PC Fear Factor: The Ultimate PC Disaster Prevention Guide

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Que, 2002 - Computers - 362 pages
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Safe Computing in the Digital World... One-of-a-kind book that helps the reader prepare for PC Armageddon-whether it is caused by a mechanical failure, hacker, thief or by his own hand. Written for home users and consumers who aren't PC experts or security experts, or don't care to be either of the above. An uncompromising work that's guaranteed to make the reader's skin crawl if she hasn't taken steps to safeguard her PC. What would you do if the hard drive containing a year's worth of financial data and your wedding photos suddenly stops working? What would you do if Internet hackers run off with your credit card numbers and rack up several thousand dollars in 1-900 calls? Most people never even remotely consider the possibility of a computer disaster, let alone the ensuing weeping and gnashing of teeth to follow. They take it for granted that their computer will always work, like the fifteen-year-old fluorescent light bulb in their kitchen. Of course, it doesn't work that way. Inevitably, disaster strikes-and when it does, they can kiss their irreplaceable digital photos, MP3s, master's thesis and steamy love letters good-bye. PC Fear Factor: The Ultimate PC Disaster Prevention Guide is the first line of defense in keeping safe from these all-too-real situations. Alan Luber is a project manager with ADL Consulting, Inc. and provides program management services and supply chain consulting to companies implementing complex, cross-functional, and multi-million dollar Enterprise Resource Planning / Supply Chain information technology solutions. He is the author of Solving Business Problems With MRP II (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995).

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Contents

The Root of All Computer Disasters
15
The Threats and the Tools
29
3 A Disaster Prevention Plan for Your New Computer Part 1 Before You Buy
79
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About the author (2002)

Alan Luber is an author, journalist, computer expert, and consultant. Alan's first book, Solving Business Problems with MRP II, has been translated into Spanish and has sold well worldwide. He has also written dozens of articles that have appeared in both print and Web-based publications.

As a consultant, Alan helps companies implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management solutions. He also helps clients to reengineer business processes and manage large, complex information technology projects. Recent clients include Koch Industries, Inc.; Imperial Tobacco Ltd.; Frontstep, Inc.; and GSI Lumonics, Inc.

Alan has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Penn State. He worked for General Electric, Management Science America, and Digital Equipment Corporation before establishing ADL Consulting Inc., in 1994.

Alan spends his free time writing for fun, playing the piano, restoring photographs, losing at gin rummy to his youngest daughter (who clearly cheats), and collecting and selling baseball memorabilia. (Alan and his much older, less handsome brother Phil own the copyrights to the best-known interior color photos of Shibe Park Connie Mack Stadium in existence.)

Alan is married, has three daughters, and lives in Roswell, Georgia. Alan would be pleased to hear from owners of small and home office businesses in the Atlanta area who require assistance in implementing personal computer disaster prevention and recovery plans. Alan can be contacted through his Web site, http://www.alanluber.com.

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