crisis. And a crisis it is. Yet, despite all the warnings in the media, all the reports of big businesses, institutions and massive website hacks, like the one carried out on Yahoo, folks continue to believe it won't happen to them. Well, as the opening line of Cyber Crisis states: "Your personal information will be hacked if it hasn’t been already." Keiper is not saying "might be" or "may be." He says you WILL be hacked. And if, after you read this short, easy to read and utterly important expose of how and why you will be hacked, you still don't take measures suggested by Keiper to make sure you don't get hacked, well, it's like applying for house insurance after your house burns down!

One of the first things I did after reading this book was visit the link provided in the first chapter. This is a website "dedicated to informing victims of data breaches." I breathed a sigh of relief when I input my primary email address and found it hadn't been hacked...yet! But after entering several alternative emails I use, I found all had been compromised courtesy of a website on which I had used them and which had subsequently been hacked. Great. Just great. William Keiper delves, of course, into the dangers of posting everything no one really needs to know about us on social media sites like Facebook. Why don't folks think a bit before posting their pending vacation plans and times, or where they are currently enjoying a dinner or socializing with friends? Do they really believe only their friends know where to find them?Hackers access that kind of data every second of the day! One of the most informative sections of Cyber Crisis is Chapter 8, "The Hidden Web." You may have heard of it. But if you haven't, you'll want to read that chapter as you'll learn where so much of our very personal information is stored. Sadly, hackers can access that as surely as government and other agencies can.

You may come away from Cyber Crisis rather scared. So you should be. But the book doesn't leave you with no response to the question: "What should I do now to protect myself?" In Chapter 10, William Keiper provides tons of links for further reading and research, along with the often repeated simpler advice about changing passwords frequently, using virus and malware protection, and taking advantage of privacy controls offered by social media sites. If you spend a good deal of your day on your smartphone, tablet or computers and haven't read Cyber Crisis yet, make the next site you visit one where you can purchase this very important book and read it before you begin any other online activities. As William Keiper asserted above in no uncertain terms: "Your personal information will be hacked if it hasn’t been already." Believe it! An excellent, important book. I knew much of it, but learned a whole lot more.