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How to Be Invisible: The Essential Guide to Protecting Your Personal Privacy, Your Assets, and Your Life

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

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    Very informative.

    This book offers excellent and, for the most part, practical advice for living a private and secluded lifestyle. References are always provided, and although the information is sometimes outdated (which is no surprise at all, given the fact that technology and laws seem to change every day), but none-the-less this is a very good reference book.

    The only thing I really didn't like about this book was the fact that in order to live a really private life, you have to move from your present home and begin again. This is not possible for someone in my situation, but I can fully understand how real privacy cannot be achieved without doing so. The damage has already been done and the groundwork already laid for someone like myself who has spent the biggest part of their life in the same home with the same address.

    If you plan on moving to a new home, or have the means to move to a different location, then this book is well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    The Privacy BIBLE!

    This is an excellent book on privacy techniques. What I like about it is that JJ Luna discusses various levels of privacy, and I have found that the more privacy you want, the more time/effort you will have to go through to maintain it. He talks about how to go about receiving your mail, where to choose to live, how use the phone, how to pay people, and how to title assets more privately. I like this book because JJ Luna does not try to force a one size fits all agenda upon people, but lets the reader decide on what level of privacy is right for them. There are varying levels of privacy which can be obtained for each one, depending on your circumstances (e.g. family, job, etc). Of course, the more privacy you want, the more you will have to sacrifice, but most of these techniques are simple and won't take too much extra time out of your week. Another thing this book goes into is how to work in a more private fashion. There are varying degrees to this as well and to obtain the highest levels of privacy, JJ Luna ultimately suggests to become self-employed. He touches on some points on that as well, but if you want more on that, then also be sure to check out his other book called Work From Home At Any Age (ISBN 0976387239), which I also highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2004

    Up to date for 2005

    This is not only the best book on maintaining personal privacy, it is the ONLY book in the field where the author (at howtobeinvisible.com) answers questions and/or updates his book every day including Sundays and holidays! He gives impelling reasons why you should never again ever receive mail, packages, or deliveries of any kind at your home address. For special needs, he indicates sources for private mail-forwarding services in Canada and Alaska. He also recommends LLCs for anonymous ownership of cars and real estate--recommendations which I have followed and have been very happy with. This book is an ideal gift for special occasions or any occasion at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001

    How to Be Invisible

    I have over 30 books on privacy. Most list illegal ways--many of which don't work--as a way to privacy. Luna obviously writes from personal experience, stays legal most of the time, and has step-by-step instructions that anyone [even me] can follow. No other book even comes close.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    great field manuel

    If you are tired of your nosey neighbor, if you want to give your bothersome relative the heev-ho, if all that crazy junk in your box is just irritating, then this field manual on the basics of invisibility is a great start for those of you seeking help. It is also good for those just seeking privacy away from prying eyes. Learn the use of the other name, how to set up those addresses, how to set up organizations to hide your stuff, protect yourself from internet scams, and id thieves, learn what to really do with that cell phone and pager. There are several levels for you to choose from so that you may gradually get yourself to that place where you feel comfortable. Of course nothing is full proof but if someone is snooping, depending on the level you're at, they'll have to really work for it before they get to those dead ends. This is a no brainer with very easy, clear instructions and great examples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Great book for us paranoid folk

    This book highlights a number of ways to essentially disappear from society. Of course, I'm sure it's easier said than done but this book may just be the answer. In any case, this book offers insight into how your privacy can be violated and how to protect it from those who get paid to dig around in your personal life. I also recommend 'The Digital Umbrella: Technology's Attack on Personal Privacy in America' ISBN: ISBN: 1581124295

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    This is the absolute BEST privacy book, BUY IT, Read it

    J. J. Luna has written the best book on the subject bar none. Forget offshore, forget crazy hair brained theorical ideas, and forget illegal schemes. Mr. Luna writes in an easy to read style in a book jammed packed with good ideas that arre legal and practical and highly usable right here in the good old USA. Your privacy may be the last right and its fading last in the computer age. Mr. Luna tells how and why to set up a 'ghost address', which protects your home location. He tells of the benefits of LLCs or Limited Liability Companies. He talks about the different levels of privacy, you may not want or need the highest level of privacy, but most people need some additional measures taken. There are just enough, or perhaps too many crazy, sick people in the world to threaten your privacy or your life. Without hesitation I recommend this book in the highest terms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    How to Be Invisible

    What I liked best was the the book is unusually complete. It covers such diverse topics as ghost addresses for delivery services; alternate Social Security numbers; hiding ownership via nominees, trusts and LLCs; anonymous money transfers; air travel; computers, e-mail and the Internet. Best of all is an extensive index which I use a great deal. This book has the ring of authenticity. I showed it to a PI who said he hopes none of his targets ('skips') ever read this book.

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