Invasion of Privacy: How To Protect Yourself in the Digital Age

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In Invasion of Privacy, best-selling author and consumer advocate Michael S. Hyatt exposes the dangers to your security and how you can protect yourself.

Hyatt offers specific, realworld countermeasures that will help you end the relentless incursions into your private life. His privacy self-assessment will help you determine where you are now (most people don't realize how vulnerable they truly are). And his practical strategies and tips will show you how to achieve privacy ...

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Overview

In Invasion of Privacy, best-selling author and consumer advocate Michael S. Hyatt exposes the dangers to your security and how you can protect yourself.

Hyatt offers specific, realworld countermeasures that will help you end the relentless incursions into your private life. His privacy self-assessment will help you determine where you are now (most people don't realize how vulnerable they truly are). And his practical strategies and tips will show you how to achieve privacy protection to match your goals and resources.

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Hyatt, a technology-savvy consumer advocate, explains how privacy is being eroded both at work and at home by new technology, and suggests how people can determine an appropriate level of privacy based on their lifestyle, financial resources, and personal values. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895262875
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: That End of Privacy? 1
Pt. 1 Understand the Threat
1 The Beast Cometh 17
2 Corporte Spies 31
3 Rogue Predators 47
4 Government Surveillance 61
Pt. 2 Decide What to Do About It
5 Making the Decision and Setting Goals 75
6 Procedure and Disciplne 89
Pt. 3 Employ Appropriate Counmtermeasres
7 Computers and the Internet 107
8 Banking and Finances 131
9 Your Physical Address and Mail Privacy 149
10 Medical Records 159
11 Identification Documents 173
12 Telephone and Fax 183
Epilogue: The Future Is in Your Hands 197
App. A A Privacy Self-Assessment 201
App. B The Complete Privacy Checklist 207
App. C A Comprehensive Privacy Resource List 213
App. D Establishing a Privacy Policy for Your Family 221
App. E Public Servant Questionnaire 225
Acknowledgments 229
Notes 231
Index 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    Insightful explanation, great advice and resources

    Privacy has become an increasingly important issue for ordinary citizens who thought their personal and concealed. More and more, we've discovered that information we thought was confidential is, in fact, public knowledge . . . or nearly so. The question for us now is how to protect ourselves from the snoops-the marketers, bill collectors, stalkers, criminals, and so many others that shouldn't really know so much about us. Personal security is a major concern today, so this book is certainly timely. Hyatt reveals how much information about us is available for instant public access or can be uncovered with a little legal (or illicit) research. Shortly after reading in Invasion of Privacy that I should never give out my Social Security number, I looked into buying a car for my daughter. When the salesman and I came to the question of financing, he sat down at a computer terminal and asked for . . . you guessed it: my Social Security number. After enjoying a good laugh, I asked him why he needed it. His reply: so he could check on what kind of interest rate I could get for the credit. He tapped a few keys and instantly knew my credit rating . . . and a lot more information that I didn't think was any of his business. Real life evidence about what this book reports. And the book is filled with much more evidence of identity theft, credit card misuse, and how stalkers learn about their victims. And that's just scratching the surface! Reading Hyatt's information-packed book, you'll first learn about the threat. You can evaluate your own vulnerability using the self-assessment in the first of five appendices. With this knowledge in-hand, you have to decide what to do about your privacy. How important is your privacy to you? After learning about corporate spies, predators, and government surveillance, you'll read chapters that will help you determine your preferred level of privacy and security. The rest of the book describes in fine how-to detail what countermeasures are available to you. Hyatt covers Computers and the Internet, Banking and Finances, Your Physical Address and Mail Privacy, Medical Records, Identification Documents, and Telephone and Fax. You'll be amazed at your exposure and how you can overcome that openness. You may find yourself wanting even more resources after reading all the information and references in the main text of the book. A Comprehensive Privacy Resource List shows up as Appendix C. When you complete this book, you will feel considerably more aware of your circumstances. You'll know the secrets, so you will understand your vulnerability and what you can do to protect yourself. This topic is amazing as you dig into it, which Invasion of Privacy will help you do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2001

    Privacy '101'

    A good primer for beginners, who may not realize the dangers out there. Not, however, as complete as I would like. The book seems to be a compilation of what others have said, rather than tips from the author's own experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2001

    Practical Advice -- Not Just Horror Stories

    Michael delivers. Privacy is everyones concern. A good combination of the real threats and some practical solutions. I hope it is not too late. This book should encourage you to take action to protect yourself and your family. You cannot rely on the government to protect your privacy. 'OPT-OUT' from all privacy disclosure requests!

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