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Fully Updated & Expanded!

This campaign is about revising and extending the first edition of my book, Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons (see the first KS campaign for full details). Since I published the book in January 2015, there have been two major operating system releases that I will need to address in this edition: Windows 10 and OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

Based on feedback from readers, I also plan to expand the coverage of security and privacy for mobile devices. So much of our lives now revolves around our smartphones and tablets that I felt that I needed to delve into specific advice for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android users. Just look at all the hubbub over Apple and the FBI!

Given everything that has happened in the last year with regard to digital security and privacy, I will also be updating many of the anecdotes and advice related to these topics.

My biggest challenge will be trying to keep all of this detailed information current so that it provides the very best and most complete advice. That's where YOU come in! That's why I'm hoping you will support this campaign!

The good news is that I'm already well on the way to completing the work of updating the text! I would say that the book update itself is probably 60% complete! Which brings me to the second reason I'm launching this campaign...

One More Time, With Feeling!

Part of my mission is to educate as many regular, everyday people as possible. Cybersecurity has never been more important - not just practicing good computer security and privacy techniques, but also understanding these issues so that you can choose the right products and elect the right representatives!

This time around, I intend to fund a formal marketing campaign and book launch, in an attempt to reach as many people as I possibly can. All proceeds from this campaign beyond the basic publishing costs will be funneled into marketing and PR. The first edition has received great reviews on Amazon and I'm very proud of what I have accomplished. But I didn't reach as many people as I had hoped. This time around, I intend to fix that!

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Clearer Formatting

One of the key selling points of my book is the detailed checklist at the end of every chapter which includes comprehensive step-by-step instructions with images. In the second edition, I will improve the formatting of these checklists to make it easier to navigate. I will use more whitespace, larger images, and a better use of headers to improve visual navigation.

Stretch Goal: Customized Checklists

What's better than listing all the steps for every popular operating system and browser versions in my checklists? Telling the reader specifically which ones apply to them! With this edition of the book, I'm hoping to create a simple. free web application that will examine the user's system and generate a custom checklist cheat sheet - telling them precisely which checklist items that apply to them (and which ones they can ignore). If you're a web coder, I'd love to get your input on this!

About Me

I’m a software engineer and I’ve been doing computer stuff professionally for over 23 years now (and unprofessionally since I was a kid). I was sending emails before AOL was filling your mailbox with CDs and I’ve been surfing the world wide web since it began in the early 90s. I use multiple computers on a daily basis, for a living and for fun. I personally own six computers at this very moment: one running Windows, two running Linux, and three running Mac OSX. Basically, when it comes to computers and the internet, I’ve been there, done that. In recent years, I've become extremely interested in computer security and privacy. I find myself constantly sending emails to my friends and family, giving them a heads up on the latest scams and viruses, keeping their systems updated, and generally trying to educate them about the dangers as well as the hype. I’ve always got my ear to the ground, following techie blogs, listening to security podcasts, and even reading books on encryption and cryptography - for fun! But honestly, there are plenty of people with more geek cred than me. The final qualities that set me apart are a) the ability to explain technical stuff to non-technical people, and b) the desire and patience to actually do so.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are low. This is my second book and I'm familiar with the processes for publishing. Since I'm revising an existing book, much of the material is already done - in fact, I would say that I've already completed over half the revisions. The only real pressure is meeting the delivery deadlines I've imposed on myself. But I have a strong incentive to complete this quickly because I intend to use this book as the text book for a class I'll be teaching in late April.

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