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Book Review: "Web of Deception", Anne P. Mintz

Rob Slade (
Wed, 12 Jan 2005 08:21:17 -0800


"Web of Deception", Anne P. Mintz, 2002, 0-910965-60-9,
%E Anne P. Mintz
%C 143 Old Marlin Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
%D 2002
%G 0-910965-60-9
%I Information Today Inc.
%O U$24.95/C$37.95 609-654-6266
%O tl n rl 2 tc 2 ta 2 tv 2 wq 2
%P 275 p.
%T "Web of Deception"

The introduction states that the book is intended to address
information that is intentionally misleading, leaving aside
considerations of honest mistakes or people who are seriously

Chapter one lists various spoofs and intentionally misleading sites.
Medical misinformation is covered in chapter two, which also contains
some advice on checking sites. Business deception, in chapter three,
is mostly concerned with stock manipulation through crafted messages,
but mentions security leaks as well. Random security and privacy
issues make up chapter four. Chapter five looks at charity scams.
E-commerce and consumer fraud is the subject of chapter six. A very
short discussion of legal advice is in chapter seven. Chapter eight
has some of the standard guidelines for evaluating Websites.
Searching the Web is addressed in chapter nine, and ten goes on to
point out some search engine processes that may affect results.
Possible remedies for misinformation are reviewed in chapter eleven.
An endnote says that the net can be a confusing place.

As with any book of essays, the quality is a mixed affair. There are
some useful points in this work, but nothing too surprising. It is
difficult to recommend that any audience would benefit, beyond the
warnings already available in the general media, from the material in
this book.

copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKWBDCPT.RVW 20041017

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