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This is the worst book that I have ever come across, not only in Security but also in general. This guy copy-pastes materials from various tutorials from net and fills half the book with code-snippets. I believe Mr. Fadia himself doesn't understand most of these codes which he has so brazenly copied from others. To give an idea of his level of knowledge, I quote from page 142. Here the author is trying to give a method to crack windows passwords. (This is another matter that he is talking about Win95, which was officially stopped by Microsoft much before his book was published).
"...To actually crack the password, you need a simple cracker coded in C called Glide. I have included the code below. If you have sound C knowledge you can study the code and actually experience how a password cracker works and how a password is encrypted in Windows, i.e. more about the Windows encryption algorithm."
This is followed by about three and a half pages of code (copied from net, of course) without any explanation.
Mr. Fadia doesn't even know what he is talking about. He has no idea of how the passwords are stored and how the given code is "trying" to break it (he does not even say that this method will rarely work, probably because he doesn't know so).
I can write a review about each chapter of this book and describe the terrible mistakes and misinformation filled in there. But I have better things to do. Mr. Fadia is a complete crook and may have succeeded in fooling some people once. I only hope that he matures and owns his mistakes. The publishers must have done some background check on his skills before agreeing to publish this book.
And for everyone here, any 5 star reviews here are by the author or his friends. Every sensible reviewer has given only one advice and I will do the same - "DO NOT EVEN THINK OF BUYING THIS BOOK." (Even if someone gives you a book by Mr. Fadia free, refuse politely.)
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Ankit Fadia (born 24 May 1985) is an Indian author, speaker, television host, and self-proclaimed "ethical hacker" of computers, whose skills and ethics have been debated.
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