Second edition available on Amazon!

The second edition of Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons is now available on! I’ve updated the book for Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan, expanded the coverage on mobile security and child safety, and updated much of the other content. It’s now over 30% longer than the first edition!

Thanks to support from my KickStarter backers, I’ve completely updated the cover art and will be launching a marketing campaign in the coming weeks – thanks so much to everyone that contributed!

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Pre-Sales of the Second Edition!

I’ve launched a KickStarter campaign for the second edition of Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons! This second edition will cover Windows 10 and OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), along with a host of other updates. This KS campaign is basically pre-sales of the book, with the idea of taking the proceeds and investing them in marketing and launching the second edition. Investors will also have the opportunity to review drafts of the book and provide input on the content. Help me spread the word!!

Second Edition in the works!

I was approached by the continuing education group at Duke University to give a lecture on computer security and privacy, which I did last October. It was quite the hit and I will now be teaching a 6-week course for Duke on the same topic, starting mid-April of 2016! I’m very excited!

I’m planning to use my book as a text book for this class. And even though it’s only a year old, there have been many developments that I need to address (not the least of which are Windows 10 and OSX El Capitan). So I believe it’s time to finally put out an update to Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons! I’ve already started work on this and hope to have it published in a couple months! Stay tuned…

Poll for parents (research for my next book)

When I talk about my book to people, the most common question I get is: “Does it talk about protecting kids online?” While my book DOES have a  section on this, it wasn’t the focus of the book. I’ve been looking for a topic for my second book and this seems to be an excellent choice.

Before I decide for sure to do this, I need to do some research. I’ve created a poll for parents and other people that spend a lot of time with minor children (teachers, youth leaders, etc). Please fill this out and/or pass it along to others. There’s no time limit, but the sooner, the better. Thanks!

Kindle give-away success

I managed to give away about 1200 free copies of my eBook over the last 3 days! Let’s hope it brings in some great reviews and kicks the book up in the search ranking! (My book made it up to #6 on “Top 100 Free Computer/Technology” books during the sale, and briefly had the banner “#1 New Release in Computer Privacy”.)

So if you bought the book, please tell your friends! Buy copies for people that need them! And post some good reviews on Amazon!

FREE Kindle giveaway starts at midnight tonight!

I will be running a Kindle give-away for “Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons” on Amazon starting around midnight tonight, Pacific time (GMT-8)! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your free eBook copy!!

The sale will run for up to 4 days (Thu-Sun) – however, I will probably cut it off after I hit my pain threshold. 🙂 I’m not sure yet what that will be, but it will be at least 1000-2000 copies. Still, they could go quickly, so I would be sure to get your copy as soon as you can!

At this point, my sales will be limited until the book can really get noticed. The best way to get noticed on Amazon is to increase sales – and every one of these free downloads counts as a sale. Please spread the word, tell your friends! It also helps to have good reviews from confirmed buyers – so 3-5 days after you get your eBook would be a great time to post a review!

Feel free to post this deal everywhere you can, including deal sites like,, and/or Let’s get this book on the charts! Please point them to my web site (this post).