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Beth Cox Report: May 2016

Dear Loyal Readers, Authors, and Publishers,

The June 10 deadline for a free upgrade to Windows 10 is fast approaching.

I'd already decided that I was not going to upgrade to Windows 10 on my personal computer. I prefer Windows 7, and my plan was to postpone any operating system change until the day that I need to buy a new personal computer.

So when a pop-up about Windows 10 appeared, I clicked the little red "X" in its upper right corner to make it go away. I was busy with work, and didn't take the time to read the pop-up.

That turned out to be a mistake.

Apparently, dismissing the window without clicking on something that would tell Microsoft "no, don't upgrade my personal computer" was the same as "green means GO!" My computer abruptly shut down (interrupting the book review I was writing), and it proceeded to upgrade to Windows 10, my wishes be damned. Interrupting the process could have turned my computer into a big plastic brick, so there was nothing to do but work on another computer for a while, and fume.

I have been reassured that it is possible to revert my personal computer to Windows 7 if I don't like Windows 10, so that's something, at least.

In the meantime, here's the review that was almost unfinished. I rewrote it just in time for our forthcoming issue of "Library Bookwatch" because this book is a "must-read", and deserves the distinction of May's Book of the Month:

Hacked Again
Scott N. Schober
Privately Published
9780996902205 $29.95 hc / $9.99 Kindle

Hacked Again: It Can Happen to Anyone... Even a Cybersecurity Expert is a "must-read" for the Information Age. Author Scott N. Schober, a cybersecurity professional, tells of the frustrations and high cost of being hacked, or targeted by online thieves and scammers. In one case, a seemingly ordinary (at first glance) customer used a stolen credit card to buy a large order of expensive goods, leaving him and his bank to suffer the inevitable chargeback; in another, his bank's lax security measures left his company's account vulnerable to fraudulent charges from hackers using stolen identities. The majority of Hacked Again is devoted to no-nonsense, plain-terms instructions for protecting your privacy, your finances, and your reputation from cybercrime. From crafting strong passwords (the recent cloud hack of celebrity nude pictures was due to the celebrity victims' use of weak passwords!), to limiting third-party vendor access to sensitive data, to learning how secure your bank really is prior to opening a business account and more, Hacked Again is practical-minded, enlightening, accessible, and worthy of the highest recommendation.

Furthermore, I designate author Scott Schober's website

as May's Link of the Month because it's far more than just a promotion of his book - Schober is a cybersecurity professional who hosts a blog, a newsletter, and a video podcast about the ever-present threats of cybercrime and identity theft.

That's all for the May 2016 Beth Cox Report. Since when did Windows start behaving like a malware virus?

Bethany Cox
Managing Editor
The Midwest Book Review

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
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Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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