How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace
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Written by the world’s leading experts on finding people and helping people avoid being found, How to Disappear covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we tend to leave wherever we go. Learn the three keys to disappearing, all about your electronic footprints, the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and how to disappear from a stalker.
Frank Ahearn and Eileen Horan provide field-tested methods for maintaining privacy, as well as tactics and strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. They explain and illustrate key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you); disinformation (creating fake trails); and, finally, reformation—the act of getting you from point A to point B without leaving clues.
Ahearn illustrates every step with real-life stories of his fascinating career, from undercover work to nab thieving department store employees to a stint as a private investigator; and, later, as a career “skip tracer” who finds people who don’t want to be found. In 1997, when news broke of President Bill Clinton’s dalliance with a White House intern, Ahearn was hired to find her. When Oscar statuettes were stolen in Beverly Hills, Ahearn pinpointed a principal in the caper to help solve the case. When Russell Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel clerk in 2005, Ahearn located the victim and hid him from the media.
An indispensable resource not just for those determined to become utterly anonymous, but also for just about anyone in the brave new world of on-line information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn’s dual philosophy: Don’t break the law, but know how to protect yourself.
banks out there. That’s why you need to expand your Internet search. You’ve probably Googled yourself for fun before—I mean, who hasn’t? Now it’s time to do it again, with purpose: Go to every other online database and phone book you can find and figure out what they have on you. Here are the ones I used most often as a skip tracer: Google Phonebook Yahoo! People Search WhitePages.com Superpages.com Addresses.com Anywho.com BirthDatabase.com Put
leave. If you’re skipping town, make sure you’re not being watched, especially if you’re the victim of a stalker. It wouldn’t hurt to hire a private investigator to conduct surveillance on your pursuer to make sure he hasn’t sent his goons to follow you or crawled onto the roof of your neighbor’s house to watch your comings and goings. ABANDONMENT If you’re leaving a husband, wife, or kids, I hope you’re doing it the right way (if there is a right way) by finding a lawyer and
that includes Big Brother. DISAPPEAR IN SOCIAL MEDIA If you’re dead set on social networking or contributing to the blogosphere, I wish you luck. I think it’s a terrible idea. I’d never want other people to know that much of my business. But I recognize that I’m a little . . . paranoid. Plenty of people just can’t stay away from Facebook and Twitter and Blogspot, and some of you will need to be on sites like these because your livelihoods hang in the balance. Maybe
TOLL-FREE NUMBERS When you dial a toll-free number, even if you have a private or restricted number, your phone number shows up on its caller ID. Use a spoof card to call all toll-free numbers. You need to change the way you e-mail, too. This isn’t new advice, but it works: Go on Gmail or another free and anonymous service that allows you to save draft e-mails. Share the password with your closest loved ones, and communicate by saving but not sending the drafts. Only access the
her stalker’s hired goons. Dana turned her key in the ignition and drove to a bank a few miles away. While waiting in line at the bank, she looked around for a little sign confirming that the bank used a search service to check on potential customers’ overdraft histories. Yes, there it was. She smiled. Once she got to the window, she asked to speak with the branch manager about opening up a checking account. He was happy to oblige. She knew that he was going to run her name through the