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How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish Without a Traceby Frank Ahearn
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From the world's preeminent people finder--an insider's guide to disappearing How to Disappearis 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 Disappearcovers 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 Oscar 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. 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
How to Disappear is the authoritative and comprehensive guide for people who seek to protect their privacy as well as for anyone whos ever entertained the fantasy of disappearing—whether actually dropping out of sight or by eliminating the traceable evidence of their existence.
The authoritative guide to disappearing—insider tips, tools, and techniquesWant 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 worlds 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.
Frank M. Ahearn built his first career by finding people who didnt 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 youve 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. Youll 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—from
nabbing 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 Ahearns dual philosophy: Dont break the law, but know how to protect yourself.
About the Author
Frank M. Ahearn and Eileen C. Horan are known as the devious duo.” Veteran privacy consultants in the business of helping people who want to start a new life, they run AhearnSearch.com, a global skip-tracing company, and Disappear.info, which works with people and organizations in fulfilling their privacy needs. They have been featured in over fifty newspapers and magazines worldwide, including GQ, London Times, and Die Welt, and as far off as China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, and Hungary. They have been guests on over 100 radio shows and on BBC and CNN television programs. Born and bred in the Bronx, Ahearn divides his time between Venice Beach, California, and New York City. If you can’t find him in either one of those places, visit frankahearn.com.
Table of Contents
1. How to Disappear
2. Database Sites
3. Disappearing Tools
4. Tracks and Clues in the Home
5. The Three Keys to Disappearing
7. The Disinformatin of Louie
8. The Disinformation of Donna
10. Offshore Information
11. Reformation Via Corporations
12. Reformation in the Name of God
13. Electronic Footprints
14. Exit Strategy
15. Disappearing Tips
16. Social Networking Sites
17. Disappear from a Stalker
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