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How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace Hardcover – Sep 1 2010

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599219778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599219776
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Frank M. Ahearn built his first career by finding people who didn't want to be found―from philandering celebrities to a certain White House intern (Monica Lewinsky) before anybody had heard of her, as well as countless cheaters, frauds, and bad guys. Using the "skip tracer" techniques he developed in the process, Ahearn embarked on a second career counseling those who wanted not to be found. If you've ever fantasized about disappearing―literally dropping out of sight or just eliminating the traceable evidence of your existence―How to Disappear is your guide.In a world-wise, straight-talking, wryly humorous narrative, Ahearn provides field-tested tips, tools, and techniques for maintaining privacy, as well as strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. You'll learn key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you), disinformation (creating fake trails), and reformation (getting where you want to be without leaving clues). Throughout, Ahearn shares real-life stories of his fascinating career―fromnabbing adulterous celebrities to helping abuse victims find safety.An indispensable resource not just for those determined to be anonymous, but for almost anyone in the brave new world of online information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn's dual philosophy: Don't break the law, but know how to protect yourself.

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This book won't tell you how to change your identity and escape the authorities, your debts, unplanned parenthood or a s***ty marriage. The author makes it clear several times : they do not advocate breaking the law, and changing identities in this computerized era is both more difficult and riskier than just assuming your mistakes.

That being said, for people who need to not be found because you're followed by a stalker or actual criminals, this is the book about getting away, in a pretty legal way, from anyone who would do you harm ; also for those who just don't like the idea of big companies having so much intel about their lives, this may seem like a lot of work, but some will see the value.

The authors take their experience as modern "bounty hunters" and tell you the usual pitfalls that made them so good at their job in their heydays. Assume obviously that methods change and they change quickly ; do not assume this book will tell you everything. A solid start, though, and makes you realize just how easy it is to screw up a carefully planned escape.
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Mr. Ahearn's first advice is if you really are planning to disappear, don't buy this book with a traceable credit card or online account. If you're looking for a cracking good read with great stories from the adventures of skip-tracing, that is also amazingly well-written (how long has it been since you've seen the word "panache" used in a sentence properly?), this is the book for you. Not only that, Mr Ahearn sounds like he's sitting in front of you in a restaurant or a tavern somewhere, spinning his yarns. I highly recommend this as a great read.
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By DB on July 18 2012
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Nicely written. To the level of the layman without insult but a high enough standard for the well read. Great read!
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I've read it a few times, a great read, but many of the ideas are now outdated by newer technology. Don't expect this book to do exactly what it says you can do. That said, do buy it as it does get the wheels turning!
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