‘EYE’ by Tony Tasset

Photo: William DeShazer/Chicago Tribune; Artwork: Tony Tasset, EYE, 2010

In The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed (August 19, W. W. Norton, $27), the Chicago author Nate Anderson describes how the FBI began using the same tools beloved by criminal hackers in an effort to bust cybercrimes and—as the recent NSA spying scandal made clear—foil possible terrorist plots.

Don’t have time to read the book? Just toss out these acronyms and everyone will think you have.

Also known as Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier, this software lets users view the dates, times, and destinations of all e-mails sent from a given computer.

The remote-access tool allows users to break into a computer’s webcam and record images there.

Short for “the onion router,” the free software program routes data through multiple layers of encryption and re-encryption (like the layers of an onion—get it?), giving the program’s user complete anonymity (shiver).