How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace

How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace

by Frank Ahearn, Eileen Horan


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For the first time in paperback we bring you the authoritative and comprehensive guide for people who seek to protect their privacy as well as for anyone who’s ever entertained the fantasy of disappearing—whether actually dropping out of sight or by eliminating the traceable evidence of their existence.
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 'scar 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493045280
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 423,530
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Along with his partner and co-author, Eileen C. Horan, Ahern ran a consulting business out of a virtual office. 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!

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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How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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This is an ok book but it needs more actionr
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