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Author: Robert Vamosi Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781596597884
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Technology is evolving faster than we are. As our BlackBerry devices, tablets, and digital capabilities become more and more complex we understand less and less about how they work. we no longer read the instruction manual before powering on, and we demand intuitive interfaces that get us up and running right away. But how many of us actually stop to think about potential threats to our privacy? Our passports broadcast our personal information and could allow terrorists to target us by nationality. Keyless entry systems in many high-tech car models make auto theft easier than ever. Commercial photocopiers are equipped with hard drives that can document everything we ever copied on it. And our digital photos, even after they’re cropped, can expose the entire original image (hope you weren’t doing anything naughty in that facebook profile picture). In When Gadgets Betray Us, Robert Vamosi, a technology reporter and analyst who has been covering the internet age for over a decade, investigates the dark side of digital capability and convenience. He uncovers a secret world of privacy loss that most of us never consider— that is, until something goes terribly wrong. From iPads to BlackBerry devices, online banking to keyless entry systems, we’re increasingly giving over the management of our crucial information to the latest and greatest electronic gadgets. Vamosi helps us comprehend the technology in our everyday lives and develop a common sense about how to protect ourselves. An essential guide for understanding what we’re really signing up for every time we log-in, When Gadgets Betray Us reveals the secret lives of our electronic devices so that we can all better manage the real risks. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You’d think the tech folks would be able to secure the data held in various devices we use daily, but Vamosi, IT security analyst and contributing editor to PCWorld, strongly and meticulously suggests otherwise. He exposes a technology-development landscape chock-full of inadequately guarded data and programming…Read this, and you’ll never again ignore the default security settings on accounts or your devices again.”

    Library Journal

  • “Written in a way for all to understand, Robert Vamosi exposes the dangers of inherently trusting electronic gadgets and gracefully reveals just how widespread the security problems are. You’ll never treat technology the same after reading this book…and you shouldn’t!”

    Joe Grand, author of Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty

  • “A fascinating overview of ‘hardware hacking,’ from lockpicking and stealing cars to tapping mobile phones or cloning Oyster cards and passports. The vulnerabilities in modern tech that Vamosi describes can be alarming…This text itself could, of course, make a fine mischief-maker’s cookbook.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Has our technophilia left us too vulnerable? Exactly how long is the trail of digital bread crumbs we leave behind on a daily basis?…When Gadgets Betray Us, Robert Vamosi’s meticulously researched new book, offers a revealing look at the dark underbelly of our rapidly advancing electronics. This is not some Orwellian indictment of new technology, but instead a call for caution: Our gadgets are evolving faster than we can successfully secure them.”

    Salon.com

  • “A compelling scrutiny of the ways in which technological enhancements can be exploited for nefarious purposes…An erudite wake-up call.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Frantz | 4/25/2013

    " Not as technical as I would have liked but a good read for anyone ignorant to basic electronic collection techniques "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nemo | 4/18/2013

    " Well written, not really anything anyone in infosec doesn't already know about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 12/24/2012

    " Author looks at how technology evolves faster than security measures. Timely topic but dry in places, downright scary in others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 10/24/2012

    " A paranoid person would have a heart attack over this book. The train has already left the station concerning a lot of the things discussed so it's hard to tell what to do about many of the things we live with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 9/9/2012

    " A decent book. It opens your eyes to the types of attacks that are possible in our digital age. Some of the scenarios are pretty far fetched, but technically possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 10/30/2011

    " We know there are "chips" and technology integrated into almost everything-- but what data is being collected, and stored? How is it being used? Are we as anonymous as we think we are? Very interesting read. How much are you willing to trade for convenience? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 9/2/2011

    " Really interesting, but very technical. A lot of SSL, INIS, and other complicated acronyms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 5/10/2011

    " Author looks at how technology evolves faster than security measures. Timely topic but dry in places, downright scary in others. "

About the Author

Author Robert Vamosi

Robert Vamosi is a senior analyst with the Mocana Corporation, a device security start up. He is also a contributing editor at PCWorld and a security blogger for Forbes.com. The author of When Gadgets Betray Us, he lives in California.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.