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About the Author

Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator. During the majority of that time, he was assigned to the FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and various computer crime investigations. He has trained thousands of individuals employed by state and federal agencies, as well as the private sector, in intelligence analysis and online privacy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (July 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500397814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500397814
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator. During the majority of that time, he was assigned to the FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and various computer crime investigations. As an active investigator for multiple organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech criminal investigations including online child solicitation, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, terrorist threats, and high level computer intrusions. He has trained thousands of individuals employed by state and federal agencies, as well as the private sector, in the use of his investigative techniques. He has also taught several college courses including Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, and Computer Crime Investigation.

His books, "Open Source Intelligence Techniques" and "Hiding from the Internet", have been top sellers in both the United States and Europe. They are used by several government agencies as training manuals for intelligence gathering and securing personal information.

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This book is an eye opener, even for those who think they are relatively secure.
JJ Writer
This is just one way how "unlisted" phone numbers and other personal information can easily find their way into people search databases.
Matthew Bailey
There's also extremely valuable information on safe computer practices and how to navigate online without identifying yourself.
Theodore N. Swift

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Theodore N. Swift on July 24, 2014
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There's valuable information for almost all of us in Michael Bazzell's revised and expanded (2nd edition) of "Hiding from the Internet."

For those with privacy concerns (most of us), who want to make themselves smaller targets on the Internet -- this book tells exactly how to do it.

For investigators, who have legitimate need to use the Internet to investigate the bad guys -- this book is also a superb reference.

Mike Bazzell, a computer crime detective with the Alton (IL) Police Department, assigned to the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force, reveals scores of web sites that trade in people's private information on the Internet. He describes how to contact them and get them to delete your personal data.

Details like home addresses, occupant and relatives' names, landline and cell telephone numbers, email addresses, Internet usernames, and dates of birth are the sorts of information that can be eliminated -- if you know exactly how and where to find it.

This sort of personal profile information is collected from us constantly through our everyday business interactions, largely for marketing purposes. Bazzell explains exactly where and how this happens. The information collection is ubiquitous and seems unescapable for the average, uninformed consumer. It is compiled into databases by businesses who sell it. Much of it ends up on the Internet where it can be obtained by anyone, often for free or for a nominal price.

To get this information suppressed, you first have to find who's selling it. You do this by investigating yourself -- conducting a thorough search on the Internet for your personal details.
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To some people, this book will seem expensive compared to other similar titles. However, it is by far the best book currently on the market covering this specific subject matter.

The book's initial chapter walks readers through performing a detailed pre-assessment and outlining the tools and techniques to identify your personal information visible in public view. The results will surprise most people and perhaps even frighten some. But knowledge is power. The remainder of the book goes into precise detail about how to remove your personal information, from both online and offline sources, and how to keep it that way.

In particular, the author's Facebook Graph search tips will blow your socks off. The detailed step-by-step instructions for obtaining your credit and related reports, often for free, are excellent. The number of potential sources of relevant reports about you is staggering. The book also contains good techniques for establishing an anonymous email account or forwarding account.

The suggested techniques (inspired by JJ Luna) of purchasing a home or vehicles through an LLC registered in the US state of New Mexico or using a living trust as a way to keep your name off tax record databases are very interesting but probably not applicable to most people. These and similar hard-core tips will likely only appeal to people seeking a "fresh start" or to those in need of ultimate privacy for personal safety reasons, such as public officials, law enforcement officers, celebrities or other people that may have been victims of or could be targeted by dangerous harassers and stalkers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori M. Wood on January 11, 2015
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Michael Bazzell is also an incredible speaker! he came to the hospital that I work for to do a seminar on the same topic and raised quite a few eyebrows. The book is just as good and is more indepth. A great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2015
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I was amazed when I found my name, address. phone number and google map picture of my apartment complex with the first search I tried from the book. That inspired me to start eliminating my information from any databases that I could. Using the book and the corresponding web site from the book. I have set a goal to do at least one successful opt-out a week. Yes it is a tedious process. Now the same google search that I initially tried returns no personal information about me. Great book!!
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