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Friday, October 19, 2018

Book Review - The all seeing digital eyes: A guide to Privacy, Security and Literacy! by Neville J Kattakayam

The all-seeing digital eyes by Neville J Kattakayam
My Rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars
Published by - Ashnel Inc
Genre - Internet/Digital Media
Publishing year - September 2018
Language - English
ISBN - 978-81-8386-143-4
Pages - 176
Buy now - Amazon IN

My Review -

The all-seeing digital eyes is a debut book of Neville J Kattakayam. This book gives an insight into the internet threats and how to avoid it. The title and cover of the book go perfectly with the content. 

The book divides into three parts. In the first part, the author told about the digital literacy in which how the internet business works and a user can understand their devices. In the second part, he gives a detailed description of online threats. In the third part, a person can learn and understand how to take control over menace. 

The main aim of this book is to aware people about online danger and ways to avoid it. The book is a guide with different examples to understand different terms. The author's daughter is 13-year old and she can't use a smartphone or social media until 18. While writing this book, the author keeps her teenage daughter in mind. Well, I also support his decision and concern because we heard a lot of cases happening in the world. The internet addiction is dangerous. It is necessary that every parent teach their children about the use and misuse of technologies. 

The author includes almost every online threat in this book like Trolling, Doxing, Cyberbullying, Catfishing, Sexting, Hacking, Revenge Porn, Phishing, Malware, and many more. On a personal level, I know most of them, but few things were new for me as well. The language is quite simple. Neville didn't use difficult or techie terms. This made the whole content striking. I felt like reading a school book, and maybe that's the whole point so a teenager or someone who doesn't know nothing about the Internet can understand easily. 

It's a great debut book. There are no grammatical errors. But few instances are repeating. It didn't bore me, and it's fast-paced. I really enjoy reading this book. I like the second part most. The author gives a message to parents as well. I highly recommend this book to everyone especially to teenagers and their parents. 

Blurb -

This book is the result of all my experiences, and my research into what I should tell my 13-year-old daughter, as she is taking her first steps online, flying solo. When I was explaining to her why she would not get her first smartphone until she turns 18, why she cannot have a social media account when all her friends have one and why she has restricted access on our family PC and no personal laptop; I found it relevant to convert all this content into a book, which could help many others in decision making regarding their life online.

My daughter's current cell phone has a small display, a number pad, and no internet; she can text her friends and call them if needed, but I guess, she is feeling some peer pressure. She wants a social media account, but we told her she needs to turn 18 to be "Spiderman" - with great power comes great responsibility. Social media carries great power, you should grow up and be a responsible adult to start using such powers.
My nature of work requires me to spend a lot of time online, but I always try to ensure that my digital footprint is minimal. I value my freedom of speech and my right to privacy, which has encouraged me in writing this book.
This book's objective is to educating technology users about safety, security, and privacy. Inside you'll find research-based safety tips and tools, advise parents' guide and commentary on different aspects of tech use and policy.
This is not a technical book, even if many tips and tricks are shared to secure oneself.
The book is written in 3 parts with each part having specific objectives around Privacy, Security, and Literacy. Part 1 and 2 serve as a guide for novice internet users (children and teens) and people affected by cyber exploitation on how to safeguard yourself. It would also teach the 'Digitally Literate' population on what is going on behind the scene when you use technology. Part 3 adds value with guidelines in setting up a positive and professional online persona. It brushes on Media Literacy and Critical thinking and finally concludes with parental tips on how to handhold their children onto technology.
The book is structured with each chapter being independent, and continuous reading is not required to understand the fundamental concepts.
I do not intend to dictate to you what to do or what not to do with your electronic devices. The purpose here is to give you relevant information, so that you could take intelligent decisions, about your privacy and security.
About the author - 
Neville J Kattakayam is a "Jack of many trades, but King of none." His first book - "The All-seeing Digital Eyes" was released in Sept 2018. He is currently working on his second book - "Everything they've ever told you is a Lie." Neville J Kattakayam is an IT professional with over 20 years in the Industry. He did his Masters in Business Management from XLRI. Neville is certified in 'Critical Thinking' from the University of Michigan. Neville is also professionally certified in 'Lean Six Sigma' and 'Change Management.

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