- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599219778
- ISBN-13: 978-1599219776
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace 1st Edition
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“It may shock the hell out of you. It did me…. I couldn't put this book down, finding out all of the ways anyone could get their hands on information about any of us. You're more vulnerable than you may think.” - Tammy Chase, Chicago Sun-Times
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In a world-wise, straight-talking, wryly humorous narrative, Ahearn provides field-tested tips, tools, and techniques for maintaining privacy, as well as strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. You’ll learn key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you), disinformation (creating fake trails), and reformation (getting where you want to be without leaving clues). Throughout, Ahearn shares real-life stories of his fascinating career—from
nabbing adulterous celebrities to helping abuse victims find safety.
An indispensable resource not just for those determined to be anonymous, but for almost anyone in the brave new world of online information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn’s dual philosophy: Don’t break the law, but know how to protect yourself.
Top customer reviews
Google alone is probably enough to defeat some of them, if the people you're attempting to talk to have common sense.
Either way, I enjoyed the "skip tracer" stories from the past more than the techniques themselves, though I did enjoy both.
I don't have any plans on disappearing (if I did, would I say so?) but this book has taught me a lot even for practical purposes (i.e. protecting yourself from identity theft). And if you are planning on disappearing for whatever reasons, the knowledge that is shared in this book is priceless!
The book starts off with the author explaining what his career was like as a "skip-tracer" and how he could track down people. He explains the process. Then after that, the book gets really interesting when he starts talking about what YOU should do so that even people like himself, or "skip-tracers", couldn't find you. You could never come up with some of the ideas he has for remaining off the radar on your own. I might even say it is a bit mind-boggling!
Now, this book has left me with the desire to read even more books on the subject!