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Review by Chris Jenks
Hacking for Dummies, an introduction to Ethical Hacking, is shallow enough for anyone first stepping into the field, but with tricks, tips and real-world experiences even the veteran penetration tester will find enlightening.
The book is considered to be a good introduction to the world of Ethical Hacking. Like all “for Dummies” books, the subject matter is explained in plain English instead of being filled with jargon and buzz words. That doesn't mean a reader can walk in cold and learn to be an Ethical Hacker (a hacker who is hacking with prior written permission of the owner of the systems). In order to get a deeper understanding, the reader has to have a basic understanding of Networking, System Administration, and Applications. The reader doesn't need to be an expert but really should have a firm grip on the basic concepts.
The current version of Hacking for Dummies is divided into 7 parts. If the reader is familiar with the subject the book doesn't need to be read in order and can be used mostly as reference. However, if the reader is new to information security the best approach would be to read it in the order the book is laid out. Each chapter has a tendency to either refer back to something that was covered before, or refers forward to something covered in more detail ahead.