‘Google Hacking for Penetration Testers’ by Johnny Long, Bill Gardner, Justin Brown

‘Bit Out Of Date’

Score: 2/5

Johnny Long, Bill Gardner, Justin Brown
£32.99

This book is a bit out of date, which is a shame. It's a 2016 edition (Third Edition, copyrighted 2016 although Amazon says ‘9 Dec 2015') but some of the content expired years ago. There are also plenty of instances of referring to something in the images that isn't there now, as if the images were updated and the text not, or maybe the other way around.

To give the most blatant example, the first chapter talks about Google keywords and says to use a '+' in front of a search term to make it mandatory. I remember the debacle when Google stopped using the '+' sign so they could use it for Google+ usernames. In 2011.

That's not to say the book is worthless. There's some interesting stuff in there, and many of the mistakes in the book could be cleared up by better proofreading and a revalidation of all the images/figures with their respective captions and mentions.

None of this is the authors' fault, of course. This all happens after they've done their work, and they could be unhappy with how their work has been treated too. Still, publishing this as a '2016' edition with so little effort put in to making a well-edited 2016 edition left a bad taste in my mouth so I won't be rushing to buy a Syngress-published book again.

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