About the Book
What is the goal of this book?
My goal with this book is to provide security knowledge that everyone should have to keep themselves safe in the technology age. The purpose of this book is to educate and teach computer and smartphone users about safety and security online.
Why no paperback version?
My goal with this book was to create an information textbook I could keep updating. I hate when I used to buy technical reference books and 6 months later the update came out and I would have to buy it again. I get it authors need to make money and releasing a Version a year keeps the book's sales revenue coming in yearly. My goal has always been to release one book and keep it updated so every so often people can go back and look for the changes or added chapters at the end and feel like they got their moneys worth by the book being added to and not just some dead textbook they will open again. I will update this book so it will never be that book on the shelf you will never open.
I picked Leanpub because one it is a great platform for technical books and digital purchases. Unlike Amazon and other platforms, I like how someone can pay what they want and the ease of being able to update the book is MUCH easier than Amazon and other platforms.
How often will the book be updated?
This question is a kind of a difficult one for me because it really depends on how often things change and how much more knowledge I gain. If I should to a security conference or a major technology breakthrough happens, I would sit down and update the book more than on a month where little to no security news came through on my Flipboard RSS feed. My main goal is to update this book yearly or semiyearly or when I think it's needed.
Will the book ever be finished?
No, because security is always changing so there will always be updates needed to be done to the book.
About the Author
If you stumbled along this book or are someone who bought this book because they know me, my podcast, my blog or are a friend, coworker or interested in security let me tell you a little about myself.
I am a technology blogger, podcaster, and entrepreneur. I have worked in the computer security and administration field all of my adult life with a long list of certifications. I mostly specialize in Microsoft, Mac and Linux. My certifications include
- Comptia A+
- Comptia Network+
- Comptia Linux+
- Comptia Security+
- Microsoft Certified Technical Professional
- HP Professional
As a teenager I was involved in computer vo-tech and pursue college in Information Technology. I got into computers and electronics after finding a love of ham radio early in my childhood life. I felt computers was a better fit for me then electronics and enjoyed it much more and wanted a career in the field.
After graduating college summa cum laude I started his first computer business which became a success, then later reincorporated and branched out into advanced systems architecture including Linux and windows server infrastructure, routing and security.
After the success of my business I wanted to pursue a career in technology journalism. In college I took many classes in technical writing which help encourage my pursuit of technology journalism and in 2011 The Technology Geek was founded.
The Technology Geek originally started as a technology blog but has now branched out into podcasting and video blogging to keep up with the changes time in journalism.