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Product Details

  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today; Ex-Library edition (November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091096517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910965170
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,680,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What can you find out online about others? What can anyone find out about you? Quite a lot. Carole Lane shows you both how and why in this encyclopedic book. Naked in Cyberspace reveals the personal records available on the Net and demonstrates both how they are used and how to use them. Lane further examines the issue of Net privacy, noting what information is not available to the average searcher and discussing what safeguards protect you from unwarranted intrusion. This is an important work for anyone who values both privacy and information.

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Everyone needs information about someone else from time to time. Probate attorneys need to contact heirs, collection agents need to find debtors, genealogists need to trace ancestors, and librarians often need to locate biographies for their patrons. Lane, who founded her own information brokerage in 1993, explains the mysteries of mailing lists, telephone directories, and news databases, as well as bank records, consumer credit records, criminal justice databases, vehicle registrations, death and tax records, and a host of other sources containing public information. The word online in the subtitle is slightly misleading, since many of Lane's database sources are CD-ROM-format subscriptions. Lane is well versed in privacy laws and warns that computerized personal data is getting easier to collect and harder to conceal (on accessibility see David Freedman and Charles Mann's At Large ). Since Web sites change frequently, Lane provides an updated list to the URLs mentioned in the book at http: //www.onlineinc.com/pempress/naked/. George Eberhart

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1997
Format: Paperback
The title should be: "The Best Places to Spend Your Money on a Whim, and Lordy, I Hope You Got Time". Lane's book is well-written, researched, and simple to understand. It covers an enormous number of topics and is actually quite useful--IF, and yes, that's a capital IF, you wish to find things as a way of making money or starting a business. The book gives you many ideas and starting points, but it, and it's official review are somewhat misleading. There is plenty of info about where to find minor stuff (geneaology, search engines, et cetera) on the 'net, but most of the good stuff (credit reports, skip tracing, legal records, criminal records, et cetera) requires you to sign up and PAY for things like Nexis-Lexis, Knight-Ridder Databases, and Dun and Bradstreet, depending on what you would like to find. For a corporation that needs these information constantly, or someone trying to learn what is available, and where to look, "Naked" can be very informative. But for those of us who just want to find someone/thing once in a while, "Naked in Cyberspace" is not worth the money nor the time spent. Bought it--returned it. 'Nuff said
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By H. Michael Sweeney on June 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm referred to often by talk-show hosts as 'expert on personal safety and privacy', and yet - here is a resource that is an endless wealth of information on Web resources and a few tricks even I did not know.
I have to disagree with the 'yawn' offered by another reviewer - this book isn't aimed at professionals who have already been around the block, though they can still benefit to a degree. It's aimed at people who don't have the tools and skills already at hand. Further, the best part is that there is a well-maintained Web site that keeps all the links and information up to date - more like an insider's association membership than a book with respect to usefulness. That's a value to all, especially a professional who is too busy applying what he knows to continually research the narrow topic on their own.
I've even tracked down former intelligence community types using her advice. With a table of contents 20 pages long, its in there. While the book focuses on trying to help you find someone, it logically follows that if you are trying not to be found - knowing what you are up against and how it works can help you defeat the system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dunn VINE VOICE on March 14, 2010
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I found this book to be full of good information and very detailed information. I read it once and now have it on my desk to refer back to. Information on finding personal information, earnings histories, education verification, credit records, public records, warranty registration cards, all kinds of employment, consumer, education reports.
There are pages of organizations and books listed as resources.
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