Book of the Week #3 (partial)


I’ve started to try to actively learn from books rather than just read them. I’m posting my book summaries online to keep myself accountable to my “book a week” goal and hopefully to encourage others to read more too.

This Week’s Book Title [Week 31] : The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

by Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak (Foreword by)



PDF (bought through the Humble Bundle I mentioned last week)


First impressions

The author paints a very bleak picture of no system being secure because there is a human element in every system, and that human element can be conned into releasing information. That piece of information on it’s own may not seem like such a big deal, but combined with other data the bad guy can find elsewhere, it could be the last piece of the puzzle.


This week was my first time reading a PDF book on an iPad mini.

I didn’t meet my goal this week. I have a myriad of excuses ranging from: there was a big change at work that took up all my mental energy, the format of reading the book on the iPad is new and strange, and the book is 368 pages long!

Long story short: I didn’t set aside enough time this week for reading the book. Lesson learned.


Next week’s book

Before this blog post gets any longer and in case you want to read along with me, here’s what I’m planning for the upcoming week: next week’s book will be the rest of this week’s book.

Also maybe Ready Player One (Science Fiction) or The Miracle Morning (Personal Development) depending on how I get on with reading the rest of book 3 and also which reservation comes through from the library first. I’ve learned (again) not to over-commit!


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