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How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace

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The authoritative guide to disappearing—insider tips, tools, and techniques Want to disappear or simply hide your personal information from would-be thieves and stalkers? How to Disappear is the ultimate guide toprotecting your family, yourself, and your identity. The world's top privacy consultant covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we leave wherever we go. Sharing decades of trade secrets, Frank M. Ahearn describes the three keys to ...
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Overview

The authoritative guide to disappearing—insider tips, tools, and techniques Want to disappear or simply hide your personal information from would-be thieves and stalkers? How to Disappear is the ultimate guide toprotecting your family, yourself, and your identity. The world's top privacy consultant covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we leave wherever we go. Sharing decades of trade secrets, Frank M. Ahearn describes the three keys to disappearing, tells you everything you need to know about your digital footprint, discusses the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and shows you how to disappear from anyone who might do you harm.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599219776
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 272,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Ahearn is a privacy consultant who helps people who want to start a new life. He began his carreer working undercover in retail, looking for employees stealing from department stores. That lead to a career in private investigating and becoming a "skip tracer," a person who finds people who don't want to be found -- people who try very hard not to be found. Today he consults with people who, for a variety of reasons, all legal, want to remain invisibile and unfindable.In 1997, when news broke of President Bill Clinton's dalliance with a White House intern, Ahearn was hired to find her. The intern turned out to be Monica Lewinsky. When Oscar statuettes were stolen in Beverly Hills, Ahearn pinpointed a principal in the caper. When Russell Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel clerk in 2005, Ahearn located the victim and hid him from the media.Now along with his partner and co-author, Eileen C. Horan, Ahearn runs his consulting business out of a virtual office. His businesses include www.AhearnSearch.com, a global skip-tracing company andwww.Disappear.info, a company that works with people and organizations in their privacy needs.His philosophy is: Do not break the law and disappearing properly leads to true freedom.Born and bred in the Bronx, he now spends his time in Venice Beach, CA with long periods in New York City.
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AN EXCERPT: How Not to DisappearThere are several books and Web sites that explain how to obtain a new identity. If you are a not a criminal or international spy, you do not need a new identity to safely and discretely disappear. . . . What people fail to take into consideration is how they can test out their new identity. Do you book a trip internationally and just wing it past customs? Do you speed in your car and wait 'til you get pulled over and have the cop run your new license? Perhaps you walk into a Social Security office with your birth certificate and apply for a Social Security number at the age of thirty-five and explain you have been living in a cave for the past twenty years? . . . New identities are a bad idea. Imagine that you are now Mr. Vincent Vega from Palm Springs, and you're hanging out with your lady friend and her family sipping Pina Coladas and over walks your best friend from high school. This dumb nut starts calling you by your real name, Dexter Plaidpants. Just try explaining that to all at the table—cover blown. New identities are like roulette: It is only a matter of time until your number comes up!
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Table of Contents

1. How to Disappear2. Database Sites3. Disappearing Tools4. Tracks and Clues in the Home5. The Three Keys to Disappearing6. Misinformation7. The Disinformatin of Louie8. The Disinformation of Donna9. Reformation10. Offshore Information11. Reformation Via Corporations12. Reformation in the Name of God13. Electronic Footprints14. Exit Strategy15. Disappearing Tips16. Social Networking Sites17. Disappear from a Stalker
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2011

    Very Intuitive

    I bought this book hoping to see something interesting that I hadn't thought of before. Unfortunately, this book did not provide that. All of the ideas were basically common sense, with a few of the author's personal stories thrown in. It's interesting in a sense--mainly the chapter on faking your own death, but I don't intend to read it again nor recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Same concept repeated throughout several chapters

    I bought the book hoping to find or read about his techniques or methods so I could apply them for my own personal privacy. The book pitches the exact same methods in each chapter. This could have easily been shorter and thus prevented wasting my time. Mentioned resources scarce and are outdated by years. I would not recommend it. Only two or tnree chapters needed....the rest is fluff

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    My report on your book

    This is an ok book but it needs more actionr

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