Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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William Keiper

Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now is author William Keiper’s comprehensive guide to the dangers of the internet. In this quick read, Keiper explores the threats lurking behind each click, including identity theft, hacking, catfishing, money scams, credit card fraud, theft of private information, and cyberbullying. He also shares helpful tips and pointers detailing how to avoid these devastating tragedies. Keiper’s decades worth of experience in software and computer technology are spilled onto the page, giving readers a short and snappy reality check about how they can protect themselves online.

While there are countless useful facts and statistics throughout Cyber Crisis, hardly any of them are cited. Although William Keiper claims in his introduction that all the information he’s sharing can be readily found in an internet search, he shares little to help readers find the sources of this information (through using citations, perhaps). This raises an alarming possibility of plagiarism or untrustworthy source material; Keiper could have easily avoided this skepticism by being forthright and clear about where he got all his material from. Also, the organization of this book seems disjointed. Many of the passages seem hastily thrown together or underdeveloped, while others read far too much like a textbook. Cyber Crisis is not as balanced as it could be.

However, Cyber Crisis is still a most worthwhile read. Statistics aside, its underlying message is imminent: “Readers, protect yourselves.” William Keiper’s tips for prevention and internet safety are invaluable, as are his real-life examples of the consequences of reckless oversharing. His narrative is short and to the point, keeping readers engaged and offering quick solutions to the risks he exposes. Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now is perhaps one of the most important books for any and all readers to experience since, as William Keiper aptly put it, “it’s personal.”

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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